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... we had to go the long way back. That evening we had a delicious meal on the beach front. There were quite alot of sellers on kovalam beach which was a bit annoying, but this night one managed to convince us to buy. His name was siri and he was very much a sales man. He put on the sarong in lots of different ways and was mincing down the road in it. It was very funny and for just 100rupees (£1) for a beautiful sarong and a smile on our faces how could we say ...
... some time alone at home! After we parted ways in Madagaon/Margao, we had some more time to kill. Due to the journey being delayed it was going to be less time than we thought. So at around 3 p.m we went into Margao centre and scoured the great indoor market. There was lots of sights, sounds and smells to take in (some smells better than others!). The stalls ranged from fresh fruit and veg, meat with dodgy looking and smelling innards to incense and spices, clothes and shoes ...
... vegetables and milk. The typical yogic diet consists of two moderately sized meals per day and are adherent to a lactovegetarian regimen, meaning milk products such as tea and yogurt are integral components.
After breakfast guests at the Ashram are expected to provide 20 to 30 minutes of Karma Yoga for the Ashram, we spent our time helping to move firewood and weed and clean the lawns. After a brief chore, then there is ample ...
... Sneak in if you get a chance, am sure you will not regret. Try an appam kadala curry dish here.
Food in Kerala is cheap and you will be surprised with what they provide you with on your platter, if you had lived elsewhere. Having said that decent AC restaurants are a scarcity throughout. Hence you need to zeroin on some best ones and stick to those.
I do feel in its mixed shades TVM does live up to its expectations.
... menus in Russian here. Apparently the Russian elite are conquering the beaches of the world these days…
It was also interesting to also observe our internal dynamics at this idyllic place. Normally there is always somebody or something that you can blame for your own unhappiness or dissatisfaction. But here in Varkala there was really nothing to trigger either of these things. The weather is perfect, the surroundings are marvellous, no duties to ...
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We stayed at the Uday Samudra hotel in Kovalam in the month of January of 2006. We reached at around 3AM and found the lobby to be dark and quite. I was already regretting spending so much money on this dark deserted hotel. Much to my surprise when we were taken to our rooms we realised how luxurious the hotel was! The rooms were well appointed and clean. They looked very new. They were very spacious and the bathrooms were very clean.
Before I talk about my holiday experience I would just like the reader to know that I am well travelled and have stayed in a diverse range of hotels from opulent hotels to basic allocation on arrival in many different countries and resorts. I am fairly laid back about things and like many English people take things in my stride with out much fuss and bother. So you would have thought by reading the previous reviews of UDS hotel that this is an exceptional hotel in every way. Whilst it does have some qualities it is by no means a hotel that I would regard as exceptional, but certainly does have the potential to be.
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We have had a fantastic stay at this hotel, clean and friendly the food was excellent, yes the service was a bit slow, but its the same everywhere as the food is cooked fresh. The only noise you can hear in the rooms is the sound of the waves crashing on the wall as there is no beach to talk of. We went First Choice and had a good flight we did not pay for extra leg room. Not realy a place to take children as there is not a lot to do.
Having never been to India before we didn't know what to expect but the UDS was absolutely brilliant- the staff were helpful and friendly and the room was cleaned daily to a really high standard. The food was really good tho more expensive than at the local restaurants on the beach which were fabulous. The beach is not really suitable for swimming but honestly the pools are so great it doesn't matter- the concrete "deck" in front of the beach is basic,yes,but great for sitting out in the evenings and having your meals brought to you while watching the sunset and the little lights of the fishing boats. Its a working beach and every day lots of people from the hotel were out watching the fishermen- a real education and fascinating.If you want a sanitised holiday where actually you could be in any hotel anywhere in the world then maybe this isn't the place. Yes there were hawkers but they were so polite and if you say no its not a problem and they are really interesting to talk to. We went First Choice and they were good(getting extra leg room on the flight was well worth it but didn't feel paying the extra for Premier would have given us a better flight)but its better to get any trips organised with local taxi drivers- Vijay was great! We went on a houseboat for a night and it was the highlight-ask the hotel and they will give you a couple of sheets to take also towels- a tip we got from other people who had been. One thing that you need to check before going is when they have the Hindu festival in January- its a really big thing that actually is incredibly noisy and if you are staying anywhere near the reception area its hard to get any sleep! Honestly the last couple of days of it would give Live 8 a run for its money. I agree with other reviews re the "reserving the sunbeds"- why do people have to do this???AND they are Brits! The Ayurvedic centre was fab and very good value. For £1 you can get a tuk tuk (taxi) to Lighthouse Beach and a)eat wonderful food and b) buy loads of great things ranging from leather bags to beaded cushions etc etc. The tailor's by the hotel is brilliant and my husband had a suit made in 36 hours and I had trousers made in 12 hours. All brilliant value. One other thing was that when we were there at the end of January there were no children there which(for us)was a real bonus. We've had them and got the t shirts so it was great not to be somewhere with wall to wall Mini Clubs. Would we go back? Absolutely!
Horrible place to stay!
Please stay anywhere in Kovalam, but don't go in this hotel.
I booked this hotel for 15 & 16 Feb 2006 and am repenting till now.
Biggest problem: They have built a new wing. There is some drainage problem in that wing and so there is sewage smell in all the rooms. Despite complaining again and again, they couldn't provide any solution.
Other Problems: The hotel is too crowded after the new wing and it looks like a fish market and not a hotel. Even their restaurants are full always, all tables are unclean during lunch/dinner hours because the hotel is grossly under-staffed. The staff is never serious about a guest's problems and to top it all their director Mr Raj Gopal Iyer, thinks that he can fool anyone and turns a deaf ear to customers' problems.
My boyfriend and I have never been to India before so we didn't know quite what to expect but we had a really great time and loved the place. Uday Sumudra was a lovely hotel, it was heaven having 2 pools to swim in, gorgeous weather and really nice being by the breeze of the sea. The location is great as you aren't near the busier Lighthouse beach, and it's nice to wander down to the little fishing villages nearby and watch the fishermen on the beach in the morning.
I wanted to do a full review of my recent holiday to Kerala as the hotel we stayed at hasn't been reviewed enough yet and the hotel brochures definitely don't sell it enough either!
My wife and I stayed at UDS during the last leg of our India trip in Feb 2006. We loved it there and wished we could stay there longer. The rooms were excellent, the staff were attentive and quite helful. The seafood was awesome. It's fresh and you could even see the fishermen in the morning pulling in their catch. Their General Manager walks around and makes sure you stay there is comfortable.
We choosed Uday Samudra under suggestion of our agent "Indian Holiday" as a final stay after 8 days tour in Kerala. Due some strange problems of our flight, our juorney in Kerala started with an overnightstay at Uday Samudra. Anthony and an other guy (can't remember the name, sorry) very friendly welcomed us . This was really the beginning of a magnificent holiday. As this was our first time in India, we were quite worring about the food (we are italian !!), but found the great choise of the buffet dinner exactly fitting our gourmet needs. Rooms assigned were very large and comfortable for the 3 girl of us, beds very comfortables with 3 pillows each, just to say "have a good sleep"; bathroom shower can accomodate up to 3 people in one time.
uday samudra is the best hotel in kerala very friendly staff. rooms very clean food and drinks are very cheap at the hotel. kingfisher '1.00 a bottle go to the sea gull resturant and see lawrence it is on the beach . best holiday i have had. well worth the long fligt