Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A lush backwater getaway, Kerala in southern India gets plenty of visitors for its serene environs, and a laidback country life. Spend a few days in Kumarakom - a cluster of islands on the Vembanad Lake - soaking up the copious greenery and bird-watching. Sail in a houseboat on coconut-fringed waterways with abundant views of paddy fields and meandering lagoons, past quaint backwater villages. Thekkady conjures up images of aromatic spice plantations, a never-ending spine of hills and elephants moving in herds near the water’s edge. Don’t miss out the Kovalam Beach; idyllic and flamboyant the beach has a character of its own.
Luxury: Marari Beach Resort, Maraikulam
Marari Beach resort covers an area of 55 acres and is a vast expanse of coconut groves, lotus ponds and lawns. The resort has sucked in the local flavour and is a mini coastal village in itself. Though this resort is heavily influenced by the fishermen's dwellings in design, it features all the conveniences catering to the modern day traveller.
The village of Maraikulam lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Malabar coast, where the Indian Ocean finally decides that it has now become the Arabian Sea.It was here that we found all our answers.A beach is a beach is a beach. Until you can seek out its living heart, the culture that calls it home.
And so, Marari Beach Resort is a celebration of Kerala's coastal fishing villages. Inspired by this ancient way of life, we sought to capture its essence and create a new experience in sensitive travel for the modern-day visitor.
The guests can choose their accommodation from 48 cottages, which are categorized as standard and pool facing. Tourists on a limited budget can go for the standard rooms which are furnished with all the latest amenities. The more luxury seeking tourists can go for the plush pool-facing cottages. The traditional thatched roofs of the cottages have special provisions for air-conditioning.
Luxury: Taj Garden Retreat, Varkala
Perched atop a majestic red cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea, this charming retreat offers warm hospitable service as well as fantastic views. Guests are only minutes away from Kappil beach, and Janardhanaswamy Temple, a famous 2000 year-old temple.Taj offers beautifully furnished room that are well equipped with guest amenities including private balcony, international direct dial facility and color television with satellite programmes. Taj offers a distinctive dining experience, one that explores the nuances of the finest Indian and international cuisines, serving traditional and contemporary favorites. Guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks at the fine restaurants and well stocked bar of the hotel.
Luxury: Leela Kempiski Kovalam Beach
The Leela Kovalam Beach is located on the Kovalam beach, it is conveniently located 15 kms from the International airport and is a mere 13 kms from the city’s commercial centre
The most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline, nature’s awe-inspiring sights and sounds, gracious Indian hospitality and outstanding aesthetics and a world-class Spa retreat are a few things that make The Leela Kempinski, Kovalam a haven of unparalleled peace and luxury.
Divya, the Ayurveda Wellness Spa at The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, is home to the ancient techniques and secrets of Ayurveda. Get the highest level of healing through the soul of good energy and divine secrets, in this unique package.
The Spa offers a personalised mix of herbal medicines and therapies, to cure all the ailments of the your body and mind, like, Arthritis, Spondylosis, Frozen Shoulder, Insomnia, Migraine, Thyroid and Infertility
Add to that, the beautiful surroundings, and the warm hospitality of The Leela staff, and you have the perfect mix for a complete rejuvenating and detoxifying experience.
Luxury: Taj Green Cove
Taj Green Cove Resort is located on G.V Raja Vattapara Road in Kovalam. It is about 18 kilometers from Trivandrum airport and 20 kilometers from the railway station.
Located on one of India’s most popular beaches, Kovalam, the property is spread across 10 acres of verdant coconut groves, offering a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush garden and unspoiled beaches. With its exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. A refreshing mix of style and spacious elegance, the guest rooms and suites offer peace and tranquility as well as the comforts of modern day living. Cottages are made from granite stone with elephant grass thatched rooftops and a private balcony. Large French windows offer a panoramic view of the sea. In-room amenities include walk-in wardrobe, satellite television, 2-line speaker phone with international direct dial and wireless Internet access. Suites include all of the above amenities and for those who love to spread out, a sitting room as well as French windows opening to panoramic views of the sea with private balconies or garden sit-outs.
From casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. Try out the uniquely designed Coffee Shop blends up-market all-day dining with rustic, local ambiance. It offers a wide variety of cuisine such as Italian, Asian, Mexican and more. Savor succulent and authentic Indian cuisine with carefully matched young wines from the worldâ€™s finest regions at Curries. Indulge yourself at Neera, a plush, chic bar. The bartender here fashions amazing cocktails to help you unwind and relax.
Deluxe: Travancore Heritage, Trivandrum
Staying at the Travancore Heritage Hotel during your Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India visit can be a unique feeling. This heritage hotel located in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, South India has an old world charm that instantly engulfs you the moment you step into the hotel lobby.
The Travancore Heritage is a seaside resort in 15 acres of lush green coconut garden and landscaped environs located at Chowara - south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala. The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and a long wide beach of powdery white sand. The Travancore Heritage is conceived and developed as a Heritage Property to bring to life the age-old traditional architectural splendor of the region with its typical timber houses and 'Nalukettus' with tiled roofing, which allow for living in communion with all the elements of Nature.
