For vacation, my favourite place is Kerala. You get choice of places, resorts, comforts you like; and all major chain of resorts are present in India. Most of the star properties in Kerala are well-maintained, connectivity from Chennai being easier and cheaper too. This year for summer holiday’s last week  I went to the recently opened property in Vayalar, Kerala called Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere. It is about 60kms from Cochin International Airport, taking about 2 Hours by road.

Vasundhara Sarovar was a nice looking property tucked in the middle of a small village with rows of cottage industries making coir.    Vayalar-Vacation6Vayalar-Vacation11

We went as a large family with about 10 Adults and 4 Children, so we took all the 4 Deluxe Suites and then 1 Floating cottage. The Floating cottages were rooms with all comforts but floating on a small man-made lake, which itself was on the shore of the massive Vembanad lake. Vayalar-Vacation13

The resort also has an option of staying in one of their houseboats which goes for two days in Vembanad lake before returning, I didn’t opt for this.DUB_1852

The floating cottage  had a Jacuzzi Pool inside which was hours of fun for the kids. Vayalar-Vacation9

In the evenings there were boat rides in Vembanad lake that were enjoyable especially the beautiful sunsets.
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During the few days, we stayed at the hotel, the food was good, the choices in the buffet for all 3 meals were impressive and tasty. On my request, the Chef managed to organize especially for our group Spice Icecreams (Cardamom, Pepper, Ginger).DUB_2068

Armed with my Nikon D7000 I tried various portraits of family members on different backgrounds and the Monopod I had bought recently was helpful. Unlike a Tripod, Monopods are easy to carry, setup, lightweight yet provide the stability the camera needs for good shots. One of the photos I liked was the below night shot taken by placing firmly the camera on the ground far away from the scene.Vayalar-Vacation14