Like most visitors to Costa Malabari we were there for theyyam. The Manager, Mr Kurien, is very happy to share his knowledge & arrange for you to visit a theyyam in the season, and is a welcoming host. It was defintely worth visiting for this alone.
Mr Kurien is also very happy to help organise onward travel/flights/rooms, etc. I think he is part-owner of a travel agency.
The rooms are simple, but clean on arrival, although no-one cleaned our room during our stay & this was the only place we stayed on our trip where sheets were not changed every day. Light in the room was good enough to read at night. Like others, we also encountered creepy crawlies in the bathroom, but not to an excessive level.
The food is very good - proper Keralan home cooking. No choice as such but with so many dishes served at each meal it would be easy to miss out one you didn't like. Bananas and purified water were available freely at any time.
There were a few things that we didn't like about Costa Malabari
1. Europeans predominate. During our stay everyone was European and if you spent an extended time here it could feel like you were hidden away somewhere in Europe. This was the only place we stayed on our trip where we were not chatting to Indian visitors as well.
2. Lack of outside space. There is a big airy communal hall with a dining table to sit at, where people tended to congregate & chat. The latest Lonely Planet says 'lots of comfy lounging areas dot the outside', but this is complete nonsense. There is virtually no outside space to 'dot', so everyone is sat on the porch, which has comfortable chairs but is packed in tight so that it feels as if you are on top of one another.
3. Lack of privacy, depending on which rooms you have. The two rooms at the front have windows facing onto the porch where everyone sits outside. If you are in one of these, by 6am there is likely to be someone sat about 2 feet from your bed having what sounds at that time of the morning and proximity like an extremely loud conversation ..... and able to hear every sound you make as well!
There is now another Costa Malabari house, perched on a clifftop a few minutes away, with steps down to a beach. We took a quick look and standards appeared to be the same. Here there was no big communal interior, but definitely a bit more space outside.
- Also Known As:
- Costa Malabari Hotel Kannur
- Costa Malabari Kerala
- Costa Malabari Hotel Kerala