The idea behind the resort and probably its USP is the novelty of its location. The resort is situated amidst fish ponds , the traditional square ones that are very typical of the region. In fact, to get to the main gate of the resort you need to actually board a cute (but trifle unsteady) canoe that ferries you across to the main gate.The experience is novel and pleasant though I felt a little uneasy at first seeing that once both ourselves and our luggage were placed onto the canoe, it appeared overloaded.But of course we reached the hotel safely (and dry).
The rooms are really nice and different with a stone foundation and probably stone walls and floor too. The decor is good too.Very clean and comfortable, though slightly gloomy.The AC is very effective. The bathroom though very clean is slightly awkward as it is sunk in.Should have been on the same level as the room beyond.
The food needs improvement. The basic problem we faced was that even the north Indian dishes smelt strongly of coconut oil. Also the breakfast could have been better with a greater variety.
The staff is very friendly and very willing to help and chat.
The activities such as the pedal boating is very enjoyable, though one felt that more number of boats should be made available to preempt guests squabbling with each other over them. Boating through the interconnected fish ponds early in the morning was a lovely experience.
The fishing was just for namesake, a very primitive arrangement with cane rods , nylons threads and a surgical suture holding the bait.
But overall, a really relaxing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Turn off the highway to Alleppey, onto a narrower road that winds its way through sleepy hamlets, going past prawn and shrimp farms and submerged fields of paddy. You gradually begin to feel the overwhelming presence of water. At times in the course of the journey it seems that for an instant one has dropped below the waterline. "Kondai Lip" Set amidst palms and lush tropical vegetation, traditional air conditioned cottages with canal facing sit outs, built with laterite and wood, elegantly furnished and equipped with all modern amenities. Just 55 km from Cochin International Airport and 18 kms towards Fort Cochin.Having its own Ayur health care Centre with Green Leaf accreditation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort Kerala/Alappuzha, India