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Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages
Ranked #17 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 August 2017


I did a last minute booking so didn't get a good deal. However this property is atleast 50% less when compared to other properties at the Lake side stretch. So, its worth.
I booked Lake View Ac cottage.

Check-in/ Check-out:

I called the hotel 1 hour before the check -in and reached resort around 2 PM. They have the room key ready for me so no hassle. Check-out also simple as you just need to make payment for the food.

Room facilities:

>> Lake view Ac cottage has a stunning view overlooking the Vembanad lake. Its breath taking.

>> Room are very neat and clean. Except the messy wooden doors all other looks elegant and neat.

>> Bathing Soap and 2 Hand towels are the only toiletries available. So be prepared to take tooth brush etc.,

>> AC had a different remote and hence cannot control it.

>> Lake side AC cottage has privat(kind of) Sit out area from where you can enjoy sipping a coffee or tea overlooking vembanad lake..

Service and Food:

This is not a property more concerned about the reviewed/feedback as far I noticed. So do not expect a red carpet service but still they try their level best.

Food are over priced with very little options. Curd Rice Rs. 100 is something too much. Food taste is OK.

Resort Facility:

Its actually not a resort. May be an acre property with around 12-15 rooms. There is a garden with Rabbit farm and Duck farm, which is good for children to enjoy.

They doesn't have in-house boating facility. If you want boating, you need go boating jetty which is 5 KM away from the property.

Room Tip: Make sure you book LakeSide AC Cottage or LakeSide AC Family cottage for Lake view.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at this place. Mr S Das was very helpful with the stay, and also helped us get a good deal for Ayurveda massages, and a speed boat ride.
Place a decent facility for badminton, basketball and table tennis, where kids could spend time with.
Definitely value for money and a great lakeside view.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Rajnish J
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 9 people and had booked 4 lakeside cottages. We checked in the hotel at around 12 midnight - so I wasn't expecting a red carpet welcome. However, I wasn't expecting a super cold welcome either. There were two men at the reception, none of whom tried to guide us to our rooms, until asked repeatedly.
They demanded upfront payment, strictly in cash. When refused, they relented to take the payment the next morning, at checkout.
I'd heard so much about their food, but honestly, didn't find it worth the hype or the extravagant rates.

The "premium" lakeside cottages are honestly cubicle sized; and have a horrible quality and taste in furnishing and lighting. The design of having a huge porch in front of every cottage definitely makes it look good from outside, but sadly that's where "good looks" end.

The next morning, the reception lady rudely asks us to check out; and doesn't provide a proper invoice until repeated asked - more than 5 times.

That said, I'll give it points for the view and in house goose and rabbit farms. The owners are really sweet people too, but they should realize what happens behind their backs; and be aware of the competition by surrounding resorts.

Oh, and before I forget, even inquiring about WiFi would have you charged for usage. ;)

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
5  Thank Daksh T
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

Some body suggested and we checked in like fools. Cold welcome by a lady staff. Payment demanded in advance but the card reader(POS) is not functional.After a wait of 20 minutes,they agreed to take payment when the swipe works.
Checked in about 1 pm 0n 04 May 2017.Floored to find linen of the worst quality and color in the cottage.Cubicle sized rooms and poorly appointed baths.tastelessly kept rooms
Ordered for lunch at 1.15 pm and was served at 2.50 pm in a dining which was comparable to a village panchayath shed.Tasteless sambar,something claimed to be moru curry,halfdone vegetables with brown rice.Fish was very poorly done and just with a lot of spice.Enough is enough,having paid a days tariff,we checked out at 6 pm same day,having spent less than 5 hours.
About etiquette and cordiality of the staff,the lesser said the better,they dont know what it means.

Room Tip: Cottages OverLooking The Lake-But never plan to stay in this resort
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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6  Thank jakes20142015
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

a great place to relax. nice place for kids with the swans, rabbits, vegetable farm, etc & with sport like table tennis lounge, badminton etc available. Food is average. USP - you get the same view and ambience of the other 7 odd high end resorts but at 1/5th the cost.

The hosts, Adv.Koshy& Susan are very warm, friendly and are sincere.They are looking to serve rather than get a market share.

Room Tip: room with a view of the lake is the best option
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank sheeba k
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Resort is actually located on the lake side and offers mesmerising views of lake/Sunset/Running house boats/Fishermen.
You can take a ride by requesting to fisherman as the resort offers a gate with opens directly into the lake.
Food is simple and delicious and rooms are good.
Resort is a habitat for Ducks/ Rabbits and Plants and trees.
Staff is very nice and helping.
You can hire auto-rickshaw/ taxi to reach there.
Main railway station or bus stand to Kumarakom is Kottayam.
Distance from Kottayam Bus stand is around 10 KM and Kottayam railway station is 12 KM.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Illikkalom Lakeside Cottages offers a stay like no other, offering the guests an opportunity to make their accommodation while enjoying the stunning natural environment of Kumarakom. Without any doubt, I can say that this is the best resort that can be found at the shore of vembanadu lake at a cheaper price. They have small cottages with lots of amazing things like Rabbits, Ghoose, different types of trees and fruits etc.
The owner Mr. Salim Das was a good host and accommodating. Well maintained property and very clean..
The hospitality provided by them was extremely good..
It was a wonderful night ... I strongly reccommend this lakeside cottages for everyone who wants to have a unique place for relaxation...

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
Thank anoop k
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Additional Information about Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages

Address: banks of the Vembanad Lake | Kumarakom,Kerala state, Kumarakom 686563, India (Formerly Illikkalam Lake Resort)
Region: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range: $32 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Illikkalam Lakeside Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
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