My only regret with this stay was that I only booked one night. I would have loved to have a couple of days to sit on our little balcony and watch the boats go by. This is a small little inn. The terms "resort" and "homestay" are clearly just local marketing quirks as it's neither thing, but it's a real gem. It's situated so close to the water in Alleppey's backwaters that half of the rooms are just a yard or two from the river, and they all have balconies or little patios with chairs and tables. (Four of the rooms are set back a few more yards from the bank to create a tiny courtyard; they have larger balconies with full-size tables, but the space means there are some plants and tables between them and the water.) The rooms aren't big, but they're simple and beautifully made with finished wood floors, walls, and roofs, and enough room for a bed with a mosquito net canopy and a little desk. There are shutters on the windows to close at night, but there are some open slats with screens on them near the ceiling, and in the morning the light reflected off the water and threw a rippling effect on the ceiling, which was beautiful to wake up to.
The potential downsides of the place for some people:
You do have to walk along a dirt path next to a lovely little canal for about three minutes to reach the place, but this means it's not right on the road, which is really nice, and the hotel staff will come out and put your bag on a bike to wheel it in when you arrive. Just make sure you have a flashlight if you're going out at night.
The bathroom doesn't have hot water in the shower, but there are hot and cold taps in the wall that are used to fill up a bucket that has a scoop; this is traditional for all homes and lots of guesthouses in Kerala. It's actually a nice way to bathe if you need hot water, and it's so warm out that a cold shower in the afternoon is really nice.
There's no air conditioning, but it cools down a bit in the evening, and there's a ceiling fan. And I have to admit, the mosquito netting isn't really big enough for the size of the bed (it doesn't come close to reaching the floor, and there are gaps where it meets the bed), but for some reason we didn't have any mosquitos at all while we were there; it's possible the town treats the water for them since the water is the main tourist attraction.
Lastly, it is quite a walk into town for lunch or dinner, and there's no food (or beer or bottled water) on site other than breakfast, but there are auto-rickshaws parked in the lane at all hours, and the ride is less than $1 each way.
The guesthouse's owner was extremely friendly and helpful and provided us with a town map and restaurant suggestions. And when he found out that we wanted to take a boat trip on the river, he arranged for the right kind of boat to actually pick us up at the banks in front of our room. He also arranged a car to take us to the airport when our stay was done.
The next time I manage to make it to India, I'm going to set aside three days at the end of my trip to just relax here. It was the most beautiful, lovely place I stayed in two weeks of traveling, and while it had a couple of slightly rustic qualities, it was still much nicer than many of the supposedly fancier (and much more expensive) places we stayed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a place with best lake front location in Alleppey, best sleep quality, best in class rooms with wood and bamboo, excellent service with calm and quiet atmosphere...!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malayalam Lake Resort Homestay Hotel Alappuzha
- Malayalam Lake Resort Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India