(Actually visited Dec 2009 - apologies for the delay)
Rosie and her family’s charming homestay, secluded on the beautiful and peaceful northern Keralan coastline, is a welcoming retreat. The family, who like many Keralans have worked overseas (in this case Singapore), are lovely. Each modest room has a veranda or balcony overlooking a creek towards the beach. It’s very easy to while away hours reading beneath the palms or lolling in a hammock. The food is really delicious and varied. An easy walk brings you to beaches so stunning that you might be on a film set. Backed by shimmering coconut palms, with balmy seas, occasional friendly locals and sometimes dolphins, it seems incredible they are so untouched and un-touristed. There are other guesthouses nestling among the palms and paddies behind, and perhaps more since our visit, but this coastline more than rivals the parts of northern Goa I have visited.
And there is the curious culture of this part of Kerala: spectacular theyyam performances in and around temples, rumours of which reach Rosie, who then arranges transport. Kannur Beach House also organises trips aboard lovely traditional barges in the less visited backwaters of northern Kerala. This rice boat had a large deck – perfect for watching the world go by down the pretty backwaters and eating superb food. The crew was charming and service excellent.
Rosie can also arrange trips to the wildlife park of Wayanad, staying at a remote guesthouse whose kind manager cannot do too much – including inviting us to his home where we met his wife, which was lovely.
For a complete change of pace, visit Kannur – a bustling and friendly city, where you can shop for kurtas in modern malls and old-fashioned stores (ask Rosie) – we still have some of our favourites clothes from here.
In short, Kannur Beach House is one of the loveliest and most relaxing places to stay in Kerala.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a homestay on the beach front in Kannur, Kerala, India. This charming place in a quiet and secluded area, very close to a pristine and mostly deserted Thottada beach is also situated by a small river. On a beach amongst lush green coconut groves and with a view of the sea, it offers the best in food, relaxation and comfort. With 4 double rooms and a triple room, the beach house has been every travelers delight. All the rooms offer a breath taking view of the beach and the sea. Meals are set and conducted at a communal dining area at fixed timings. There are no room service, TV or porters. Wifi is available. Activities include walking on the long stretch of golden beach, among thick coconut plantation through the village, basking in the sun and sand, bird watching, boating, angling, sightseeing or simply watching the village life go by. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kannur Beach House Hotel Kannur
- Kannur Beach Hotel
- Kannur Beach Resort