There is something so poetic about exploring the backwaters of Kerala – stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons dotted with beautiful houseboats and lush palm trees. One can never tire of a visit to Kerala irrespective of how many times you’ve been there already! There is so much to experience across the varying landscapes of this Indian state. We bring to you some spectacular retreats that are just perfect for a soul-soothing break away from the chaos of urban life.
This property is situated by the side of one of the India’s largest inland lake- Lake Vembanad spread over 30 acres of ground size. You get to the property on a boat – an experience not to be missed! The cottages here are made up of the remains of old mansions. Aymanam, the lakeside restaurant here gives a taste of the culinary culture of the area as it is set amidst the paddy fields. While here, look forward to gorgeous sunsets, unending paddy fields, butterfly gardens and of course indulging in delicious seafood!
These 100 years old cottages were once traditional homes that are today converted to a modern-age retreat. The domestic architecture of the cottages was decades ago famous in Kerala. Similar to Coconut Lagoon, you need to take a short boat ride to reach the property. Kondai is set amidst tall palm and coconut trees – the views here will leave you truly spellbind. ‘Oottusala’ is the dining area that opens up to the surrounding landscape on three sides and serves traditional cuisines with few varieties from other parts of India as well. Special candle light dinner can also be arranged beside the canal on prior request.
Spice Coast has both 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom houseboats made up of natural materials, powered with solar energy and vegetable oils to reduce their impact on the lake. The crew of these houseboats are fisherman who not only navigate the waterways but prepare meals for their guests as well. Your meals here will include a lot of fresh flavours with strong spices. Fish is among the mains in their menu and the fresh catch from the lake is truly a delight!
This is one of the finest luxury heritage retreat nestles on the bank of Vembanad. It is spread across 25 acres of lush greens with an idyllic view. 16th century traditional farmhouses are translocated from their original locations and are carefully reassembled to create this retreat. They have traditionally styled, open-roofed bathrooms set in their courtyards.
Between the Arabian Sea and the mountains of the Western Ghats and opening out to a dream beach this place is truly paradise. The backwaters near the ocean, the beach and the lush greens are like a dream! They offer 86 rooms which include the Land cottages, Ayurvedic cottages and Floating cottages. You can indulge in activities like bird watching, motor boat cruise, excursions, outdoor barbecue and even take up some ayurvedic treatments. The culinary treat, fresh catch from the sea, exotic spices, orchard-fresh fruits and vegetables everything served here is like a feast.
So, which one is your pick from these exotic retreats?