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Backwater Retreat - The Theme House Guesthouse

Kottayam, Kumarakom, India

Backwater Heritage is a traditional Keralan home stay where you can relax in its beautiful garden with steps to the river bank. The rivers surrounding the house were the backdrop for Arundathi Roy's novel, 'God of Small Things'. As well as the traditional Keralan food to enjoy, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing. Each of the large rooms have their own bathrooms and are in a separate building allowing for privacy. Wi-Fi. Read more

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Luggage Room
  • Towel

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Cable TV
  • Cots available
  • Free Parking
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 00:00

Latest Check-out: 10:00

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Backwater Heritage is a traditional Keralan home stay where you can relax in its beautiful garden with steps to the river bank. The rivers surrounding the house were the backdrop for Arundathi Roy's novel, 'God of Small Things'. As well as the traditional Keralan food to enjoy, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing. Each of the large rooms have their own bathrooms and are in a separate building allowing for privacy. Wi-Fi. Read more

Private Rooms

Basic Twin Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Basic

Deluxe Double Bed Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

About Backwater Retreat - The Theme House

The 100 year old building with many teak and rosewood features has a beautiful garden overlooking the river that has several chairs, swings and hammocks to while away the day. Those who are feeling more energetic can venture out on the labrynth of rivers and go swimming, canoeing and even have a go fishing as well as spotting the local wildlife including kingfishers, woodpeckers and cuckoos. There is also a 400 year old snake boat which still takes centrepiece in the annual snake boat races to see that Xavier looks after!

Xavier and his wife Lovely welcome all their guests with Keralan hospitality including of course a welcoming glass of coconut water! Lovely makes traditional food for vegetarians and non-vegetarians and is more than willing to adapt the level of spiciness. Breakfast is included in the daily rate and other meals are provided at just INR200 per head.

Accommodation Information

Back Water Heritage has 5 large double en-suite bedrooms, extra beds can also be put into the rooms. Each room has a large ceiling fan but a/c is also available for an additional fee. The bathrooms are spotless fitted with hot showers.

As well as verandas where guests can shade from the sun there is also a dining room and lounge room for the guests. Breakfast is included in the daily rate and lunch and dinner are provided at just INR200 per head.

*** Please note - we accept cash only ***

Location Information

Although Back Water Heritage is only 8 kms from Kottayam, it feels like a million miles away! You won't hear any engines of houseboats or the honking of horns around here. Instead the local community lives off the river and the local rice fields, allowing you to experience the authentic back water village life.

We are however only 3kms by riverways to Kumarakom, where you can cruise on the Vembanad lake and larger rivers on boats as well as visiting the Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.