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Aquabliss
Ranked #24 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“truly blissful experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2012

I & my hubby travelled to kerala through a package holiday in last week of Jan 2012 & we never expected such a dream location for stay. Initially we were lost since our driver was not aware of this location but we finally managed to reach this idyllic place after our driver got instructions from the resort owner/ director.We were escorted by a smallboat which was arranged by Suresh, extremely warm person & director of Aqua Bliss. True to the name of this resort we were glad to get into this resort as you feel you are in the lap of nature. Staff was kind and hospitable and food was good & more importantly hot and fresh; since you have to order the food prior to the meal time. Rooms are made of fully wooden interiors and very tidy.Clean & neat surroundings maintained well. Suresh was kind enough to not only give us a chance to do fishing but also he took us to his very old ancestral mansion located close to this resort. He;s an extremely helpful person who will guide someone if you need suggestions or tips about your travel queries. We cant thank Suresh enough for our memorable stay in Allepey. If u want a divine experience in Allepey do visit.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

The resort is around 10 km before Alleppy....To reach to resot you need to travel through backwaters....
The Aquabliss Team --Suresh, Rajesh and Others will welcome you with warmth....Rooms are fully wooden ... traditional kerala style....AC rooms, specious and cool...you just come out of your room and you will find backwater..surrounded with coconut trees....Food you need to order before you reach there....food taste and and service is excellent....they will treat you as family with atmost care....very kind people....if you are going with family then you can carry playing cards or other games so that you can enjoy.....Just eat...and relax....

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

The resort was good though lonely and the surroundings were not kept tidy. Though the website boasts of a bath tub, only warm water flows in to it and it takes probably half a day to fill the bathtub.

There is no bulb at wash basin and u have to use the mirror in the dark only.
No proper lighting in the room
Room is spacious and interiors are good It only has a small AC.. It never suffices
Hot water is a problem
food is costly
Workers not prompt

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

We stayed in one of the bungalows at the resort and it was quite spacious and clean. Suresh was gracious enough to allow us to have a look at the traditional type kerala house they have on the property. Also he guided us to couple of nice handicraft stores located in the small market 10 mins away from the resort.
Great Food. This is the place i would highly recommend if you want to relax and catch up on a book.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pune, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

Food is very much poor taste & doubly expensive than any other standard restaurant. They will not tell you rate list untill check out time even if you ask for that. Resort is very much quiet, lonely & boring. No games & amenities for children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2010

If you are looking for something authentic then this is the place for you. Lovely location where you can relax or let Suresh organize trips for you. We stayed in the heritage bungalow which is very spacious and visited the nearby church and amazing snakeboats and had a day trip on a houseboat which was the highlight of our stay. Suresh and Antony try their best to make you happy.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2009

My two sons and I stayed here for 3 nights in early January. We booked their holiday package through its website and found that the beautiful photos on the website are all true. We were picked up at the Kottayam train station at an ungodly hour (5 am) as promised and taken by car and small motorboat to the resort about an hour away. It's located on an island and not much to do there, but we were taken by boat on village tours by our knowledgeable and warm Director of the resort, Suresh. We had a lovely stay, the food (Keralan) was great, and the service wonderful -- we ordered from their menu. We stayed in their heritage cottage Nalukettu, immaculate and spacious w/ beautiful old Keralan details and architecture. The grounds are well maintained and we were literally a few steps from the water. If you want a peaceful and relaxing time on the backwaters, away from the tourist traps of Alleppey, this is the place. Across the water from the resort are native family homes (not other resorts). Early mornings, you can hear the thwacking sound of women doing the wash on the waters, the many birds of the area, and morning call to prayer at the nearby mosque -- very idyllic. The last night we spent on a houseboat that they had arranged. It was great as we docked overnight by a small village and received Ayuravedic treatments there. They took us everywhere by boat and by car, even to our next destination in Kerala, a hotel in Fort Cochin. My only criticism is that the hot water thru the showerhead was unpredictable (which they promised to fix), although the bathroom was huge and immaculate. We were treated like royalty and cannot recommend this place enough. I hope the recent Mumbai attack doesn't discourage travellers from going to Kerala. They've experienced a lot of cancellations as a result -- which is probably why the resort was empty except for us. But we absolutely loved it!

