Vedic Heritage House is a beautiful old home, with elegant wood verandas and simple, but comfortable rooms. We were just starting our trip, so it's possible we didn't appreciate the comfort of Vedic as much as we would now, but it was a wonderful stay. The owner, Charles (an Indian), splits his time between Kovalam and Europe and runs a great business. The basic rooms have a large, comfortable bed (or 2 twin, if you prefer) with a fitted mosquito net, ornate wooden furniture, and attached bathrooms of reasonable cleanliness. Both Charles and Muthu, the host/concierge, have studied ayurveda, so Vedic offers absolutely delicious, clean, healthy food. Looking back, it has been some of the best food we've had in India. The puttu and appam breakfasts are still fresh in our memories. Two huge perks of Vedic Heritage is the free, filtered water and the free WiFi. Charles and Muthu both made us feel right at home and welcomed us warmly to India. Vedic Heritage is set back off the beach on a dilapidated public foot path. The path is dirty and unpleasant, but you must use the path to access the beach and the "boardwalk" area. Also, while the room was very clean, we did see 2 large cockroaches in our room in the evenings. While this is not uncommon in budget rooms in south India, we would expect a room at this price to be roach-free.
Pros: Peaceful verandas, Friendly staff, Delicious food, Filtered water, WiFi
Cons: Location (for the price), Double cockroach sighting
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vedic Heritage Boutique Hotel is a speciality beach hotel with a difference. We are situated in the quite lush green coconut grove just behind the main busy beach front. You can see the sea from the balcony of your room through the palm tops. The architecture of the hotel was carefully designed with Vaastu Shastra ( the vedic principles of architecture in a tropical climate) to facilitate natural lighting and free movement of air circulation inside the building to avoid the use of air conditioning in the rooms. The hotel has a natural cooling and a pleasant inner climate. Our guests dont need to buy (dead) water in plastic bottles and contribute to the enviornmental catatrophe from plastic bottles in India. We have our own 260 ft. deep borewell that gives us pure mineral water. The guests can brush their teeth and wash their mouths safely from the water tap in their rooms. In order to balance and smoothen the mineral content in the water for drinking purpose we have a UV water purifier that guarantees 100% bacteria free water of medical hygiene quality. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vedic Heritage Boutique Hotel Kovalam, Kerala