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Top 10 Resorts and Homestays in Marari

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Homestay

‘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

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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.

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Top 10 Beach Resorts in Kerala

Kerala state in India is situated in the southern region and it is well admired for the natural beauty, art and culture of the land. God’s own country – Kerala is renowned for the backwaters, historical monuments, museums, valleys, hill stations and most importantly the elongated and beautiful beaches. In ancient time the foreigners intruded the land through this sea line and those invasions has contributed a lot in the cultural and social sectors of life of the people in Kerala. The beach and nearby areas are preferred by the tourists to relax and rejuvenate and the beach resorts offer the most exciting and soothing experience to couples while they are on their vacation in Kerala. The Leela Kovalam- Thiruvananthapuram, Vivanta by Taj-Bekal, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra-Kovalam, Bethsaida Hermitage- Thiruvananthapuram, Marari Beach Resort- Mararikulam, Poovar Island Resort-Trivandrum, Chera Rocks Beach House-Kannur,Uday Samudra-Kovalam, Turtle On The Beach-Kovalam, Hotel Samudra KTDC-Kovalam are the top 10 beach resorts in Kerala. Kerala traditional architecture is used in the construction and these resorts put forward the modern amenities.

 

The Leela Kovalam

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The Leela, Kovalam is renowned as the only cliff-top resort in Kerala. Trivandrum is the nearest airport and railway station at a short distance of 15km. Kovalam is well known as the beach town of Kerala with a 17km coastline and three crescent shaped beaches that slop into the ocean. The suites offer staying in ocean-facing rooms with exquisite and luxurious life style amenities. They have Ayurvedic Spa and wellness Spa, Dinning options – The Terrace, The Tides, The Café, The Bar and the Sky Bar. The Leela tops the list of best beach resorts Kovalam with its signature style ambiance and services extended to its guests.

 

Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

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Taj Vivanta at Bekal is the best beach resorts Kerala and is spread over 26 acres of beautiful gardens and has a direct beach access at Kappil. Kotikulam is the nearest railway station and Calicut airport is 180km away from Bekal. The Villa designs are inspired from the Kettuvallom houseboats and the walls are decorated in the Chitra Pothi art form. The famous Chandragiri Fort (17th century) is just 7km away. The villas have individual courtyards and many come with plunge pools and outdoor showers and fountains. The Feast, Latitude, Ivory bar, By the Bay and BBQ by the pool are the dining arrangements. Other amenities include Gym, Spa, Sauna and Ayurvedic treatment and a Hammam (Turkish bath) facility.

 

Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam

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Niraamaya, Kovalam is an upscale beachfront resort with easy access to Lighthouse beach and Kovalam beach. Trivandrum is the nearest airport and railway station at a short distance of 23km. Famous Padmanabhapuram palace (16th century) is at a distance of 7km. The 31 cottages here are built as traditional Kerala heritage architecture and offer sea view. The dining arrangements include a casual ocean-view eatery (Café Samsara), a cliff top restaurant (Essence) and a bar (Madira). Spa with Ayurvedic therapies, a beach-view infinity pool and Yoga are some of the additional activities offered here.

 

Bethsaida Hermitage, Thiruvananthapuram

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Bethasaida Hermitage is well known as one of the best Ayurvedic beach resorts in Kerala. Bethasaida is situated on a hill with a private beach area and Kovalam beach is just 7km away from here. Trivandrum is the nearest airport and railway station at a short distance of 19km. Peculiarity of the huts – they are simple thatched roof that ensures cooling at all times and self-ventilation and build in octagonal shapes with open air bathrooms. Dining options include a Coffee shop and an elegant restaurant. They are equipped with a beauty salon, health club, ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation sessions and also a sea-view outdoor pool.

 

Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam

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Marari beach resort is known to be the best beach resorts Alappuzha. Alleppey is the nearest town at a distance of 14km and closest airport Cochin is at 74km from Marari. Nearest railway station Mararikulam is just 2.8km from the resort. The property is on the beachfront spread over 25 acres of land with lotus ponds and coconut groves that add natural charm to the resort. The villas are constructed in a fishing village theme with thatched roof to match the local village style. The resort is equipped with a seafood restaurant, outdoor pool, sundeck, tennis court and outdoor bar. The famous Alleppey beach is also reachable from here at a short distance of 12km. The 150year old light house, a children’s play area (Vijaya Park) which is now turned as an amusement park are the nearby attractions at Alleppey beach.

