Mararikulam is a beach village in Alleppey district of Kerala state. It is 11km from Alleppey town and well connected by rail and road. Cochin is the nearest airport at a distance of 75km. Marari is known as a fisherman’s village as the local community depends mainly on fishing for livelihood. They use gillnets as fishing gear and use thermocole as a craft for fishing in the sea. Marari beach is rated as one of the world’s top five Hammock beach by National Geographical survey. This Malabar coastal area host 97 species of butterflies, 350 species of endemic plants, 3 varities of turtles, 10 kinds of frogs and number of birds. The top 10 resorts and home stays in Marari are Xandari Pearl, Marari Beach Resort, Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, El Oceano Beach Villas, Marari Villas, Marari Sea Lap Villas, Marari Dreamz, Flamingo Marari Villa, Achayans Homestay and Mayas Beach House. Frequent local festivals in the nearby temples and churches present the art forms, music and dance shows to the tourists.
Xandari Pearl resort is located in Marari beach and spread over 18 acres and 20 villas are offered here with sea view. Five villas are attached with plunge pools, private garden and sit-out, dining area, chaise lounge and hammock is common for all residents. The bathrooms are furnished with modern equipments and open air showers. Pearl suite, Blue Pearl villas, Green Pearl villas are the room categories with white, blue and green colour theme. These colours are used in the room decoration as a representation of white – pearl, blue – sea and green – land. Cochin airport is the nearest at 74km distance and Alleppey city is 11km from the resort. It is surrounded by green grass and big trees like coconut, mango and cashew present a cool ambience and shade to the residents. Xandari Pearl resort tops the list of best Luxury resorts Mararikulam. A demonstration kitchen is available in the resort and guests can learn their favourite dishes from the chef. The activities include bicycle rides through town or along the beach road, beach volleyball, pool games, foot ball on beach and interactions with tree climbers and local community. Local sightseeing to Mararikulam Shiva temple, Vellorvattom Mahadeva temple, St. Andrew’s Bascilica, Alleppey beach & Light house and various other temples and churches are arranged from here. Viakerala – the signature shop at Xandari sells elephant paddy paper products, notebooks, toys, hand-crocheted jewellery and clothes for guests. Yoga sessions and Ayurvedic massages are organized as per guest requirement. Apart from the big trees the property also houses mangosteen, rambuton, lobi lobi, pomegranate, tomatoes, eggplant, ochre, tapioca, capsicum (sweet pepper) and varities of chilli, fennel, cucumber, squash and spices.
Marari Beach Resort
Marari beach resort is a three star property managed by casino group amidst gorgeous lotus ponds and coconut groves in the Marari beach. This beachfront resort has tropical themed airy cottages and offer sea view to guests. The thatched roof cottages have garden view and the tiled floors and custom furnishing gives an elegant feel to guests. Television is avoided in the cottages and natural building materials are used as to provide maximum relaxation in the innate environment. Pool Villas and deluxe pool villas offer utmost privacy. The curio shop sells cotton clothes, jewelleries, antique items and local handicrafts. The Palm bar and Chakara restaurant serves local, Indian, Continental dishes and occasional live counters are set for seafood. Some roofless showers are placed in the courtyards. The butterfly garden and a farm kitchen share a homely atmosphere to residents. An outdoor pool & bar, tennis court and a sundeck is available in the resort. The residents can use the bikes for sightseeing. Cochin airport is the nearest at a distance of 74km and Alleppey city is 13km from the resort. The fascinating process of coir making is the key attraction of the Marari village walk.
Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort
Carnoustie is an upscale spa resort in Marari set on the Arabian Sea shore and just 8km away from Alleppey backwaters. Cochin airport is 69km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey town is 17km. The villas are built in a fusion of traditional and modern Kerala architecture and exclusively furnished and equipped with Private pool/pond and timber laden decks. Famous Pathiramanal Island cum bird sanctuary is at a distance of 12km from the resort. The stylish thatched roofs, patios with plunge pools and gardens, sunken tubs add charm to the property. The upgraded villas have Jacuzzi facility. IDA – multi cuisine & Chimera – seafood are the restaurants in the property and serve the local delicacies and seafood specials as per choice. Carnoustie has an organic farm for growing fruits, vegetables, spices and Ayurvedic herbs to be used in the restaurants and Spa. Bicycle rides through the Marari village, sightseeing in Fort Kochi, Yoga sessions, beach walks, and Wellness Spa treatments at Aryavaidyasala in the resort, Kerala art / dance performances, temple and church visits in the locality, houseboat rides, elephant feeding in the resort, Kumarakom bird sanctuary visit are some of the activities in the resort. Carnoustie is the most famous Ayurveda & Wellness resort among the Marari beach resorts. The Ayurveda therapies include panchakarma – detox, rejuvenation, anti ageing, weight loss and stress management programmes for guests. Candle light dinner and beach games are conducted on the private beach area of the resort.
El Oceano Beach Villas
El Oceano Beach Villas is a beautiful ayurvedic resort located at Marari beach in Maraikulam. An ancient traditional Kerala farming home is converted to this beautiful beach side resort. El Oceano offers total 12 rooms which include 1 honeymoon suite, 2 heritage, 7 deluxe and 2 standard class villas. These rooms incorporate several architectural elements of traditional Kerala granaries and recycled wood carefully restored from older heritage homes. This resort presents the experience of Kerala’s rustic country side heritage and the virgin beaches. Cane furniture and wooden interiors are used to decorate the villas and the interior atmosphere is always cool. Cochin airport is 76km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey city is 11km. The village offers adventurous activities like coconut tree climbing, fresh toddy tapping and catching the fish in the Eskimo way. Swimming pool, Indoor games, multi cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda massages, back water cruises and bicycles are the facilities offered to tourists. The herbs used for the Ayurveda treatments are mostly grown organically in the herb garden in the property.
