Kerala offers memorable holidays on the cool and misty High ranges that form its eastern boundary all through. Munnar, a tea outpost founded by the British, where your eyes can roam over a seemingly endless carpet of lush green tea, broken by little rivulets. Verdant rain forests with imposing mountain peaks as majestic backdrops, placid lakes and reservoirs make Munnar the most scenic mountain resort in Kerala.
WINDERMERE A small 5 room farmhouse style resort set in a Cardamom and Tea estate located high up in the mountains and is about 3 km. away from Munnar town..
COPPER CASTLE Is a modern style hotel set in a good location with very good views located just out of Munnar town. All rooms are well furnished and each one has a TV and phone facility.
HILL VIEW A comfortable, modern budget hotel located on the outskirts of Munnar town just off the main road.
FORT MUNNAR Fort Munnar with its old castle style buildings is located near the Anayirangal lake well away from the bustling Munnar town. The hotel offers stylish accomodation, a 24 hrs coffee shop and a good multicuisine restaurant.
TEA COUNTY An old colonial style resort reminiscent of the British Raj, it is set on a hillock in the middle of Munnar town commanding excellent views of the scenic countryside around. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and there is a good in-house restaurant.
PERIYAR - THEKKADY
Sprawling across 777 sq.kms of the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is home to one of the largest wildlife reserves in India "Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary". The Periyar lake is a man made reservior and the only way to see and enjoy the wildlife is by taking a boat cruise on the lake either early morning or in the evening when animals come out to drink at the water's edge.
Guided treks through the forests are another way to enjoy the sanctuary and if one is lucky to see wildlife at close quarters.
SPICE VILLAGE Is a theme resort built on the lines of a tribal hamlet and is located just outside the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Each aspect of the village has been carefully chosen to blend with and preserve the environment - like the elephant grass thatched roofs, architectural style of the cottages set in a verdant Spice garden. Facilities include a good restaurant, swimming pool and Ayurveda centre.
SHALIMAR SPICE GARDEN A charming resort of six cottages six double rooms set in a fragrant spice garden with a gurgling stream running through it and located near the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Thekkady. Facilities include a quaint outdoor restaurant and a lovely swimming pool as well as Ayurvedic massages.
CARDAMOM COUNTY Is a modern style holiday village set against picturesque mountain ranges. Thirty beautiful landscaped cottages built using traditional materials, a king size pool, multi cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda health centre, health club.
WYNAD - NORTH KERALA
VYTHIRI RESORTS Is a picturesque place located in the sylvan Northern High Ranges of Kerala in Wynad district. The resort offers cottages and rooms in a property surrounded by mist clad mountains, thick forests and rushing streams. The mud-washed buildings, granite paved swimming pool and hanging bridge have all been finished to blend well with the thickly wooded surroundings.
TREE TOPS Is a unique resort set right in the midst of the thick rain forests of Wynad. Accomodation offered is in very comfortably furnished Tree Houses in which the access to one is by means of a fascinating counter weight system and the other two by means of a a rope bridge. For the fainthearted there are well furnished rooms in the Eco lodge at the base camp.
Kerala offers a unique mini-canvas to the traveller; the backwaters - which consist of complex networks of lagoons, lakes & canals. Life on the backwaters is entirely different; water being the key to every thing as there are no roads here, only water ways. The banks of the backwaters are covered with lush green rice fields spreading away into the distance and coconut groves with the occasional villages, little temples and whitewashed churches.
The backwaters are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as "KETTUVALLAM" which were used as Rice barges to transport paddy and other produce from village to village. This is a fascinating experience and one you will savour for a long time.
RICE BOATS Remodeled traditional thatch-roofed rice boats called "Kettuvallams", with single and double bedrooms, kitchenette and bathroom. These Houseboats do not have any electricity and in evening the Hurricane lamps add to the overall ambience and unique experience.
Food offered is Kerala cuisine both vegetarian and non- vegetarian (fresh fish & chicken). An ice box on board keeps your Soft drinks and Beer cool and there is fresh water stored in the tanks for bathing etc. For drinking bottled Mineral water is supplied.
