11.2.15

Soma Kerala Palace – A place for love and healing


In Mumbai, a moment of absolute silence is nothing short of a miracle. Which is precisely the reason the travel bug bites Mumbaikars that much harder. We need that spot of solace to escape our reality, to continue to remain sane. Last year, after months of long hours and hectic schedule at our media jobs, husband and I decided that enough was enough, and that our bodies, as well as our souls needed a break. Believe me, when I say this, no place in India rejuvenates an urban soul the way Kerala does. And so, that’s where we decided to head. A little bit of asking around revealed that a couple of our friends had visited the Soma Kerala Palace, an experiential Ayurveda resort, located on an island on the Vembanad Lake, 4 kms from Vaikom, near Cochin, Kerala. They had great things to say about the place, and frankly, having visited Kerala a couple of times earlier, we did not need much convincing.
A quick flight to Kochi was arranged, and we rented a cab from the Cochin airport. It was an extremely scenic 56 kilometers long drive across Kerala, and we stopped on the way for some Toddy and fried fish. The tiresome wariness of the big city life was already withering away, as we settled into a boat that was arranged by the resort to take us to the island.



To say that Soma Kerala Palace is visually impressive is a bit of an understatement. Traditional Kerala architecture and generous use of parts from old homes gives every single room a unique and ethereal character. A swimming pool, yoga centre, and hammocks welcome the city weary souls. The rooms are created to give you old world luxury, and introduce you to a no-rush pace of life. Four poster beds, copper latches on the doors, white drapes, wooden corridors, everything speaks of an old world charm that is hard to replicate.







Since food has always taken centre-stage at all our travels, the resort restaurant, serving a mix of traditional Kerala dishes, Ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine, and multi-cuisine meals was to play an important role in making our meals memorable.  With polite, courteous servers, and unpretentious service, we knew this was going to be a trip filled with happy memories. Our breakfasts were leisurely affairs, with extensive spreads, and lots of options to choose from.










The best thing about the resort is that it’s a small world within a tiny island. We lounged on the hammocks, read books sitting in the garden, went swimming, and treated ourselves to Ayurveda massages at the in-house therapy centre. We did arrange for a day trip to Vaikom, where we cruised along the Kerala backwaters in a boat, enjoying the dense, rich and intensely beautiful flora and fauna that the state is so famous for. And then, we were back, for more unadulterated relaxation and pampering at the resort.

I have always found Kerala extremely hospitable, and to a certain extent, addictive as a holiday destination. Whether it’s Kochi, Munnar, Thekkadi, Wayanad or Alappey, Kerala seduces with its sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas. That one state in the country could be so rich in culture, beauty and tradition always amazes me. Our ten days’ stay at the Soma Kerala Palace got over really fast. But then we were ready to face another round of Mumbai’s trials. Kerala had healed us, body and soul. 

3 comments:

  1. sigh... we too need a break from the work at Mumbai. And you seem to have found the ideal place.

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    1. Oh, so true! I do believe we all need to take a break every now and then!

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  2. WOW, you had me at that gold hardware but all the food looks divine! I'm drooling over here!
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