After a fantastic experience at Fort Kochi, Meenakshi and I went to Alleppey which is known as Venice of the east.
Ramada Alleppey is a stunning property facing the backwaters of Kerala, and the cherry on top is we were given the best rooms.
About the property-
Ramada Alleppey is just five years old and also the place where annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted.
The property is about 2 hours away from Fort Kochi, and this hotel is the best option for people who like luxury mixed with nature.
The moment you enter the premises oozes out uber luxury with attentive staff and facilities.
There are 121 rooms with various room types like the presidential suite, royal suite, premium suite and superior rooms that you can choose. Coming to our room, we were given the Premium suite with of course the backwaters view.
We then got ready and went on a personal tour of the property.
The royal suite as the name suggests is everything about royalty with a bathroom to die for. The rooms are spacious enough, and regardless of the type of room, you choose all the amenities/ facilities are equally provided.
The highlight of any hotel accommodation is its food. And the hotel runs not one but two restaurants and a mini bakery station.
At the rooftop, there is a lounge called Venice with a spectacular view of the backwaters. We went to chill at the place both during the day and night because of it’s scenic view and the happening vibes.
The world in a pot on the ground floor is more of a dining space than a lounge. And the chef Mr Suresh is a pure gem who has magic in his hands. The breakfast starts at 7 am daily and lasts until 11 am which includes local and international delicacies.
As the name suggests it is indeed a world in a pot.
Meenakshi and I were so impressed by the variety of items presented during lunch and dinner. You can have a full wide of Kerala dishes, or North Indian food or Continental. You name it, and they have it.
And me being a sucker for anything in paneer, I tried out all the different kinds of it the chef made. It was delicious! And to complement the meal, they have a dessert station again with best of both worlds.
Any hotel is incomplete without a swimming pool. They have a designated swim coach to help you with any immediate assistance.
For Meenakshi and me, the best part is the spa and beauty centre. The Masseuses over there are well trained and make your rejuvenation experience a bliss. We opted for a deep tissue massage which lasts about one hour followed by a steam bath. You can choose from various wellness options they have for total relaxation.
Right beside the spa and beauty salon is the hotel’s gymnasium to burn some of the holiday calories.
The property also has a luxury houseboat facility wherein you can enjoy your stay in enchanting backwaters of Alleppey.
The staff was sweet enough to arrange a private boat ride for us, and we spend our half of the day dazzled by the beauty of Alleppey backwaters.
The hotel provides 24 hours concierge and security services, airport pickup and drop, laundry and a business centre for its guests. The next time you’re in Alleppey make sure to stay in this property.
We were little bummed out to check-out from the hotel but what makes us happy is that we will definitely visit this place again for a world-class treatment.
Thank you team Ramada Alleppey for your hospitality and taking good care of all our needs.
Other sightseeing spots in Alleppey-
Some say there isn’t much to do in Alleppey than visiting the backwaters. But that isn’t true; there are quite a few places which you can pay a visit to.
The Alleppey Beach-
This beach is more crowded with families and couples. Kids are playing cricket and ATV bike rides, some local groups having an in-depth discussion about politics. If you want a peaceful time, then head to Marari beach.
This beach is located in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district which is about two hours ride from our hotel. Marari beach is completely unspoiled with coconut trees neatly lined up. It was a lovely day to enjoy the serenity and walk along the shore. But you need to pay 100 rs for one hour if you want to use the chairs to sit.
Arthunkal St. Basilica-
It is about 60 km from Cochin and a few minutes away from Marari beach. The church was built by Portuguese in the 16th century.
It is the 7th Basilica in Kerala and the first one in Alleppey.
St. Mary’s Church-
If you have watched ‘yemaya chesave’, then you will know the famous church scene where Samantha calls off her wedding. We were so excited too and were eagerly waiting to visit the place.
Although the surroundings of the church have changed when compared to the movie back then.
The church is pretty far and in the opposite direction to Marari beach. We decided to go and visit the place. We hired a tuk-tuk service, and the driver was pretty entertaining and sweet. Even though we have a language barrier, we had fun conversations with him.
This concludes our trip to Kerala. I wish to come back here and explore more!
Until next time,