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“Far from the madding crowd” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort

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Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort
Ranked #5 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai (Madras), India
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Far from the madding crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2010

That's Kondai Lip for you. Their hospitality is something to watch out for. Both the brothers, Vaisakh and Kevin, who run the show take care of your every need. They helped me organise a surprise birthday celebration for my friend. There is a small boat ride that takes you the resort on arrival. The boatman is great fun and interests you with the activities in the idyllic resort. The rooms are neat and spacious. The food is awesome! The prawn curry is a great favorite.

You have a complimentary boat ride in the evening through the beautiful backwaters Kerala is famous for. You can see the much talked about fishing nets cast in the water to catch tons of fish! Catch the sunset on your way back.

You also have complimentary candlelight dinner set out on the lawn. All in all, you can laze around, do nothing, and enjoy life one step at a time.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AquaM78
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2010

An experience my family & I will cherish forever!
If you are looking for serenity, beauty & rejuvenation of the mind, body & spirit, this is the place to come to.
The property is well maintained, the cottages are warm & welcoming & the staff is friendly & courteous. You can enjoy a quiet evening with a book by the lake, enjoy heavenly ayurvedic massages, take walks down the pathway, capture the exotic birds on camera & there's nothing like a quick round in the paddle boat to build up an appetite. And trust me you will surely want to be very hungry for the delicious meal that awaits you. The food is divine & by far the best & most authentic we had in all of Kerela.
This is one of the places which surprises you with its hospitality & charm, I will revisit this beautiful place as many times as I can.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Recollections
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India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

Kondai Lip is in synonymous with silence, serenity and seclusion. Ten neat cottages tucked away in nature's lap, close to placid waters in about twelve acres of land fringed with coconut trees. In Kondai Lip, you're away from air or sound pollution.

If you are the laid back kind, whose idea of a holiday is just doing nothing and if you don't expect too much from a place then this is the place for you. For entertainment there are canoes which you can paddle or row down the water or you can try your luck at fishing.

Carry enough cash with you as they don't accept credit/debit cards. The food is average but the stay is comfortable and the staff eager to help. The place is best reached via Thoppumpady-Chellanam from Ernakulam Vyttila.

  • Liked — The quiet of the place
  • Disliked — nothing
Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2009

Great experience. Person who would like to relax and enjoy in the peaceful location should visit this place atleast once. Location is very far from the cochin airport and railway stn. This place is very beautiful. Renji the owner of this resort has maintained this property very beautifully. Resort is surrounded by water on all side. To enter the entrance of the property one has to take canoe ride. The rooms are very big and very clean. The surrounding is with beautifully covered with plants and trees. One can view the fishing done and also prawns farming. They have auyvedic therapy spa treatments in the resort. Very relax and comfortable stay. Staff is very courteous and very helpful. The whole atmosphere is relaxed. Food is excellent. The dining hall is very beautiful having ancient look.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank paradisemumbai
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Köln
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2009

Kondai Lip was definitely the most wonderful experience we had on our Kerala trip, and honestly one of the best I ever had on my trips through Asia!
In few words: The service that was even better than in some 5*-hotels I stayed in the past, and the location was of an undescribable beauty.

Just don’t know to begin: The location on a backwater island was far from any other resort and only surrounded by prawn farms and coconut grooves, very beautiful, relaxing and peaceful. The wooden bungalows were very comfortable and clean, with cosy rooms and perfect mattresses, from the terrace you had a beautiful view on the backwaters. The backwater villages around where still untouched by tourism (not comparable to Alleppey!), no children begging for pens, extremely nice people, some of them seemed to not having seen any Western people before in their live.

We had many different experiences with food in Kerala - very good and bad, but this was definitely the best: Very fresh and full of local specialities we did not find in other places (we even returned to Kondai Lip on our way to the airport just to enjoy the yummy Prawn Curry another time!) We had an Ayurvedic rejuvenation package for nearly one week: extremely plesasant in very relaxing surrounding - we couldn’t wait for the next massage (Ayurvedic nurse Mini’s hands even spirit off my mum’s migraine, she made a really good job - we still miss your massages and heart-rending smile, Mini!)

But that what remained most in our mind was the staff. From the first day we felt like adopted to a Keralan family, the service was very intimate and Manager Renji Paul anticipated every wish, organized any tour, took care of us all the time as if we where the only guests :). But at the same time the service was discreet and you had your privacy whenever you wanted. There where many honeymooners from Northern India coming to the resort as it was perfectly made for couples, but I would even go there as a single traveller it was so beautiful! And the price was really low compared to the very high standard.

