When you have a good stay at a hotel there is rarely one single reason for it. There are probably multiple. The room rates were reasonable for December's rush period. We were traveling from Munnar to Kumarakom by a Kerala state transport bus. The bus was heading to Trivandrum via Allepey, which dropped us right in front of the hotel! There were two elderly men taking care of the property. They treated us in same nice way as they did their foreign customers. It's not uncommon to get sidelined as an Indian budget traveler when you are at tourist hotspots where many foreigners flock. Most foreigners are also on their budget or frugal travel to India but their budget is plenty enough for hotel and taxi owners to give them all their attention.
If you have explored and stayed at hotels in India you know that the name of the hotel may not have anything at all to do with its location or type of hotel. Words like Valley, Resort, Lagoon, Lake are used liberally as a name. But this hotel does have a heritage feeling to it. It looks rather new so of course there is nothing there for archeology enthusiast but you can see that they made a good effort designing, building and maintaining it. Roofs with clay tiles, thick support pillars of wood, wooden staircase, trees and plants with colorful flowers. There was even a little water canal passing through the property, which met the bigger canal.
My room was very basic in what they called annex building. Very clean room and bathroom. Small 14 inches CRT TV in case you felt lonely. There were no soaps or shampoos but there were bath towels. There were other cottages with higher price and more amenities. The restaurant had limited choices for food but whatever they served was good. However don’t be surprised to find a north Indian curry by name have a south Indian masalas and flavor in taste.
There were other two helping guys. They had uniform dress! A nice floral Hawaiian like printed shirt and plain dark pants. One of them would try to understand our travel plans and make few suggestions. It did help us getting around. I imagined he would expect us to tip him before we left but he never asked, which I respected. The jetty is really near as the hotel address suggests. We enjoyed number of ferry rides across Vembanad Lake and went further to Allepey beach and Kumarakom bird sanctuary too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ours is a 120 Year Old Christian Banglow converted into a Modern Travellers Inn by keeping its original Heritage Structure. We provide Homely stay, food, ayurveda body massaging, boat cruise etc. for our Guests. We are located in the backwater tourist village named Kumarakom in Kerala State in India. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tharavadu Heritage Home Hotel Kumarakom
- Tharavadu Heritage Home Kumarakom, Kerala