This is the story of 4 friends joining hands to create VISMAYA (literally meaning, a Magical Place)
Arun Prasad & his wife, Smitha, Jan Arryn & his wife, Christel met about 5 years back, became friends through a mutual Belgian friend. After seeing what Jan did/do at ‘a Beach Symphony’, Arun suggested Jan to take a look at his ‘lake house’ that he was renovating. The place was a blast…what a house, what a location !!! With the support of our restoration architect friend, Karl Damschen, we made possible this 2 bedroom exclusive hideaway on the lake peninsula.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Kumarakom side of the lake, this is 6,000m2 of pure rest & relaxation in luxury. It took us about 3 years to restore Vismaya, since we did not want to compromise anywhere, keeping the original spirit of the house. The only thing we did was create more light by making big windows in the bedrooms and ample windows in the lobby area. At Vismaya we are adding the same hospitality that ‘a Beach Symphony’ is known for, since 5 years : down to earth approach so you get the maximum out of your holiday, only choosing the best quality available, original Kerala style cuisine with a European touch, respect for your privacy, etc. We are convinced that you will enjoy your stay here at our “Vismaya”
The story of Vismaya is tied to the ancient lore of how Kerala’s many principalities were once ruled by various lords and chieftains.
The house and lands were said to have been presented to the original owner, (one amongst the 43 Chieftains who helped the king of Travancore), for a valorous deed performed by him. Vismaya has found mention in the ‘AithihyaMala’ (The ancient Legends of Kerala).
In the heart of Kerala, located on the banks of ‘Vembanad’ lake, surrounded on ‘three’ sides by water, we bring you this tribute to kerala’s feudal heritage. This 400+ year old heritage lakeside retreat with just 2 bedrooms, in traditional wood architecture, is ideal for guests to relax, unwind and soak in the surrounding natural beauty that is a treat to your every sense. It has a private pool that will makes you feel pampered and rejuvenated. The building, passed into our hands from the descendants of the original chieftain, and is presented…. We have renamed it, Vismaya (translated ‘a magical place’).
STAY AT VISMAYA
All efforts will be made for you to feel pampered in this beautiful historic 400+ year old house with a center court-yard as found in typical Kerala architecture providing good ventilation, fresh air, light and the feel of living with the elements. Your privacy is ensured, with just 2 bedrooms, a private pool, large garden, 6000square metres of open space with native trees and swaying coconut palms.
The intricate woodwork is to be noted, for their exquisite craftsmanship, crafted when time was in plenty and life was more laid back and to be savoured.
The living space-is an eclectic mix of period furniture, large swings, game tables.
Two well appointed bedrooms, one with a Queen size bed(with extra large mattress), and the other Twin Single Beds (check pic. Gallery) The most exclusive bathgarden (one for each room) you can imagine : open to the sky shower, and accompanying private bath garden with swing. You are also provided with fab-india’s organic soaps & lotions in the bathrooms, comfortable robes and slippers.
…. a lobby with a library, sitting and relaxing areas, a large infinity swimming pool with deck and deck furniture, a garden with a multitude of plants, shrubs & trees. Hammocks and garden chairs.
An attentive staff to whom you can request for all you need during your stay.
Ideal for guests to relax & unwind !
Savour your meals- on our deep, shaded verandas surrounding the house, near the pool, out in the garden on the white sands or a romantic candle-lit dinner on the Jetty all prepared and served by our skilled and dedicated staff. You name the place!
Enjoy the Vismaya experience! You will want to come back!
Vismaya is an exclusive Kerala wooden villa in pure luxury , situated less than 1 hour south of Cochin on the ‘salty side’ of the Vembanad lake, in complete privacy.
You can find yourself there in about 90 minutes from the Kochi International airport. With direct flights from different gulf states connecting to the rest of the world. National gateway cities also give good connections to Cochin. Vismaya Lake Heritage is truly a class destination.
Vismaya Lake Heritage is also within driving distance from Houseboat finishing point,Marari Beach, Fort Cochin, Munnar & Thekkady (Periyar)
+91 9744 297 123 (Jan Arryn)
Web site : www.vismaya.in