Marari Villas resort has five private villas spread in two beaches – Katoor and Pollethai. They are called as Bougain villa, Palm villa, Lotus, Hibiscus and Orchid. The beach and pool villas are built in Kerala style architecture and luxury amenities like private beach, personal chef and butler services are provided. The resort is ideal for honeymooners, couples, family get together, friends and individuals. Sun bed, umbrella and swings are arranged at the private beach area for residents. They serve cool drinks and snacks on the beach for the guests. Visitor guide, books and games are available as per requirement. The visitor guide supplies general information about the resort rooms and facilities, local restaurants, cultural sights, local markets and shops to tourists. Yoga sessions are conducted in the Yoga Shala at Lotus Villa or in the sea-breeze lounge of Palm Villa and sun bath facility is available in the beach. Cycling, visit to an elephant corral, village tour, temple/church visits, sightseeing to Alleppey & Fort Kochi, houseboat cruise and country boat cruise in the backwaters are main activities organized here on additional cost. Cochin airport is 76km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey city is 12km.
Marari Sea Lap Villas
Marari Sea Lap Villas is a beachfront home stay built in traditional Kerala architecture at Marari beach. It is at a distance of 65km from nearest Cochin airport and 15km to Alleppey city. There are four rooms with open bathrooms and sea view and a veranda. Private bathroom, shower, cupboards, fan, free toiletries, ceramic tile floor, towels and wakeup service are provided. Kerala traditional vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes are served here. Hammocks, beach lounge chairs and a beach hut is present. They arrange backwater tours, village sightseeing, local fish market and fish harbour visit, ayurvedic treatment and massage, temple/church visit, coir factory visit, Chinese fishnet visit at Andhakaranazhi are the services available for residents.
Marari Dreamz is a beautiful eco friendly home stay on the Marari beach. Coconut leaf villa, Cashew villa, Sky Villa, Red stone villa is the room categories available here. Cochin airport is 73km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey town is 14km. The coconut leaves are used on the thatched roof and Wi-Fi and Air condition is available for guests. Sky Villa is on top of the main house and it offers magnificent view of the beach. The locality is full of trees and many varities of birds and butterflies are seen. The complimentary inclusions are breakfast, fish market visits, beach mats & parasols for residents. Some of the rooms have semi and full open air bathrooms. Hammocks are placed in the garden area for relaxing and watching the birds. Traditional Ayurveda massages are done by an experienced in house doctor as per demand. Bike rides, beach walks and sightseeing is arranged for residents.
Flamingo Marari Villa
Flamingo Marari Villa is a beach resort nestled in the natural environment in Mararikulam. Full Villa room has pool/garden view and can accommodate 12 people. Pool side room has pool view, family spacious room has garden view and queen room has pool view and all these can accommodate three people in each room. Cochin airport is 76km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey town is 12km. Homely meals are served and Kerala traditional and continental dishes are both prepared as per guest choice. An outdoor swimming pool and hammocks are some of the amenities in Flamingo Marari. The resort has greenery all around and the big trees like coconut, mango and jack fruit keeps the environment breezy all time. The open air showers and 4 post beds are the speciality of this small resort which has only four rooms.
‘Achayans’ is a hermitage designed in Kerala architecture in the Mararikulam village. The famous Marari beach is just 250meters away from here. Cochin airport is 66km and Mararikulam railway station is 3km away from the home stay. Alleppey town is 11km and can be reached by bus, taxi or train. It is a two storied building with a mini hall, drawing room and A/C and non A/C rooms. Balconies and sit outs are attached to the bedrooms in both the floors. Kerala traditional and continental dishes are served as per guest choice. Cooking classes, houseboat rides, shikara rides, taxi & tuk tuk services and elephant rides are organised by the host. Trained teacher is available for conducting yoga sessions. Marari beach, Arthunkal church, Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva temple, Alleppey beach & Light house are the nearby attractions.
Mayas Beach House
Mayas Beach house is located at Pollethai beach in Mararikulam village amidst the coconut palm grove and offers an authentic feel of Indian life and culture to the residents. Cochin airport is 74km from the resort and road distance to Alleppey city is 13km. The cottages are classified as Pepper and Chilly. The Pepper rooms with garden and pool view have big French windows with spacious bedroom. Kerala style wooden roof and the terracotta tiles keep the moderate temperature stable in the room. An open bathroom is a speciality here. The Chilly cottage is on the top floor and a wooden stairway takes you there. This cottage has a private balcony with comfortable seating to enjoy the sea view. The attached bathroom is spacious and has a small wooden window and traditional black tiles are used for flooring here. Ela Sadhya – traditional vegetarian feast served on the banana leaf is the main attraction in Mayas beach house. The beverages provided here are Mocktail exotica, sunshine, Arabic shake, Papa ban, Duches of windsoe and spit fire. Kerala dishes like Idli & Sambar, Puttu & Kadala and Appam & Egg roast, fruit platter seasonal juices, wheat bread with honey and jam are the complimentary breakfast items. For dinner they serve veg & non veg meals, noodles, pasta and healthy soups.