Can you imagine a totally harmonious retreat, surrounded by still water on three sides, which is a real escape from the rest of the world? The incredible thing is that it doesn't have to remain in your imagination because it's real! Vembanad House, on the banks of Vembanad Lake along the Kerala backwaters, is such a place. Vembanad House is actually an old ancestral home that has been lovingly restored by the hosts. The interior is filled with some beautiful pieces of traditional wood furniture and artifacts, while the exterior is lush with tropical foliage and paddy fields.
Activities: Cooking lessons, fishing with locals, walking through the paddy fields, shopping in local markets, open air dining, traditional dance performances, Ayurvedic massage, house boat trips along the Kerala backwaters, bird watching, tours to learn about the coir industry, and yoga classes.
Special Features: The secluded location on the banks of Vembanad Lake, and option to go night fishing and catch your own seafood.
Rate: 5,000-6000 rupees ($110-132) per night, for a double including breakfast.
Read more in my review of Vembanad House Homestay or see more photos of Vembanad House Homestay and surroundings.
Visit the Vembanad House website.