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"Man made paradise in God’s Own Country"

Need to know

    • 10 floating villas
    • 15 kilometres from Fort Kochi, the floating resort is tucked in the backwaters of Kumbalangi village
    • Check-out time: 12 noon, flexible upon request and subject to availability

We love

  • Tour local villages surrounded by rice paddies and palms on moped or bicycle
  • Explore historic Fort Kochi: colonial architecture, Chinese fishing nets, impressive martial arts shows
  • Savour chai and local snacks on your private balcony overlooking the backwaters
  • Unwind in the infinity pool after a traditional ayurvedic massage

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

Book two or more nights and receive a head massage and a candlelit dinner on the house. Book five or more rooms and receive a free cultural event.

Top Secret

Here’s the thing the internet gets wrong: don’t be afraid of visiting Kerala during the monsoon. Everywhere you look becomes impossibly lush and green and it’s indisputable that a cup of chai is best enjoyed looking out on expanses of riverways and coconut trees to the pitter patter sound of rain. Plus, it does not rain all day. You’ll be able to explore to your heart’s content. Promise.


“We’re going to do the impossible,” Managing Director Hari Arumugam declared over ten years ago, when he dreamt up a floating paradise where guests could sleep underwater in beautiful Kerala backwaters. A successful hotelier with several business hotels throughout the South of India, Aquatic Resort is Hari's passion project. After nearly a decade of innovation and iteration in the creation of underwater villas, Aquatic now shares their methods for construction with sustainability experts across the world.

The Review

It is said that if there is magic on this planet, it’s contained in the water. This has been the guiding principle behind Hari Arumugam's innovation in creating a floating paradise in Southern India. Set within 30 acres of Kerala’s backwaters, the Aquatic Island completely immerses guests in the beauty and magic of water.

Lauded as the only eco-friendly underwater resort in Asia, Aquatic’s lucky guests have three-level private villas as their launchpad to both the adventure and serenity of Kerala. Guests can both sleep underwater and enjoy dazzling views (sunset cocktails anyone?) from their private balcony above water. A truly unique and magical experience indeed.

Start your days the Keralan way with a breakfast of dosa with coconut chutney and sambar prepared by local chefs. Sip masala chai as you overlook the lush mangroves and palms. Swim in the floating infinity pool, try your hand at centuries-old Chinese net fishing, or be pampered with luxurious Ayurvedic treatments at the on-site spa. Practice yoga, play a game of tennis, or take a cooking class—opportunities for relaxation or cultural immersion abound without leaving the serenity of the resort.

Feeling adventurous? Aquatic’s exceptionally friendly staff can organize a tour to cater to your curiosity. Explore local village life on moped or bicycle or see dolphins in the Arabian Sea. Only 30 minutes away, the marvels of Fort Kochi are limitless: sandy beaches, traditional marshal arts at the popular Kathakali Performance Center, colonial era architecture, the historic Paradesi Synagogue and the home of the oldest Jewish community in India, intricate temples and churches galore, and bazaars with the most beautiful silk saris and jewellery. Of course, don’t end your day out without a freshly caught seafood feast.

With its beaches, backwaters, and greenery everywhere in between, Kerala is know as “God’s own country” for a reason. Add in unparalled cultural diversity and delicious fresh meals and you’re in for a relaxation retreat unlike anywhere else in the world.


Aquatic Island

  • Address: Resort Address: Puthankary, Kumbalangi, Kochi-682007, Kerala
  • Travel info: From Cochin International Airport (COK), Aquatic Resort is a taxi 50 kilometer taxi ride

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • 24 Hour Services

  • Restaurant

  • Spa