Stunning 5-Bedroom Lakeside Villa

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15 Guests
5 Bedrooms
10 Beds

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Our unique 5-bedroom villa gives you Kerala with a difference! A creatively designed space where you don't have to step outdoors to enjoy nature, it comes right into your home. Located in the heart of the Kumarakom tourist belt.

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Your daily sunset view over Lake Vembanad

Your daily sunset view over Lake Vembanad

The Space
Bathrooms: 5
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 10
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $15 / night after 10 guests
Security Deposit: $309
Weekly discount: 14%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

Our unique 5-bedroom villa gives you Kerala with a difference! A creatively designed space where you don't have to step outdoors to enjoy nature, it comes right into your home. Located in the heart of the Kumarakom tourist belt.

The Lily Pad, as its name suggests, is a hidden gem in the backwaters of Kerala, India. There is water everywhere – swimming pool, canal and lake – you can take your pick!

Surrounded by a one-acre plot which has swaying coconut palms and mango trees and located on the banks of Lake Vembanad, this luxurious villa is the perfect place for a relaxed get-away-from-it-all holiday with family and friends.

The Villa has been lovingly designed by renowned architect Gautam Bhatia, an authority on the work of Laurie Baker (who pioneered wire-cut brick finish architecture in Kerala). It is a beautiful blend of antique and modern, indoors and outdoors. Old wooden doors, windows and pillars from old Kerala homes have been juxtaposed on its clean-cut lines and nature is absolutely everywhere.


• 5 Bedrooms with attached bathrooms (2 guests per room, Rs 1000/- per night for an extra mattress)
• Air-conditioned
• Beautiful, outdoor swimming pool
• Open-air showers (Kerala style!)
• Fully equipped kitchen with 5-ring hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer (Pots and pans and crockery, cutlery also available for self-catering)
• An organic vegetable garden to the rear of the kitchen provides fresh vegetables
• Curry Meen (a popular local fish variety) abound in the canal on the property
• Colonial-style furniture
• Solar power-run lights and fans
• Solar-run water heaters in kitchen and bathroom
• Auto-switch on generator for full back-up (in case the electricity goes out)

• COOK INCLUDED IN THE PRICE -- makes up to 3 meals a day, you just pay for groceries
• Car and driver available for hire
• Yoga, massage and houseboat tours can be arranged separately

Guests will have access to the full villa during their stay, including a beautiful swimming pool, verandah area, living and dining room, and a quiet reading room at the top of a tower overlooking the lake.

We, the owners, are not present on the property at all. We do have two full-time staff on site for cleaning and maintenance. They live in separate servant quarters. We also have a property manager who lives in the area and is available to answer all your questions on the ground.

Our villa is located in the very heart of the Kumarakom tourist belt (near Taj Vivanta and Kumarakom Lake Resort hotels).

You can visit the nearby bird sanctuaries and wildlife resorts to see a part of India that Indians lovingly refer to as “God’s own Country”. Have the complete backwater experience and take a houseboat cruise on the lake. If that isn’t all the relaxation you need, try some yoga or an ayurvedic massage with special herbal oils.

Nearby and along the lakeshore there are many renowned 5-star hotels serving food and drink and the seafood specially has to be tried.

You can also visit the charming town of Kottayam and shop for silks, spices and sarees, explore Arundhati Roy's home town of Alleppey, or do a day-trip to Thekkady to see the spice plantations.

Car and driver pick up available from nearest airport Kochi (COK) for Rs 2400/-. A comfortable 2-hour drive. (Larger cars cost more, inquire for details).

There is no public transportation but you can easily hire a car and driver to take you around to tour local attractions, and rates are charged according to mileage and number of hours.

We've enlisted the services of a cook, and this is included in the price of accommodation (you just have to pay for the cost of groceries). The cook can prepare up to 3 meals for your group. For groups over 10 people, the cook will need to hire an assistant for an additional charge of Rs. 500 a day.

You give the cook money to go shopping, and he will prepare delicious Kerala specialties (appams and stew, idilis, Curry Meen) in the kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We will welcome you with fresh coconuts from trees on the property :)

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House Rules

:: Please shower before using the pool
:: Please be aware the pool is shallow but can be dangerous for young children, and we are not liable for any accidents
:: Please let the staff know when you need a change of towel or bedsheets: we strive to be eco-friendly, and change linens upon request
:: The 2 staff will work to serve you until 10 pm or so, please be mindful that they wake up early to prepare for you and don't keep them awake too late!
:: Cook and driver are to be paid directly
:: Please note that hosts are not responsible for local factors beyond their control, including but not limited to electricity outages, insects on the property, etc. Guests should be aware that the hosts will go to great extents to ensure their comfort during their stay, but will not be responsible or offer refunds for these variables.

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2 nights minimum stay
Bedroom 1 - Island Room

Bedroom 1 - Island Room

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Member since September 2012


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