Pick up a houseboat and drift through the backwaters, surrounded by beautiful birds, lush coconut trees and some of the friendliest people on the planet
This an 'all-in-one' type accomodation. I and my friends had really delicious food, luxurious bedrooms, decent toilets and a great lounging room to enjoy it all....
Also, choose a "green" boat that doesn't dump raw sewage into this precious resource.
It is an Ayurvedic Resort Overlooking Pozhikara Beach (a gate way to Kovalam Beach) .
The Beach & Lake is a small privately owned Ayurvedic Resort, 8 kms south of Trivandrum International Airport. It’s nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Parvathi Puthanar, Karamana rivers, situated on an island, in Thiruvallam Lake, is blessed by nature.
From all the sides of the resort , provides a great view. Packages on Ayurveda and Yoga are available.
U can try out ur hand in Kalariparyattu too ( Kerala Martial Art).
Booked through Manos as part of Spice Route Tour. For 1st time UK visitors, would thoroughly recommend this tour!!
Accomodation at Spice Village, is in cottages, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. The cottage exterior is styled on a tribal hut with grass thatched roof, the verandas give a colonial feel.
The rooms are spacious, with large twin beds, and comfy chairs. The bathrooms again are spacious with full length bath/overbath shower. Selection of toiletries.
Emphasis is on making the guests feel welcomed and relaxed, with a dedicated "welcome host" who guided us to our accom after a welcome drink,and presentation of jasmine garlands.
Meals are buffet style, a wide range of hot/cold, veg/non veg, westernised and local dishes with featured tribal dishes.
Pool, bar, gift shop.
Treks around Periyar can be arranged.
Pleasant gardens, with spice trail. Ducks waddle about near the lawned pool area.
Evening cookery and sari wrapping demonstrations.
Traditional dancers and/or musicians perform during evening meal.
Extra touches, such as hot water bottles, were very welcome during our stay. It got quite chilly at night!
Please see my Periyar Sanctuary page for more info about this accom.
It is situated on Kovalam beach, right next to the light house. Such a nice place. And the name suits it. Samundar means ocean in sankrit. We stayed in a room for 2 people just for 300 Rs a night. The who was working there - I believe his name was CJ - was the most humble and nicest person I have ever seen.
The inn aka guest house is located right next to the ocean and it takes you about 3-5 mins to get to all the restaurants and cafes by the seaside. Sea food is amazing and not expensive. If you walk out of the gate and instead of turning left, turn right, you can go down the village and find there shops and markets. If you want cheap traditional food - it is the place for you to go.
You can also rent bikes and cars. Just ask CJ and he will help you out.
Coconut trees surround the inn. And you can see the ocean from the upper floor. It is really clean and nice there.
To get there you need to get first to Trivandrum train station and then hire a cab. It should cost you around 200-250Rs for the whole cab. You could try rickshaw - probably around 100 but there were 4 of us so we just took a cab. Just tell them Kovalam beach, Light House. They will take you there.
The big houseboats you’ll see along the canals sometimes, and can rent out if so inclined, are called Kettuvallams. I’m not sure of the pricing, but it would be a luxury accommodation ~ with full kitchen and cook/oarsman included.
Our tour group stayed in three homes in the village of Chennamkari, courtesy of Thomas, the manager of Green Palm Homes. My sub-unit stayed in Thomas's family home, where we were treated to the most amazing meals ~ homecooked dishes with fresh spices, delicate flavouring and lots of vegetables.
I tried to access the website for his homestay, but it's no longer coming up (it did work when I passed it on to my sister about six months ago), so I'm afraid he may have closed the business. I would highly recommend doing a homestay though ~ hopefully your host will take you through his village, as Thomas did, and give you an understanding of how life in this type of community functions today. It was an unforgettable experience.
Gaffinos is a well run small but freindly hotel not very big maybe 12 rooms great service clean sheets & linen evry day also a brilliant restaurant that everyone comes to dine there from surrounding areas
you can google this hotel for more info
gaffinos does not have a pool but is only a ten minute walk fron the brilliant beaches and is right in the middle of cavelossim amongs all the restaurants and bars but it is not a noisey place after about 12/ 1o clock
we did this place on a package so i cannot give prices per night google this info
I booked this hotel as part of a package deal through Manos travel in the UK.
(Please see my Kovalam page for more details and photos)
My main reason for booking this accom. was that it was one of the cheapest in the brochure, (I was on a bit of a budget) and was pretty central - my first visit to Kerala, and travelling as a lone female, I didn't want to be in an isolated spot, when having to return to my hotel at night.
Well, yes it was basic- but it was clean, and the staff were friendly and helpful, but inobtrusive. The location was satisfactory, near enough to the beach and restaurants etc, but not too near. Although there was some noise from nearby bars, it didn't usually bother me- the dawn chorus was the only draw back, with the large black crow like birds being the worse offenders! - pack the ear plugs and you should be ok!
Pleasant layout- rooms on 2 floors, with outer veranda where cane tables and chairs provided a pleasant cooler spot to rest, and enjoy a night cap.
No pool, but for a fee you can use the pools at the other Manos properties such as Lynchu (which I did a few times)
View over to the beach from the 2nd floor- stand on tip toe!! But OK for sunrise/setting views,
Basic breakfast - tea or coffee, fresh fruit juice, toast and jam.
selection of Keralan daily newspapers.
