We had zeroed in on Allepy for our anniversary and wanted a short and sweet, no frills holiday for 3 days. TA again came to our rescue in selecting this place. The reviews were good so booked a month in advance. Was exited about the bamboo rooms but didnt take a chance with the heat so booked the ground floor AC room ( I think there are only 2 or 3 of them). The lady in charge was very prompt and courteous and confirmed our online hotel booking over the phone and agreed to give us an early check in. (Some 3/5 star hotels act as if u are speaking french when you call them about online bookings and then you keep going in circles).
The location was perfect, all the major restaurants and the houseboat jetty within walking distance. The beach was also very near. The maids, the caretaker and the neighbors, everything gave us a sneak peek into the local life of Allepy! They quickly guided us to the best restaurants nearby instead of asking us to use the in-house kitchen, also arranged for a surprise Anniversary cake on my wife's request.
We booked a Shikara through them since we didnt have much time to spent on a houseboat. Also a Shikara trip offered more customization and access to the narrow backwater canals. The shikara ride was excellent and offered the same experience as that of a houseboat at 1/8th of the price. We kept the houseboat for our next trip!
The next day they also arranged a bike on rent for us from one of their neighbor and we covered the whole city on it. We got a chance to visit the legendary India Coffee House, the not to be missed Revi Karunakaran museum, the 150 year old lighthouse, and satisfied our crave for seafood which was long pending from Goa.
All in all it was a very memorable stay! Thanks to the owners! The three day stay felt like a week long holiday since we were able to pack in so much! Like I said this was a no frills stay so its better you pack your towels and toiletries!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the vibrant town of Alappuzha which is the centre for adventures into the Backwaters of Kerala. Ashtamudi Home Stay is a welcoming and peaceful place with friendly English speaking staff. The rooms, although fitted with modern conveniences such as cable TV and air conditioning, are styled in the Keralan tradition, echoing the look and feel of the backwater houseboats. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ashtamudi Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India