A calm coastal breeze, sound of backwaters lapping against banks, and absolute tranquility in the atmosphere makes Kerala a prefect spot for a vacation. This tropical state on the Malabar Coast is known for precious gems that are hidden in plain sight. One of these is the Punnamada Backwater Resort in Alappuzha that is a tiny haven tucked amidst greenery across the Punnamada river. The resort's beauty is so widely-renowned that it is even a favourite amongst the Indian cricket team!
The resort is ideal for those who don’t just want a roof above their heads but a wholesome, niche travelling experience.
About the Property:
The property overlooks the famous Punnamada Lake which serves as the main attraction around which all aspects of the resort are designed. No matter where you are in the resort, the magnificent view of the backwaters follows you. What else could you ask for if you're in the hub of backwaters? You can simply relax in the lush greens of the resort and watch house boats make their journey across the river.
The exotic location of the resort is not just all, it also offers Ayurvedic treatments that focus on balancing the mind, body and soul through natural products like plant-based medicines, cardamom and cinnamon, tulsi, neem, turmeric and herbal oils. The ayurvedic treatment at Punnamada is truly special as it will rejuvenate you inside and out, taking your vacation mood a notch higher. Regular yoga classes are also offered that you can start your day with.
If you're not interested in spirituality, then you can instead indulge in the food that the resort offers. At the restaurant that faces the plush arena of the resort, you can enjoy the best, most authentic South Indian food. Some of the dishes that you must try are the karimeen fry, avial, thoran, mezukkuvarati, kootu curry, fish molee and choola fried chicken.
The rooms are divided into four segments - lake view, garden view, heritage garden and duplex villas. If you love the water, the rooms facing the Vembanad Lake should be your top choice, whereas, if you fancy the rich blooms of the resort's lawns, garden view villas or heritage garden villas are the way to go. All the rooms of the resort are designed in typical Kerala style of architecture, with a perfect amalgamation of traditional and modern amenities. Each corner of the room is instagaram-worthy, and you are sure to be taken aback by the pristine beauty of your room and its surroundings.
A room at Punnamad Resort will cost you anywhere between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 (breakfast included), depending upon the category of room you choose.
Best Time To Go:
The best time to visit the resort is between December to February when the weather in Kerala is comparatively dry and cool.
How to Get to the Resort:
Air: The closest airport to the resort is the Kochi Airport, which is about 93km away. From New Delhi, around 10+ flights fly to Kochi everyday which takes about 3.5 hrs. From the airport, you can either have the resort arrange transport for you, or you can hail a cab.
Rail: The most convenient means to reach Punnamada Resort is by train as the Alappuzha Railway Station is only 8km away. If you're travelling from New Delhi, you can take the Trivandrum Rajdhani.
Things to Do:
At the property, you can of course indulge in yoga and ayurveda, but the most exciting activity is taking a tour of the lake on a houseboat. Spend an entire day on these re-modelled kettuvallams (houseboat) and enjoy the backwaters.
Some other places to see in Alappuzha are:
A major tourist spot in the city, the beach is a must-visit, especially if you're there around new year. You must visit the the beach for its Beach Festival (takes place in the last week of December) and Sand Art Festival (typically takes place in April) in case you're in the city during these months.
This temple, known as Mannarasala is located amidst complete greenery and seclusion. The temple is held in high regard for those who have problems conceiving. You can visit the temple for a unique experience where you can also enjoy a fish pedicure.
For yet another divine experience, you can visit the Ambalapuzha Temple which is only about 20km from the resort. This resort is said to have an extremely peaceful and calm atmosphere and is a favourite among devotees of Krishna.
So, what are you waiting for? The best season to visit Kerala is here, so book a villa at Punnamada already!
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