We stayed here after being approached at the bus stand by a nice young man. We usually are wary of these touts at the bus stands, but he was very unobtrusive and just had a genuine smile and attitude. This guy, Anju, was so friendly and fun we all stayed up late a few nights drinking brandy and we became fast friends. Anyway, at the bus stand, after he said 500 rupees a night, free wifi, and great views in the village, we were sold.
The hotel is a few kilometers away from the center, which is nice because it's quiet and very scenic. There is a beautiful rice paddy on one side, with hammocks and benches to relax on, and a canal on the other side. The rooftop is a nice place to lounge but was a bit overridden with mosquitoes and other insects.
We were given the smallest room at 500 rupees and I feel like it was a good deal. The place was clean, though a bit cramped. The bathroom was fine as well. There are a lot of mosquitoes, some spiders and ants here and there, but this is the backwaters of Kerala! The bed had a mosquito net which we used at night and didn't have a problem.
There are a few things to note: First, the guy we met at the bus station, Anju, doesn't actually work there. The staff was friendly enough, but Anju was the real reason we had such a wonderful stay. He has his own hotel in town, and I guess he was just doing a favor for his friend Shabab (the real owner, who is also a very nice guy but wasn't around much). I think next time we will stay at Anju's place instead (Lemon Dew) even though we've never even seen it. Also, the restaurant and room service which is advertised as 24 hrs is actually from a neighboring place and usually stops around 9 or 10 in the evening. It is of decent quality, but nothing special. We came home a bit late one night, quite hungry, and no one seemed to be around, so we had to crash out because there is no easy way back into town at night. Breakfast was cooked on premises but took quite a while to be prepared. Next, the higher quality depicted rooms with the real view are a bit more expensive, and the canoe boat tour we signed up with was very expensive, at 1000 rupees a head. It was a good tour - a full day lounging about, decent food included. But the guide's English could have been better, and we noticed cheaper prices around town (650 or so for what seemed like the same thing).
Overall we had a fine stay. For the price, we really didn't expect much. Staying out in the village will have its pros and cons of course. Expect to either wait for a fairly slow (and very loud!) ferry to and from town (3 rupees), or pay 50+ rupees each way for a rickshaw. The free wifi is nice but there are frequent power cuts and interruptions in service, so don't plan to work from the hotel.
Sidenote: there is a women's salon in town called Roshi's Beauty Parlour. Stay away from there as the lady is quite inept.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake and Paddy is located 1 kilometers from town. Lake and Paddy currently offers large, clean comfortable all cottages having bathrooms and ceiling fans verandahs with hammocks. We have free wifi and computer access available at all times for your convenience. During your stay if you wish, staff can help make any travel arrangements for you such as;our own houseboat , car rental,own canoe tours or any other activities you wish you to part take in during you stay. All staff working at the resort have a great deal of knowledge about the region and love to give advice that would make your time in Kerala more enjoyable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake And Paddy Kerala, India