Be sure to stay at Vedic Heritage Boutique Hotel if you want peace and tranquility with easy access to beautiful Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam.
We took a 4-hour taxi ride from Alleppey to Kovalam and we were met on the street by porters from Vedic Heritage. Just a small warning: Even though your luggage will be carried for you by porters, it is a very steep walk from where the car leaves you off, to the hotel (you must take the same walk when you leave as well), and a somewhat challenging short walk from the hotel down to Lighthouse Beach for anyone with a slight disability with walking. If you are steady on your feet, don't stay anywhere else other than Vedic!!!
We stayed for 3 nights and would have loved to stay longer. From the first "hello", we clicked with Charles and this place right away. We really liked the fact that the hotel is a bit away from the beach (although we could see the water from the balcony of our room on the first floor) and in a quiet, lush, peaceful setting. Some of our greatest memories were sitting around the breakfast table (eating a traditional home-cooked Kerala breakfast), talking, laughing, and sharing stories with the other guests, Charles and his lovely girlfriend. We were lucky to have such a great group of people staying there with us, and we all got along so well.
The rooms are large and very clean, and the beds are comfortable and wrapped in a mosquito net. The mosquitos were not bad at all, but we used the net anyway, just to be safe, as we left the windows open every night. If you are looking into this hotel, please note that it is an eco-friendly property, and therefore there is no air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan in the middle of the room and if you can live without A/C, we can honestly say that this was one of our favorite places to stay in India. It has a very warm, tranquil, welcoming atmosphere and Charles does everything and anything necessary to make your stay comfortable. He is a great guy, very funny, and his English is excellent, as he has lived abroad for many years. At our request, he arranged for us to have an Ayurvedic treatment one day, and we loved it so much, we went back the next day for the exact same 1-1/2 hour treatment. The name of the place that we would highly recommend is Vigneshwara Ayurvedic Health Centre, only a short walk from the hotel.
When we were planning our trip to the south of India, we were debating on whether to stay in Kovalam or Varkala, and from everything that we experienced, we were delighted with our decision to stay in Kovalam. The beach is beautiful and clean, the area is not too touristy, and it is small enough to get around on foot. The guys renting lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach are so friendly and fun, and there is also a good selection of restaurants. Don't miss out on the chance to sample some delicious local fruit. The numerous fruit ladies lining the beach are more than willing to cut up a plate of fruit and deliver it right to you while you relax on the beach. It is not expensive and really worth it!
If you want to venture out, there are some great local villiages to explore accessible easily by autorickshaw, or even by foot.
We really enjoyed everything about Vedic. We almost forgot that we were staying at a "hotel" - it felt more like "home"!! Would we go back?? Absolutely and without a doubt!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vedic Heritage Boutique Hotel is a speciality beach hotel in Kovalam 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 and from the common space rooftop. You can even say we are more or less a home stay than a hotel and best suited for international tourists. You will easily find us with a simple search. Book directly from our website. Welcome to us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vedic Heritage Boutique Hotel Kovalam, Kerala