Uday Samudra Beach Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Samudra Beach, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, 695 527, India
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
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Satisfaction Very Good
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 57% less than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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Beach resorts

by Justin_goa about Uday Samudra beach resort

The Uday Samudra Beach Hotel is located on the Samudra beach, a part of the famous beach Kovalam in Kerala, India. Away from the din of the city, along with a private beach, The Uday Samudra Beach Resort is a favorite destination for couples on a honeymoon. The calm Samudra Beach offers an ideal setting for sunbathers and peace lovers. Known for its traditional hospitality, the Uday Samudra Beach resort also houses an Ayurvedic Center, thus making it a hub for tourists in need for rejuvenation. The Uday Samudra Beach Hotel has well appointed luxuriously designed rooms. The rooms are all equipped with modern comforts. All the 93 rooms have a balcony outside that faces the swimming pool and the beach beyond.

The Uday Samudra Beach Hotel has an Ayurvedic Health Center. Built in the traditional style of a Kerala courtyard, the Ayurvedic Center at the Uday Samudra Beach Hotel is a favorite of foreign tourists. People suffering from diabetes, asthma and hypertension have found that much needed relief. The hotel offers its guests elephant safaris on its beach, candle lit dinners beside the roaring waves and Kerala style mock weddings! For those interested in Kerala backwaters tours, the hotel is there to make arrangements.

luxury accomodation at Kovalam

by sweety3 about Uday Samudra Beach Resort

We stayed at UDS for 5 nights. Our first day was the one after the terrific flight from Europe.
We were exausted and angry with all the world. Once we arrived, the staff immediately made us feeling welcomed and greeted with a cup of tea. Our room was not it the front seasied of the hotel, but was enought big to accododate the 3 girls of us, with tousand of dresses and shoes. The balcony overlooked the wondeful garden and was in the Exotica side (the new building). At a very short distance from our room was the Ayurveda center were I had wonderful massages. UDS is an indipendent not governative Hotel with a perfect management and staff proud to work for it. Nothing is of too much trouble and they are used to please guests at any time of the day & night, and servcie is really excellent.
We were on Half Board, buffet breakfast was so full of gourmet dishes that we could not think of having lunch. Same for dinner , at Oottupura restaurant, a great buffet with a choise of Keralite dishes together with other indian options of food
A plus; the room cleaning is perfect and daily bedlinen changing is great .

Beatiful india

by TripAdvisor Member rogathome

We stayed at the uday samudra for two weeks in january - the weather was glorious, I'd been to northen india before and was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and genuine helpfulness of the staff , the local taxis and restaurateurs.( in the north they just want your money)
We had a room in the new block of the hotel (room 838)- its was very clean with a queen size bed-overlooking the new pool - one of three.
The food was very good, there was a full entertainment programme with indian dancing, bands, disco and buffets every night of the week.
The waters edge restaurant on the beach has a beach party on tuesdays with fireworks - very funny and entertaining.
There was some noise from building work by the back pool during the day- but we stayed by the front pool which was quiet enough.
The area around the hotel has no bars or resaurants - there are shops for water and snacks though-but a quick rickshaw ride over to lighthouse beach (75 rps) is worth it with lots of eateries and shops to browse in - I would go again tommorrow


by TripAdvisor Member extensive-traveler

My wife and myself just returned from a 5 week tour of India and Sri Lanka. We stayed at the Uday Samudra for 6 days, wanting a relaxing beach to recover from the hectic pace of touring.
The word "beach" should not be in the title of this hotel. It is on the coast, but there is no beach. We took a tuk-tuk to the lighthouse beach every day, wishing that we were located over there.
We were checked into a room in the 800 block of buildings. Try not to let them put you there. Our room overlooked the never ending construction project going on. We asked to be moved and were told that the hotel was sold out and we could move the next day. We were told this 3 days in a row and thus gave up.
The room also overlooked one of the 3 small pools. The hotel rents out this pool area for private parties that blasts loud music late into the evening.
Do not stay here during the week of Jan. 23 -29th. There is a temple next to the hotel that sets off bedshaking fireworks and music so loud that you can't talk to someone standing beside you unless you scream. UNBELIEVABLE! Really, you have to experience this in order to understand. I can't stress strongly enough how absurd this is!
We managed to sleep one night when there was no private party or exploding temple.
Over all the area is wonderful, just stay at one of the small hotels on Lighthouse Beach (yes, it really is a beach).
Our tuk -tuk driver was Arjun Paul. His name is on the windshield. He is wonderful. Ask to be taken to the liqour store. He'll deliver you to a shack about 2km away and the beer and wine and liquor is all very reasonable.
We ate almost every night at the Fusion Restaurant on Lighthouse Beach. Had something different every night and it was all great. You must make a reservation though.
We ate one night at the Uday. Not bad, not good. The restaurant on the "beach" there (it's really a sea wall) was recommended,but I wouldn't go again. The food was not what we ordered. Fortunately , we were with some locals who after some intense argueing got it right. However, the food that did finally arrive was awful. I didn't eat mine and my wife nibbled at hers.
Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.

