20 Best Backwater Resorts in Kerala - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

The backwater resorts in Kerala provide once in a lifetime experience to tourists, irrespective of whether they are on a holiday, honeymoon, or adventurous trip. Kerala’s backwater resorts are known for the perfect blend of their rich customs and contemporary way of life. The array of mental impressions these resorts impart leave visitors spellbound.

The resorts have something to offer for every category of guests and suit everyone’s budget. While the verdant scenery enchants the nature lovers, the rich fauna will mesmerize animal lovers and the exotic local and continental cuisines will floor the foodies. Most resorts stage traditional dances and art forms and regale visitors with water sports, indoor games, fun, and frolic.

These retreats are quite popular for Ayurvedic holistic treatments apart from Western & Oriental therapies. A few popular resorts, which you should try out are Deshadan Backwater Resort, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Coconut Lagoon, Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort, Vivanta by Taj, etc. Stay at one of the backwater resorts and take home a number of unforgettable memories that you will cherish lifelong.

Here are some of the best backwater resorts in Kerala:

01

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples is a confluence of traditional style and contemporary competence that promises a comfortable and stress-free vacation. The psychedelic locations, enticing atmosphere, warm hospitality, and enchanting revelry turns it an ideal destination for a nuptial or romantic gateway

Choicest living quarters, genuine native delicacies, mouthwatering and novel menus of North Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes make it a favourite destination. The Taproom Bar serves an assortment of best beer and wine coupled with light snacks.

The range of venues, elegant ambience, and unparalleled amenities propel visitors to hold a wedding and corporate events at this resort.

Amenities & Activities: Vedasprash, an Ayurvedic healing centre, Sauna Bath, Swimming pool, Kid’s play area, Ultra Modern Gym, Watersports, Cycling, and Indoor games.

Price: Rs. 5000 onwards

Location: Nazareth Church Road, Kumarakom P.O, Kottayam – 686 563. Kerala, India.

02

Punnamada Backwater Resort, Alleppey

Punnamada Backwater Resort, Alleppey
Surrounded by the lush green vegetation one side and Lake Punnamada on the other, is the Punnamada Backwater resort, one of the luxurious backwater resorts in Kerala.

Hailed as the heritage-style resort, it stretches over 10.5 acres of land and offers accommodation from Duplex Villa to Lake View Villa matching customers taste and budget. Tourists can look forward to savouring yummy traditional local and Indian food at Choola eating palace. They serve fine quality vintage drinks at the open air bar. 

Amenities & Activities:
Ayurvedic holistic treatment, Yoga, Swimming pool, Spa, and Travel counter. Activities such as Cycling, Basketball, VolleyBall, Ball Badminton, Tennis Koit, and Frisbee apart from boating and sightseeing.

Price:
Starting from Rs 10,500 onwards

Location:
Punnamada, Alappuzha - 688006, Kerala, India.
03

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kumarakom Lake Resort
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Kumarakom Lake Resort commended as one of the heritage hotels in Kerala, is also a 4-time recipient of the “World Travel Award” in the category of leading resorts.

The resort located on the banks of Lake Vembanad and spread over an area of 25 acres, contains 59 capacious and princely rooms, suites, and villas catalogued into Presidential Suites, Heritage Lake Villa with Private Pool, Heritage Villas with Private Pool, Meandering Pool Villas, Luxury Pavilion Rooms and Houseboats.

The Ettukettu, multi-cuisine food court serves North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Mughlai, and traditional Kerala dishes that tingle the taste buds and sate the stomach. The bar serves a wide variety of premium drinks. Vembanad, the Seafood bar offers every known seafood dish to gourmets. Thattukada, the traditional coffee shop provides snacks, tea, and an ambience to strike a conversation.

Amenities & Activities:
Infinity Swimming pool, State of the art gym, Ayurvedic Healing centre, Yoga & Meditation Hall, Wi-fi, and Business centre. Backwater & Sunset cruise, water skiing, speedboat and banana boat rides, cycling, indoor games, evening show of Kerala’s traditional dance shows are some of the activities.

