Vismaya

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Vismaya (which means ‘a magical place’) is a traditional Keralan villa in a beautiful setting on the shores of Vembanad Lake, surrounded on three sides by water. From the same people behind the equally lovely A Beach Symphony on Marari beach, this truly exclusive hideaway has just two bedrooms, guaranteeing a tranquil escape.
Perfect forGetting away from it all in style – perfect for couples and honeymooners.
In the know
  • Vismaya means ‘a magical place’, and is mentioned in the Aithihyamala, the ancient Legends of Kerala – heritage, history, traditional Keralan villa that is over 400 years old
  • Beautiful setting and stunning sunrises and sunsets, which you can enjoy from your veranda or on the lakefront.

Recommended for...

  • Peace & Quiet
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

On Vembanad Lake about an hour south of Cochin.

Rooms at Vismaya

There are just two rooms, set in large gardens full of ancient trees and swaying coconut palms. Inside, you’ll find elegant period furnishings, intricate carved woodwork that is a showcase of traditional Keralan craftsmanship, and private al fresco bathrooms (or ‘bath gardens’) where you can shower under the stars. Relax on your veranda, in a swing or a hammock, overlooking the lake, and watch the fishermen out on the water as they bring in the catch of the day.

Food and drink

Enjoy traditional Keralan cuisine with a European twist, and choose where to eat in – on the veranda, by the pool, in the gardens, or on the white sands by the lake – or how about a romantic candlelit dinner on the jetty?

Activities at Vismaya

Have a refreshing dip in the granite infinity swimming pool, and for even more pampering, there’s an Ayurvedic centre ten minutes away, where you can enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. 
Enjoy a boat ride on the lake, and if you can drag yourself away from Vismaya, one of the best ways to experience Kerala is to meander down its tranquil backwaters in a traditional houseboat.

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Hotel location

Vismaya is 1.5 hours from Cochin International Airport, and is also within driving distance of Marari beach and houseboat tours on Kerala’s famous backwaters.

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