Guesthouse in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Fringed by gardens of orchids, family-run Malayalam revolves around a pair of spacious two-storey four-room houses facing the lake near the Nehru Trophy Boat Race starting point. Views are sweet and the style is charmingly traditional yet comfortable, with deck chairs on verandahs and glossy woods. It’s 2.5km north of town on the canal bank, signposted off Punnamada Rd.