The setting for Arundhati Roy’s classic novel ‘The God of Small Things’, Kottayam exudes the poetry of its pages. A drive out of the city is to enter a world of verdant paddy fields and lush mango orchards, where the only traffic is a stubborn bullock cart or two. This sleepy town evokes the romance of South India that tourists yearn for, yet seldom find, along Kerala’s well-traversed tourist trail. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kottayam evoke the romance and tranquillity of the Kottayam region.
Just a thirty-minute drive from Kottayam are the placid waters of Vembanad Lake. Spend a night in quintessential Keralan style aboard one of its kettuvallam boats.
Kottayam, like the rest of Kerala enjoys a tropical climate meaning there are no distinct seasons. For the best weather visit between December and February, however during the tale end of the monsoon, when the vegetation is positively turgid, is also a beautiful time of year.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kottayam provide a secluded stay away from Kerala’s main thoroughfare.
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Overlooking the picturesque Vembanad Lake this property enjoys an enviable position. Eighteen verdant acres are connected by shady walkways, gullies and streams whilst colourful cottages are decorated in a Portuguese style. Plus there's the JIVA spa, and Regional and International cuisine.
Kottayam (Athikkalam, Kottayam, Kerala)
The Zuri is all about pampering yourself at the Maya spa. With an extensive wellness menu, fitness centre and detox packages - leave feeling completely rejuvenated. Surrounding a peaceful lagoon there are international dining options and on site activities. Modern rooms enjoy Vembanad Lake views.
Vechoor, Kottayam Dist.
An idyllic homestay on a farm-island in the backwaters of Lake Vembanad. A truly authentic Keralan experience in a magical setting
Dating back to the 1920's this small yet perfectly formed five bedroom property is located on the grounds of a former rubber tree estate. Decorated in a colonial style, creating a resplendent feel, rooms are large and bright. South Indian dishes are cooked with homegrown vegetables and fresh fish.
Accessible via a small canal this property is located right on the water. Cottages are scattered around the grounds of this former coconut plantation, each with private terraces, sitting rooms whilst the bungalows and villas have their own pools. There is an indulgent pool and Ayurvedic spa for all.