KERALEEYAM is a small, remodeled old Kerala style home, located on the banks of the backwaters of Alleppey. This resort offers A/c rooms with all modern facilities and the restaurant serves excellent traditional cuisine. The "Ayurveda" center is well equipped and offers various kinds of therapies for rejuvenation and general well being.
PALMGROVE This small but unique guesthouse offers 4 independent Bamboo clad cottages with modern but open-to-the-sky bathrooms. Set in the midst of a 3 acre Coconut and Banana plantation it boasts a 120m backwater frontage. Although ethnic in style, all these cottages are comfortably furnished and well protected from insects. The guesthouse has a thatch roofed restaurant facing the backwaters, serving Kerala style food.
Good value for the money and recommended for the ambience and friendly service.
KADAVU 'Kadavu' in vernacular means Jetty where people get on and off boats. The resort is located near a popular jetty called 'Arapuzha Kadavu' since ancient times.
Kadavu is just 13 km from Calicut Airport on the way to Calicut city located in an aesthetically landscaped hillock in perfect isolation.
KAYALORAM LAKE RESORT A small, charming resort built from reassembled, old traditional wooden Kerala houses and set amongst a coconut grove on the banks of the backwaters. There is a good swimming pool on location as well as a multi cuisine restaurant. Accommodation is in 12 cottages with 4 rooms each ( A/c and Non A/c ).
Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater village on the shore of the enchanting Vembanad lake, crisscrossed with meandering waterways and ancient cottages.
KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT
This resort is located on the banks of the Kumarakom backwaters and offers accomodation of a very high standard. The reassembled old wooden Kerala style houses have been air-conditioned for comfort and the large bathrooms are open to the sky. An excellent swimming pool, Ayurveda centre and restaurant all add to the overall luxurious ambience.
COCONUT LAGOON Hidden among the palm trees in the eastern shore of Vembanad lake, Coconut Lagoon is set on an abandoned coconut plantation in the heart of the idyllic backwaters. It is designed to give visitors an authentic insight into the rustic life of Kerala.
PARADISE RESORTS Located in Kumarakom offers villas designed in Kerala style with rustic pathways and bridges over the many inlet canals. Fully airconditioned, the resort commands an excellent view of the broad lake.
OTHER BACKWATER RESORTS
GOLDEN WATERS- Golden Waters boasts of 28 delightful cottages, constructed on the banks of the canals. Some of the cottages are actually on stilts in the water and all are accessible by water as well as land, over cobbled pathways and rustic bridges. The heritage style architecture is reminiscent of the traditional Kerala tharawad or ancestral house. The air-conditioned interiors are quaint and cosy, with all modern amenities for a luxurious stay and a few extras such as the fact that you can fish out of your cottage window for a luxurious stay.
AQUASERENE- a beautiful resort located near Kollam town on the banks of the backwaters in Paravoor. All the A/c cottages and the swimming pool command excellent views of the scenic backwaters.
NALANDA RESORTS- Drive through the unspoilt distict of Kasargod, in the very northern reaches of Kerala. The serene Nileshwaram River forms a picturesque backdrop to Nalanda Resorts, tucked away in sprawling acres of greenery. This cosy little place with its unmatched facilities and services could make your ideal hide-out. Nalanda is just 65 kms from Kannur, 165 kms from Calicut city and the legendary Bekal Fort is a mere 14 kms away. 5 cottages or 16 AC/non AC rooms, all placed in the heart of a coconut groove. The cottages are individually placed with large airy rooms with unique wood work and are elegantly furnished.
THE SNAKE BOATS OF KERALA Are long, low slung dugouts with beautifully decorated sterns and manned by upto 100 oarsmen cutting through the waters in rhythmic harmony. The boats carry colourful, decorated umbrellas which add to this colourful event. This annual event celebrates the seafaring and martial traditions of ancient Kerala.
The palm-lined beaches of Kerala are renowned for the gentle surf and azure blue waters. To this add a delectable seafood cuisine. A smiling sun and friendly people to make an unforgettable holiday.
