across the pond
A place so picturesque it seems straight out of a fairy-tale. The cottage at Across a Pond is located on the banks of one of Kerala’s important rivers, which empties out into the mighty Vembanad lake. The 18 acre farm is owned and operated by a Keralan family and has been their family home for over a century. The main produce at the farm is fish, followed by coconuts, bananas and several other fruits and vegetables. The fish here are fed with high quality feed thereby guaranteeing superior taste, the farm was recently awarded the best freshwater fish farm by the Govt of Kerala. If you’re interested the host would gladly guide you on the nuances of fish farming and even provide you with fish seeds and feed. Recently, after demands from friends and family, the farm has been opened to the outside world as a means to help travelers experience the authentic village and farming lifestyle of Kerala’s backwater regions. The property overlooks a massive private pond, home to ducks, geese, tortoises and plenty of colourful fish. A tranquil haven tucked away in beautiful scenery, recommended if you are looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to stay surrounded by nature!
Your accommodation would be in a modern standalone cottage that opens up to a private pond surrounded by trees and greenery. The cottage is ideal for upto 5 guests and comes with all basic amenities, a bar, a kitchen as well as beautiful decor and furniture. The highlight of the cottage being the big glass walls ensuring a lot of natural light coming in, perfect to read with a view of sunset reflecting on the fish pond right in front of the cottage. There’s an array of board games and books to choose from at the property.
Staying true to Kerala traditions, you can expect authentic food here. Meals include appams, puttu, stew, rice, kappa, fish curry, fish fry etc., all lovingly prepared by the host’s family using ingredients sourced locally or straight out of the farm.
Ideal for small families, group of friends, couples and travelers who’d like to experience living on an traditional and authentic farm in a Keralan village, away from all the tourist traps.
The property is located a little over 100 km from Cochin airport. For those traveling by rail/bus, Kottayam town is about 30 mins away. Accurate information will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
The real life of Kerala’s backwaters lies in the inland channels of its rivers, swaying coconut palms and lush paddy fields. Stand up paddling, kayaking and cycling are the best way to explore it. Discover water locked villages and their unique culture, spot migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egrets, darters, herons and teals by the fields. Guided tours of 8-16 kms of the above activities can be organised which include a visit to the famed Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Get in touch with us for bookings.
The property is priced at Rs. 3000 for double occupancy inclusive of breakfast.
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