Good little hotel, very relaxing, Samudra nice spot compared to Kovalam

by TripAdvisor Member bill_per

Two very relaxing weeks in this good little hotel trying hard to be modern. Hotel is in two bits next to each other - the older bit is about ten years old - the rooms there are functional. The new bit is about three years old and the rooms are more modern. A third bit is being added at the back with fairly quiet building works that will only disturb you if your room is right next to them (they will move you if you complain). Photos


Did not eat in hotel except for breakfast which was good and varied mainly keralan with the usual fresh egg options. The restaurants on the beach were very good with excellent daily fresh seafood. The SeaGull is superb Lawrence there could not be more helpful. Go B&B only. Went via Manos who were fine.

Service overall fine as long as you make allowances for htis being India. Small tips at start of holiday only occasionally repeated ensured good service from chamber maid and pool boys throughout. Laundary etc all worked fine. Unusually good gym for a hotel like this. Yoga etc available. Taxis, tuk tuks etc outside hotel

Highlight is definitely the Keralan fishermen hauling nets on the beach by hand every day - wonderful to listen to their chanting and to talk to the fishermen. Go for a 500metre walk up the beach to the North to an unspoiled fishing beach next to a coir making village. Watching sea eagles fishing was fun. Lots of kingfishers on lake behind hotel. Kovalam is a mile to the south along a recently completed undulating coastal path. Far far better to be at Samudra than in Kovalam.

A Taj hotel is next door - quite stunning but i suspect poor value. The Leela Kovalam a short walk away similarly. An excursion to the backwaters around Alleppy is a must, quite unforgettable to spend a couple fo days on a riceboat.

fantastic holiday

by TripAdvisor Member DodoAnglesey

We have just returned from the Uday and we had a wonderful time.

negative points:
We booked an Exotoca room and got a really bad delux room above reception. At 05:30 in the morning the temple starts 'singing' we had room 224 ugg. We did get a room change the next day after some humming and haring but they thought they did us a favour by upgrading us to an Exotoca Atrium. These rooms are nice inside but if you have a room at the back you look over scrub and an odd cow. Not really the sea and pool view we booked. On saying that the rooms are really good for India and the hotel itsel is really nice especially the staff.
The hotel seems to have a policy on keeping everybody happy so if somebody at the hotel decides to stay an extra couple of days then they let them even though the room is booked for somebody else. They should realise that if you book and Exotic sea/pool room you should be given one and if somebody eles wants to stay longer they should be given another room.

We were on half board and the food in the buffet was okay if you like the same thing everyday - but you can use your token for lunch instead and then you can order what you like up to 250 R and that food is fantastic. So half board is good value.

Breakfast at the moment is a bit of a nightmare as they have built more rooms but the new restaurant is not finished so if everybody comes to breakfast together there are no tables. When the hotel is completely finished it will be a really nice hotel.

Sun beds - now they have stopped staff taking bribes to reserve them before guests are up there is not problem. I got the blame for complaing about this but it was not me I think it was somebody from Fist Choice so good for them. They have also just opened the new pool so as long as they order more sun beds the situation should be sorted very soon.

Another couple of moans - they have just started renting out books to read which does not seem right to me. I think it is a liberty charging 25 R for a book that I have donated. Also every couple of weeks they put on an Elephant gets Married show and they charge you extra to see it. Surely if entertainment is a the hotel is should be free to hotel guests. Cannot telly you what is was like as we refused to pay the extra 400 R each to get our dinner so they let us eat in Charlies instead and the food was the best especially their Chicken in fenelgreek.

The manager of the hotel is very nice and approachable in fact all the staff except one are really excellent.

This hotel gives fantastic value for money with high quality rooms (as long as you are not above reception).

The beach is interesting with the fishermen pulling in their nets. The water is a bit rough, we did not swim there but other people did. We walked over the steps to the next beach where the water was slighltly calmer.

The food in all the restaurants on the beach was fantastic. Our favourite place was the 3rd Rock so if anybody goes there give my regards to Sargent and please teach him some more English.

