At a Glance
- Delightful rural retreat in Kerala that works perfectly in combination with visiting the backwaters and Cochin
- Opportunity to have an elephant for a day
- Amble around the local area on bikes
Serenity is a hidden secret in Kerala; a 1920s estate house set within a rubber plantation which also contains a mix of papaya trees and pepper vines. It is an ideal stop if you want to escape the masses and get a little off-the-beaten track to see what rural Kerala is all about. The house has just 5 bedrooms, and have been furnished in keeping with Serenity’s colonial heritage. Expect to find dark timber panelling and wooden floors, yet the careful use of more eclectic colours such as vibrant yellows and turquoises set against modern artwork. Naturally, you will find colonial furniture, along with the mod cons such en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. There is something very simplistic about Serenity (in a good way), just a peaceful retreat away from it all. Dining is generally taken communally blending Keralan and Mediterranean influences.
Serenity is perfect if you want to get out and about. It is famous for its resident elephant, Lakshmi, which must be booked it advance. You can take Lakshmi down to the river for a quick bath, and is an ideal activity if you are taking the family. Bullock carts are also a great way to explore the local surroundings, although it is quite bumpy! Other activities include a superb cookery demonstration and more in depth excursions to the local villages and churches in the area (which are also possible to explore on mountain bikes). Serenity has a Ayurvedic spa offering a range of treatments.