Price:
Starting from Rs. 18,000

Location:
Kumarakom North Post, Kottayam - 686566, Kerala, India.
04

Haveli Backwater Resort, Alleppey

Haveli Backwater Resort, Alleppey
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Haveli Backwater Resort showcases the Rajasthani architecture on the backwaters of Kerala. The mansion contains 82 entirely equipped suites classified into Haveli suites, Royal Grand, and Royal Deluxe that soaks and soothes the body and mind.

The open balconies present a view of serene backwaters of Alleppey and the finishing point of the well-known Nehru Snake Boat race. Sarangi, the resort’s multi-cuisine restaurant dishes out sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which include Indian and International cuisines. The resort houses a barbeque centre to satiate the appetite of seafood lovers.

Amenities & Activities:
Fitness centre, Swimming pool, Swedish spa, Beauty salon, Wi-fi, and traditional Ayurveda. Conference hall and event space with modern amenities to host business meetings, social gatherings etc. Activities include Kayaking, Canoeing and Bamboo rafting on the backwaters of Alleppey

Price:
Starting from Rs. 3375/-

Location:
Finishing Point Road, Finishing Point, Alappuzha, Kerala.
05

Deshadan Backwater Resort, Alleppey

Deshadan Backwater Resort, Alleppey
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Deshadan Backwater Resort, located on the banks of Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala, presents a halcyon environment that soothes the frazzled nerves and jaded mind.

The resort spread over 1.5-acre land, offers cottage mode rooms of different categories such as Pavilion Room, Lake View Room and Pool Villa that cater to diverse tastes and budgets. The restaurant pampers the foodies with delicious Veg. & Non-Veg. Indian and Chinese cuisines. The amicable front-desk extends 24-hour help and makes stay memorable and stress-free.

Amenities & Activities:
Indoor & outdoor swimming pool, Spa & Wellness centre, Ayurvedic therapy including facials and massage, a children’s play area, Wi-fi, and Meeting/Banquet facilities.

The activities include cycling, fishing, and tennis apart from boat rides, indoor games and campfire, and barbeque. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is at a distance of 15 km from the resort.

Price:
Starting from Rs. 4261/-

Location:
Kayipuram, Muhamma P.O, Alappuzha, Kerala - 688525

06

The Manor Backwater Resort, Kumarakom

The Manor Backwater Resort, Kumarakom
The Manor, one of the luxurious backwater resorts in Kerala, overwhelms you with its pristine landscape of pink lotus laden rivers, lush green pastures, turquoise blue pool waters, that no artist can create.

The design and earnestness make you feel at home. While the resort’s concierge delivers, the range of services and relieves the pressure and tension of planning. The Manor’s aesthetically furnished 40 large suites provide comfort and enchanting view of the serene waters right from your bed. Suruchi, the in-house eatery takes you on a culinary tour of the world with its selective fusion of national and international cuisines.

Amenities & Activities:
Swimming pool, Fitness Centre, Boardrooms and Conference Hall. Watersports, Indoor games, and sightseeing etc.

Price:
Rs. 4000 onwards

Location:
Cheepunkal, Kumarakom, Kottayam District, Kerala, India.
07

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Alleppey

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, Alleppey
Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere is a plush resort in the lap of Mother Nature, known for its impeccable service and endearing reception. The “Travellers’ Choice 2013” award to the resort stands testimony to its guest-centric attitude.

Visitors are treated to an out-of-this-world experience through 60 exquisitely appointed rooms, suites, floating cottages, and houseboats. The multiple in-house bistros are an epicurean’s delight. For those who feel food and drinks are not mundane tasks, but an integral part of tradition and class, this resort is the final address.

Amenities & Activities:
Ayurvedic holistic treatments, Western & oriental therapies, Exclusive couple treatment rooms, Yoga Deck, Medicinal Herb garden, Children’s play area, Gym, Swimming Pool, Banquet & Conference Hall etc. Activities include water sports, fishing desk, cultural programs, indoor recreational facilities etc.

Price:
Starting from Rs.12000 onwards.

Location:
VP II/123F, Vayalar, Cherthala, Alleppey District, Kerala-688 536
08

Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Alleppey

Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Alleppey
Lemon Tree resort situated on the very edge of the Vembanad Lake beckons visitors with cheerful geniality and ‘close to home’ comfort. The speciality of the resort is that all the rooms render a “close-up view “of the Vembanad Lake.

