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