I do not agree with the reference of “SMGLondon“ that there is not a lot to do. There was much to visit nearby: The beautiful old church (seemed from the Portuguese era) and village of Ezhupunna, the backwater villages around, the people fishing nearby, the beach just a short boat ride away, toddy tappers, and Cochin is only, I think, 18 kilometers (45 minutes) away, perfect for a day trip. We stayed six days in the Kondai Lip Resort and would have wished to stay more time as we could not see all. But we are sure that we will return soon!

  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kitti1973
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2009

Our stay was very nice. the service was great. The food was excellant. This is a small, only 9 room resort. very quiet place. we went on a free sunset motor boat ride to the beach was memorable. you will get to see the small villeges and homes along the canal. Room was comfortable and the manager was able to give extra attention. The Internet service was availble upon request but was slow.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JayVa
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London, UK
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2009

We booked a 3 day get away trip for my folks, my sister, my husband and myself during our visit to Kerala in Dec 08. We spent the first night on a house boat and the seond at Kondai Lip.

I must say that it took aages to find this resort as it is so badly sign posted and even the locals were confused. The short boat ride to the actual resort from the road adds a little charm to the place but in the noon sun was a bit unbearable. The place is made up for 4 or 5 cabins with one main open eating area. It is pretty bare and there is not much to do other than relax. The rooms are big and comfy, there are wooden sun beds on the veranda and hammocks in the yard. It is really quiet and serene.

The food was rather expensive and nothing wonderful. We had a bone to pick with them when we ordered a fish molee to share and it arrived with ONE small piece of fish. The portions are small but tasty.

The staff are extremely helpful giving us toothpaste since we all forgot to bring any and helping us with other random room queries.

We were lucky that we only got to go on the second boat ride which was exactly timed with the sunset and was very picturesque. The boat is so noisy though which takes away some of the ambience and if you were unlucky as I was to pick the seat at the back, the smell of diesel is quite overpowering.

My husband tried the ayurvedic massage and felt it was pretty overpriced for the massage he got.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to relax, catch up on sleep and arb around. There is really not much to do.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Very remote
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank SMGLondon_UK
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Vaisakh, Manager at Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to post your feedback on tripadvisor following your stay on 2009.

From your review it is clear that Kondai lip is a perfect place to relax from the hectic daily work schedule for one who mends for relaxing. The unique tranquility of our resort and our sublime surroundings brings our esteemed guests an exceptional memorable experience.

When I am responding to this review after 5 years with almost happiness we had made the following changes:-

1. Sign boards in almost all the confusing junctions.

2. We had bought a big new boat with roof cowered and have a capacity upto 30 pax.it has an inboard diesel engine so no smoke inside the cabin & less pollution.

3.Currently we haven’t increased the price more than 15% from the last 5 years ie, full body massage with steam bath Rs.990.including all the taxes (Duration 1 Hrs)

4. We had added few packages highlighting activities .Guests can choose whatever as per the interest.

I do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back on your future visit.
Thank you once again for your constructive comments and please feel free to contact me personally so that I can assist you with the booking.

Warm regards,

VAISHAKH GEORGE
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Property: Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort
Address: Karumanchery Holiday Resorts Pvt Ltd | Ezhupunna South PO, Alappuzha 688537, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Alappuzha
#3 Spa Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
KONDAILIP is a heritage Resort, in the Gods own country - Kerala and is a cute place for hide out from the busy life and for enjoying fantastic holidays. It is close by the Arabian sea and recently declared tourists spot - Andakaranazhy Beach which is 7 km from the resort is on the shore of Arabian Sea with facilities like walkway for watching sun-set and restaurant. Kondai Lip is 55 km from Cochin International Airport and Fort Kochi is just 18 km from the resort.One can enjoy the cool and unpolluted fresh air, calm and serenity in the island like resort- kondai lip ? with heritage traditional houses with all modern living amenities, multi cuisine restaurants with Kerala delicacies, inbuilt means for boating, fishing, fish hunting, etc inside the Resort enclave and , sightseeing and watching traditional craftsmanship of the local people. The resort is also having its own Ayur health care Centre with Olive Leaf accreditation. ... more   less 
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