Fringed by palm trees and overlooking the calm Keralan backwaters, Philipkutty’s farm combines villa accommodation with a welcoming homestay feel.
The handful of villas are each encircled by a veranda, with inside rooms equally spacious. The host family is always on hand to greet and chat, provide farm tours and serve up delicious home-cooked meals to share. After exploring the winding waterways of the backwaters you can head ‘home’ for a yoga class or simply sit by the riverside soaking up the serenity.
Leisure: private veranda, farm tours, backwater tours, yoga
Rooms: 7 villas
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.