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Luxuriously Heritage: Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, a view of the swimming pool and traditional architectur
A quality view of the swimming pool and traditional architecture at Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere is a piece of Kerala that is off the beaten path. Nestled in Vayalar, an absolute virgin nook of God’s Own Country, the property pays obeisance to and takes pride in local culture and heritage. There are stunning murals inspired by temple art on the walls, depicting tales of heroes and legends.

Gold plated elephant caparisons called nettipattom grace the lobby and reception area
Gold plated elephant caparisons called nettipattom grace the lobby and reception area

The carved woodwork is evocative of old Kerala homes, and it is a leitmotif in rooms and outside spaces. And as you amble through the resort, you encounter imagery that reveals the fascinating culture and spirit of Kerala.

One of the luxuriously appointed rooms
One of the luxuriously appointed rooms

Lush gardens (including a vast herbal garden that has close to 40 varieties), a butterfly garden (visited by about 17 species) and several more beautifully landscaped areas, intersect with calm water bodies.

The interiors of a floating cottage at Vasundhara Sarovar Premier
The interiors of a floating cottage at Vasundhara Sarovar Premier

Ornate wooden gables above you and hand-polished Attangudi floor tiles below invoke the intricate skills of ancient craftspeople.

The porch of a heritage cottage - a veritable museum of Malayali lifestyle
The porch of a heritage cottage – a veritable museum of Malayali lifestyle

The best part of staying at Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere is that it encourages you to experience Kerala not as a tourist, but as a participant dipping into its true flavour.

Teakwood stairways and corridors are dotted with traditional paintings
Teakwood stairways and corridors are dotted with traditional paintings

A century-old Kovilakam (a prince’s palace) and a Nalukettu (a traditional Kerala home) replanted on the banks of the Vembanad Lake transport you to the Kerala of yore.

For reservations: http://www.vasundhararesorts.in/booking

 

Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh

 

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