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4 beautiful Kerala homes that are deeply entwined with nature

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Pushing the envelope is their latest project called Stone Lodges in Wayanad, a gated community of fifteen villas on thirteen acres of land, inspired by the bases of mountain lodges, combined with the original Kerala design aesthetic. “Adhering to our philosophy, the materials used are natural, with wooden floors, random rubble walls, cobblestone walkways, and wooden beams,” Ramapuram says. Each villa divides the mountain into three distinct levels, in harmony with the landscape. Looking at the sprawl, the facility is secured with advanced security systems and other amenities such as rainwater harvesting, maintenance of organic vegetable gardens, bee houses to maintain native bee species, and flower gardens carefully selected to welcome native butterflies.

Everything including the flooring, joinery, distribution panels, trim and furniture is handcrafted from live teak. Photo: Courtesy Earth

The first and second (or level) lodge houses the spacious 7,320-square-foot residence built on a 26,500-square-foot plot, with one bedroom on the entry level and two below, while the third level has an infinity-edge pool surrounded by tulips and ponds. Each deck is designed in such a way that it has an endless panoramic view of the forest. Everything including the flooring, joinery, distribution panels, trim and furniture is handcrafted from live teak. Other natural materials used are clay roof tiles, eucalyptus pillars in the ceiling, Laputra granite for counters and flooring of stone countertops.

Spacious home in Kerala spreads yard life

Yards have always been an essential part of traditional Indian homes, and even today you find them relevant. Once home this 5BHK bungalow in Palarivattom, Kerala, designed by Athira Prakash and Subi Surendran of Aavishkar Architects.

Indoor plants, such as golden bamboo, are common in the house. Photo: Justin Sebastian / Aavishkar Architects

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