Day 16. Cochin – Kumarakom Lake Resort/Backwaters

Overnight – Kumarakom Lake Resort

Enjoy the usual wonderful breakfast this morning and then you are at leisure for a couple of hours to experience the facilities, or for your last walk through the charming historic area of Fort Kochi around your lodging. You are assisted with check-out from your boutique lodge at noon and you will now enjoy a special South Indian lunch, by ordering from a menu with delicious choices of dosas, Idlis, Vadas, and obviously the ubiquitous Sambhar, a staple that everyone in India is now in love with.

After lunch you will proceed on about a 1.5 hours scenic drive to the charming pastoral region of Kumarakom. Upon arrival at your gorgeous lakefront resort you will feel that you have traveled back in time. This is when you will really start understanding why the state of Kerala dubs itself as ‘God’s Own Country’. You are in a location that defines the word idyllic, with a calmness and peace not found almost anywhere else. Your Kerala Guide will bid you a temporary farewell after getting you checked-in – all services will be provided by the gracious resort staff while you are here.

Your magical resort offers a variety of unique local activities as well as great places to walk around in. The activities include evening cultural performances such as Kathakali dance and Keralan martial art performances. Other complimentary activities include, but are not limited to, evening tea (coffee and other beverages are available) snacks at their charming outdoor traditional tea stall, guided tours of their organic farms, and a lot more. Your villa’s backdoor opens to a tiny private tropical garden oasis and the 800-foot-long meandering pool. There is also the large lakefront resort pool for those who are interested.

The architecture of the resort is uniquely traditional Keralan, with large sections of teak that were transported directly over long distances from centuries old Keralan homes and then painstakingly put together plank by plank. Some of Kerala’s best Ayurvedic practitioners and therapeutic treatments are highly recommended – the staff at the resort will assist you in planning this. Many guests from Western Europe take advantage of the 1-to-3-week complete Ayurvedic packages at the resort, which include special diets that are designed individually for your needs – we can facilitate such an extension if you so desire. The Fine Dining Restaurant, Ettukettu, offers a fine selection of Keralan, Indian, and other cuisines, while the lakefront seafood bar, Vembanad, offers incredible fresh seafood.

Dinner today will be a Keralan fresh seafood dinner set-menu at the lake facing Vembanad restaurant – with prior notice other cuisine options can be arranged for those who do not want seafood.


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