During this last winter break I went to Kumarakom, Kerala, India, which is one of India’s finest resorts. My family and I stayed at the Radisson Resort which was a five star hotel directly on the waters. We spent three days experiencing a complimentary massage in the number one Ayurvedic and massage center in India, peaceful boat rides in the magnificent boat houses, delicious food and enjoyable activities.
Each day was more exciting than the first. The first day we took a long boat ride in the waters of Kumarakom. It was a peaceful and relaxing going through miles and miles of clean water and astounding landscape. After an hour of wading in the warm waters, I still wanted to swim. I immediately retreated to my suite and was on my way to the hotel’s huge pool. The pool was like no other, it contained four massive elephant statues squirting water out of their trunks.
The elephants at the poolside were quite impressive, but the real elephant we saw the next day completely blew us away. The following day we had a tug of war game with a baby elephant! 50 people against one elephant and what seemed to be a winning battle for the humans was soon changed; the elephant gave just one huge tug with his trunk and all 50 participants fell! After that we enjoyed a tour of some historical buildings and churches, one which marked the original grave of Vasco de Gama, the famous explorer. We also witnessed the fisherman at the riverside close to the fishing market. We were welcomed by the strong aroma of fish, which I strongly disliked, but the watching the fisherman definitely made up for it. They used Chinese fishing nets, which were huge bamboo net-like balls that were lowered into the water and lifted after a couple minutes with pounds of fish. It was astonishing because we had never seen such a thing before!
The last day was an “elastic” adventure! We ventured over to a rubber farm. We learned how rubber was changed from the rubber sap from the trees, to sheets hanging on a string. The only downside was the numerous bugs that surrounded us; even though it was daylight I was getting bit like crazy! There is nothing better than spending some quality time shopping, especially when you are in such a beautiful part of India. We bought everything from spices, to clothing, to appealing bead bags. After such a long day, we had a scrumptious dinner at the hotel’s buffet table, which served both international and authentic Kerala food. After that, we went to the outside arena-like sitting area, which featured karaoke and drinks.
These three days were of extreme pleasure, luxury and bliss. It was simply unforgettable and my family and I will unquestionably visit this resort again. In my opinion, anyone would after being treated like royalty. My winter break was full of memories and experiences that only the magnificent city of Kumarakom can contribute to anyone’s life. The calm and trouble-free city brought adventure, breath-taking scenery, mouth-watering food and lively people.
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