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Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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Noida, India
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“Service by Heart”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

A beautiful lake which gets lit by diva's (candles) in the evening is a sight to behold. If you have a deluxe room , you have a lake view which is beautiful to see in the evening with all the diva's. A glass of wine and the cool breeze in the evening is most refreshing. Walk to the end of the property where you get a beautiful view of the lagoon, a clean swimming pool , boating in the lake, kid activities from clay pottery to duck feeding, boat ride in the evening, fast boat ride, there are so many activities that your day passes away without a hitch. And in case you are feeling hot and angry talk to the staff, they are very courteous and forthcoming. Be it the fresh coconut water, making an extra arrangement of something you wish to eat. The property is spread in large piece of land, with a water coming in from the lagoon and then it goes out. The bucket on the tree which gets filled and then pours the water into the lake, the sound of the same throughout the day is a reminder of the holiday spirit. Excellent staff, very courteous and helpful. They need to work on their menu and the restaurant, but a great place to unwind.

Room Tip: Both the rooms the Deluxe and the Temptation Villa are great choices. But the AC's are more effe...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We took a weekend break at Taj kumarakom. The property is quite old and is maintained well in the midst of nature. The Vembanad lake is adjacent and the hotel has its own natural pond. The rooms are rustic, clean and most of them come with an open shower (which is great too). A tour on the house boat is a good time pass. Fishing is an additional activity. The staff are quite professional and friendly. Overall good for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Richmond, Vermont
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Helpful staff and wonderful location. We were able to do a morning canoe ride and a day long houseboat. We loved the food and the tea at sunset was perfect! We travelled with 3 teenage boys so the pool was important. It was clean and big but they didn't utilize it well. The fountain was off 95% of the time and the swim up bar wasn't used at all. No snack service was available to order by the pool. They would really improve the family atmosphere with some music. That being said the young man at the pool was great and got balls for the boys to throw around. Mostly a fabulous stay!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Its a beautiful place, just by the lake. Premium Temptation Villa with private pool are separate villas inspired by homes in kerala, with an open air bathroom and an open air private swimming pool. Very friendly staff and available to tend to you all the time. We got an upgrade to this best room in the resort. The breakfast was varied and really tasty. We took a house boat from this place after our stay, easy access to the lake makes it convenient. They also have a lot of things to do every single day, great place for kids to be busy.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We stayed two nights in a deluxe allure villa and enjoyed all aspects of our stay. The rooms are not the cheapest on the site but in our opinion they represent extremely good value for money as they are spacious, well equipped and situated in a lovely quiet part of the hotel grounds. The outdoor shower is a sight to behold and we never used the indoor facility as the weather was so good during our stay. The hotel grounds are so large that even though we were told the hotel was virtually at maximum occupancy during our stay, it was an extremely tranquil experience. We dined in the inside restaurant on both evenings and the food was extremely enjoyable and the staff only to pleased to help with food selections.
We took advantage of the complimentary evening rice barge cruise on one evening which was followed by complimentary tea/coffee/snacks on an area adjacent to the lake thus affording a chance to watch the sunset. We enjoyed the use of the bicycles as it provided us with some exercise during our leisurely stay at this hotel. The hotel offers various Wi-Fi packages for reasonable charges and the signal in our villa was reliable.
Overall we would have no reservation about recommending to others but we believe 2 nights should be adequate if you are doing the traditional tour of Kerala.

Room Tip: Deluxe allure villas, without the pool, are highly recommendable
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Allahabad, India
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

In the boom time of Kerala, we got responsibility to organize a group tour, there was a single night stay in Kumarakom as per itinerary. As per guest pocket budget it was out of imagine to stay in world standard hotel. I got a reference of 'Shine' he/she arranged all for us. This is also a part of good customer care service, we appreciate.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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bangalore
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

This property was rated higher on tripadvisor, but I felt differently , but after seeing this poroperty My faith in trip advisor has increased
We Stayed there for two nights during our one week Kerala trip. The resort is very close to nature, one of the good property at kumarakom nice people, nice service nice food, enjoyed a lot.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom
Address: 1/404 Kumarakom, Kumarakom 686563, India (Formerly Taj Garden Retreat)
Region: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kumarakom
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#3 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom 5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kumarakom is a popular tourist destination in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerala, is a 30-minute drive from the Kottayam railway station or an hour's drive from Cochin city. Kerala's backwaters surround the 140-year old colonial bungalow which houses this resort. ... more   less 
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Taj Garden Retreat Hotel Kumarakom
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Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Kerala

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