#KeralaBlogExpress bus as it reached Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kottayam, Kerala

#KeralaBlogExpress bus as it reached Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kottayam, Kerala

“Where are we going to stay, today?” asked a somewhat tired me as I prepared to de-board our pretty bus after hours of road tripping.

Sooraj, member of the KBE organizing team, giving his signature smile from his preferred first seat, answered confidently…

“Kumarakom…”

“Ok. How’s that one?”

And by that reaction it’s not difficult for one to guess that I didn’t know much about Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala. Thanks to #KeralaBlogExpress I’d remember that next-to-dead expression all my life and can never be an ideal one for a worldwide famous property that has fascinated the likes of Prince Charles and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Prince Charles bit got me intrigued. Now I was really looking forward for my stay at KLR. And as I walked towards it, the weary, clueless look on my face started to disappear…

My first feeling as I entered this awesome-looking resort was extremely positive. I am a person of vibes and have this natural immediate sense of liking or not liking as I come in contact with a new place or new people. I felt good. The view from the reception wasn’t letting me wait any further to explore something that appeared simply marvelous.

This way please...

This way please…

KLR in global media..

KLR in global media..

First view from the KLR reception.

First view from the KLR reception.

Before I got my eyes and soul to soak into the amazing-looking resort, I thought it was better to first have a look at my Heritage Villa with Private Pool and relax a bit. But could that AWESOMENESS right in front of my eyes let me to something called R.E.L.A.X.A.T.I.O.N? Ya, sure. Not that I knew of. I went bonkers, man! Nope, I ain’t exaggerating, see it for yourself.

As I walked up to my beautiful villa...

As I walked up to my beautiful villa…

It was spick and span, already, of course..

It was spick and span, already, of course..

First sight and I went woah!

First sight and I went woah!

The master bed and the lone occupant :( :P

The master bed and the lone occupant 🙁 😛

And I think I just know the Pool-Jacuzzi of my villa was the showstopper for me! The open shower area took my breath away, really. The idea to take bath in the open felt a little embarrassing but then I convinced myself that noone is going to peep over those heighted walls of my villa (hehe) and jumped into my pool… ah! Splurged and indulged for hours and how that I literally had to be dragged out of it through continuous calls on my landline. 😀

The exquisite washroom.

The exquisite washroom.

Open shower area. YUS, I loved my bath here :D

Open shower area. YUS, I loved my bath here 😀

It's called Private *Sigh* Pool *Sigh* Jacuzzi *Sigh*

It’s called Private *Sigh* Pool *Sigh* Jacuzzi *Sigh*

In I-am-so-getting-in-it mode as I clicked..

In I-am-so-getting-in-it mode as I clicked..

Hmm.. Shh. Hope noone's watching! Ok. All clear.

Hmm.. Shh. Hope noone’s watching! Ok. All clear.

*Ok bye*

*Ok bye*

Ah... This. Is. Life.

Ah… This. Is. Life.

Do you guys see what I don't want you to see :D

Do you guys see what I don’t want you to see 😀

It’s one indulgence I miss so very much.

One of the other features at the resort that stood apart and doesn’t go off my mind were the trails in the property with greens all around and mini bridges over streams that have their way into the resort naturally so. It speaks of the effort that has gone into preserving the natural beauty of the Vembanad Lake and the green pastures that make the structure look perfect as if it was always meant to be this way.

Mini water streams within the resort.

Mini water streams within the resort.

Meandering pool villas.

Meandering pool villas.

Oh, these villas are even better and make for a good picture ;P

Oh, these villas are even better and make for a good picture 😛

The food at KLR was quite exquisite too. I personally relished all the dishes at the buffet and loved the choice of their menu, carefully designed for every meal of the day. The food at KLR always used to be a fine mix of Kerala’s popular cuisine, northern flavours as well as some western dishes as an attempt to excite a variety of taste buds.

Vembanad Sea Food Restaurant with a breathtaking view...

Vembanad Sea Food Restaurant with a breathtaking view…

The corner that deserved me :)

The corner that deserved me 🙂

Starting with my pasta ritual.. as delicious as the dip in the pool before this...

Starting with my pasta ritual.. as delicious as the dip in the pool before this…

The veg biryani was super & made me stick to Veg... the cherry tomato pickle (on the right) was just awesome!

The veg biryani was super & made me stick to Veg… the cherry tomato pickle (on the right) was just awesome!

The cultural performance at the resort later in the night...with my fellow KBE Bloggers :)

The cultural performance at the resort later in the night…with my fellow KBE Bloggers 🙂

Time for a click guys :) - Ewa (Poland), Andres (Uruguay) and Barbara (Italy)

Time for a click guys 🙂 – Ewa (Poland), Andres (Uruguay) and Barbara (Italy)

And since I was quite impressed by his culinary creations, I decided to meet and congratulate Deepak Sundaram, Chief Chef, Kumarakom Lake Resort, for the great spread. (I truly believe in praising and appreciating every time I can, it takes away nothing and gives the person the best feeling on earth 🙂

Deepak Sundaram, Chief Chef, KLR

Deepak Sundaram, Chief Chef, KLR

Avial, a Kerala cuisine, his speciality.

Avial, a Kerala cuisine, his speciality.

Another speciality, Thoran.

Another speciality, Thoran.

So, if you were to ask me if I would want to revisit this place, I may not answer you back but definitely will give you a get-a-life-what-kind-of-question-is-that kind of look 😀

I mean, it’s a place where romanticism can be taken to a new level, a place where Gods must be coming down to sip a cup of coffee alongside the famous Vembanad Lake and a destination worth bunking your metropolitan workplace for even if that is around your appraisal time. *Sigh*

A quiet me-time beside Vembanad Lake. Perfect setting for coffee and conversations.

A quiet me-time beside Vembanad Lake. Perfect setting for coffee and conversations.

I have this feeling that if I don’t go there again sometime in my life with my special someone, my idea of romance in life will always remain incomplete. KLR is that amazing…

(High resolution pics courtesy: Team KLR. For technical info & other details visit KLR website)

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