A Riverside Retreat

Cranganor Riverside Chateau

Cranganor Riverside Chateau


, Kerala
, India

Cranganor History Cafe & Riverside Chateau is a boutique riverside resort located on the river Periyar in the region of the old port city of Muziris (near Kochi, Kerala) offering authentic experiences dedicated to local heritage, riverside culture, religion, art, village life, fishing, food and more. The architectural style is inspired by the Indo – Dutch language of Kerala Architecture that is seen all over Kochi region – notably the historic Paliyam Palace linked to the ancient kingdom of Kochi, one the famous buildings in the vicinity. This allows a double storeyed structure with luxuriant colonnaded verandahs all around.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Boutique


Cranganor is a quaint riverside resort located in an idyllic village in the vicinity of the Muziris Heritage Project. Located on the banks of the River Periyar, the chateau has long river views and interior/ exterior spaces seamlessly blending into one another. Located on 1.5 acres of land with 150 meters of riverfront, every room enjoys long views of Kerala’s largest and longest river, the perennial Periyar which is Kerala’s source for not just drinking water but an inspiration for many a poet and writer. At the site of the chateau, the Periyar is just a few km from the sea, mingling with backwater canals and lagoons with the untainted rural Kerala landscape on its banks. Wake up to birds chirping and fishermen gliding past in their vallams (country boats),ruminate at the edge of the infinity pool, or sip tea in your balcony. Let the peace and tranquility wash over you. Have a little quiet by the river.


Cranganor is a double storied structure with luxuriant colonnaded verandahs all around. The rooms are all spacious and set such that they all face the river.

River Meadow : Set on our riverside lawns, with long river views, king-sized beds, bathrooms featuring tubs/ courtyards, colonial furniture. Burnished oxide floor off sets the majestic four-poster bed and antique dresser. The sliding doors to the balcony frame the river and lawns postcard like. An open-air bathroom completes your sunny summer stay.
River Panorama : First floor rooms with a magnificent 360-degree view of the river, with queen-sized beds and a loo-with-a-view. Cool blue and warm mustard oxide floor sets off the antique furniture. Warm sunlight pours in through the old style coloured glass doors while sliding doors to the balcony frame the river and lawns like in a postcard. A spacious bathroom with luscious views completes your stay where the sky is always a roof overhead.

Poolside Rooms : Walk right into the 20-meter infinity pool. These rooms overlook the infinity edge of the pool and the river beyond. Beds are Queen/Double. Step right into our 20 meter infinity pool on the rivers edge.


For 3000 years, ocean-goers from Greece, Rome, China, Arabia, Portugal, Holland & Britain have visited Kerala, adding their recipes to the melting-pot that is Kerala’s cuisine. The River Periyar is Kerala’s source for not just water, power and inspiration, but is also rich in river catch. At the site of the Chateau, the river is just a few km from sea, mingling with backwater canals and lagoons, forming an estuary rich in Prawn, Pearl Spot, Snapper, Mullet, Baramundi and Clam. We specialise in sea food and local vegetarian cuisine.


Go for a languorous swim in our luxurious infinity pool overlooking the river, indulge in an Ayurvedic massage in our spa or kayak in the river. As we are located in the middle of the Muziris heritage project we are a walk away from some beautifully restored ancient monuments. Go on a bicycle trail to the nearby fields, or experience life on the water on a boat tour.

Why we love this place

Riverside tranquility beside a sleepy residential village. Sumptuous local cuisine, fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, walks to the local markets, ancient synagogues, church fetes, temple festivals, boat races, cycling along the vast paddy fields and to sit by the river, that’s what a stay at Cranganor would be like.

About your host

Cranganor is a labour of love for Vineeth & Rasmi. ‘There was an instant connection when we walked into this riverside spot, you could feel the magic in the air’ It was everything about the place – the spectacular river views, the lush greenery all around, the sleepy little village and most of all the simple, honest village folk. We came in as strangers but this is home now. We are in this village and the village is in us.

Our Recommendation

Enjoy picturesque river views, sea food, infinity pool, village walks & explore the heritage of a forgotten city.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)