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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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MANEESHA PANIKER
STORY to share
KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT
STYLE to experience
INSPIRED BY VILLAGE

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

The sprawling Lake Vembanad ripples by the retreat and surrounds the island. At Kayal, the gentle lull of gurgling waters always surrounds you.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

As you walk through the village, you will also notice small ponds with fish, paddy fields filled to the brim with water, and little rivulets dancing along to join the great lake. There's water, water, everywhere.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

When you visit us at Kayal, make sure you bring along your favourite paperback. Head over to our reading space – an open area covered by a traditional tiled roof.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

With the gentle breeze drifting off the lake, you can take a pause to ruminate over what you've read while gazing away into the vast expanse of the backwaters.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

At Kayal, we've done everything to retain the rustic, natural charm of the place. That's why we've landscaped the gardens to reflect the innate beauty of the place.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

A huge cashew tree, a tamarind tree, aloe vera shrubs and plenty of coconut palms dot the place, offering you cool relief from the Indian sun.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

KAYAL ISLAND RETREAT

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Abode inspired by the village

The water lily blooms in all its glory in the little pond at Kayal. You can enjoy your solitude sitting by this pond and gaze at these pink beauties.

Photo: Kayal Island Retreat

At Kayal, the gentle lull of gurgling waters always surrounds you.

The sprawling Lake Vembanad ripples by the retreat and surrounds the island. As you walk through the village, you will also notice small ponds with fish, paddy fields filled to the brim with water, and little rivulets dancing along to join the great lake. There's water, water, everywhere.

This is another feature that resonates the erudite Kerala culture.

When you visit us at Kayal, make sure you bring along your favourite paperback. Head over to our reading space – an open area covered by a traditional tiled roof. With the gentle breeze drifting off the lake, you can take a pause to ruminate over what you've read while gazing away into the vast expanse of the backwaters.

At Kayal, we've done everything to retain the rustic, natural charm of the place. That's why we've landscaped the gardens to reflect the innate beauty of the place.

A huge cashew tree, a tamarind tree, aloe vera shrubs and plenty of coconut palms dot the place, offering you cool relief from the Indian sun.

The water lily blooms in all its glory in the little pond at Kayal. You can enjoy your solitude sitting by this pond and gaze at these pink beauties.

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