Every time I visit Kerala for a holiday it is refreshing. For a tourist, state of Kerala certainly feels as God’s own country. In the past, I have stayed at Kumarakom Lake Resort, Munnar, Guruvayoor, Trident Cochin, Taj Bekal & Vasundhara Sarovar Vayalar. This time for my son’s summer holidays, we revisited Kumarakom Lake Resort – there is of course equally good Taj Kumarakom too. Kumarakom is a small town with plenty of resorts, it takes about 120 minutes from Cochin Airport. One of the reasons I like Kumarakom is that there is literally no place worth sightseeing – there are no museums or monuments or places of interest that you should visit; the only bird sanctuary is shuttered due to a union strike. Staying in one of the many hotels or houseboats, all you have to do is eat, sleep, stare at the serene Vembanad Lake with a cup of coffee and unwind. And that’s what I did – last time we came here my son was 1 year old, now he is 14 and on his own, leaving me free of any babysitting.

Relaxing in a hammock

Beautiful replica of local mural art on the walls in the room

Private swimming pool in our room

The resort has many pathways for morning walk

Rooms are decorated with exquisite woodwork from old Kerala houses

Meandering pool along one end of the resort

Infinite swimming pool along side of Vembanand lake

Sunset cruise

Boatride in Vembanand Lake

Village life along Vembanad Lake, Kottayam

Temple near Kumarakom town on the banks of many canals in the town

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