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“Tranquility in the Backwaters”

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Akkarakalam Memoirs
Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews
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“Tranquility in the Backwaters”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

After a hectic 4 days of touring the mountains of Kerala I arrives in Akkarakalam Memoirs near Alleppey. The setting is tranquility itself - on the banks of a waterway, where, if you wish, you can just sit in the garden shade watching the houseboats chugging up and down the waterway. The manager, Bhinoy, is the soul of courtesy and helpfulness and arranged a complimentary boat trip the first evening plus other trips the following day.
The hotel itself is an old fashioned building of great charm, but with all mod cons. The staff are extremely courteous and helpful and the food is delicious.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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akkarakalammemoirs, Owner at Akkarakalam Memoirs, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Greetings from Akkarakalam Memoirs!!!!

Dear Guest,

It is indeed pleasure to know that you had a relaxing experience at the Akkarakalam Memoirs. Our team would like to thank you for giving us a wonderful opportunity to serve you. It is our desire to keep you satisfied with our services. You are our inspiration in doing our very best. Thanking you for choosing Akkarakalam Memoirs for your holiday at Alleppey. We look forward to see you on your next visit.


Warm Regards for the Akkarakalam family.

Jobin J Akkarakalam
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melbourne
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

I enjoyed my stay at Akkarakalam Memoirs very much. It's completely away from the hustle and hassle of the town/city in a heritage home right on the river amid the ricefields. The room was well appointed and comfortable. Excellent hot water! The manager, Binoy, arranged a number of great experiences on the river by boat and walking through the ricefields so I had plenty to do. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. Great massages too. Overall, totally relaxing....

Best to come by private taxi from Cochin, as it's a fair way out of Alleppey and local tuk tuk drivers may overcharge.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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akkarakalammemoirs, Owner at Akkarakalam Memoirs, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Greetings from Akkarakalam Memoirs!!!!

Dear Guest,

It gives us immense pleasure to know that you had a wonderful and relaxing stay at our home stay. Your appreciation on the services is a motivation to our staffs.We are obliged and thankful to have you chosen Akkarakalam Memoirs for your stay at Alleppey. Looking forward to see you on your next visit.

Warm Regards for the Akkarakalam Family

Jobin J Akkarakalam
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North Brunswick, NJ
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

The highlight of our 5 day vacation to Kerala was our stay at Akkarakalam Memoirs. This was the last day of our trip and we were exhausted from the long drive on pretty bad roads stretching from Munnar to Alleppey. We just wanted to relax for the evening with no agenda and when we arrived at this beautiful, big, charming house we were greeted by Binoy the manager and his very courteous staff.

As luck would have it we were the only guests for the night. We were treated to the wonderful sights of the small and large boats passing by the house along the backwaters and to add to our hearing pleasure was the soothing devotional music coming from a beautiful temple nearby. Later in the evening we embarked on a sunset cruise taking in the sights of the local life, watched little kids playing, local housewives washing utensils along the banks of the water and even stopped at a canal side shop to drink the delicious coconut water. We were in awe as we passed by the temple that was lit up with hundreds of oil-lamps to celebrate the month of Karthik. That evening we were served a wonderful Kerala style dinner (at our request). That night was the best sleep we had in a long time. My only regret as we left was that we could have stayed one more night to enhance our experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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akkarakalammemoirs, Owner at Akkarakalam Memoirs, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Greetings from Akkarakalam Memoirs!!!!

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for you nice feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Akkarakalam Memoirs and that you appreciated the great location, our nice staff, the Delicious food as well our spacious rooms. We will pass your compliments to our employees. Looking forward to welcoming you again in our home stay.

Warm Regards

Warm Regards for the Akkarakalam Family
Jobin J Akkarakalam
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Ottawa
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed three nights and had a lovely and restful time. The service was excellent and the food was a real treat as we were introduced to many new dishes at all of our meals. We will definitely go back.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in this hotel right on one of the big canals. Service and food at the hotel were excellent and quick, we never had to wait long. We recommend taking a paddle tour on the backwaters instead of a house boat because you get a lot more interaction with the locals.
Only negative is that the lighting in the rooms could be better, ie no bedside lamps.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Having spent a few days in allepey town and had a trip through the back waters in a small boat, this was the perfect way to complete our stay in allepey. We spent a night and the best part of two days here just watching the world float by.

Some of the highlights include our little canoe trip with just the two of us crushing around a local back waters in a traditional canoe that they let you use. We also had a free sunset cruise that took us across some back waters to a local lagoon where you could revel in the natural beauty of the surroundings as the sun went down.

The food served here is very tasty and reasonably priced, which is a plus as the isolated location means that other options are potentially limited. The staff are very helpful, and happy to suggest potential activities without them seeming to be trying to sell you anything which is sometimes a problem in isolated spots.

Whilst it is probably best to arrive by road, than navigate the ferries, they helped us to organise getting the ferry back which can be done from the local stop and will take you right in the middle of town for less than the cost of a bottle of water.

Overall we would really recommend this place as somewhere to experience the charms of the backwater without having to splash out on the cost of a house boat trip and spend most of your time up stuck on the side of the river anyway.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We really enjoyed our stay! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They organized a sunset cruise, a walking tour and a canoeing trip for us which was all included in the price. If you want to relax for two to three days on your trip to India/Kerala then I would certainly recommend this place. The house itself is really nice as well as its garden where you can relax on hammocks. The rooms are large and very nice and exceptionally clean. If you are looking to go on a really nice houseboat for a night or two then the staff will organize it. The houseboat we went on was called ginger and it was a really lovely experience.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Akkarakalam Memoirs
Address: Chennamkary PO | Kainakary, Alappuzha 688501, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 158 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Akkarakalam Memoirs 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akkarakalam Memoirs an exotic farmhouse presented as an excellent souvenir of the ancient Akkarakkalam family in Alleppey district with a tradition of 150 years.Akkarakkalm Memoirs is a sprawling 10 acre land with natural flora and fauna, beautifully converted into an ideal tourist destination for the nature lover as well as for the common glob-trotter. Here you can experience the backwater life at close quarters and inhale the natural scent of pristine countryside. ... more   less 
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