We stayed at the Vivanta by Taj, Bekal for a total of four nights last week. Bekal is in north Kerala and is that part of Kerala that is not yet touched by a large number of tourists. So the town is sleepy, it’s less populated, less commercialised, much less noisy and therefore comparatively clean. Taj Bekal is a huge property and is nicely nestled in between the Arabian Sea on one side and Bekal backwaters on the other. The resort is lovely and grand at first sight. Thanks to the very friendly Mr Khanna the general manager and his efficient front desk staff who were at entrance to welcome us, it felt like a huge relief walking in, after a long 8-hour drive from Waynad. The resort was kind enough to upgrade our room and we got one with the pool.
The rooms are nicely done-up and very well laid-out. Bathrooms are large and there is an outdoor shower too. I only wish the toilets had a water jet in them. The courtyard of my cottage was grand and there was an option to sit outside by the pool; ours also had a lovely day bed (that was a fantastic idea) on a swing outside; I spent hours there reading my books. But Bekal can be very hot, so ask for a fan to be kept outside.
There is nothing much to do in Bekal unlike Central and South Kerala where there are a number of places to see. So you end up spending a lot of time at the hotel. The hotel has some activities in store for you, though there aren’t plenty. I enjoyed their cycling activity and I did it twice (two different routes). Do visit the Bekal Fort (one of the best kept forts in the country) and go for the backwater cruise (not as elaborate as Allepy, but the water is much cleaner in Bekal). Bekal’s sunset is a must-watch; it’s the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. Bekal beach is a virgin beach, and possibly that’s why amongst the cleanest I have seen so far.
• The hotel’s location is splendid.
• Large and very specious rooms; courtyards are nicely laid out. Some rooms face the backwaters.
• Service is very good, from the front desk (forgot the name of the gentleman who introduced us to our room), to house-keeping (Mr Ranjan and his team) to the restaurant staff (Mr Siddique, another gentleman from Jamshedpur and also the gentleman who served us at the By the Bay restaurant, and its chef as well, on the night of 13/11/13) to the travel desk gentleman who got us the backwater booking, despite a last minute request.
• Resort is very peaceful. Gets you in touch with nature, lots of birds there at the resort. Take a morning walk; bliss.
• The cycling activity- supervised by Akhil Uthhaman of Muddy Boots- was nicely organised. Don't miss the morning cycling to Bekal Fort. The hotel, though, badly needs new cycles. Our cycles were very run down.
• The hotel has two restaurants. Latitude is their main one where they serve buffet and a-la-carte, all meals and By the Bay, their seafood specialty, next to the beach. Food at By the Bay was very good; food at Latitude was decent enough; could be better.
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