Kerala Backwater Retreat
Backwater Cruise, Festivals and Fairs

A backwater retreat is the best way to explore the backwaters to its fullest.

There are lots of resorts, homestays and heritage homes with real Kerala character. These places will give you much keener sense of daily life in backwater regions of Kerala than you gain from a houseboat.

Some of Kerala's most fascinating accommodation lies hidden away in the backwaters around Vembanad lake. Most of them are renovated ancestral houses.

You can relax your afternoons watching traffic in backwaters from the comfort of a shaded veranda. Hosts often arrange canoe or fishing trips along canals unreachable by larger vessels. And of course, they serve local cuisine.

Almost everyone has some kind of tie-ups with houseboat operators. It is good to deal with your accommodation provider than you directly deal with the operators.

Beautiful Kerala Backwater Retreats
Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam (Quilon)


Fragrant Nature Retreat and Resort

Tel: +91 474 2518020

A new resort with 5 rooms and 5 villas and swimming pool. The resort offers boat trips.

Shantigiri Ayurveda Centre

Tel: +91 474 2763104

An attractive option for those do not want to pay fancy rates for Ayurvedic treatments.

Aqua serene

Tel: +91 474 2512410-17

It has 28 cottages with elegant interiors, each on a little island of its own, connected by canals.

Valiyavila Family Estate

Tel: +91 9847132449

Good accommodation with temple visits, village tours and fishing trips. They also offer Ayurveda and yoga facilities.

Club Mahindra Backwater Retreat

Tel: +91 476 2882655

Among the best hotels in the district.

Palm Lagoon Backwater Resorts

Tel: +91 474 2547214

11 rooms, swimming pool and Ayurveda.

Sarovaram Backwater Resort and Ayurvedic Spa

Tel: +91 474 2704686

A lakeside Ayurveda spa.

Cambay Palm Lagoon

Tel: +91 474 254950

A full fledged resort complex.

Vembanad Backwater Retreat, Alleppey


Palm Grove Lake Resort
Punnamada Kayal
Tel: +91 477 3256238

A perfect, tranquil spot from which to watch the backwaters.

Sona

Thathampally
Tel: +91 477 2235211

An elegant old Kerala home.

Kayaloram

Punnamada Kayal
Tel: +91 477 2364480

Twelve antique Kerala wood tharavadukal. Excellent location with uninterrupted views across the water.

Keraleeyam

Thathampally
Tel: +91 477 2231468

Perfectly placed to see the backwaters.

Punnamada

On Punnamada Lake
Tel: +91 477 2233690

Lake facing five star resort.

Casa del Fauno

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2860862

The fusion architecture, given a face-lift by the Malabar House chain.

Kovilakam

Muhamma
Tel: +91 478 2861275

Small campus of five traditional rooms in a converted tharavad.

Lemon Tree

Muhamma
Tel: +91 478 2861970

A luxury resort right on the lakeshore.

Privacy at Sanctuary Bay

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2216666

Run by the Malabar House chain.

Akkarakalalm Memoirs

Chennamkary
Tel: +91 477 2762345

One of the true heritage hotels in the backwaters.

Bamboostix

Thayyil Kayal
Vembanad Lake
Tel: +91 9995821015

Australian-owned backpackers lodge.

Chakkalayil

Champakulam
Tel: +91 9847323875

Eighteenth-century Portuguese-styled residence of Syrian Christians on the Pamba River.

Emerald Isle

Kanjooparambil-Manimalathara
Tel: +91 477 2703899

The real deal- an authentic 150 year old tharavadu.

The Granary

Pulinkunnu
Tel: +91 477 4028308

Small, modern resort hotel in the backs of river.

Kait's

Champakulam
Tel: +91 477 2736223

Lovely little mid-priced homestay right on the river bank.

Mankotta Island

Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2212245

One of the oldest backwater homestay surrounded by water and coconut trees.

Nelpura

Edayadi House
Mancombu
Tel: +91 477 2202336

Beautiful three-bed roomed teak nalukettu house.

Olavipe

Thekkanatt Parayil
Olavupe
Poochakkal
Tel: +91 477 2522255

Olavipe, roughly midway between Kochi and Alleppey. Ranks among the Kerala's old-established heritage homestays. It's still one of the very best.

Pooppally's

Ponga
Pooppally
Tel: +91 477 2762034

A pretty and hospitable homestay. This mansion is a typically Syrian-Christian home.

Thevarcad House

Kainakary
Tel: +91 477 2724263

A relative newcomer that promises to be among the best-value.

VJ's Rice Garden

Pallathuruthy
Tel: +91 477 2702566

If you'd like to be in the backwaters but can't afford any of the heritage properties, try this guesthouse.

Kumarkom Backwater Retreats


Coconut Lagoon

Kumarakom
Tel: +91 481 2524491

The original and still the most stylish of the grand-scale luxury resorts in this area.

Illikkalam Lake Resort

Karottukayal
Kumarakom
Tel: +91 481 2523282

A nice little mid-priced option.

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kumarakom
Tel: +91 481 2524900

One of India's top spa resort.

Philip Kutty's Resort

Pallivathukal
Near Ambika Market
Vechoor
Tel: +91 481 276529

Luxury homestay on a working island farm in the remote backwaters of Vemband lake.

Vivanta by Taj-Kumarkom

Kumarkom
Tel: +91 481 2524377

The "History House" of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. This Edwardian mansion of the Baker family is the centre of this resort.

The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa

Karottukayal
Kumarakom
Tel: +91 481 2527272

Newest mega resort in this area, an ideal backwater retreat.


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