For stories from Kayal


Tradition, myths and untouched natural beauty meet here at Kayal, a resort hidden in a quiet island on Vembanad lake, India's largest lagoon.

On a soul searching trip to this island, Maneesha Panicker, the founder of experiential travel outfit, Silk Route Escapes, realized she had to share the authenticity of this unexplored land with her guests.

At Kakkathuruthu, the Island of Crows, she built Kayal, an intimate space where fisherfolk and farmers share their life with guests. Though not far from the ancient port city of Kochi, the island, connected only by traditional rowboats, is off the maddening rush of modernity.

While experiencing the luxury at Kayal, you will be taken back to time when life was simpler.





"Kayal slowed me down, brought me to a much needed, quieter place and pace. Beautifully and tastefully appointed. I love the architecture, interiors, reclaimed wood, a combination of old world charm and modern taste. The perfect combination. The garden bath is exquisite.

The meals were AMAZING, beautifully thought out and prepared with love, kindness. I was spoiled!! Amazing people, memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you."

Joana (Feb 18th, 2015)