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OG's Beach Bungalow
Reviewed 24 December 2009

Me 3 - Cockroaches 0. At least I won. That’s the only positive thing to come out of the 24 hours I spent at OG's. Couldn't get into the Beach Symphony and this looked ok on the website with good reviews on TA so had to be ok right? Afraid not. Shabby dirty rooms, ripped stained bed sheets, very average food and zero atmosphere. The staff seemed bewildered when we arrived and totally unsure what to do with us. After this they got to grips a bit and were attentive enough but there was a really awkward atmosphere there the whole time. Constantly watching us and prowling round while we eat? Why?

And as for the price? Well a total rip-off. 6000 rupees all incl. is a joke for what you get. Have had better accommodation on a backpack trip for 1/10th of the price. In short, a total let down.

On the plus side, it’s a great location. The beach is wonderfully picturesque and the local fishermen sorting their catch in the morning give it a real unique quality. However, OG's need to decide what their market is. Either cut the price by 1/3rd and target backpackers or spend some money refurbishing the place and employ a manager to run it properly. I'm honestly not a fussy traveler and rarely leave bad reviews but I just really couldn't deal with OG's.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2009

I can only fault this place for the attentiveness of the staff, a little bit too attentive, really excellent local staff but one of the reps came over to 'sell' his other 'resorts' with his laptop while we ate dinner... I really hate that. I wanted to get that out the way first because I don't want to dampen a review that deserves an excellent rating once you've finished reading. Firstly and as you will have read already the beach is crazy, postcard perfect. You feel so secluded, stranded even. On either side of you fishing boats and behind you the fishing village with some of the most awesome kids who we gave pens to.... don't worry, they ONLY want pens. I was amazed at how talented they all were at english, and all about 4-8 years old. Their parents invited us over and what felt like the entire village showed us around. NOT ONCE did we see any tourists along this vast expanse of perfect beach. The bungalow, the experience is well worth 5 times what we paid for it. Assume the food will be incredible (but too much) assume you'll want to go back. I am slightly bias in that this was our honeymoon, but I am normally very critical. BOOK IT before it gets popular.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

We chose this place with a little trepidation since there was no previous review. But all seemed nice on the website and so we showed up on a humid morning - make sure you have the phone number and directions. Getting there can be quite difficult if your taxi doesn't know the way. Maybe best to arrange the taxi pickup directly from the hotel organisers. So anyway, we showed up in a middle of a fishing village, and there was an isolated beautiful little cottage barely a few meters from the beach.

There are 3 rooms in the main 'heritage' bungalow, and another 3-4 new rooms built a few meters away. Book the front room of the heritage bungalow. The front room has a gorgeous view of the sea right from the bed, the fitting are rustic and rather charming. While we were there, the hot water in the bathroom wasn't working and so we used the shower in one of the other rooms. The place needs a bit of refurbishment though, and a thorough dusting everyday. The owners would do well to keep a closer eye on the place - it's needs a little lovin' ...

Having said that, the beach is paradise. Swimming is possible (but not too far in, we were told) but we didn't try it.. were just so mesmerised by the sitting-with-that-gorgeous-view-in-front-of-us feeling! Be warned though that there are a thousand crabs scuttling around on the shoreline. If you are up early enough, you can watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch, and sort the fresh goodies right there on the beach. A photographer's delight!

Food is basic - fresh and good.. you can ask them to cook you more or less what you want - fish, crabs, lobsters galore! Some specialities might cost extra, so check beforehand. Fixed mealtimes... and we ate in the main dining room. cost 7000 incl of food and taxes. Buy the beer outside before you get there (the staff can get it for you, but they try to charge you 4 times the retail cost!!!) and store it in the fridge (the guestrooms share a basic pantry - it wasn't too clean, though). Then sit out on the sun loungers and you will feel you are almost alone in the world.

This little hideaway is basically like having your own little cottage on the beach. if you want a quiet, private, gorgeous, lazy as hell holiday.. then go here. Else go to an ordinary resort :)

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

True to its name, OG’s is a three-room bungalow right on the edge of the beach in Mararikulam, a small fishing village about 20km north of Allepy in Kerala. It’s a much less developed area than other beach destinations in Kerala and so asides from a few local fishermen going about their daily business you are pretty much alone to enjoy the really scenic beach and ocean – an increasing rarity in India.

We stayed in what I think is the best room at OG’s- the room that is closest to the beach. The room itself is nice enough – nothing fancy but the view is what really set it apart. It’s an incredible feeling to wake up, look out your window, and see nothing but near deserted beach with only a few boats off in the distance. The other two rooms are similar in size but don’t have as nice a view (though it's still quite nice I'm sure)

The food was excellent and fresh (especially the seafood) and the staff service was reasonably attentive. After asking, we arranged to have our dinners served on the terrace in front of our room, overlooking the ocean, instead of their rather staid restaurant a few meters away.

There is not much to do at OG’s, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you are looking for. Asides from swimming (strong rip-tide), walking along the beach, tanning and lazing about in the hammock, the staff can arrange for free bicycles to explore the local village and can also set up a paid fishing expedition (which we didn’t do).

A word of caution though - OG’s appears to be expanding. We saw two or three new bungalows that had just been built. While they probably have just as good a view as the original bungalow, they don’t seem to have verandas and don’t look as nice. If you decide to stay at OG’s, I’d recommend asking to stay in the original bungalow, in the room that is advertised on their website.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2013
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  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 21 September 2012
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2012
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kattoor Post Office | Near Kalavoor Railway Station, Alappuzha 688549, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #78 of 161 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Number of rooms: 16
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