 

Poovar Island Resort, Trivandrum

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Poovar Island Resort is overlooking the Poovar Golden Beach and overlooks the backwaters of Kerala. Parasala railway station is the nearest at 13km and Trivandrum is the closest airport at 32km from the resort. It is surrounded by swaying coconut palms, infinite golden sands, lush green vegetation and emerald backwaters. The resort is accessible only through a 10 mints boat ride on the Poovar River. Floating cottages are one of the main attractions in this resort. The resort arranges local sightseeing and boating in and around as per choice. The amenities include a restaurant, a vegetarian eatery, a bar, ayurvedic spa, health club, play ground and two swimming pools. One of the pool hosts a sunken bar for the guests. A boutique shop is available in the resort for typical Kerala artifacts.

 

Chera Rocks Beach House, Kannur

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Chera Rocks at Kannur is an ideal location for the tourists to get relaxed on the secluded beach house in the lap of nature. People can choose to stay here away from the hush of the city life. A bunch of country cottages are available on the Kannur beach and offer a budgeted vacation. The resort offers authentic Kerala cuisine along with the fresh and seasonal varieties of seafood to guests. Kannur railway station is 15km and the nearest airport Calicut is 100km from the beach house. Personalized ayurvedic massages and therapies and Spa is available in this resort.

 

Uday Samudra Kovalam

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Uday Samudra resort is located amidst the landscaped gardens spread across 4 acres near the Kovalam beach.  Trivandrum is the nearest airport and railway station at a short distance of 13km. Famous Padmanabha swamy temple is just 12km and it is one of the main attractions in the capital city of Kerala visited by numerous devotees and tourists. The rooms are equipped with balconies that offer sea view and upgraded categories have whirlpool tubs installed in them. The resort has three restaurants, two bars, three outdoor pools, gym, spa, curio shop, on-site dental clinic and an astrologer. Evening entertainment is arranged for guests and event space is available to conduct bigger functions.

 

Turtle on the Beach (Kovalam)

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Turtle on the beach at Kovalam faces the Eve’s beach among the tropical gardens and art and architecture is the land mark of this beautiful resort. Trivandrum is the nearest airport and railway station at a short distance of 10km. The Turtle Signature suite is designed in Japanese style by imitating the low-placed beds and seating arrangements and other amenities like kitchenette, lounge area; huge sea view windows and a private pool are also attached with it. The property has four restaurants for international cuisine and a café for the dining. Amenities include an outdoor pool Spa and Ayurvedic Vaidyasala. The resort arranges local sightseeing to nearby places like Padmanabha swamy temple, Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace museum, Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Zoological park, Science & Technology Museum, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Veli Tourist Village, Neyyar Dam and Shankumugham beach.

 

Hotel Samudra KTDC (Kovalam)

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Samudra meaning Ocean is the ideal name for this seafront hotel and it offer extensive sea view from all the rooms. Antique style furnishing is used in the rooms and balconies are set in many of them to enjoy the beautiful seaside. Surfing is one of the main attractions on this beach which the guests can enjoy while staying in Samudra Hotel. A casual seafood restaurant and a beer parlor, an outdoor pool, hot tub and doctor on call facilities are arranged for the guests. The hotel also arranges Catamaran rides in the sea, visits to Eve’s beach, marine aquarium at Vizhinjam, Balaramapuram handloom village, museum, zoo, Veli and Akkulam backwaters and different temples, churches and shopping areas. 

Beaches and backwaters provide the thrilling and comforting vacations to the tourists with the charm of the natural habitats. The Kerala coastal area is well connected to the towns and easily accessible by tourists which increase the popularity of the beach destinations. Most of the beaches have different stay options like resorts, home stays and hotels along with direct access to sea side. Beach resorts booking online are the easiest method to reserve the rooms at one’s ease. Seasonal and early booking discounts are offered by the resorts to attract the maximum tourists. The beaches and beach resorts in Kerala present the most exciting, romantic and luxurious vacation to people.

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