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Vayalar, Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Vayalar is the perfect, yet to be discovered, gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. A small village, a few kilometers from Cherthala, it is nestled cozily between Lake Vembanad and the Vayalar Kayal, part of the famed backwaters of Kerala. The Saravor group of companies, has started a resort and spa, the Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, and this was our base for our 4 day exploration of the backwaters and coast of Kerala. Water edged living, Caress of luxury, living culture, a southern sojourn is how it is advertised, and it just might all be true.

We stayed in a heritage villa, a 200 year old prince's palace, kovilakam, replanted on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Attangudi tiles adorn the floors, the 4 bedrooms opened up to an inner courtyard, an open patio offering unhindered views to the lake, and customer service that served every need made our stay, truly incredible. The traditional ayurvedic massage, including a calming shirodhara, transported our mind, body and soul to God's own country. The resort also has deluxe rooms, suites, floating cottages and a houseboat if the stay in a heritage villa is not your thing. There is an infinity pool, a game room, a temple, and 3 restaurants in the property. They also offer excursions around the backwaters, evening events, and lots of aqua activities. A family resort.

Spend your days, boating on Vembanad lake and the backwaters, or relax within the resort on their artificial lake, catch a toddy tapper collecting fresh toddy, learn to fish, or just lounge in the infinity pool and jacuzzi. Spend your evenings, with a book, on a hammock, get some dinner at the restaurant and retire to your villa and sleep outside in the thinnai (patio). The next day, awaken to the call of the birds that swarm the property and start all over again.

Ah, paradise.

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Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Vayalar Kayal, backwaters, Kerala
Vayalar Kayal, backwaters, Kerala
Reflections, Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Reflections, Vayalar Kayal, Backwaters, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Houseboat on Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Houseboat on Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Speed boat on Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Speed boat on Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Coconut tree, Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Coconut tree, Sunset, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Coconut trees, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Coconut trees, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Cheena vala, Chinese Fishing net, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Houseboat, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Houseboat, Lake Vembanad, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, boats, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, boats, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Artificial lake, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Floating cottages, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Little Egret, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
Little Egret, Lake Vembanad, Vayalar, Kerala
White breasted Kingfisher, Vayalar, Kerala
White breasted Kingfisher, Vayalar, Kerala
Bird, Vayalar, Kerala
Bird, Vayalar, Kerala
Birds, Vayalar, Kerala
Birds, Vayalar, Kerala
Crow, Vayalar, Kerala
Crow, Vayalar, Kerala
Kites, Vayalar, Kerala
Kites, Vayalar, Kerala
Kite in flight, Vayalar, Kerala
Kite in flight, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kovilakam, a prince's palace, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Natakashala, sunken courtyard, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Natakashala, sunken courtyard, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Dancers, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Dancers, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Dancers, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Dancers, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kathakali dancer, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kathakali dancer, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Decorations, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Decorations, Kovilakam, Heritage villa, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Tanjore painting, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Tanjore painting, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Door, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Door, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Bed, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Bed, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Painting, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Painting, Naalukettu, traditional Kerala home, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Attangudi tiles, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Windows, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Windows, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lantern, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lantern, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Swimming pool, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Swimming pool, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Infinity pool, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Infinity pool, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Night, reflection, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Night, reflection, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby decoration, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby decoration, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Ganesha, Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Ganesha, Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Lobby, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kathakali dancer, Tanjore painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kathakali dancer, Tanjore painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Krishna and Gopikas, Tanjore painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Krishna and Gopikas, Tanjore painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala women, painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala women, painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Krishna, Tanjore Painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Krishna, Tanjore Painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Tiger, painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Tiger, painting, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Toddy tapping, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Toddy tapping, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Toddy tapper, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Toddy tapper, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Father Christmas, Happy Christmas, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Father Christmas, Happy Christmas, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Owl, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Owl, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Insect, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Insect, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Appam anyone, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Appam anyone, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Appam and stew, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Appam and stew, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Puttu and curry, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Puttu and curry, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Kal appam and chutney, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Kerala cuisine: Kal appam and chutney, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas goodies, yule log, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas goodies, yule log, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas desserts, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas desserts, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas gala dinner, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
Christmas gala dinner, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Vayalar, Kerala
No Name, Vayalar, Kerala
No Name, Vayalar, Kerala