  • Liked — Location, friendly and accomodating service, knowledgeable guide, and beautiful cottage.
  • Disliked — Hot water not consistently available.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Aquabliss
Address: Manapra | Champakulam, Alappuzha 688505, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #24 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
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Number of rooms: 10
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Introduction Aquabliss-Presenting the Paradise!! We have two wings: the resort and the retreat. THE RESORT has many cottages and its main attraction is the “NALUKETTU”, the traditional Kerala wooden house of about 400 years old. Suited to the climate of Kerala, the courtyard brings in pure air, sunlight, and even rain within the house. In addition to the‘NALUKETTU’, there are 3 independent cottages and a Nest.  Another attraction of the resort is a huge kitchen with modern equipment with a dining hall overlooking the panoramic expanse of paddy fields. An exclusive vegetarian section and self-cooking facilities are available for culinary enthusiasts. Puthussery Retreat (Tharavadu) The RETREAT a 180 years’ old wooden house called “THARAVADU” built in the ancient architectural style of Kerala and preserved in the original form. It’s ideal for writers, artists, yoga enthusiasts, solitude lovers, and people interested in enjoying vacation ina rich library with books on spirituality, philosophy, science, technology, religion, fiction and so on. It has five bedrooms and one big lounge, with panoramic river view.  The main attraction is a traditional ‘NILAVARA’ (Crawl Space), ‘ARA’ (Auspicious Place) and ‘THATTUMPURAM’ (Attic). Modern facilities are provided in each room and a well-equipped kitchen is available for self-cooking.  Kuttanad Kuttanad - The Rice Bowl of Kerala The Kuttanad region in Alleppey district is named the 'rice bowl of Kerala' for its picturesque expanse of paddy cultivation which forms the main source of the famous 'boiled rice' of the state. As a tourist destination, it holds some geographical peculiarities. It is a vast area of partly reclaimed land, covered with the bright green paddy fields, separated by dykes. The unique feature about paddy cultivation in Kuttanad is that the level of water is a few feet higher than the level of the surrounding land. It's the area with the lowest altitude in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. The place is an amazing labyrinth of shimmering waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers and rivulets. Lined with dense tropical greenery, it offers a glimpse into the rural life-styles of Kerala. Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala. It is possible to drift along in a houseboat and enjoy the scenic view of the Kerala countryside. With the Kuttanad region and the Vembanad Kayal nearby, Alleppey attracts tourists throughout the year. The criss-crossing canals in the area evoke comparisons with Venice, but the differences are also substantial. Each has an identity of its own. Amongst the notable sights is the palm-covered Pathiramanal Island in Vembanad Kayal, which can be accessed through an hour cruise by boat from Triveny River Palace Champakkulam. The district is famous for its snake boat races and also houses a number of historic colonial buildings and a beach.  The major occupation in Kuttanad is farming, rice being the staple crop. More than two crops are grown alternately each year. Large farming areas near the Vembanad Lake were actually reclaimed from the lake. Following the Land Reclamation Act which decreed that whoever reclaims land from water can own it, many enterprising farmers took up the challenge leading to massive redemption of land from the lake. As the farming in the area increased, farmers felt themselves constrained by the two cycles a year for rice cultivation owing to the limited availability of potable water in Kuttanad. During the monsoon seasons, the water from the mountains flow through the rivers to the sea, bringing potable water to Kuttanad. But during summer, due to the low level of the region, seawater enters Kuttanad and makes the salt content of the water high making it unpotable. Origin, history & Contributions There is no recorded history on the origin of this land. But the oral history among local people, transferred from generation to generation, is a blend of myths and legends. There is reference to Kuttanad in the epic Mahabharata of ancient India. During their exile, the five Pandava princes are said to have travelled through this land. In those days, Kuttanad was part of a dense forest, later destroyed by a forest fire which is also mentioned in the epic. Thus came the place name Chuttanad or the burnt place. In course of time Chuttanad became Kuttanad. Reportedly one can still see kari or coal if we dig deep into the soil of Kuttanad, pointing to the fact that the place was once a forest, destroyed by wild fire. In Kuttanad most of the local place names end in 'kari', some familiar ones being Ramankary, Oorukkary, Mitrakkary, Mampuzhakkary, Kainakari and Chennamkari.  