This was our last stop on a 2 1/2 week blitz around India. I figured we would need a quiet peaceful place to unwind for a few days before the long trip home and this was definitely it. We were pretty bedraggled upon arrival and left refreshed and relaxed. We had a lake facing room near the pool which got rather noisy on the last day but everyone was having a good time. Our private backwater cruise picked us up at the dock and took us to Kumarakom where we visited a temple and a family who lived along the waterway. We were treated to a fresh coconut he chopped from the tree behind his house. I had a spa treatment and lounged by the pool. A welcome change from the fumes and noise of Delhi and Kolkata, exciting and interesting as they were. Other reviewers stated there is not much to do but you can get a tuk-tuk and go anywhere you want, if you can tolerate the bumpety-bumpety road.
If you have read The God of Small Things, it is set on this road and you can see the History House at the Taj a few kms down the road. I just happened to pick it up before I Ieft on the trip, not knowing I was actually going THERE, so that was a real treat. I kept expecting to see the Paradise Pickles truck on the road! I finished the book swinging in the hammock outside our room.
We enjoyed the food very much. We opted to order a la carte once in a while and the portions were huge. Their dessert bar is very tempting, especially the ice cream and kulfi. The wait staff was very friendly and tried to be helpful. My husband went through Diet Coke withdrawal, though. No diet drinks per se though they will mix some concoctions up for you if you ask.
I can see getting a bit bored over a longer stay ...staring at the beautiful lake and all the houseboats cruising by but we did not reach that point.
The hot water tank is quite small which necessitated quick or widely-spaced showers. But some places we stayed had none so we were pleased with it.
Odd thing...it seemed like the gift shop was selling used clothes! I saw a top from the Gap! Maybe things guests have left there?
The security seen all over India was here, too. There is a guard at the gate and one at the dock. No bugs or other creepy things. A beautiful egret visited each morning and evening and took care of any that were around.
The staff was very accomodating when we learned our flight was cancelled. They let us keep our room past check out and fielded calls from our agent in Cochi as we got our plans rearranged. The trip home was very long and stressful so I was even more grateful for having experienced the peace and calm of Whispering Palms.
- Also Known As:
- Whispering Palms Hotel Kottayam
- Whispering Palms Resort Kottayam, Kerala, India