A holiday is not always about 5 star hotels, sumptuous seven course meals and impeccable housekeeping! You may have to step out of your comfort zone to experience what your destination has to offer – to explore the secret treasures and tales that lay hidden in the history and culture of the natives, the culinary traditions and the threads that weave the magical fabric of their rich heritage. Some of the best travel experiences often unfold during an unassuming nature trek, a fishing trip, a culinary expedition or at a quiet, tranquil corner of a warm home stay! Read on to find out what some of these wonderful hosts from God’s own country have to offer this holiday season!
Text: RIYA SONNY DATSON
Kovilakam Lakeside Villa At Kumarakom
Kerala is well known for its architectural heritage and vibrant culture and ‘Kovilakam’, the beautiful backwater property offers a glimpse of Kerala’s “Thachu Shasthram”- the ancient rules and rites of carpentry. The traditional “Tharavadu” overlooks the beautiful Vembanad lake, that is dotted with houseboats and country canoes. Well-manicured lawns invite you to laze around, relax and enjoy the picturesque beauty or play a game of badminton or netball with your loved ones. What’s more? Kovilakom serves local cuisine or ‘naadan’ food as it is called, so one gets to experience the rich flavours of Kerala! The property offers enough activities for entertainment and exploration which will keep you busy during your stay. As night befalls, the small shimmering light from the canoes and the soft sound of the lapping waters add to the amazing ambience.
Where: Allappey district, Kumarakom (west)
Bedrooms: 5 rooms that can accommodate ten to fifteen people at a time.
Things to do: Go fishing on a canoe, Experience the Shikara Sunset Cruise or a houseboat cruise, visit the beach, enjoy a Village Walk, temple visit and visit to the Coir Factory, experience an Ayurvedic massage, play indoor or outdoor games and enjoy a cultural performance in the evening.
Facilities Available: Car parking space, Air conditioned Rooms with attached bathrooms, Free Wi-Fi, cable connection, fridge, 24hr water supply and heater, private dining area and personalised service.
Contact: Leela John Kandathil. Listed in Airbnb, makemytrip, goibibo