It’s been a long time since I last blogged – blame it on a combination of a lot of work and a little laziness.
Hubby & I just spent a week holidaying in Kerala – a much needed vacation and a chance to recharge tose fading batteries. We spent a few days in the hills of Munnar and Thekkady enjoying the lush green tea plantations and thick forest, and then wound down amidst the backwaters of Kumarakom.
We stayed at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The resort is set against the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake and is rated one of the best backwater resorts in the world. And I could see why. As soon as I caught a glimpse of the resort I was captivated by its architecture.
Spread over 25 acres, with gabled cottages sheltered within tropical foliage and narrow winding waterways, this heritage resort is unique and pays homage to the traditional Kerala architecture style while still maintaining a modern feel and luxury standards.
Stapati Architects, the firm behind the design of the resort, have painstakingly re-used elements dismantled from traditional houses around Kerala. From intricate carvings showcasing incredibly skilful workmanship to doors dating back 300 hundred years recovered from temples and old mansions, one can really enjoy Kerala’s rich architectural heritage and appreciate the care and sensitivity shown in putting all these elements in place.
Here are a few images.
[Image courtesy Ashsmiles2-Flickr]
[All images courtesy Shalini Pereira unless mentioned otherwise]