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Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

After reading such fantastic reviews on this website, my family and me decided to go to kayaloram for a few days to watch the famous boat races. Heres the reality check-

1) there are 12 cottages located at the edge of the backwaters. The
area is extremely small. If you are looking for long walks along the
backwaters, then you will be sorely diassappointed.

2) The website says there are all amentites but there are no
televisions in the room and no intercom. Also, no room service. If you are looking to get a cup of tea, you have to walk to the restaurant. If its raining, then you would just have to get wet and since there is no intercom, you cant even call for umbrellas.

3) There is very little to do in the resort. Most resorts provide some sort of entertainment. Well. be prepared to be bored if you want to spend more than 2 nights here

4) If you are claustrophobic, then these rooms are definitely not for you. Very dark, closed and small. If you open the windows, be prepared for mosquitoes. Also, my room had white lights. How dull it looked.

5) The open air bathing area is interesting but could somebody please put a barricade or shower curtains between the bathing area and the loo.
Everytime it rains, the toilet paper and towels get wet. If ure sitting on the bowl, be prepared for a bath too. So ridiculous.

6) Our trip to the boat races was such a disappointment. Extremely
small boat and too many people almost led to a disaster. I think ours was the smallest boat at the races and we could barely see the races. We paid 300 bucks a head to see the races but could barely catch a glimpse of it.
On the other hand, there was a larger boat which left before us from
the same hotel. Not only were those people provided with entertainment but the food seemed so much better. I would really like to know what that was all about.

7) The door hinges are wooden all right but so creaky that everytime
someone enters the rooms or goes to the bathroom at night, everyone else in the room wakes up. My baby had a fright several times at night

8) Having said all this, the saving grace is the excellent service of the staff at the restauant and Raymond (who carefully and patiently listened to our feedback). The food is the best I have tasted in a long time too. Even the days trip in the kettuvalam (houseboat) was a wonderful experience with some great kerala cuisine and some good local company

Please just make minor changes and make this place more liveable. We
were so so disappointed cause we came from a great distance just to stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2006

We spent a wonderful night at kayaloram in March 06. Idyllic location and the view of the lake literally took my breath away. Fantastic food and good service. Small but clean and nice pool which I pretty much had to myself. We wished we'd stayed for more than one night. Only minor quibble was a query with the bill where we thought we'd booked a package but they tried to charge us full rate. The manager sorted it all out though. Highly recommended.
We also went on their kettu vallum trip for a night. The food was amazing, cooked on board for us by a chef. The boat was a bit run down though and not as luxurious as some others we passed. May be better to book the boat trip separately.

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Reviewed March 25, 2006

Kayaloram Lake Resort is stunning - a collection of traditional Tharavads (beautiful wooden cottages) right on the edge of the Vembanad lake (right in the heart of the backwaters). I would highly recommend the slightly more expensive rooms which have amazing views of the lake. The restaurant was wonderful - it's an extremely romantic setting with candlelit tables on the lawn right by the lake. The buffet in the evening was exquisite - the best meal we had in kerala. They cook fresh fish and bread in front of you. They also have a free one hour boat trip at sunset with their own nature guide who explained all the birds and wildlife in the backwaters. It's a great place to spend a night or two before going on a houseboat (they also have their own houseboat which looked really great. We booked the boat through another company, but next time I would definitely go on the Kayaloram boat). Don't be put off by their very basic website which doesn't give a true sense of the tranquility and beauty of it!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 22, 2006

We stayed at the Kayaloram Resort in Alleppey (Kerala, India)for two nights. Beautiful, well-kept grounds with carefully manicured lawns and flowers everywhere, this is the ideal location to just relax, take in some boatrides along the canals and then return and just sit and read a book or chat over a beer. The pool, while warm from the hot sun, was refreshing nonetheless. The rooms are converted from typical Kerala homes, carefully reconstructed to maintain old-world charm. The staff is very accommodating, doing their best to meet our every request (which was sometimes difficult with our American accent and tastes!) The hammock provided great entertainment for our teenage son, who surprisingly didn't miss t.v. - and enjoyed a few games of chess with his father! Recommend the day-cruise on a houseboat where you're served a typical Kerala meal. A true "National Geographic" experience, like stepping back in time several hundred years.

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Reviewed July 13, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled as a couple
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