Friday, 23 June 2017

5 Topmost Backwater Stays in Kerala

Kerala, one of India’s most appealing tourist destinations, needs little introduction. Indeed, it has a tagline of its own which it does justice to- God’s Own Country. Existing in an age of every new thing being an attraction, Kerala is popular because it has a lot to offer on the new and unique front-backwaters, and homestays. Both different and new compared to run of the mill sightseeing. Backwaters are what one would hope to find in Venice, and are Kerala’s main show object, being indigenous to the state. And homestays are the emerging trend-cheap, healthy food, humane relations with those that serve you, and very often located in champion spots to top it all. Combined together, they make Kerala a site made in tourism heaven.

1. The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa


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Starting off the list on a high note the way all good things should be started, comes in Zuri, the name you want to look up if you want the best deluxe experience on your Kerala backwater tour. Providing the best in luxury, with suitably high fares, Zuri boasts of a number of premium features like a cigar room, a gaming arcade, an amphitheatre (!) and lagoon view rooms among other attractions. It also provides quality food and some of the priciest rooms on the Vembanad lake itself. To know more about tourist places in Kerala, read:

2. Vembanad House Homestay, Kerala

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Now we come to the highlighted residential feature in the Kerala backwaters-the homestay. Vembanad House Homestay is one of the most notable among the many profitable homestay businesses that have cropped up in the near bouts. It offers authentic Keralite food, and a tantalising view comprised of paddy fields, village life and the magnificent Vembanad lake. It is a peninsula of its own, surrounded on 3 sides by the lake and is located precisely in Muhamma, Alappuzha, Kerala. There are so many things one can indulge in, while on a trip to Kerala:

3. The Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kerala

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Next up on the list is pure heritage and a trip down nostalgia lane. Steeped in old Keralite tradition is this resort, which serves first rate food, hospitality and views to boot. This resort has cuisine which merited mention in award winning books like “The God of Small Things” and captivated the attention of global celebrities like former Beatle Paul McCartney. To explore the best beaches in Kerala, check:

4. Venice Castle Kerala

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Whenever one types in “homestays in Kerala backwaters”, the first name that crops up on the screen is the name of this one. And that is enough testimony in favour of it, by any layman’s opinion. A multiple time winner of several hospitality awards, this homestay was inaugurated to cater to visitors to Kerala, the “Venice” of the east, and hence the name. It boasts of state of the art rooms with facilities like air conditioning, quality traditional Kerala food, calm bucolic surroundings, and is affordable into the bargain. Really, what else does a backwater voyager ask for?

5. Bella Art and Meditation House, Kerala

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We round off this list with a homestay that is so pleasantly unique and packed with cool features that it’s hard to find a match. First are the owners, an Indian-European duo who have diverse specialisations when it comes to their passions, including dance, yoga, travel and all that one can ask for to rejuvenate their selves. Also, the resort has studios to facilitate these. There’s free Wi-Fi and the resort is affordable, and in keeping with the healthy vibe, a lot of the resort is non-smoking, along with being entirely anti-alcohol consumption.

The Times, they are surely a-changing’. Along with every other thing, one facet that has changed widely is the idea of tourism. Gone are the days when a vacation meant your siblings and aunts trudging with you up rocky mountain terrain or fanning themselves sitting on a sweltering monument rooftop in summer. No, you’re more likely to find today’s tourists in a group of college mates, spending time on the terrace of a makeshift tourist motel rocking to beats of their favourite musician performing an impromptu gig. And what led to the coming about of this hippie culture is off-the-beaten-track tourism mainstays like backwater exploration in domestic stays. Kerala is fascinating, and the charm is enhanced by features like homestays in its backwaters, each providing some quirky features to surely attract the potential wanderer.

Author Bio:
Rohit is a traveller who loves nothing more than the new in life, and sure enough, always, manages to stumble upon something like that. Aqua tourism is one among his many interests. You can read more of his travel stories at