We took a very short holiday of 2 nights and 3 days at Kairali in Feb 2006.
We travelled from Bangalore to Kannur (formerly Cannanore) by a state transport bus. The ride was terrible through the western ghats, with the road virtually non-existant. Once we got into Kerala, the roads were better.
From Kannur bus stand, we got an auto to drop us to Kairali. He charged us only Rs.50/- - quite reasonable given the distance. We got an early check-in, and had a reasonable breakfast at the restaurant.
Room service was non-existant then. All guests were asked to have all their meals at the restaurant. We were able to get the restaurant to offer us items outside the menu for our kids - flexibility on their part was appreciable. The food is OK. We were not looking for high quality from this resort. The service could definitely improve.
The pool was small & clean. My kids got into the kids pool as soon as possible. That is where they wanted to be, but we pulled them out so that we could go out. They were back in it whenever possible.
The resort has a small electric cara - REVA - that you can ask for to transport you from the room to the reception/restaurant.
We stayed in a studio - it is just one room and a bathroom with high roof. Has AC and fan. An OK bed. Extra beds can be ordered. Sound proofing could be better.
A water scooter ride for 2 adults was built into the package, and it was enjoyable ride. It is amazing to see people stand in what seem to be a river, and pulling sand out on to boats. It seems to be heavily silted.
The sunset houseboat ride was quite expensive, but I did get some wonderful sunset shots. The resort seems to own the boat, and are milking it.
The trip to the drive-in beach was worth it. Wonderful sunset views. Also to the St. Angelo fort, a snake park, and a famous temple. Boat rides along the river are available at the temple.
We had a normal check-out, and went to Kannur with a car to do some local shopping - check out the bannana chips (crisps) fried in coconut oil - a Kerala speciality. We tried to check out alternate ways of reaching Bangalore as we were dreading the bus ride back. Railways are connected to Bangalore - with a once a week train direct. Taking multiple trains is also an option. On the way back, the bus driver took a break in a forest area, and with no lights, we got to see a great sky - full of stars. Worth the bad bus trip!
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