Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India

At a Glance

  • Completely off the beaten track

  • All rooms have terraces and verandahs overlooking the lake

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  • Waterfront dining in its pristine lake front settings

  • Large swimming pool to cool off in

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Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.

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Insider's View

The Heritage Suites are amazing, and give you a wonderful view of the lake.

A fantastic option which can be combined with a night on a houseboat, or with other Malabar Escapes properties

If you want a really incredible stay, choose the Wellness Garden Suite as it offers amazing views across the lake.

Sunset boat rides are offered on a complimentary basis and are a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

Take the complimentary canoe at sunset to hear about local customs and see local villages.

Book an ayurvedic massage to completely relax.

Eat dinner outdoors in the evening overlooking the lake with local seafood and delicacies.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Purity or take a look at our itineraries to India


Overlooking the beautiful Lake Vembanad, Purity is a peaceful retreat 50km from Cochin. This boutique, luxury style, home stay has the perfect waterfront setting for a backwater experience with all of it's rooms looking over the lake.

Purity is hidden away amongst the lush green vegetation that grows throughout the Backwaters and is a great place to watch everyday Keralan life pass by on the waters. This delightful villa has recently been refurbished to a high standard and has a minimalist style. It is a Malabar Escapes hotel and is the sixth in the portfolio. All these small hotels are classified as the more luxurious options in Kerala with fantastic personalized service.

Purity is home to fourteen different rooms and suites. The garden suites are not only comfortable and well decorated but they all have their own outdoor space, with terraces and verandas overlooking the Lake.

The Spa menu has been specifically designed to suit the requests of all guests staying at Purity and is dedicated to this hotel. This is the ideal place to experience an Ayurvedic treatment, where there is so much tranquillity and serenity.

Eating well is something that the Malabar Hotels tend to focus on, and Purity is no exception. The property is a member of Relais & Chateaux. As well as the variety of home cooked Keralan curries, there is plenty of alternative food to chose from and personal requests are encouraged.

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Purity is home to fourteen different rooms and suites which all look out from their terrace or verandah onto the lake. Each room is decorated in light and airy shades with a splash of color giving them a fresh feel.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Purity, however there are no specific facilities available for them. The Garden Suite is an ideal choice of accommodation if you are traveling with children as it has separate sleeping areas.


The facilities at Purity include a swimming pool, a walled garden, a Jetty and a waterfront Pavilion providing many areas for you to relax and soak in the views.


Activities at Purity include complimentary morning yoga, visits to local temples and ancient palaces including the Mannarashala temple and the Krishna Puram Palace.



Julie Geyton (Staff)

Purity is a small boutique designer property on the shores of Lake Vembanad and although modern in design it is furnished with amazing antiques and set amongst beautiful gardens. Fourteen rooms in all but choose the lake view rooms with balcony if possible. This is a great location for exploring Marari beach, temples and palaces, Allepey Town, Cherthala market and local villages. This hotel is quiet and peaceful and the lake is home to amazing wildlife including eagles and migratory birds - a haven for anyone interested in bird watching. Service is amazing and take a complimentary canoe from the jetty with a local boatman to explore villages and just relax. This hotel is dedicated to "wellness and relaxation" with a lovely spa with ayurvedic doctor for simple massage or to alleviate medical problems in an individual program.


Charlotte Winter (Staff)

Purity is a wonderful boutique property to relax at and offers stunning views across Lake Vembanad. Each of the 14 rooms are bright and have been beautifully furnished with an eclectic collection of antiques. There are two swimming pools available at the hotel, one of which is an infinity pool with views across to the lake. The food here is really delicious and the menu offers both western and Keralan cuisine.


Jessica Cator (Staff)

This hotel gives you a wonderfully refreshing yet calming vibe the second you walk in. It have recently been refurbished with 8 rooms added to it's repertoire. This new building continues purities theme of modern Indian contemporary deco, with bright airy rooms and spectacular views over the lake. It is a wonderful place to come and forget about the outside world, I only wish I could have stayed for longer.


  • Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom

    Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.

  • Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar

    Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.

Vacation Ideas

  • Exceptional Kerala and The Maldives

    Cochin, Thekkady, Backwaters, Lake Vembenad & The Maldives

    from $6500 pp 12 nights

    • Immerse yourself in the energetic city of Cochin and amble through the narrow streets to visit the magical Temples, Churches and enthralling Antique shops
    • Meander through luscious spice plantations, unveil renowned fruits and spot extraordinary wildlife in the luxurious plantation retreat located in the heart of Thekkady and near to Periyar Wildlife Reserve
    • Sink into relaxation on an idyllic island in the Maldives and feel a sense of calm wash over you as you embrace pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters

Location & directions

Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India

Purity is in Muhamma, a backwater settlement on the southwest short of Lake Vembanad, just off National Highway 47 between Ernakulam and Alleppey.

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