To the south of the state is the world famous Kovalam beach: An hour's drive north bring you to the laterite cliffs of Varkala, cradling a lovely beach. Varkala is also famous for its mineral springs. Further North, in Malabar there is the Kappad beach where Vasco Da Gama landed in Kerala, which boasts of the most tranquil sea.
COCONUT BAY Is a small secluded beach resort of 8 cottages near Kovalam, tucked away in a coconut grove overlooking a small bay. A beautiful setting with a high standard of accommodation it also has a good restaurant on location and an almost private beach.
A modern well furnished hotel with an excellent beach side location. Good service , facilities and restaurant on location.
LAGOONA DAVINA, KOVALAM
Nestles on the edge of a freshwater lagoon and looks across to the white sands of the Arabian Sea. Far from tourists and bustle, it is a heaven of peace and tranquillity surrounded by natural beauty and sublime views - a perfect hideaway in an ecological environment to rest, read, eat delicious healthy food, take yoga, Ayurvedic treatements, clear your mind, find inner peace, restore bodily health and harmony - and have fun.
POOVAR ISLAND RESORT This idyllic resort is located on Poovar island near an estuary and overlooks the serene lagoon across to the golden beach beyond. The resort offers a mix of unique floating cottages which have been constructed on light weight concrete hulls and conventional cottages. All the cottages are air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities. The resort also has a good Ayurvedic centre and swimming pool. To while away your time, you can take short boat cruises to the nearby fishing village and centuries old Martial arts centre.
NIKKI'S NEST is a small sea side resort nestling among the lush coconut palms, on a hillock over looking the white sandy beaches. Accommodation offered is in ethnically styled Non A/c, thatched circular cottages, reassembled wooden Kerala houses with all modern facilities and a large independent house called "The Nest". On location there is an excellent restaurant commanding great views of the sea.
OTHER BEACH RESORTS
MARARI BEACH RESORT Located at Mararikulam, a small picturesque fishing village near Cochin, this resort is built on the lines of a typical Keralan fishing village. The white-washed, coconut palm thatched cottages blend with their rustic surroundings but are A/C and have all the required modern conveniences one could ask for. The large swimming pool and Ayurvedic centre are excellent places to relax as is the restaurant which serves excellent fresh seafood delicacies.
MOTTY'S COTTAGE These small one bedroom beachfront self catering cottages are located right on the Mararikulam beach next door to the well known "Marari Beach Resort"
KADAPPURAM BEACH RESORT This ethnic style beach resort is well away from the tourist crowds in Nattika beach near Trichur town. The coconut palm thatched cottages are non A/C and have ceilings paneled with aromatic herbal grasses. The excellent beach nearby is accessed by means of a rustic bamboo bridge, across a large pool of tidal sea water. The resort offers various Ayurveda therapies on location and traditional Kerala style meals are served at the quaint, thatched restaurant.
KAPPAD BEACH RESORT Kappad is the Beach on which the famous Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, first landed in India in 1498 AD. The pristine beach has interesting Rock formations jutting into the sea, which make great lookouts and the calmest sea you could ever imagine. The resort is located only 15 mtrs away from the sea line, is spread over 3 acres and is set in a quaint, tranquil fishing village, where time seems to stand still.
LAKSHADWEEP - INDIA
Lakshadweep is a cluster of islands, situated off the coast of Kerala. Sunkissed beaches of endless silver sands and picture perfect coconut groves make it a wonderful tropical beach.
ISLAND RESORT This resort sits in its own lagoon which is a
hundred shades of blue hinting at hidden worlds below. Accomodation is
in very comfortably furnished Non A/c, ethnic style thatched cottages
with modern bathrooms. The resort offers scuba diving, snorkeling and
other water sports and is the ultimate retreat for an idle
sunworshipper, or the adventurous.
AGATTI BEACH RESORT Situated on the main Island located in the Lakshadweep chain, this resort offers accommodation in independent Non A/c Cottages. The white beaches and the azure blue sea, offer excellent scope for water sports, fishing or just relaxing.