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“Relaxing and Quiet” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Our Land Island Backwater Resort

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Our Land Island Backwater Resort
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virginia
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91 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Quiet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

We were still jet lagged from our flight from the States to India when we arrived at Ourland. It was the perfect way to get through our first day and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had the room that was up in the trees, and had a wonderful view of passing houseboats and daily life. We took the canoe over to the other side to walk, as there is really no where at Ourland to do much of anything.
I would recommend this stay for anyone wishing to just chill for a period, but not for anyone expecting to be doing much of anything other than relaxing and watching the world go by.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

We spent two nights at Ourland Resort in the month of December. We were smiling right from the time we approached the resort. The green paddy fields, the narrow village lanes, the boat transport and the coordial staff won our heart. The resort is on an island surrounded by backwaters on all sides. Boat is the only way of reaching the resort which makes it very exotic. On our arrival we were greeted with smiling staff and delicious food. We spent most of the day after lunch inside the room and enjoying the view of the lake infron of us. The next day we went walking on a guided tour around the village in the morning and a boat ride in the lake in the evening. The boat ride was magnificient. The scene of the setting sun on one hand accopamanied by the music echoing from a distant church made the moment magical.

Despite the memorable stay there were a few hiccups. There is no reception desk or formal house keeping. There is no back up power in case of power failures. There are power cuts in the morning and evening. However the hotel is in the process of constucting these amenities. Also, like the typical Indian family, if one is looking for a lot of activities and sight seeing, then one would be dissapointed. There is nothing to do after 5.30 pm except staying inside the rooms since there are a lot os mosquitoes outside.

People who are looking for authentic village experience and have the patience and will to enjoy nature in its raw form will like this place a lot like we did. I would request the hotel management to complete construction of the basic amenities early as well as have provision of some indoor games like luddo carrom etc in case someone wants them. I would also like to thank the hotel staff for being so polite and welcoming.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Two of us toured in Kerala with CHALUKYA GRACE TOURS and stayed at Our Land Island for two nights. We enjoyed a five-day trip from Cochin to Munnar and back to Allepey.
The highlights of this were a visit to the spice garden and the tea-covered hills of Munnar.
We had a very competent and safe driver.
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On a houseboat we explored the Backwaters, accompanied by a cook, a driver and a manager! The food was genuine Kerulen cuisine, fresh and delicious – both on the boat and also at the Our Land resort. We stayed in a renovated bungalow, had our meals brought to us on the porch overlooking the river and spent the time walking, watching river life: houseboats, people fishing and huge flocks of ducks being 'herded' down the river. Our host took us on a long walk around the rice fields and canals and organised a night boat ride down the river as a birthday present for my companion. This was stunning – so quiet and peaceful and also great views of village life. I can highly recommend CHALUKYA GRACE TOURS and their Our Land Resort.

Room Tip: The houseboat bedroom was comfortable with an ensuite and AC. The rooms in the resort are newly ren...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Our Land for 2 nights at the end of our 2 week trip to Kerala. We stayed in the tree house which had a stunning view of the backwaters. It was so relaxing watching the water all day long and seeing the local people and house boats. We went on a walk organized by our land, and a boat trip around the smaller canals. The latter was such an incredible experience and one of the highlights of our holiday. Finally, the food was excellent - delivered to our balcony for each meal and really authentic Keralan.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

We arrived late afternoon with the Kollam-Allepey-ferry (beautiful 8-hours-trip), and were nicely left nearby Ourland resort, where a staffmember was waiting with a canoe, to bring us to our room.

Activities: maybe I was a bit misled by the website, the offers are a bit optimistic. I intended to do as much as possible. In these 2 full days we went for a walk in the neighbourhood, together with the guide, the only englishspeaking staffmember (it should have been a birdwatching trip, but very few birds seen, though), a canoe- and a biketrip (alone) They were all very nice, but it's all in the same neighborhood... One evening, our guide took us to a templefestival in a nearby village, which was also nice to see.

After all: sitting on the porch, reading a book (there is nothing else to do) with a view over the backwaters: very relaxing.
In short: very nice, well kept, spacy A/C room, very nice bathroom, hot water 24/24. Nice wardrobe with place for hangers, without hangers...
Staff: very helpfull, and very friendly.
Food: could not be better!

Downsides: Ourland wants to be "eco-friendly", but has no solarpanels. Could be very usefull to provide free hot water. Many powercuts: also here solarpanels could be considered, since there is no generator backup. No internet, which was unpractical, since I wanted to check my flight home, the day after..
Also a fridge in the room would be nice: only a can of water was provided during daytime, nothing else. If you want something, you have to go to the office, and ask.
After all: this is not a 500 Rs guesthouse, for the price I paid, I expected much more comfort.

During our stay, they were working on some of the buildings. Therefore, some piles of sand and mud were stored right in front of our house, preventing a nice view over the water.
The maintenance of the resorts greenery could be better.

But all togethe:r we spend some nice days there.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012 via mobile

We have spent 3 wonderful days ni this magical place. The place is wonderful, the team is great and the food is amazing. We do not regret to havé chosen this place and not à houseboat: we walked, had à canoe trip and did some bicycle in the small back waters.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

we spent 3 great days in ourland.It was perfect!
The house is beautifull,
The food amazing,
The staff was warm,friendly,helpfull...
we were 5 [a family] and we all will be happy to
go back,and visit again

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Our Land Island Backwater Resort
Address: Chempupuram | Punnapra, Alappuzha 688004, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 150 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ourland Island Backwater Resort is the Winner of First ever Kerala State Tourism Award (announced AUG 2015) for the Best Practices in the field of Responsible Tourism.. Every once in a while, when the hectic pace of city life overwhelms you and the chaos of the urban crush threatens to consume you, it's always wise to retreat into some much-needed solitude. Tucked away in the backwaters of Kerala is Our Land, a panacea for the soul. An island getaway from the rigmarole of daily life, Our Land sits in an island of tranquility to the south of Alappuzha, surrounded by green paddy fields fringed with coconut palm, bamboos and banana trees that stretch as far as the eye can see. In the lap of nature, Our Land has stayed true to its roots and blends in perfectly with the rustic landscape that surrounds it for miles. The resort's modern amenities unobtrusively attend to the comforts of guests and do not compromise on the hotel's natural ambiance and pursuit to ensure that its carbon footprint on the environment is minimized. Our Land invites guests and divulges secrets - this hideaway island was a one-time den of a fierce bandit immortalized by the locals as a Robin Hood! During your stay here you can unravel the secrets of this one-time bandit hideaway and ensconce yourself in its warm and welcoming world.Hearty welcome to Our Land... ... more   less 
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