Kuttanad is known for its contributions to the field of Malayalam literature and cinema besides the classical dance-drama of Kathakali. Jnanpith-winning novelist, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, hailed from Kuttanad, so is late Malayalam poet Dr K. Ayyappa Panikkar. Scholar-folklorist Kavalam Narayana Panikkar and his musician son Kavalam Sreekumar are natives of this place, so was late filmmaker John Abraham. Renowned film actor Nedumudi Venu too hails from this belt.  Among the leading Kathakali exponents from Kuttanad today are Mankompu Sivasankara Pillai, Mathoor Govindankutty, Thalavadi Aravindan, FACT Padmanabhan and Kalamandalam Shanmughan. Its Kathakali masters of earlier days include Mathoor Kunhukunhu Pillai Panicker, Chennithala Kochu Pillai Panicker, Mankulam Vishnu Nambuthiri, Champakkulam Pachu Pillai, Guru Gopinath, Pallippuram Gopalan Nair, Harippadu Ramakrishna Pillai, Chennithala Chellappan Pillai, Ambalappuzha Sekhar and Kalanilayam Mohanakumar. Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary's Forane Church (Valia Palli) Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary's Forane Church (also called Champakulam Valia Palli) is one of the oldest Christian churches in India and the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey District. Believed to be established in AD 427. Rebuilt many times and the many rock inscriptions found around the church tell us about the history of the church. The open air Rock Cross at Champakulam church is one of the most ancient ones with clear documentation of its antiquity up to AD 1151. There are many archaeological artefacts found around the church about its history. Champakulam church was once under Niranam Church. Champakulam Church had very friedly relations with the Jacobite Syrian group and had a pivotal role in many ecumenical efforts in the Eighteenth century. Belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of India. The annual feast at this church is on the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race Champakulam Boat Race is held every year at the Champakulam Lake in Alleppey, Kerala. This is the first boat race of the harvest season of the state. The race is organized in the Malayalam month Midhunam on the moolam day, the day of the installation of the deity at the Sree Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha. Champakkulam Boat Race is the most popular and oldest snake boat race of Kerala. This race is associated with a legend. On the advice of a royal priest, Maharaja Devanarayana of Chempakasseri built a temple at Ambalappuzha. But, just prior to the installation of the deity, the king came to know that the idol was inauspicious. The ministers of the king told a solution to the problem. They suggested to bring the idol of Shree Krishna, presented to Arjuna by the Lord Krishna himself, from the Karikulam temple of Kurichi. The ministers went to the place to bring the idol. While returning from the temple they spent a night at Champakulam to perform a puja. From there, boats of the entire area accompanied the idol in colorful, ceremonial procession through the lake to the temple. Celebrating that moment, the whole procession is enacted every year with the same enthusiasm. A line of boats festooned with colourful parasols and performing arts delights the spectators before the Champakulam Boat Race. After that, a proper race is organized in various stages for different categories of boats. The song of the oarsmen, the Vanchipattu, and the breathtaking Chundanvallom race are the other attractions of the event. Services Boating/Canoeing · Shikara Boat Ride · House Boats · Water Sports · Fishing · Shikara Candle Light Dinner Tour Packages · Sight Seeing · Kerala Tour Packages · Farm Visit · Temples & Churches · Museum & Beaches Ayurvedic Experience · Rejuvenation · Ayurvedic Massage · Ayurvedic Treatment Event Arrangement · Dream Wedding · Poojas & Holymass · Birthday Parties · Conferences Kitchen · Seperate Kitchen facility for Self Cooking Vegetarian Food · Kuttanadan · South Indian · Multi Cuisine Restaurant ... more   less 
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