How to reach: Kochi is the nearest airport and Kottayam is the nearest railway station from Kumarakom.
Best time to visit: September to March. If you enjoy monsoon then you can visit during the rainy season too.
Approximate cost: Rs. 6,800 for 2 for one night
Places to visit: Pathiramanal Island, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Sanctuary
The tourism of Kerala has garnered itself a booming name on account of its backwaters where the lush green scenery merges into lazily meandering waters. One such gem is that of Kumarakom where Vembanad Lake laced with canals hosts this village. A bird sanctuary, experiential village tours and what not have added to the charm of Kumarakom as a getaway destination.
If you’re craving a laidback luxury vacation in South India’s backwaters then Blackwater Ripples at Kumarakom welcomes you with its lush rooms lined under coconut trees. With just 34 rooms offered on the property, this resort allows you to get away from the business of big crowds for a quiet time in the tranquillity of its space.
There are rooms opening up to the sight of Vembanad Lake itself, so, crack open window to the sound and sight of the water right outside. Or stay in one of the Garden View rooms if you love the fact that you’re visiting a place so lavishly green. And of course, if your idea had been to enjoy a 4 star property then the Heritage rooms offer you a touch of the regal air as well.
And of course, what says fun holiday better than a pool? Jump in, throw your friend in or splash an afternoon away to your heart’s content. Most importantly, don’t miss the sunset here. While the property itself describes their sunset as a “psychedelic” sight, I’d tell you how it is a mirage of colours with purple, blue and pink melting into each other right in front of your naked eyes. Dip your feet into the water, play on your favourite music and just watch the sunset occur in all its slowness which simply adds to its beauty.
In addition, if the water baby in you wants more then the Backwater Ripples staff has you sorted. They offer a range of water sports such as speedboats, water scooter, bayliner, cruises and even canoeing. The joy of canoeing is how comical it gets at first! But once you get the idea of how you manoeuvre it; you won’t want to stop as you can go about exploring at your own pace. You can even go around cycling to feel the wind on your face!
When you get tired of spending time outdoors, the property offers indoor games as well such as your good old carom, chess, cards and other board games. Whether you’re with your friends or family, board games never get old, right? Speaking of visiting with family, they have a dedicated kids area as well.
Meanwhile, those looking for an option for a destination wedding or event, this resort is known to cater to and host such galas as well. Put on that big fat Indian wedding that you’ve always dreamt of!
For others, like me I guess this would be more of a sanctuary to just laze in with a book that you’ve been meaning to read for a long time, a chance to take leisurely walks and long boat rides.
So, if you’re looking for a taste of this gorgeous state without any rush, with ease and luxury, then this Kerala themed property is sure to please you to do so.