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Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a nice place to stay and it's in a good area in Fort Cochin. If you're coming from Ernakulam station you should absolutely use the pre-paid taxi booth as a prepaid rickshaw only costs around 140 rupees - rickshaw drivers will charge you anything up to 500 rupees if you go to them directly.

The rooms at this homestay are very clean and the staff are really friendly - they even gave my boyfriend a bunch of flowers for his birthday.

It takes about 5 mins to walk round to the ferry port which goes to Ernakulam, 20 minutes to walk to Mattancherry and you're less than 2 minutes to the restaurants etc.

Fort Cochin is quite expensive compared to the rest of India so we were quite taken aback on our first night there when we read the menu prices. It's also very difficult to find anywhere to drink, there is one pub (which isn't very nice at all) and the Seagull Hotel, both of which are about 5 minutes walk from Vedanta and close at 10pm. Would be good if Vedanta had some beer on sale so that guests can chill out with other travellers in the common areas without having to go and track down a place to buy alcohol which really isn't very easy at all in Kerala!

I would have given this place 5 starts if it wasn't so expensive for the rooms!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2012

Dear Ma'am,

Thank you for your kind words and for taking time out to review us. We are happy that you found our hostel a nice place to stay. Our food menu rates are actually considered to be the cheapest in all of Fort Kochi and we have been appreciated by most of our guests for keeping prices so low in our snack bar.

Nevertheless, we are glad that you had a good time and would love to serve you again!

Looking forward to having you stay with us soon!

On behalf of our entire team, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Warm regards,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We've stayed in Vedanta couple days ago and I must admit the place is superb ! We took room for two , which was very simple -bed and twi chairs with attached bathroom.Very clean ,Great location ( very close to Chinese nets ), friendly staff and good value for money !

  • Stayed: November 2012
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2012

Dear Ma'am,

Thank you for your kind words and for taking time out to review us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our hostel.

We would love to have you stay with us again!

Safe travels!

Warm regards,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Verdanta is in fantastic location in Fort Kochi, literally a minute from the Chinese fishing nets, with an abundance of life and atmosphere around at night. However, I would only really recommend it to those looking to stay in the dorm rooms. The private rooms are extremely overpriced for what you get.

Nevertheless, it does excel as a hostel, with a spacious and well-equipped communal area and good dorm rooms. Everything is kept quite clean, and the staff go above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay, I couldn't speak more highly of them. I'd also recommend the backwaters tour they offer, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day that explored the smaller, less-visited canals.

Overall, definitely stay here if you're looking for the 'hostel environment' in a prime location, but not if you are looking for a private room.

Room Tip: The wifi doesn't reach the top floor.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2012

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your appreciating our team and our hostel and for taking time out to review us. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed the backwaters tour that we offer and the social activities that we conduct every day.

Customer satisfaction is of supreme importance to us and in order to provide more value to our customers, we are looking into the possibility of providing free toiletries for the Deluxe Double rooms. We hope our guests will enjoy the same!

Thank you for the positive feedback. We would love to have you stay with us again!

Hope you enjoy your stay in India!

Safe travels!

Yours sincerely,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here on the back of the reviews and were quite disappointed. It's really just ok for backpackers who want a dorm room - the doubles are not worth the money, despite the friendly reception staff. The rooms are really plain with a bed, a table and two plastic garden chairs. Nowhere to put your luggage and really quite crammed. There is also no outdoor space and everything is tiled, so it echos around the whole staircase. The bathrooms need a refit / deep clean.
Don't get me wrong - there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this place, it just doesn't deserve the hype. It's totally average.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2012

Dear Sir,

Thank you for taking time out to review us. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we work hard to ensure our guests have a great stay at our hostels. We are glad to inform you that our chairs in our family rooms are specifically for the rooms and we do not use them in our garden. We have a very spacious common lounge, a patio as well as a garden where guests can socialize and have breakfast. We take customer feedback very seriously and we are looking into the possibility of providing beautiful rugs in every room to reduce the chances of an echo. We are also installing bathroom hygiene solutions to further provide more value to our guests.

We hope to have you stay with us again so that we can demonstrate our strongest commitment to hospitality!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday in India.

Yours sincerely,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

For a solo traveller hostels are few and far between in India. I would recommend this one. It is clean and bright. The staff are friendly and helpful, a special mention for Joshi who is truely an asset to the place. The location is very good, minutes from the heart of Fort Cochin. Definitely a good spot to meet other travellers as well.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

Dear Ma'am,

Thank you for recommending us and for taking time out to review us. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our hostel. Our team is truly our greatest asset. Thank you for having stayed with us!

We would love to have you with us again!

Warm regards,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Really liked this place. Very relaxed feel to the place and very friendly staff. The property is right in the middle of all the action in Fort Kochi (especially close o the fishing nets) and yet feels separated from the traffic and noise. The rooms are basic but well air conditioned with clean bathrooms and nice warm showers :-) My wife and I made some lovely friends while we were there and would love to go back again someday. Thank you Vedanta for all the wonderful memories.

Room Tip: The first floor rooms have wifi. Also make sure you go out as a group with the rest of the hostel.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your extremely kind words and for taking time out to review us. We are delighted to know that you really liked our hostel, our location, facilities and the fun activities that we conduct every day!

Looking forward to having you with us again!

Safe travels!

Yours sincerely,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

First time in India we were really warmly welcomed at this hostel by Binu and Djoshi.
Absolutely clean rooms, perfect location right in the heart of Fort Kochi, great staff, free wifi and a reliable TukTuk-Driver Sajab - what do you need else??
We will be back again ! !
Frank and Soula

Room Tip: Double with Aircon
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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TeamVedantaWakeUp, Owner at Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2012

Dear Ma'am,

Thank you so much for recommending us and for taking time out to review us. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the facilities and services that we offer.

We look forward to serving you again!!

Safe Travels!

Warm regards,
Team Vedanta Wake up!

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Additional Information about Vedanta Wake Up! - Chinese Fishing Nets

Address: Building 507 1 506 - A Calvathy Rd | Opposite Hotel Brunton Boatyard, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India (Formerly Vedanta - Wake up! by the backwaters, Fort Kochi)
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #213 of 479 Specialty Lodging in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range: $10 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vedanta, the highest state of consciousness and self realization can be achieved only while traveling. Vedanta Wake up! India’s finest chain of backpacking hostels, was conceived to address the primary concerns of backpackers and budget travelers. Vedanta Wake up! by the backwaters, Fort Kochi, is nestled in the heart of the city and is walking distance to all shops, restaurants, bars and local attractions such as the beach, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santa Cruz Cathedral, St. Francis Church and Mattancherry Palace. Our rooms are designed keeping comfort and cleanliness in mind. We offer shared rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as superior private rooms for families. At Vedanta Wake up!, we offer you an environment to meet fellow travelers in our lounges which are fully equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi, television sets, DVD players, movies, book exchange libraries, guitars, board games, maps and eateries. Our eateries will provide you with hygienic and sumptuous meals cooked by our in-house chefs any time of the day at very minimum charge. We encourage our guests to socialize and get to know each other through local bar crawls, sight-seeing trips, dinner outings, movie nights, karaoke nights and other fun activities almost every night (and there’s no curfew!). We provide assistance in arranging local tours and visits to nearby tourist attractions so that our guests can soak in the sights and sounds and have a memorable holiday experience. We also organize classes such as cooking, yoga, Indian classical music and Ayurvedic massages. You can check in any time of the day. Our young and energetic team will provide you with every comfort possible to make your stay fun and unforgettable. ... more   less 
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