The 27 capacious and cosy rooms, suites and the Cruising Villa guarantee the visitors, a refreshing slumber and soothe their body’s aches and pains with orthopaedic mattresses and near zero sound and light restrictions. Citrus Cafe’s eclectic menu comprising of Indian and International dishes takes the taste buds on a world tour.

Amenities & Activities:
Full-service Spa, Outdoor swimming pool, Fitness centre, Garden, Children’s pool, Conference centre, etc. Watersports, Cycling, Fishing, Indoor games and enjoy traditional dances.

Price:
Rs. 4500 onwards.

Location:
Janasakthi Road, Kayippuram, Muhamma, Alleppey - 688525
09

Aymanam Village Backwater Resort, Kottayam

Aymanam Village Backwater Resort, Kottayam
The resort situated in the bucolic backwoods of Aymanam enthrals the guests for its sheer scenic beauty of vast stretches of verdant agrarian fields and a network of rivers and canals. It is an ideal haven for honeymooners and couples.

It is one of the backwater resorts in Kerala that is referred to as the traditional “Tharavadu” (ancestral) resort. It retains the conservative architectural elegance reminiscent of the heritage resorts.

The resort has 14 rooms in differing styles furnished with modern amenities. The Visitors can expect to be treated to Veg. and Non-Veg. delicacies dished out by the in-house multi-cuisine restaurant.

Amenities & Activities:
 Wi-fi, Ayurvedic Retreat Centre, Yoga, Conference Hall, and Herbal garden. Some of the activities are boat rides, fishing, Visiting Gold Bazaar Temples & Churches, historical sites, and Spice Market.

Price:
Starting from Rs. 2000/- (Rs. 5635 per couple for 2 nights 3 days)

Location:
Near Aiyakkarachira Church, Pulikkuttyssery P.O, Kottayam, Kottayam, 680001
10

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom
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Vivanta by Taj, one of the prestigious backwater resorts in Kerala, is an old hand in the hospitality industry. Encompassed with scintillating backwaters, 12 acres verdant landscaped garden and exotic bird sanctuary, The Taj, is a highly favoured destination by honeymooners and family travellers.

Accommodated in 130 yr old refurbished colonial bungalow, often referred to as the “little Jewel of Kumarakom”, the resort stands in symphony with its bucolic surroundings on the banks of Lake Vembanad.

An assortment of 22 rooms with unparallel architectural elegance, contemporary facilities, and offering captivating scenic beauty beckon guests to pamper and gift an experience beyond comfort and contentment.

If you are a connoisseur of food and drink, then look no further than the Taj. While the eateries gratify the gastronome in you with Syrian Christian to Travancore style preparations and exotic local dishes, the bar helps you unwind and etch an unforgettable memory in your mind.

Amenities & Activities:
Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre, Kid’s play area, Books & DVD library, Conference Hall, Curio shops etc. The activities include Zipline, kayaking, village cycle tour, Bamboo rafting, lamp lighting ritual, Pottery, and indoor games.

Price:
Starting from 14,500 onwards.

Location:
1/404, Kumarakom, Kottayam - 686563, Kerala, India.
11

Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort, Kumarakom

Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort, Kumarakom
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Waterscapes a preferred destination by Honeymooners is situated on the Shore of Vembanad Lake, inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The resort known for its cottages on stilts is a habitat for mangrove vegetation and bird-related ecosystem. The resort brings visitors face-to-face with backwater life of Kumarakom.

The 40 odd cottages give guests a unique experience in terms of picturesque landscape and tranquil surroundings occasionally disturbed by chirpings of rare birds. The restaurant and beer parlour slakes the gourmet’s desire.

Waterscapes, a KTDC backwater resort in Kerala, is famous for its Ayurvedic therapies, which apart from holistic healing include Age Halt, an exclusive KTDC Hotels initiative that rejuvenates and imparts youthful look.

Amenities & Activities:
Swimming pool, Conference Hall, Amphitheatre, Wi-fi, etc. Activities include Boating, sightseeing trips.

