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KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

Abode inspired by the village

SOUTH INDIA - Kerala, Cochin

Tradition, myths and untouched natural beauty meet here at Kayal, a resort hidden in a quiet island on Vembanad lake, India's largest lagoon. On a soul searching trip to this island, Maneesha Panicker, the founder of experiential travel outfit, realized she had to share the authenticity of this unexplored land with her guests. At Kakkathuruthu, the Island of Crows, she built Kayal, an intimate space where fisherfolk and farmers share their life with guests. Though not far from the ancient port city of Kochi, the island, connected only by traditional rowboats, is off the maddening rush of modernity.While experiencing the luxury at Kayal, you will be taken back to time when life was simpler.

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KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT
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INSPIRED BY VILLAGE

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

Set close to the backwaters, the dining area encourages our guests to eat together. The open dining space sets the perfect mood and ambience for the traditional Kerala meals we serve here. While you enjoy your meal, you can watch the tides rise and fall, fishermen cast their nets, and life float by.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

Our food is a rich tribute to the local Kerala cuisine, and therefore uses plenty of fresh, local produce. For instance, we serve the Island's own organically grown Pokkali rice. Our menu includes the best of sea and river fish, caught off the banks of the island.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

You get to savour the best clams and crabs, prawns and pomfret. You can relish the traditional Kerala lunch comprising of dishes of varied tastes and colors, all served on a fresh banana leaf.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

While lunches are an elaborate affair, we also have Health Foods you can have after a session of Yoga. We create fresh concoctions from fruits and Ayurvedic plants including Aloe Vera shots, wheatgrass juice and a variety of sprout salads.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

You could walk into our kitchen and get a quick lesson on your favourites. For those who love a tipple with their meal, we've got fresh toddy tapped from the island's palms.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

For those who love their tea, the Kayal Tea Ritual is a treat. You will be served hot tea, black or with milk, as per your choice, with piping hot local snacks.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

At Kayal, we celebrate all things local.

Set close to the backwaters, the dining area encourages our guests to eat together. The open dining space sets the perfect mood and ambience for the traditional Kerala meals we serve here. While you enjoy your meal, you can watch the tides rise and fall, fishermen cast their nets, and life float by.

The culinary experience at Kayal is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Our food is a rich tribute to the local Kerala cuisine, and therefore uses plenty of fresh, local produce. For instance, we serve the Island's own organically grown Pokkali rice. Our menu includes the best of sea and river fish, caught off the banks of the island. You get to savour the best clams and crabs, prawns and pomfret. You can relish the traditional Kerala lunch comprising of dishes of varied tastes and colors, all served on a fresh banana leaf.

You could walk into our kitchen and get a quick lesson on your favourites. For those who love a tipple with their meal, we've got fresh toddy tapped from the island's palms.

While lunches are an elaborate affair, we also have Health Foods you can have after a session of Yoga. We create fresh concoctions from fruits and Ayurvedic plants including Aloe Vera shots, wheatgrass juice and a variety of sprout salads.

For those who love their tea, the Kayal Tea Ritual is a treat. You will be served hot tea, black or with milk, as per your choice, with piping hot local snacks.

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