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“Great place to come for relaxation, food, sun, and wellness”
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Ezhara Beach House
Ranked #1 of 63 Kannur B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Great place to come for relaxation, food, sun, and wellness”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

My girlfriend and I came here for what we thought was going to be a couple of days, ended up here for almost a week!

Hyacinth and her staff are fantastic - v. friendly and make you feel most welcome. They also put on an amazing spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - really great Keralan cuisine if that's your thing (definitively mine), however they are also accommodating to all tastes whether that be veg, non-spicy etc

Its the sort of place where you sit down at the communal table and get to know the other guests which turned out to be really great as everyone was from different corners of the globe - it was great to get to make some new friends.

The area itself is quiet so not the place to come to party, but well worth it and one of our favourite places in Kerala.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Having been here last year, we knew what to expect, and Hyancith surpassed those expectations. No major changes one year on, just excellent friendly service and marvellous food, and lots of pampering by our hostess. It was our wedding anniversary whilst we were there, and so this was an excuse for a trip out for lunch in Kannur for everyone, for an ayurvedic meal and for the local ice cream - faloda (sp?) which was delicious and not at all fattening (!)

Apart from Hyacinth, for whom nothing is too much trouble to arrange, the fellow guests here have always been interesting people too, with lots of knowledge about travelling in India. It's hard to get up from the breakfast / dinner table as there's so much to talk about.

Don't be in any doubt about staying at EBH - just go.

Room Tip: The upstairs room now has a longer bed - good for those of us over 6 feet tall.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

I mean - what a shame that Tripadvisor only allows me to give FIVE STARS. It should be possible to award more to those whose simple deserve it.

Ezhara Beach House is such a place. From the moment you receive an email from Hyacinth (the hostess with mostest), you just know you have chosen the right place to stay in North Kerala. But when you actually arrive and meet her, within moments you feel like you have known her for a long time and by the time you say goodbye, you know you have made a friend for life. How many other places have you stayed at where you can say that?

The house, which only has two rooms and a bathroom upstairs and the same downstairs, together with numerous indoor lobbies and comfy seating areas, is a piece of Indian heritage. It is about 100 years old and has been restored to retain its character by Hyacinth and George and has a unique rustic charm. The rooms are all at the back and have small windows, which means they are cool and with the fan provided, are a fantastic place to get a great nights sleep. Hot water is provided from the solar heated showers. Also the rooms come complete with plug in mosquito killers and sprays. Not that we found much evidence of the critters.

One of the nicest parts of the house is the balcony upstairs where there are lots of chairs and a full length bench. Up here you can while away the day or even better, watch the sun slipping down through the swaying palm trees, whilst sipping a bottle of ice cold Kingfish*r, I mean "Special Tea".

OK, enough about the house, it's time to move onto the food, or should I say banquet. Believe you me, you will put on weight here. The food is simply fantastic and there is so much of it. We ate as much as we humanly could. Not because we are greedy or because it was so sumptious, but ofcourse just to be polite :). Three huge meals a day - heaven. Nothing is too much trouble for Hyacinth. If you want a special meal, then it will be catered for. All of this coming from a vegetarian. I had the best food of our month long trip.

If you manage to rise from the dinner table, then there is vast stretch of deserted tropical beach right on your doorstep. Head to the right and it's doubtful you will see many other tourists on the sand. You will more than likely see that yours are the only footprints in the sand, as head back, watching the sea eagles glide overhead.. One liitle tip, if you do walk the beach, is to look out for the Shamen cave up in the rocks. It's an old cave filled with oil lamps and still worshipped at by locals. Ask Hyacinth for directions, it's easy to find.

Apart from the beach, Hyacinth can organise lots of excursions for you. She took us to the Fort in Kannur and got a guide to show us around, then she went shopping. The tour was great and the guide wouldn't accept any gratuities. But if you have any foreign coins (not just your own country), then they would add to his collection and be welcomed.

Apart from the Fort we visited the museum (not worth it - there isn't much to see), had lunch at the Wheat House and then she took us to an ice cream parlour for a superb ice cream sundae (never had blue ice cream before!!), before a tour of the local market.

