Much against well-meaning advice, we went to Kochi in July, which is considered a wash-out due to the monsoon...but, to our utmost delight, we only got intermittent rain, but enough spells dry and fairly bright weather to make the most of it. Importantly, since this was off-season, there were hardly any guests, and it was like the entire property was our private resort. Staffers Sudhir, Gibson and all the others were most helpful, and made our stay memorable.
Lovely authentic thatch-woven roofs, red-oxide flooring, lovely bathrooms and beautiful sit-outs, with each cottage having a unique and distinct interior, together, set beautifully in a closed arch, so none faces the other directly, and each, gets a fabulous view of the backwaters sitting out, or even right from your bed! A water-channel that divides the property like the central spine in a fishbone structure, allows the tide to bring the backwaters right into the property. A little bridge to walk right over it adds to the charm.
Only a short 100 metres or so away (a meandering walk through a narrow, paved pedestrian path between village homes, lies the great Arabian Sea, now bordered by large-stone embankment to guard against a tidal surge a la the tsunami... a kilometere or so south, lies the long sliver of clean beach Cherai. The main beach promenade has some quaint snack stalls and street vendors making yummy chilli fritters, and boiled-egg halves fried in batter. Half-way down to the beach on the road skirting the coast, lined by casurina trees, are 2 or 3 great home-style fish-curry-rice kind of places that will serve you melt-in-your-mouth fresh fish gravy or fry, with boiled rice, which is a local staple. Back at L3E, you will get some splendid fusion of indo-frech cuisine, aapam-stew from the region or crepes and galletes. If available, you can even rent a no-gear scooter (which you have to refuel on your own at the town's closest petrol pump about 2.5 kms away - but a couple of litres of petrol are enough to fumigate the entire network of the local roads with!-) and ride through the beautiful roads that cut across the back-waters and ride alongside, at places. A far cry from the city snarl of Kochi, yet just a ferry-hop across to the city's heart Fort Kochi to the south. The ferry is from the southern tip of the 'sliver island of Cherai. Just a 45-min ride in from the airport. Quaint, sublime, must-do. A beautiful outdoor'sy reading library with seating for two and books in french and English (owe that to the french owners who run this marvel!) and a peaceful, serene ambience (no TVs in any rooms, please! Want some sound entertainment, listen to the birds, or the waters gently lapping the property. Nov-to Feb might mean a waiting period. i'd say try the off-season, if you dare to brave some condensation and precipitation. It will be a revelation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- French owned, designed and managed Backwaters Boutique Eco Resort, 200 meters from the Arabian Sea. Thatched roofs bungalows, with sit-out offering direct view on the backwaters, and private garden. Indo-Mediterranean restaurant. Traditional massage and yoga class available. Free Wi-Fi lounge area. Handicraft and designer clothes Corner Shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les 3 Elephants Cherai Beach Kerala