Stay in Palatial Setting, Enjoy Placid Backwaters


Thiruvananthapuram: Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and quiet backwaters, Kadinamkulam – a serene coastal hamlet in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram – hardly figured in Kerala’s tourism map in the past. Of late, travel buffs across the world are getting to know the beauty of this place, thanks to Lake Palace, a lovely resort overlooking the Kadinamkulam Lake which offers tranquil stay amidst swaying coconut trees. ‘We do not sell rooms. We sell experiences’ – thus goes their slogan.

“Lake Palace is immersive, transformative and deeply engaging. We create a vibe that encourages our guests to live every moment more intensely. We offer unique guest experiences featuring nature-based adventure, luxurious stay, fine cuisine, and first-class service; all delivered in style with a smile. We also make sure there is a ‘wow factor’ each day of their stay with us,” says Yakoob Khan, the GM.

Ideal for business and leisure travellers, the property is hardly 19 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Rooms are classified into three categories, namely Deluxe Delight, Lake View Delight and Grand Suite. Overlooking the serene Kadinamkulam Lake, Lake View rooms are perfect for guests looking for a little more privacy. Grand Suite is elegant with a roomy private bathroom equipped with a spacious twin Jacuzzi, shower and TV, eying honeymoon travellers.

Southern Spice, the multi-cuisine restaurant on the ground floor, offers an array of authentic Kerala and North Indian dishes with ‘a la carte’ and buffet to choose from. Adjacent to it is Waves, the coffee shop where one can have confectioneries, pastries, cookies or cakes. “Guests can also have a unique dining experience by the pool. A team of chefs can design a creative menu of traditional and contemporary, international delicacies to tantalize taste buds,” Yakoob added.

Those who enjoy a drink can check into Ocean, the trendy and elegant bar offering the finest blend of cocktails, wines and spicy food amidst a soothing ambiance. Apart from three hotels in Kovalam, Lake Palace is the only five-star facility in Thiruvananthapuram which operates a bar. The vast lawn near the pool can host weddings or receptions and can accommodate around 2500 guests.

Perhaps, Lake Palace is the only hotel in Thiruvananthapuram which owns and operates a houseboat. Other facilities include ‘shikhara’ boat ride, water sports such as kayaking and canoeing, speedboat cruise, and various indoor and outdoor games. The resort also features a mini home theatre with 7.1 sound system and a kids’ corner.                DK