Kumarakom is a cluster of scenic islands around the picturesque Vembanad Lake. With lush greenery of a land full of paddy fields, coconut groves and mango groves, Kumarakom was declared as one of world’s 25 remote and exotic destination by Cande Nast Traveller in the year 1998.
Nestled amidst the picturesque backwaters of Kumarakom is Eastend Lakesong Resort – a heaven for nature lovers. Thanks to the management at Mystikal Holidays and Eastend Lakesong, was happy to have been invited for a 2D/1N stay experience at this architectural marvel during my recent visit to Kumarakom.
Eastend Lakesong Resort is a venture of the prestigious Eastend Hospitality Group. Sprawled across 8 acres of vast landscape leisure land with many water bodies, Lakesong offers a perfect getaway to soak in the myriad hues of nature.
After a 3 hour drive from Periyar, checked-in to Eastend Lakesong at around 2:00 PM. Was welcomed by the front office representative with a garland and a teeka – a traditional Kerala welcome. The reception area was magnificent and adjacent to the mesmerizing lagoon which is a perfect example of the aristocratic Malabar style architecture. Mr Arun Kumar – Operations Manger gave me a brief overview of the property after which we went for its tour.
You’d notice that an intricate lacework of canals intersect across the resort. There are close to 28 quaint cottages which are all constructed on the banks of these inland canals. Each of these cottages has a tiled roof and un-plastered exteriors which are reminiscent of the traditional Kerala houses. The rooms are classified under the categories – Vembanadu, Ashtamudi and Punnamda.
Punnamada was the category of room on offer. The cottage was constructed of interlocking brickworks and had all the modern amenities. The theme of a traditional home was quite evident. The filigree and carvings on doors, windows and ceilings are apparently done by hand and are simply magnificent. With quite a spacious and comfortable setting, the cottage blended perfectly into the lush green landscape thereby creating an ambiance of the bygone era.
After freshening up a bit exactly around 4:00 PM I heard the bell ring where the attendant placed an invite for a backwaters cruise on the Vembanad Lake in a traditional Kerala houseboat. Vembanad lake is the longest lake in India and the largest in the state of kerala. This one hour activity by the hotel is complimentary for all the guests.
While waiting for the boat to arrive, I noticed an innovative swing bridge that was part of the resort. When swung into one direction a boat can pass through it and when swung to the other side it makes a jetty for docking a boat. Within close proximity to the resort was Pettium Parayum – the traditional method used for movement of water which is intended for irrigation purpose.
During the course of an hour cruise, the sights across the Vembanad Lake was quite pleasant. One of the most beautiful sights of the evening was watching the sun set with birds chipping all across…a beautiful sight indeed!
Back at the resort, I was guided to the reception area for lighting an antique traditional tree shaped lantern.
This followed by some serious pampering. I had an ayurvedic full body body massage arranged at Lakesong Ayurkshehra which was quite an invigorate experience. The spa in itself is housed in a traditional model structure with decorative handcrafted wooden cravings. Ayurveda is practiced true to its spirit and substance by a team of well-experienced doctors and masseurs.
By the time the pampering session was done, it was time for dinner at Ottupura – an indoor courtyard that serves a variety of choicest cuisine. A traditional Kerala meal of Grilled Prawns, Appam & Stew and Tappioca was on offer and it was a seafood extravaganza!
While entering the restaurant one can witness two figurines on the staircase called Thirumeni & Ekshi. These two characters are taken from the local folklore whose history I leave it for you to figure out while you are at the resort.
Day 2 began with an angling activity. The resort provides fishing rods where one could try the fishing at one of those many canals that pass through the resort.
After a quick breakfast, it was an early check out as I had to proceed on a two-hour drive to Kovalam.
Needless to say, I had a great experience at Eastend Lakesong which offers you an umpteen reasons to soak in the myriad hues of nature. Special mention about Mr Arun Kumar- Operations Manager who is always on his toes to ensure each of the guests have a memorable stay.
Thumbs up for this one !