The courtyard within the 'Nalukettu' in its center, around which the four wings of the house were built in timber, bring in the air, sunlight and the rain water right into the house making the inhabitants live in tune with Mother Nature. Travancore Heritage comprises of many such houses built at various periods in the past 60 - 100 years from several locations in Travancore, rebuilt at the site after being dismantled and transported with utmost care, with all their architectural grandeur with fine woodcarvings on the rafters, gables and the connecting timber members on the walls intact.
Deluxe: Somatheeram Beach Resort, Kovalam
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort is situated on the idyllic Malabar Coast, at Chowara, about 8 kilometers south of Kovalam. It is about 20 kilometers from Trivandrum International Airport and railway station.
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort, Kovalam is finely tuned in to Indian and international holidaying requirements. Deemed the first Ayurvedic beach resort of India, Somatheeram offers you a multi-dimensional holiday by caring for your body, mind and soul, with a holistic staying experience. The sea lapping gently across the sandy beaches, tall coconut trees swaying in unison, the smell of Ayurvedic medicines wafting down the corridors of the traditionally styled bungalows, Somatheeram is a treat in itself. Add to it the rejuvenation therapy and yoga and it is closest to bliss that you can ever come to. The carved windows and doors just add to that typical Keralan charm. To top it all, you can dig into traditional Kerala cuisine dished out at the in-site multi-cuisine restaurant. The seafood tastes special here!
Other facilities provided by Somatheeram include doctor on call, currency exchange, laundry service, beach umbrella service, an efficient room service, yoga and meditation programs, cultural show, travel desk to help you chart a sightseeing itinerary, car on hire, pickup from Trivandrum airport, welcome drinks, ample parking space, a host of indoor games and boating among others.
Standard: Abad Turtle Beach Resort, Mararikulam
Spread across an area of 13acres of land , Turtle Beach Resort is ideally located at Mararikulam ,a fishing village about 30kms from kochi. The resort overlook the white sandy Marari Beach and has a rivulet flowing on one side. Stretching across the expansive area are 16 cottage comprising 29 beach cottages and Villas.
The rooms at Abad Turtle Beach resort are spacious, Air-conditioned with en-suite toilets and individual patios. Room are equipped with T.V, telephone, Fridge, Tea/Coffee marker and individual safe deposit locker.
The multi cuisine at Abad Turtle Beach resort restaurant offers Indian & Continental Cuisine and is located adjacent to the elevated infinity swimming pool and sun bathing deck.
Standard: Uday Samudra, Kovalam
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Resort is located on G.V Road near Samudra Beach in Kovalam. The nearest international airport is in Trivandrum, about 15 kilometers from Kovalam. Thampanur railway station in Trivandrum is an important rail head of the Southern Railway just 15 kilometers from Kovalam, is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State. Trivandrum, the capital City of Kerala is also easily accessible by road.
Nestled on Samudra Beach, just 15 meters from the sea, Uday Samudra is an exclusive leisure beach hotel offering an idyllic setting, modern facilities, rejuvenation spa, exotic cuisine and lush surroundings. You will notice the harmony of a defined architecture, spacious lawns, blue water pools and soaring coconut grooves, all set in four tranquil acres by the sea
Select from elegantly done up rooms sporting a traditional decor, across Presidential Suite, Deluxe Suite, Exotica Atrium Room, Exotica Room and air-conditioned Suite categories. Each room is aesthetically furnished and appointed with a host of amenities such as air-conditioner, satellite television, direct dial telephone, daily newspaper, en-suite bath complete with toiletries and a supply of hot and cold running water, a comfortable double bed, dressing table, couches with a coffee table, writing desk and attended to a round the clock room service.
Standard: Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Health Gardens, Kovalam
Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Health Gardens is located at Chowara in Kovalam. The hotel is about 22 kilometers away from Trivandrum International Airport and 20 kilometers from the railway station. The nearest beach is 500 meters from the resort and enjoys bright sunshine through out the year.
The traditionally designed cottages of the resort are set in exotic tropical surroundings with sloping hills amidst lush tea gardens. Select from aesthetically done up 25 air-conditioned rooms and 7 cottages sporting a soothing tropical decor. Each room is furnished to taste and appointed with a host of amenities such as air-conditioner, mini-bar, satellite television, direct dial telephone, an attached bath complete with toiletries and a supply of hot and cold running water, a comfortable double bed, writing desk, bedside lamps, closet and attended to a round the clock room service. Most rooms are garden facing and come with a terrace or balcony where you can sit-out in the evenings, sip your tea and soak up the refreshing greenery.
The resort has a well-equipped conference hall seating 100 guests, in keeping with the interests of a business traveler. In addition to this, Abad Harmonia provides facilities such as activity area for kids, safe deposit box, a well-equipped business centre, foreign exchange counter, laundry service, travel desk to help you plan a sightseeing tour of Kerala, doctor on call and spacious parking lot.