The days at the beach house just fly by and even though we stayed a week, it wasn't long enough. Trust me, think of how long you want to stay, then double it!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Sat at the end of the garden with our hosts, Hyacinth and George, sipping on a chai, I ask what the men in the sea are doing, just 50 metres or so away. "Fishing for mussels" replies George, "do you want some for lunch?". An hour or two later we're sat eating the freshest green-lipped mussels I've ever had, in one of the greatest beach spots you could imagine.

If you're considering staying somewhere on this stretch of beach then book here now! We stayed at the Costa Malabari at the other end of the beach and we checked out all the guesthouses in between, and Ezhara Beach House is the best. The hosts are great characters and speak English as there first language. They strike the perfect balance between taking great care of you without being in your face.

Food is wonderful, and they'll ask you what you want. Fresh fish is readily available. Breakfasts are fantastic. Eggs, parotta, toast, masala, bananas, pineapple, oranges, fried banana, nutella, jam, chai, coffee, juice.

The beaches here are lovely, and there's a great terrace to enjoy the view. Hyacinth can arrange trips out to Theyyam, hand loom weavers, martial arts demonstrations. George took people out rafting and we played beach football/soccer with the local kids as the sun was setting.

Rooms are in a 100 year old house, decorated in traditional dark wood style, and while not exactly the Hilton they have charm. You won't be spending much time in your room anyway, as there're plenty of places to relax and enjoy, including hammocks tied between palm trees.

This was my favourite place to stay in Kerala, and I look forward to visiting again as soon as possible.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Despite many travels in India and elsewhere, I've never written a tripadvisor review before... but I could not resist the temptation after my wonderful stay at Ezhara beach house. I have never encountered such warmth, generosity and humor in a homestay/guesthouse before. Hyacinth and George are wonderful, as is the beach on which the homestay is situated.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

A brilliant relaxing family holiday. Two weeks of sun, sea and sand. Our hostess Hyacynth could not have been more helpful. It really was a home from home. The food was a delight and the fact that there were so few other tourists really was a bonus.
Rooms were simple and clean.

Room Tip: All rooms very pleasant
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Cheltenham, UK
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We stayed at Ezhara for 5 nights in November 2011, having read a number of rave reviews on trip advisor. It genuinely feels like you've come home! Hyacinth (the owner) makes you feel immediately welcome and at ease, and pretty much kills you with kindness! We cannot recommend this place enough.

Yes, the accommodation is simple, and yes, you encounter the odd creepy crawly now and again - and believe me when I say I am the world's biggest wimp when it comes to those - but Ezhara Beach House is like a little piece of heaven. The rooms are cosy and full of character, stretches of perfect and tourist-free golden beach are seconds away, the food is delicious (and there's a lot of it!), and Hyacinth is relaxed, welcoming and full of helpful suggestions of things to do without being remotely pushy. Staying at this place is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and remind you what's important in life - all the stress and worries of work just disappeared.

If you want to see a genuinely beautiful and unspoilt part of Kerala then this is the place to come. We travelled up by train from Allappuzha, and the six hour journey was well worth it. Even before we left the UK, Hyacinth was a huge help, advising on travel. When we arrived, she was the perfect hostess, and - discovering that we had got engaged earlier in our trip, organised a huge cake, a special meal and an amazing necklace of flowers to celebrate. This really sums up what a kind person she is. She also organised some fantastic trips out for us.

The beaches are stunning and seem very safe for swimming. There were only a handful of other Westerners in the area. The local people are friendly and will often stop to stay hello or ask your name but they are in no way intrusive. We found a quiet spot on the beach to sunbathe, but its good to keep a sarong with you - it's largely a Muslim area so if you do spot local people in the distance, it's respectful to cover up before they reach you. To be honest, the fact that there aren't hordes of tourists lying on the beach is an important part of what makes this place so unique.

Meal-times are communal, and the food is fantastic. We weren't sure what to expect and were slightly apprehensive that we might miss having some time on our own over meals. In fact, we met some great and really interesting people and stayed up late every night chatting - there's plenty of time in the day on your own, relaxing on the beach or sitting on the balcony so it's great to have the company at mealtimes.

Ezhara Beach House deserves the fantastic reviews it gets. Thank you so much Hyacinth - you make it a very special place to stay and are an incredible lady!

Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ezhara Beach House
Address: Near Ezhara Mopilaa School | Ezhara Kadappuram, Kannur 670663, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kannur District > Kannur
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Ranked #1 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Kannur
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Number of rooms: 5
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