We stayed at this resort for 4 weeks in May/June. It was very quiet; probably because the monsoon season was approaching. The reception staff were very helpful and the "girls" who cleaned our room daily were delightful. Unfortunately, the rest of the staff were conspicuous by their absence a lot of the time.
We tried the restaurant the first night we were there but were very disappointed. The tables had not been cleared away or wiped down. My wife enjoyed her meal but I had a chicken dish. The sauce was nice but the bits of chicken turned out to be mostly bone with very little meat. We were not offered anything to drink. Obviously we did not go back.
The views from the apartments overlooking the roof pool were excellent, overlooking Lighthouse Beach.
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Muringa Vila is a great place to stay, a base for exploring the surroundings of Kovalam, perfect location, easy swimming and boating, good home style food and a local owner who takes care....
the location is just the kick. in the middle of everything, but laid back and serene. fantastic roof garden ocean view.
Hotel Sea Breeze is a budget class hotel offering en-suite rooms with twin beds.
The hotel is very relaxing with no disturbance from hawkers.
There is just the sound of the birds.
Some of the rooms have air-conditioning but for a/c rooms the tariff is twice as much as just having a ceiling fan. It is nice to sleep under a ceiling fan. Mosquito nets are available on request.
Hot water is provided from a solar water heater.
Accommodation is room only but there are many restaurants along the sea front.
Activities at Sea Breeze include Yoga and Kalarippayattu (Keralan Martial Arts).
I recommend this hotel for both short and long stay in Kovalam.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The hotel is set in mature gardens.
It is so peaceful and yet is just a three minute walk from Lighthouse Beach which is lined with small restaurants and gift shops.
Sea Breeze is one of the few hotels in Kovalam which has direct road access.
The Manager Vivin is very helpful and friendly.
Tours are available from Sea Breeze to Beach Houses in Kannur, North Kerala.
A wonderful experience.
During the months April to October, Sea Breeze offers special deals for long term stay.
This is when monsoon rains could come and it can get very humid, so the hotel makes an a/c room available to use as a lounge - including tv.
Being a travel adviser i have been to Kovalam for dozens of time ... A very nice place for relaxation... Uday Samudra is a good hotel worth the price but i would highly recommend a different hotel close to Kovalam i.e. Poovar Island Resort, far better than Uday Samudra and incomparable to anyother hotel of that region.... Simply amazing!!! they have floating cottages which could be the best experience of your trip.
Hotel Neelakanta is right on Lighthouse Beach, but a grassy courtyard provides a bit of a buffer from the sometimes crowded walkway along the beach and gives the place a bit more of a removed feeling. The rooms are spacious and clean, and all of them have small balconies and ocean views. There is also a good restaurant on the premises, with both indoor and outdoor seating. I stayed here in the off season, so I was amazed by the room price of just 1400 rupees. I'm sure it's quite a bit higher than that during the high season.
One warning: As with nearly all accommodations at Lighthouse Beach, there is no direct access to Hotel Neelakanta by road. Instead, you will be dropped off either in the parking lot north of the beach or on a small road (Light House Road) that dead ends south of the beach near the lighthouse. This can be rather unnerving after the sun sets because it's so dark. From the parking lot to the north it's a matter of following the paved walkway along the beach until you reach the hotel. From the road to the south it's quite a bit more difficult to find your way. It's worth paying a porter to carry your bags just so you find the place. Either way, make sure you have a flashlight/torch if you'll be arriving after dark. Otherwise you'll be hard pressed to find your way.
The Rockholm is an odd hotel. The decor is hotch-potch to say the least, the rooms feel somewhat musty, and there is a funny little overgrown garden by the sea. The service is good and friendly, though, and the location is a real plus point. Being a little off the main strip of shops and restaurants in Kovalam means the hotel has a nice sense of seclusion, whilst still being only minutes away from everything. The food here is very good too; the group I was with enjoyed a memorable meal of kingfish curry and other Keralan dishes by the sea on our first night.
One point - I have since found A/C rooms are available. Had I stayed in one of those, my satisfaction rating would have been higher, as the last two nights were uncomfortably hot, despite a ceiling fan.
