Known as “God’s Own Country” among Indians across the subcontinent, Kerala in South India is a serene tropical state. Travelers flock to Kerala for its varied landscapes, with hundreds of kilometers of coastline, verdant streams, and hills abundant in spices and tea. Visitors are also drawn to Kerala’s exotic wildlife reserves and misty hill stations. In line with the way travel writers have described this destination as otherworldly, Kerala is teeming with natural beauty. The best way to enjoy the geographical gems of Kerala is to stay in a hotel, resort, or villa. Whether you are looking for comfortable lodgings or luxurious accommodations, Kerala offers a wide array of places to unwind and touch base. Check out our list of the 10 of the best resorts in Kerala, India.
Marari Beach in Mararikulam pays tribute to the village fisherfolk. Each thatched cottage echoes local dwellings, and the food reflects the wealth of the ocean. Get in touch with nature through the room amenities fashioned from earthenware or woven by women villagers. You can relax at the clubhouse, learn what goes into each delectable dish at the organic farm, and savor your favorite foods at one of the three restaurants. Apart from a relaxing stay, Marari also offers travelers an opportunity to see plants and wildlife endemic to Kerala.
Wake up to the scent of coffee and spices. Set in a plantation surrounded by rainforest, Pepper Trail in Wayanad beckons visitors to a bygone era. Serene and intimate, this heritage plantation retreat has a different feel. Relive the days of tropical plantations at Pepper Trail. Interested in a treehouse nestled on tall jackfruit trees? You can dine at the pavilion for unforgettable views and a one-of-a-kind experience. Pamper yourself with an Ayurveda massage, or trek to the far corners of the plantation on a guided tour.
Stay in Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala’s backwaters for a memorable trip. If the BBC declared this resort one of the world’s most luxurious destinations, and if Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday here then, surely, it’s worth the visit. The rooms blend Indian mystique with modern conveniences and are reconstructed from traditional homesteads. Choose from six different room types, including houseboats and pool villas. Experience local and international cuisine at the tea shop or at the seafood bar. At the end of a long day, you can relax with meditation and yoga.
A pearl upon the backwaters, Coconut Lagoon features preserved homes of Kerala nobility. Located in a cove in Kumarakom, this resort highlights the magnificence of Vembanad Lake. Getting to Coconut Lagoon is an adventure — visitors take a private jetty a kilometer upstream past palms and local villages. Upon checking in, you can select a heritage bungalow, mansion, or lakefront villa with a private pool. During your stay, you can spot wild birds and butterflies, ride a canoe, or watch local performers. You will never run out of things to do at this lavish resort.
Inspired by the Manam people, Spice Village is in the highlands of the Periyar reserve. An award-winning boutique hotel, Spice Village evokes the spirit of the mountains. Nature, community, and comfort meet at this unique resort. Choose between two types of cottages. Each room is naturally lit and enveloped in the fresh forest air. Hang out at Woodhouse Bar, taste ingredients sourced within miles of Spice Village, and savor regional cuisine. You can also spend the rest of the day playing sports, exploring Interpretation Center, or swimming.
If you are looking to focus on yoga and Ayurveda, then a wellness retreat at Kaivalyam is for you. Nestled on the lush hills of Munnar, Kaivalyam is a rustic sanctuary that cares for your mind, body, and soul. Visitors can try customized Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation programs, and tea tasting, among other calming experiences. Four categories of rooms are available, from luxurious cottages to tree-top studios. Whether you’re after a short respite from the city or a wellness pilgrimage, Kaivalyam truly ensures your well-being.
What began as a popular seaside hotel in the 1980s is now an immersive retreat. In recent years, Rockholm in Kovalam has transformed into a wellness-inspired beach hotel. Unlike many of the resorts on this list, Rockholm’s Art Deco architecture is refreshingly minimalist. The predominantly vegetarian fare served in this resort is prepared in harmony with Ayurvedic and Sattvic principles. More importantly, Rockholm offers an array of Ayurveda and yoga programs to suit any guest, and the resort team can arrange for specially designed local sightseeing tours.
Interested in being one with nature in a rugged, yet charming setting? Be transported to another world at Koomankolly Heritage Village in Wayanad. This retreat is far from the maddening crowd, but it is also easily accessible to tourist destinations and historic monuments. Koomankolly’s rooms are cozy and built with eco-friendly materials. Take your pick from native huts and cottages and kalapura. Enjoy your stay with a walk down the riverside, a trek up the hills, and some meditation.
Taj Bekal Resort & Spa on Kappil Beach features 66 villas and rooms inspired by traditional houseboats. The resort’s superior rooms alone boast private balconies and courtyards. If staying in is not your cup of tea, you can take a long walk around the landscaped gardens and sandy shoreline. Taste the freshest catch of the day and Kerala cuisine at any of Taj Bekal’s four bars and restaurants. You can also experience the essence of Indian wellness — including yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda — at the renowned Jiva Spa.
Experience the wonders of nature at Quiet By The River, a river lodge that is well worth the half-hour drive and canoe trip. The resort gets its befitting name from its distinctive location — an island on the Periyar River. Enveloped by the Malayattoor forest, Quiet By The River offers stone or wooden riverside lodges and a grand view riverside lodge. Be greeted by views of the calm river and the forest beyond as you go on a picnic, enjoy a candlelit dinner, or enjoy the restaurant with stunning views.
Quiet By The River- CGH Earth
Address: Paniely P.O, Vengoor, Perumbavoor,, Kerala, Kottapady - Plamudy - Thodakayam Road, Thodakayam, Cochin
Non-smoking throughout Meeting/banquet facilities Private check-in/check-out Garden Parking Free parking Outdoor pool Swimming pool
Come for the nature, stay for the culture
Tourists come to Kerala for the state’s natural blessings, but they return again and again for the eclectic culture. Aside from coconut-lined beaches and backwaters, another fascinating lure to this part of South India is its unique blend of the Western and the traditional. Even though it appears very modern, Kerala culture is rooted in Ayurveda, shamans, and vibrant festivals.
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