Being one of the most distinguished travel and tourism service providers of Kerala- Eco Trails has an array of pretty accommodation facilities including a houseboat at some of the loveliest
locations of Kerala. Not only that, this company conducts package tours throughout this heavenly state. But as our hotel had already been booked in Thekkady, I was constantly figuring out how to
land up at one of the properties of Eco Trails and stay there for one night.
The opportunity came knocking on our doors when we planned to take a boat ride on Vembanad Lake. Scouring through the website of Eco trails gave out that it runs a splendid heritage home- close to Kumarakom jetty – Tharavadu.
As we already planned few hours houseboat tour from Kumarakom, we decided to spend that night in Tharavadu heritage home rather than going back to Cochin. Though Eco Trails also runs luxurious
houseboat service but somehow with a 3year kid in tow, I didn’t take the risk of living off the night inside a houseboat.
But Theravadu heritage home wiped off all my regrets at the first sight. We came inside its premise during the sun-set and the glowing sunlight made this regal looking building all the more lovely. We were hosted by a team of courteous staff and guided to our room. The fare of the AC double room came really cheap at around Rs.3150 for the night, as it was an off-season. The tasty snacks and tea followed made us warmed to the place more, while my daughter found the open courtyard inside a sight of amusement.
The premise of Tharavadu boasts of a boutique and ayurvedic massage centre. The mouth-watering dinner spread transformed us all mushy inside. I asked for the brochure of Eco Trails from tourist
information centre inside and learned that apart from house-boats and tour packages, it offers alternative accommodation facilities and car service.
Now as I am back from my tour and settled again in my old routine, the beautiful brochure of Eco Trails reminds me time and again that I have to go back to Kerala someday, to stay in the other properties of Eco Trails.