Taj Garden Retreat Kumarakom- Kerala
The Taj Garden Retreat in Kumarakom is one place where
you can actually feel one with the nature. The location of the hotel,
at the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, has inspired many. Even the
English Missionary, Henry Baker could not resist the temptation
offered by the sparkling backwaters, swaying palm trees and
traditional houseboats. It was simply irresistible for him. He bought
a piece of land and built a bungalow for himself. Later, the Taj Group
took it over and converted it into a hotel.
Today, the bungalow is nearly 123 years old, still the colonial charm doesn't seem to fade away a bit. And the natural beauty around it seems to attract more and more attention every year. Once there, you will feel as if you have actually made a retreat from the big world of cities and cosied up in the wonderful environment of nature. It is a place where you can actually wake up to the sounds of birds and see the clear and pollution free sky above.
Stay in Villas, Cottages, Houseboats
First, the speciality of the rooms and suites you are
going to stay in. The designs of the rooms as well as the material
used for their built up are traditional and conform to the overall
sylvan appeal. There are Luxury Villas and Luxury Villas
with private pools. Both of these provide a combination of
Edwardian and Kerala décor to admire and open-air garden
showers to wet yourself completely. The Villas, with their private
sit-outs and verandah are meant to give you a feeling of space and
openess along with some sparkling views of the Vembanad Lake. The only
difference between the two is, ofcourse, the presence of private pool
in the latter.
The speciality of the Cottage Rooms are its large picture window bathrooms wherefrom you can have broad view of outside. The window is meant to evoke a feeling of an outdoor bath. The Deluxe Cottage Rooms makes you feel as if you are in an earlier age, however, the modern comforts offered quickly bring you back to the present. These Deluxe Cottages have had the pleasure of housing the maximum number of 'special guests' like government heads and prominent industrialists. The area and pathway around the cottages are full of trees and flowers.
Houseboats - the highlight amongst all the staying options in the hotel are also not devoid of any of the modern comforts. With water shinning with every beam of sun ray and gentle breezes producing a lilting music, you cannot feel low at any point of time. There is an open deck to sit out and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in the evenings.
Make A Connection with Nature and Culture and Yourself
The Taj Garden Retreat is a perfect place if you wish
to spend some time alone reading a book or soaking in the serenity
around, with absolutely no one to disturb you. It is also a perfect
place if you wish to awaken artist in you by making a pot.
Later, if you wish to come out, a host of entertainment options seems to be waiting just for you. Water Sports on a Banana Boats, Jet scooter, Speed boat and Knee board provide a perfect beginning. These sports shake out every inch of lethargy from your body and set you in a perfect mood to enjoy the rest of the day.
Pay a visit to the village where the noted writer and Booker Prize winner, Arundhati Roy spent her childhood days, offer your prayers during 'Mokshya manokamana' tour (tour of 4 ancient Shiva temples) and revel in the performance presented by the Kathakkali Dancers and Kalaripayattu fighters. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a trip to the Kumarakom backwaters and Bird Sanctuary, both of which happen to be the prime attractions for one and all.
Apart from these Night Fishing, Spice\ Rubber Plantation visits and Sunset cruise will keep you distantly away from any monotonous moment.
Feel Hale And Hearty After Attending Your Sessions At The Ayurveda Centre
The Ayurveda treatment is offered by the Ayushman
Ayurveda Center. The Centre has been certified a Green Leaf by the
Kerala Tourism Department, which means that the treatment offered is
genuine. Moreover, it also implies that the Vaidyas or the doctors
here are well qualified and expert at handling the varying problems
that tend to trouble your body and mind.
So, let your body and mind receive the treatment which has denied to loose its significance since last 6000 years and feel the difference it brings about within you.
Taj Garden Retreat is 115 km from the International Airport and 16 km from both Railway Station and Bus Stand.