Price:
Rs. 4000/- onwards (Season & Off-season), Rs.7500/-(Peak Season)

Location:
Kumarakom North, Kottayam - 686563, Kerala, India.
12

Vembanad Lake Villas, Kottayam

Vembanad Lake Villas, Kottayam
Vembanad Lake Villas, a cluster of chalets around Tharavad or ancestral home, is located on the banks of Vembanad River, in Viakom. The rich flora and fauna, and the vast tracts of languid water bodies add charm and rustic look to the surroundings.

The cottages overlooking the lake as well as lagoon side rooms furnished with all modern amenities ensure comfort and contentment. The speciality of this resort is that the food is home-cooked by the owners and their house cleaners, based on visitor’s tastes & likes and subject to availability.

Amenities & Activities:
Wi-fi, On-demand Tea & Coffee service, Cycling, angling, enjoy traditional art forms and paid private water cruising on backwaters and packaged tour facilities.

Price:
Starting from Rs. 3500/-

Location:
Palackal, Panambukadu, Vaikom, Kottayam,  Kerala 686141.
13

The Zuri Kumarakom

The Zuri Kumarakom
The Zuri, one of the premier backwater resorts in Kerala, situated on the shoreline of the Lake Vembanad, is set in 18 acres lush green landscape and vast tracts of tranquil backwaters. If untouched atmosphere devoid of pollutants soothe the enervated body and weary mind and rejuvenate the system.

Maya Spa, the in-house Ayurvedic holistic treatment gives the guests a new lease of life.  The array of 72 well-appointed rooms, villas, and cottages offers guests beyond comfort and contentment, an inexplicable feeling to your senses.

The multiple eateries of the resort titillate the taste buds and satiate the yearning for food. If you are a foodie, you will be overwhelmed by the Mughlai, Malayali, and Seafood delicacies the resort offers. The bar presents drinks and exotic cocktails along with complimentary snacks.

Amenities & Activities:
Maya Spa, outside pool, Curio shop, Babysitting, children’s pool, Ultra Modern Gym, Meditation & Yoga, Amphitheatre, and Conference Hall.

Price:
Starting from Rs. 12,750 onwards.

Location:
V-235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom, Kerala – 686563.
14

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
A paradise for nature and legacy lovers, Coconut Lagoon, the alluring backwater resort in Kerala, displays a glimpse of the stupendous creation of this cosmic world.

Located at the mouth of the Kavanar River, in the midst of coconut plantation, and spread over 30 acres, the 50 cottages are considered to be individual masterpieces, each reassembled from the remnants of Tharavad or ancestral family homes of yesteryear nobility. The resort’s own well-preserved forest, butterfly garden, bird watching, the floating teashop, and the sunset boat drive will leave an indelible memory. 

The food at the Coconut lagoon’s multi-cuisine restaurant takes you to new heights of ecstasy as it introduces you to hitherto lesser-known exotic dishes. The bar serves the best of the drinks to unwind and enjoy.

Amenities & Activities:
Lakeside pool, Ayurvedic holistic centre, Yoga & Meditation Hall, Curio shop, Recreation centre, and Business centre.

Price:
Rs 20,000 onwards.

Location:
District Kuttanad, Kerala, Kumarakom - 686563, Kerala, India.
15

Riverine Backwater Resort, Alleppey

Riverine Backwater Resort, Alleppey
The resort nestled in the heavenly pastures on the banks of River Pamba is one of the traditional backwater resorts in Kerala. Riverine resort spread over a 3-acre land, offers a variety of living quarters that suit the visitors’ purse and preference.

The coconut plantations, lush green paddy fields, and serene waters sing lullabies and soothe body and mind. The in-house Restaurant and Bar serves lip-smacking local and Indian dishes and drinks.

Amenities & Activities:
Wifi, Travel Counter, Doctor on call, Safe Deposit locker, etc. Trekking, Houseboat trip between Alleppey and the Resort.

Price: Rs.1700 onwards

Location: Chempumpuram P.O. , Kanjipadam, Kuttanadu Taluk, Nedumudi, Alappuzha, Kerala - 688505
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