(English) Treated like a Mahardscha at Soma Kerala Palace

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Near heaven: The huge garden of Soma Palace

A place near heaven: The huge garden of Soma Palace. Photo: GMC Photopress/Gerd Müller

The Soma Palace resort, set on an island on the Vembanad Lake, Chempu, Cochin in Kerala, is at a 56 kms distance from the Cochin International Airport. A boat brings the guests from the mainland to the resort. And there a lovely Garden Eden is waiting for you.  You will be treated like a Mahardscha.

The resort set on an island on the Vembanad Lake, Chempu, Cochin, Kerala, is at a distance of 4 kms from Vaikkom town. Our special boat service brings our guests from the mainland to the resort. The resort is at a distance of 56 kms from the Cochin International Airport and about 150 kms from Trivandrum International Airport.

At Soma Kerala Palace there is a host of facilities to make your stay pleasant. The staff takes care of every need of yours letting you enjoy your holiday to the maximum. Stretch out on a hammock with a nice book; take a stroll in the gardens of the resort or simply laze around.

Soma Palace Haute Kerala Cuisine is delicious

Soma Palace, Kerala: Auf einer kleinen Insel liegt der grosszügige, historische Gebäudekomplex im  traditionellen Baustil renoviert.

Soma Palace, Kerala: Auf einer kleinen Insel liegt der grosszügige, historische Gebäudekomplex im traditionellen Baustil renoviert. Photo: GMC

That the cuisine of Kerala is all about spices, coconuts and sea foods, is a misconception. There is a lot more to it apart from the flavours lent by the spices and coconuts. The difference in the way it is prepared and served is what makes the food of Kerala, a gourmet’s delight.

At Soma Kerala Palace, they bring alive some old forgotten recipes of Kerala that were known for their delicious flavours and nutritive value. One fine example being Panankanji, a dish prepared with the processed trunk of palm trees. The restaurant also serves multi cuisine, sea food favourites and Ayurveda Vegetarian. The Ayurveda menu includes a variety of salads, juices, sprouts and greens.

The sea food fare is an exciting one with Kerala specialties like Karimeen Pollichathu- a tangy dish made by frying marinated Pearl Spot fish covered in banana leaves, Njandu Curry (Crab Curry), Prawn Masala, Kappa and Meen Curry (cooked tapioca and fish curry), Kerala Fish Curry and the likes. Our chefs prepare for you fresh catches from the lake, according to your tastes.  You can even watch your meal being cooked while the chef is at it.

The food made in earthen pots and large brass vessels, gives the food a special essence which gets better when served on plantain leaves. The ambience of our elegant restaurant further adds to your dining experience.

Traumhaft: Soma Palace nahe bei Kochin auf einer kleinen Insel in den Backwaters

Traumhaft: Soma Palace nahe bei Kochin auf einer kleinen Insel in den Backwaters. Photo: GMC

Various accomodation room types

The architecture at Soma Kerala Palace is a blend of several remarkable structures that belong to a long-gone epoch. It is for this reason, that each of our rooms rather, royal chambers, have an old-world aura.

Sreedhari
Sreedhari was an Ayurveda Shala (Hospital) built in 1890, functioning in Pala, Kottayam. The structure was carefully disbanded and became a part of Soma Kerala Palace in the year 2003. Today, Sreedhari has palatial rooms that are evocative of the Tharavadus of ancient Kerala.

Kozhanal Maalika
Kozhanal Maalika (Palace) belonged to the Kozhanal Family who were Kshatriyas (The Royal Warriors). The palace which was originally built at Idakkoli Village, 40 kms from Vaikkom, became a part of Soma Kerala Palace in 2002. Now, Kozhanal Maalika has some of the most sought-after rooms of the resort.

Erhabene Architektur und komfortable Gemächer. Bild: GMC/Gerd Müller

Erhabene Architektur und komfortable Gemächer. Bild: GMC Photopress/Gerd Müller

Chempulayil
A building by the banks of the Meenachil River near Pala, Chempulayil was built in 1890. The ground floor was used as a shop where tobacco and other natural products were stored and sold, while the first floor housed various offices. This structure which became a part of our resort in 2004, is absolutely impressive.

Neythallor Mathom
An ancient Tharavadu (The residence of upper caste Malayalees), Neythallor Mathom was built according to the Ettukettu architecture. The specialty of this architecture is that it has two courtyards inside the dwelling which ensure thorough air passage. Originally constructed in the Kanyakumari district of erstwhile Travancore, in the 18th century, the Mathom was reconstructed at Soma Kerala Palace in the year 2004.

Nalekkatt
Built in the early 1800’s, Nalekkatt House was owned by Suryanarayana Pillai, who assisted the Travancore King in the administration of the state. The mansion which was situated in a dense forest near Vallichira, was re-built at Soma Kerala Palace in 2003.

Kayyalakkakam
Kayyalakkam, a manor done completely in wood was built around 250 years ago. It originally belonged to the Poothet Family but was later on sold to the Kayyalakkakam Family. The mansion which became a part of Soma Kerala Palace in 2004, is a luxurious affair with intricately carved wooden floor, walls and roof.

Vattakkunnel
Situated in the Pala marketplace, Vattakkunnel was constructed in 1875. It was here that the farmers brought their produce of chukku (dried ginger) and elakkaya (cardamom) to be bartered for salt and tobacco. The structure was built at Soma Kerala Palace as it was, in the year 2004.

At Soma Kerala Palace these employees will take care about you. Photo: GMC

At Soma Kerala Palace these employees will take care about you. Photo: GMC

The facilities of Soma Palace

Ayurveda Hospital
The Ayurveda Hospital at Soma Kerala Palace has a number of  treatments and  wellness packages that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Boating
A boating trip on the pristine Vembanad Lake that surrounds Soma Kerala Palace gives a glimpse of the harmonious ecosystem around.

Swimming Pool
A swim in the cool waters of our swimming pool, from where you can get a splendid view of the lake, is the perfect spot to relax.

Other Amenities
We have a doctor-on-call, local tourist guides, laundry service, airport transfer, Yoga & Meditation, Internet Café, Telephone & Fax, Mail & Message handling, Tailoring Shop, Gift/Antique Shop, Souvenir Counter, Safe Locker, Cloak Room, Currency Exchange, Tour & Travel Assistance, Car Parking facility, 24 Hours Room Service, Indoor Games, Boating etc.

For further informations please contact: http://www.somakeralapalace.com/

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Über Gerd M. Müller

Der Zürcher Foto-Journalist Gerd Michael Müller gründete vor 20 Jahren die Presse- und Bildagentur GMC Photopress. Müller arbeitet seit über 25 Jahren in der Tourismus-, Medien- und Kommunikationsbranche. Er hat über 1000 Publikationen und Reisereportagen in renommierten Medien veröffentlicht (u.a. «Welt am Sonntag», «FAZ», «FACTS», «Weltwoche», «SonntagsZeitung», «Globo», «Animan», «Reisen & Kultur-Journal», «FAZ», «Spiegel», «Süddeutsche Zeitung») und darüber hinaus auch für hochkarätige Spa- and Travel-Magazine wie «Relax & Style», «Tourbillon», «Excellence International», «World of Wellness» und «Wellness Live» gearbeitet. GMC Photopress besitzt ein umfangreiches Bildaurchiv mit rund 250'000 Bildern aus über 80 Ländern zu den Themen Lifestyle, Luxus, Beauty & Spa, Kultur, Touristische Highlights, Natur, Landschaft, Wildlife, Umwelt, Humanitäres und Soziales.
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