the space

A place so picturesque it seems straight out of a fairytale. The cottage at Across the Pond is located on the banks of one of Kerala’s important rivers, which empties out into the vast 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, and the farm was recently awarded the ‘best freshwater fish farm’ by the Kerala Government! If you’re interested, the host will gladly teach you all about 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 travellers experience the 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 the beautiful scenery, we recommend this if you are looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to stay in Kerala.

comforts

Book a modern standalone cottage that opens up to a private pond surrounded by trees and greenery. The cottage is ideal for up to 5 guests and comes with all basic amenities, a bar, a kitchen as well as beautiful decor and furniture. The highlight of the cottage are the big glass walls ensuring a lot of natural light coming in. Find the perfect to read with a view of the sunset reflecting off the pond right in front of the cottage. There’s an array of board games and books to choose from at the property.

food

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 from the farm.

ideal for

Ideal for small families, a group of friends, couples, and travellers who’d like to experience living on an traditional and authentic farm in a Keralan village, away from all the tourist traps.

getting there

The property is located a little over 100 km from Cochin airport. For those travelling by rail/bus, Kottayam town is about 30 minutes 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 these parts. 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 can be organised – this includes a visit to the famed Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Get in touch with us for bookings.

price

The property is priced at Rs. 3000 for double occupancy inclusive of breakfast.

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