Garden Retreat is 20 km from Kottayam railway station. Originally built by
an English missionary 123 years ago, Baker's Bungalow, as it was then
called, housed four generations of the Baker family. Set in rustic
surroundings on the edge of the picturesque Vembanad Lake, the hotel has 22
rooms including rooms in cottages and in houseboats anchored in the lake.
The hotel comprises of a set of completely refurbished colonial bungalows
on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. The picturesque lake and sylvan bird
sanctuary nearby make you feel one with nature. The Taj Garden Retreat is
easily accessible by land and water.
Taj Garden Retreat, Kottayam have 22 air-conditioned rooms including
All rooms are elegantly appointed and offer guest
amenities like international direct dial facility, channel music and colour
television with satellite programmes. Choose from rooms in the Baker's
Bungalow (Old-World) or live in one of the hotel's anchored houseboats.
Old-World room in the Baker's Bungalow.
10 rooms, including 1 Deluxe Cottage Room and 3
Deluxe Rooms facing the pool.
Restaurants and Bars
: Taj Garden Retreat, Kottayam have the dining
room, which serves Indian, Continental and local cuisine. It is open from 7
a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
: This retreat provides 24-hour copier/facsimile
Facilities and Services
: Other facilities include travel desk, car
rental, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers, doctor-on-call and
excellent room service.
: Backwater cruises on a Ketuvallam (Keralite houseboat)
and night fishing on a country boat. Speedboats, rowboats and fishing rods
on request. Table tennis, indoor games, badminton court. Nature books and
binoculars for bird watching.
: Various water sports are facilitated such as wind
surfing facilities, water skis, banana boats, speed boats, row boats,
kayaks, country boats are available.
: A full fledged Ayurvedic Centre with facilities
for massages, steam therapy, yoga and meditation. A 7 day / 14 day Health
Rejuvenation Package is offered to guests.
Sail on a boat and relish the fragrance of this
dozy little town. Kumarakom lies on the shores of the pleasant Vembanad
Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad, 12 kms west of Kottayam town. One can see
large deposits of shells in the lakes here, that are usually found in the
Birds from all over the world flock at a sanctuary in
their process of migration which is plentiful in south India. Kumarakom is
one such place.