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Our Land Island Backwater Resort
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We arrived late afternoon with the Kollam-Allepey-ferry (beautiful 8-hours-trip), and were nicely left nearby Ourland resort, where a staffmember was waiting with a canoe, to bring us to our room.

Activities: maybe I was a bit misled by the website, the offers are a bit optimistic. I intended to do as much as possible. In these 2 full days we went for a walk in the neighbourhood, together with the guide, the only englishspeaking staffmember (it should have been a birdwatching trip, but very few birds seen, though), a canoe- and a biketrip (alone) They were all very nice, but it's all in the same neighborhood... One evening, our guide took us to a templefestival in a nearby village, which was also nice to see.

After all: sitting on the porch, reading a book (there is nothing else to do) with a view over the backwaters: very relaxing.
In short: very nice, well kept, spacy A/C room, very nice bathroom, hot water 24/24. Nice wardrobe with place for hangers, without hangers...
Staff: very helpfull, and very friendly.
Food: could not be better!

Downsides: Ourland wants to be "eco-friendly", but has no solarpanels. Could be very usefull to provide free hot water. Many powercuts: also here solarpanels could be considered, since there is no generator backup. No internet, which was unpractical, since I wanted to check my flight home, the day after..
Also a fridge in the room would be nice: only a can of water was provided during daytime, nothing else. If you want something, you have to go to the office, and ask.
After all: this is not a 500 Rs guesthouse, for the price I paid, I expected much more comfort.

During our stay, they were working on some of the buildings. Therefore, some piles of sand and mud were stored right in front of our house, preventing a nice view over the water.
The maintenance of the resorts greenery could be better.

But all togethe:r we spend some nice days there.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank LynenJohan
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have spent 3 wonderful days ni this magical place. The place is wonderful, the team is great and the food is amazing. We do not regret to havé chosen this place and not à houseboat: we walked, had à canoe trip and did some bicycle in the small back waters.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Sylvain C
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

we spent 3 great days in ourland.It was perfect!
The house is beautifull,
The food amazing,
The staff was warm,friendly,helpfull...
we were 5 [a family] and we all will be happy to
go back,and visit again

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank liora g
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Our island resort is like a houseboat, which would have found a room in heaven. Then, why to move and go on its cruise? So the houseboat has stopped forever among bamboos, flowers and birds…
So if you are looking for a peaceful place where to relax and enjoy nature, if you are tired of noise and pollution, make a stop there and stay as long as you can.
Rooms are large, and moreover, all people are nice and efficient.
If food for you is important, don’t worry, you will get a very good one and in quantity!
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I am a writer, and this is really the best place for a work like this (if writing can be called a work...)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank RobertBranche
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed there two days and had a fantastic time. This is a peaceful and beautiful place located next to the backwaters area, the perfect place to rest your body and soul on a vacation. The food is really good and varied and the employees are very helpful and friendly. The room had A/C was spacious and clean with a large veranda. From the veranda we could follow the life along the waterfront. If you want to investigate the surrounding area there are ample opportunities for walking along the waterfront or across paddy fields - just ask to be canoed across the river.
In summary this is a unique place that we can only recommend for anyone traveling in the Kerala backwaters area.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hajsgaard
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

We absolutely loved staying at Our Land.
It was totally unique. Comfortable roomy room with lovely cool a/c for an extremely comfortable sleep, quiet, the food absolutely divine...with everything laid on
But...we were constantly quizzed as to how we thought about it...
Really hard to explain but we almost felt as though we needed to hold up score cards for every activity. The included walk around the village was exceptional. We met local families, kids were just gorgeous, local life unfolding in front of our eyes was amazing. birdlife amazing!!
what can we say....much preferred it to taking one of the millions of (kovallum) boat trips....was relaxing to the point of being comatose in a hammock.... but then the staff seemed removed from us and almost sheepish in their functioning of everyday running of the place and we were merely a necessary intrusion just to pay the bills.
I suppose they knew what was going on but we felt forever in the dark...
We took a 3 hour small boat ride of the canals and it was sensational and the boatman very friendly...the staff were not unfriendly....just ???aloof....not sure if that's correct either.
At the end of the day we had a ball....saw an amazing amount of "stuff" and just loved the total experience....whether it was 'user friendly' I suppose is what's debateable.
Loved it really....thank you so much...just different!!!!
but then thats India to a westerner.....different!!!!

Room Tip: Maybe talk talk talk to the people who run it just to get a handle on just whats what!!!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Only stayed one night on 12 March 2012 wish it could have been longer in order to explore the area as bycicles were provided, think that would have been great fun. Lovely cottage, very clean and food excellent. Hosts were extremely welcoming.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank wackjack
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Address: Chempupuram | Punnapra, Alappuzha 688004, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 161 Specialty Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range: $67 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ourland Island Backwater Resort is the Winner of First ever Kerala State Tourism Award (announced AUG 2015) for the Best Practices in the field of Responsible Tourism.. Every once in a while, when the hectic pace of city life overwhelms you and the chaos of the urban crush threatens to consume you, it's always wise to retreat into some much-needed solitude. Tucked away in the backwaters of Kerala is Our Land, a panacea for the soul. An island getaway from the rigmarole of daily life, Our Land sits in an island of tranquility to the south of Alappuzha, surrounded by green paddy fields fringed with coconut palm, bamboos and banana trees that stretch as far as the eye can see. In the lap of nature, Our Land has stayed true to its roots and blends in perfectly with the rustic landscape that surrounds it for miles. The resort's modern amenities unobtrusively attend to the comforts of guests and do not compromise on the hotel's natural ambiance and pursuit to ensure that its carbon footprint on the environment is minimized. Our Land invites guests and divulges secrets - this hideaway island was a one-time den of a fierce bandit immortalized by the locals as a Robin Hood! During your stay here you can unravel the secrets of this one-time bandit hideaway and ensconce yourself in its warm and welcoming world.Hearty welcome to Our Land... ... more   less 
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