Amritara Ameya - An Amritara Private Hideaway
Varanad, Vembanad Lake, Cherthala -688539, Kerala
Tel: +91 77362 97787

Fact Sheet

Weaving through shady palm groves, you arrive at this beautifully constructed eco retreat. Located along the magnificent Vembanad lake, you are given the chance to enjoy a stunning, uninterrupted 180-degree view. Accommodation comprises three spacious, deluxe cottages – two having their own private wooden suspended pavilion, where guests can enjoy flavoursome meals in privacy. Or relax on a comfortable sun lounger or in one of the garden’s double hammocks, while watching kingfishers dive bomb into the water and green-legged herons prowling the mud for worms.

At Ameya, the emphasis is on impeccable service and laidback, barefoot luxury in a peaceful environment. Breakfast is served either on the veranda or in the main building. Antique stone deity sculptures, heavy wooden furniture and intricately carved wooden details make this place an impressive design venture. Co-created by Istvan and Véronique d’Eliassy the French owners, a Belgian couple Jan & Christel Arryn with a broad experience in hospitality high standard, and one of the best architect of Kerala Ramesh Tharakan.

Location: Vembanad Lake – Varanad – Cherthala – Kerala – India

Type of Stay: Private hideaway backwater experience. A truly special spot to completely unwind. The boutique hotel is a 100-meter long water front property on the unspoilt side of the Vembanad lake.

Specific Assets : Within an 8000 m2 area, a unique hideaway has been created. The lake finding its way into the property, an infinity pool with three leisure Jacuzzi seats, and a wonderful heritage pavilion. The cottages are built with respect to the traditional Keralan architecture and are finished with a contemporary touch, keeping in mind the heritage origin of the place. Furthermore, a remarkable move we made was to power the property completely by making use of renewable solar energy.

Type of Rooms: Two Lake View cottages, one Garden Cottage and one Endless View Suite in the main building, overlooking the property and the lake.

Lake View Cottage (Ananda): Lake view cottage with masonry bed and large windows. Built-in day bed with large suspended veranda pavilion and open bathroom set in a garden (+- 90 m2).

Lake View Cottage (Shaanti): Lake view cottage with extra bedroom. Large suspended veranda, open bathroom set in a garden (+- 95 m2)

Endless Suite: From the first floor of our main building, this suite gives you a magnificent view over the property. From your elevated, comfortable bed you can watch the sun rising above the lake. An exotic, outside bathroom in the shade of a large coconut tree is attached to the suite.

Garden Cottage: Just behind the Lake view cottage Ananda, a smaller and charming cottage (+-60 m2) with twin beds and a peaceful, elegant bathroom.

Standard amenities:

  • Luxury bed linen & towels
  • Ayurvedic toiletries
  • Hot water
  • Electric kettle
  • Luggage rack
  • Safe locker in the room
  • Water & beer cooler
  • Free, cooled mineral water
  • Hammocks spread over the property
  • Sun lounger
  • Fully equipped veranda (table, 2-4 chairs and relaxing loungers)
  • Free WIFI
  • Heritage pavilion
  • Infinity swimming pool

Air-Conditioning : All cottages have inverter AC’s, as well as fans to keep the rooms cool. Moreover, verandas are sufficiently fanned.

 Dining : Breakfast, lunch & snacks are served at various locations (veranda, lake side, main building) in the eco-retreat.


  • Relaxing on your sun lounger or in the hammock
  • Stay at the pool
  • Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage
  • Spot fishermen’s daily life and throw a line yourself
  • Local bicycle tours
  • Village walk : experience all the coir (coconut fibre) home industries
  • Tuk-tuk tours (auto rickshaw) to surrounding temples, churches and Cherthala market
  • Boat tour on the small canals of Vaikom/Kumarakom backwaters (exclusive)
  • Cherthala town
  • Fort Cochin

Credit Cards: Visa and Master Card accepted.

Check in/Out Time

Check in: 12 pm
Check out: 10 am
Early check in/late checkout possible depending on availability


Cochin airport: 65 km (1 hr 30 min)
Fort Cochin: 45 km (1 hr 15 min)
Alleppey: 35 km (45 min)
Thekkady: 165 km (4 hrs 30 min)
Munnar: 165 km (4 hrs 30 min)