Before I went I read some bad reviews even with our room problem our holiday was fantastic and I would be happy to go back there tomorrow.

We went on a couple of trips with sunshine travel just across the road. Bijou took us out and he was a really careful driver which was nice for a scaredy cat like me. We went to Thenmala and Kanykamari.

Jackie and Paul Cooper

Really Great Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member MathsGirl

We were at Uday over New Year and it was our first visit to Kerala. We had a lovely room in the new block with an enormous bed which was so comfortable. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. The hotel facilities were really good apart from shortage of sun beds at some busy times. For us the big downside to the area were the beaches which we found not to be a patch on Goa. Our favourite restaurant was Kingfisher at Lighthouse beach. We went on the train to Cochin and stayed a couple of nights but on our return to Uday we found our hotel bed occupied by someone else !! It was 10.30 at night and all our belongings had been removed from our room too. Anyway although we were livid at the time we got our room back and all our belongings ! It didnt spoil our holiday although it was the talk of the hotel guests. Definitely a great hotel to stay at in Kerala.


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Sri Padmanabhaswamy TempleSri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Lighting for the annual festival at AttukalLighting for the annual festival at Attukal

Padmanabhapuram Palace : The temple insidePadmanabhapuram Palace : The temple inside

Forum Posts

Uday Samudra hotel

by wendys494

Hi Guys,
Have now booked at the Uday Samudra in Kovalam Beach in January.
Has anyone stayed here or heard any reviews of the place (good or bad)
the tips and reviews on this site are fantastic and I ahve a suitcase load of info to take with me!
Thanks in advance for your help

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by Andy81

Its a good hotel near the beach.I dont think you will have any problems.

RE: Uday Samudra hotel

by abinpmt

Its a good place which I personaly knows. Do you want info about any other place, please feel free to contact me.

RE: Uday Samudra hotel

by sheaba

We are going to this Hotel 10th december until 7th Jan. We are having a change this year we have been to Goa 18 times and Xmas and New year is fanatstic. have you been on www.Tripadvisor.co.uk there are good forums on there.

If you go on this sight you will be so excited my freind sent it to me I feel as if we are going somewhere really posh.

From bettyfoord@blueyonder.co.uk

www.udaysamudra.com Happy Surfing Betty Mike foord

How is Kovalam now

by Brynnwelch

I posted a question about Kovalam last year. It regarded the increase of tourism in Kerala and had it had any adverse effects on the quality of life in Kovalam. I am visiting the Uday Samudra Hotel later this year. Has anyone been to this resort lately and is it still the paradise that it was in the past. Thanks to all who may respond. .. Brynn and Pam Welch.

Re: How is Kovalam now

by fazeelyns

Dear Brynn,

Uday Samudra is a very good property with nice service. You can feel confident on staying with Uday Samudra. We are not so over crowded like Goa.


Re: How is Kovalam now

by smanil

Kovalam is not much crowded now as its going to be off season. From Nov to Feb it would be costly as high season. Uday samudra is quiet best but surely always full house as they have good service & buisness too. If u have time never forget to try Varkala beach, cheaper stay & not at all crowded with tourists. Wht about houseboats in the backwaters? which is the highlight of Kerala holidays..
All the best..
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Re: How is Kovalam now

by Brynnwelch

Thanks S Manil. Will be in Kovalam in November. hope that it is still the wonderful place that it was 4 years ago.Maybe one day we will meet up. until then, thanks for answerinng my question .... Brynn Welch


by kgylesy

Hi all, I am planning a trip to Kovalam with my 17 year old daughter in early December and wonder if anyone has any knowledge of the following hotels,
Uday Samudra beach hotel
Abad Palmshore beach hotel
moonlight guest house.
I am concerned that the first 2 may be a bit out of the way for the young one, but can`t find any reviews of the moonlight.

Re: kovalam

by obiwanwasabe

We're staying at the Uday Samudra in Feb and you're right it is a bit away from the main Lighthouse and Eves beach but an Auto rickshaw is cheap and there is also a path that winds across to Eves, if your quick you can also get through the posh hotel (the name escapes me at the mo) and that is the quickest way. samudra is a little quieter than lighthouse and has a very interesting hindu temple closeby
I remember moonlight as being set back a bit from lighthouse but memories of it are vague and it was always listed as one of the cheaper 2 star hotels there but it may have changed a bit.

Re: kovalam

by Swades

Dear Friend,

Uday samudra (3*)is very good property in Kovalam after Kovalam Beach Resort(5*).

love and smile..vivek


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 Uday Samudra Beach Hotel

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Address: Samudra Beach, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, 695 527, India