Hotels of Alappuzha, India

Emerald Isle 
Tucked in an eco system of waterways and backwaters in the Kuttanad region of central Kerala is Emerald Isle Heritage Villa, a 150 year old property enveloped by water and swathed by indigenous flora and fauna. Rustic, yet not far removed from Alleppey Town at approximately 10 kilometers away, the island villa is 75 kilometers from Kerala's bustling port city, Kochi. The closest airport is in Trivandrum, India, about 160 kilometers away. <br> Guests at this 19th century family owned villa can enjoy an unconventional lodging experience, starting with the journey there. At a landing point close to Alleppey Town, a member of the villa's staff picks hotel guests up in a hollowed out boat. After a short trip down the Manimala River, the property soon appears. Birds of Paradise and butterflies greet guests as they disembark. The villa, set on seven acres, has a burnished wood roof and white walls. Inside, teak accents and wood carvings relay genuine Keralan motifs. Local culture is evidenced in the villa's amenities. Guests can get ayurvedic massages, nap in a hammock and sip freshly made coconut toddies. Adventure is offered with trips to local paddy fields or to the ancient Bhagawati temple. Food here is similarly meaningful. Guests are often invited into the kitchen for cooking lessons. Typical fare includes curries and pancake like dosas. <br><br>The Emerald Isle Heritage Villa's four guestrooms feature en suite, open air bathrooms. Furnishings are modern; however, only one room has air conditioning. <br> <br>Emerald Isle Heritage Villa delivers an authentically personal Keralan experience.

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