A Kerala-tini Shot
I call this post a Kerala-tini Shot because our trip turned out to be an intoxicating dose of mesmerizing beauty and charming moments in the lap of God’s Own Country. My parents had lived in Kerala for a couple of years right after they got married and I had heard many stories of how beautiful it was. From Incredible India posters to Facebook albums on friends’ timelines, I had seen and longed to visit Kerala since as long as I can remember.
It was our first wedding anniversary and I booked our tickets to Cochin long before we had decided what we would do there.
At first we thought we would divide our time between a homestay and a house-boat. @RoyalEnfielder and I are big fans of homestays – mainly because the food is more local and the experience is a lot more personal and homely. However, when I saw Kondai Lip’s website, my eyes were set. It looked just how I had imagined Kerala in my mind all these years.
I sent the resort an email making an inquiry and they were prompt in replying with answers to all my queries and question. We booked 3D/2N at Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort which is situated about 50 kms from Cochin International Airport.
The entrance to the resort can be reached by crossing this serene canal via a boat arranged by the resort. As we stood there waiting for the boat to come for us, I couldn’t stop smiling at the prospect of what awaited us inside.
There are only traditional Kerala-style wooden cottages in the resort – all of them facing the backwaters.
We went for a 16 km sunset cruise on the backwaters the evening we reached. Imagine the boat blowing a horn for the fishermen to lift up their Chinese fishing nets so we can pass. It was as if we were set in slow motion – an extremely peaceful experience.
All the cottages have a great view but I would like to believe that our cottage had the best of all views. I loved opening the door our our cottage to this sight. It was still monsoon when we were there hence rains kept showing up now and then, adding to the experience.
We even went fishing in the backwaters – a first for both of us. It was so much fun learning how to fish!
The resort is a paradise for bird lovers! You would never tire of observing the beautiful, colourful, tranquil creatures going about their business amidst a drop of nature’s ambrosia.
The Food at Kondai Lip
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – I am salivating at the thought of the food I devoured at Kondai Lip. The staff requests you to place the order in advance so they can prepare it well in time and you don’t have to wait at the dinner table. I cannot remember relishing food as fresh and flavoursome anywhere else as here. I freaked out on the curries and steamed rice for all my meals. After eating there, I wondered how people from Kerala are able to stand the food elsewhere. It was a class apart!
On the day of our anniversary, they had arranged a very romantic candle night dinner for us in the open and even got us a cake! There was a slight drizzle at play and we were under a wooden shed – enjoying a quiet (and very delicious) meal in dim light. It was the sweetest thing.
Special thanks to Vaishak, the manager at Kondai Lip, for making our trip extremely comfortable. He personally dropped us to the airport the day we had to return because there was an unexpected bandh in the city. It was a very kind gesture and we are extremely grateful for that.
All-in-all, a great, homely, beautiful trip – it was perfect on so many levels.
As we took the boat out of the resort at the end of our 3 day stay, I knew I had left my heart behind but I was absolutely hungover by its intoxicating beauty. I rarely go back to the same place twice – but Kondai Lip is clearly an exception.