The hotel's real appeal is its proximity to the sea. Depending on which building you are staying in, you may find yourself looking right over the beach. The waves crash onto the sands day at night; I have never slept to such a roaring sound before. Just amazing.
There is also a little patch of beach by the Rockholm which is overlooked by most visitors where local children play football.
Oh, and that meal. Try the kingfish curry, it wasn't bettered in my time in Kerala!
The hotel we stayed in while here was very basic but was perfect as a place to lay your head at the end of the night. There are a lot of hotels close to the beach and actually only one or two on the stretch of the light house beach, most are set in behind the restaurants on shops on the beach front. Some have pools and some are just glad to be close to the sea.
The Marina Kovalam got a first floor (well, second floor for those of us from North America) in 2006 and a refurbish of the downstairs rooms too. All rooms have tile floors, bathrooms with western toilets, showers (that really work - sometimes shower heads in India have only 4 out of 30 holes actually emitting water) and televisions. Upstairs rooms have hot water (downstairs only cold). Prices depend on the season but range from 500-650 Rs for downstairs and 700-1000 Rs for upstairs.
Being new the place is in good shape and staff do a better-than-average job keeping the rooms clean. The location is good although it is not right on the beach.
My whife and me stayed at the Hotel Orion for many times, starting back in the middle 90s. It is managed by the owner, Mrs. Leelamma Joseph herself, supported by her son George. Beeing there for holiday is like returning to the own family. One would not have to worry about anything. The are both very friendly and do their level best to make a stay as pleasant as possible. So this hotel is best choice for those who go to India the first time. Upon request they also collect you from the airport at Thrivandrum.
The rooms are clean and since most of them have a window at the back side as well, there is always enough air circulation. Moskitos are not a problem and Kovalam is a low risk region for Malaria, so we never use Malaria prophylaxis. The beach is only 10 m away, ideal for swimming. To sit on the balkony to watch the wonderful sunsets is a special experience. End 2006 the hotel was enlarged with new built rooms that have air condition, which might be comfortable for those who do not tolerate heat. Since there are no diskotheques around at that part of the beach, the niight are calm (except for the whaves).
The Travancore Heritage is a sea side resort situated on 8 acres of lush coconut gardens and tropical landscape about 20 minutes from Kovalam..The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea..You can choose from cottages with tiled roofs or a more motel syle type accommodation closer to the sea..We chose the cottage and were not disappointed..Our cottage had it's own plunge pool and a huge verandah with a swing..Great place to chill out...
The resort also has an Ayurveda centre and a really good restaurant...
I had only seen this hotel from afar and did see it mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide book. It was quite expensive for me but I had a picture of it so I thought I'd include it here. At the time I think it was the only luxury hotel in the area and I've heard there are more now so I'm sure you could get better info from some south India website or a travel guide.
Jeevan has the best rooms on the Lighthouse Beach. Insist on the ones with the balconies over looking the promenade and the beach, this will enable you to be in the thick of it but at an elevation and in the comfort of your own balcony. You can literally jump off and hit the sand. It's great for people watching and entertaining.
Cattamarom and surfboat riding, shopping etc.
Airport pick-up (by request)
Internet& E-mail facilities
24 Hours medical care
STD, ISD Telephone facilities.
A/C and non-A/C rooms available.
Tours and travels: Taxi, Houseboats, Package tours.
Its the feeling of being in Kerala. Its in the midst of palm trees with a wonderful and serene ambience. The sanity of the place humbles you. Although we did not stay here, we did get to see the place, a bit costly though!! The price u pay for living in the luxury of nature
There are many classes of accommodation available. From less than $1 US to $100's. I stayed in a room inside a home on top of the hill. So I wasn't right on the beach. But I got a real local feel for the area. To bath I had to hike down into the valley behind the hill to a bathing well.
I felt bad for the locals as they had to put up with some unruly foreigners. There was a guy from Europe that was bathing at the same well as I was and he kept letting his soapy water go back into the well. I told him that the locals also drink this water and he should stand away from the well as he rinsed his body and said he didn't care about the locals!! It kind of pissed me off and we had some words and then some other people started yelling at him too and I think he realized that he wasn't cool!! Jerks like that need to stay home!!
I had super sunsets from my room. And the people were freindly!
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