_you might have to fight off the birds, that hover nearby, waiting to grab your toast! and the second week of my stay co incided with the start of the coconut harvest- not so relaxing when one of the huge leaves falls to the ground, with a thud!
In hindsight, I think that I should have taken my breakfast in my room!
Rich with tradition, culture and overwhelming natural splendour.
Traditionally styled bungalows, built in wood and sporting antique,
carved doors and pillars, each building is a unique piece of Kerala and architecture.
At the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre in Somatheeram. This exclusive programme is based on the Vedic Science - Ayurveda and is directed towards strenghtening your immune system and preventing disease. The rejuvenation program for each individual is drawn out by the ayurvedic physician after a thorough evaluation. Get to know more of this majestic, mysterious land. Set off on a fascinating tour experience with visits to nearby palaces and monuments.
Based on ancient Indian wisdom and culture, is an art of living a healthy, balanced, peaceful and contented life. Yoga, being a total integrated system, studies man in his wholeness - body, mind and spirit and is integrated to certain principles, ideas, values, attitudes and a way of life for personal and social benefits.
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort is the first of its kind for holidayers to combine the threesome; a Beach Resort with Ayurveda and Yoga. Somatheeram, sitting atop a hill spreads over an area of 15 acres of lush greenery. Its accommodations are widely scattered down the contoured hills amongst the verdant coconut groves and other naturally preserved plants.
The accommodations combined together with the virginal beauty of nature, delicately cascades to an immaculate beach exclusively enjoyed by Somatheeram. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort is packed with fun and activities; like indoor games, fishing, boating, cultural programmes etc.
We have traditional wooden houses, stone bungalows and cottages consisting of 50 spacious rooms ensuite bath. Our Ayurvedic treatment and massage centre is handled by well qualified and highly experienced doctors and personnel which is an added attraction of the Resort.
Better way to know the Life of the Locals are to make use of a 'Home-Stay'. Different Home stays that suits your pocket is available.
But Take Care :
* Use only Government approved/ authorized Paying Guest accommodation.
+ As the home-stay facility gives the chance to have a closer look to the people in their own way, it's one of the best way to know the culture.
+ Gives a family atmosphere
+ Can learn the different cusines etc
I stayed in very cheap hotels. There are many and the are easy to find. Just ask any rickshaw driver if you can't find one. In Kerala most of the places I stayed in cost less that $1 US. They don't offer room service at this price but if you don't have alot of Xtra $$$ and you want to see the world it can be done.
This shot was either in Cochin or Allepey. I don't remember. But I do remember going to a great tea house that evening!
Located ideally for the nature lovers is Rain Country Resorts, 1300 m above the sea level at Lakkidi on the beautiful misty mountains of Wayanad. Rain Country Resorts comprises of eight cottages spread over 20 acres of land situated in a valley between three hills. The number of cottages are restricted in order to preserve the sanctity and serenity of the natural beauty, thus assuring Solitude and Peace to our valued guests. Resort has two naturally formed lakes and streams running through the resort. One can submerge in the beautiful melody played by the nature.
Constructed in the traditional Kerala architecture, we give our guests a choice of cottages with single room, two rooms and three rooms.
For the ultimate solitude seeking guests, comes with an open veranda where one can sit and enjoy the bounty of nature, listen to birds chirping and to occasional animal calls. Fall asleep to the soothing lullaby of the streams trickling through the resort. This luxurious cottage is equipped with modern facilities yet not compromising on Kerala heritage and architectural beauty. Single room cottage has a separate dressing area and bathroom with bath tub. Hot water facility is available. Ideal cottage for honeymooners.
The Fort House Hotel has started a ayurvedic center under the technical guidance of the Nagarjuna ayurvedic group.I must also mention that the Nagarjuna group is the most reputed health care group of Kerala. I think the doctor is there at the hotel continuously. The pleasant ambience of the hotel and their delicious vegetarian meals can only compliment a rejuvenation or cleansing treatment.I think it would be a great idea to combine the treatment with a relaxing holiday in Fort Cochin!!
Good Ayurvedic Spa
On my trip to Munnar, my mom and I had a choice of staying at a resort-y type of place, or someone more rustic, but with all the proper 'amenities'-American-style bathrooms and the like. Since I was traveling with my mom, I didn't want her to have to rough it too much..and we both get bored at too resort-y places, so this place worked out great. It's little cotttages up in the tall, cardamom trees, and each room has the basics, but there are no TV's...rather, for meals and minglng, you go up to the main lodge where there is a restaurant and game room.. The restaurant was fantastic...it's got a glass ceiling, open to the trees and sky, and at night, the waiters light little lanterns....which provide the only light inside the restaurant....
and the FOOD! the waiters were very accomodating..they made me my now new favorite breakfst-appam stew..coconut stew on appam pancakes (little rice flour pancakes that are thin and crispy around the edges and bubbly and chewy in the center.) I had to go and buy the pan to try to make it myself back at home in the U.S.
While at the Tall Trees, I got to take an early morning hike with the resident 'hike leader'. I was positively abashed...here I was breathing heavily, in my hiking boots and this older man, was in his flip-flops and walking stick not even breaking a sweat as we climed up the stone steps leading us up the mountain side! I only had time to get in an hour's hike, but he told me there are trails leadin gall over the mountain side and with some spectacular views of Munnar and the tea plantations from up high....next time.
It is a very pleasant and homily place very near to virgin and verdant Varkala beach, close to kerala Capital Trivandrum
very homly homestay with modern bath, internet, cable TV
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