SeaBreeze ROOM 203 - Kovalam Kerala India

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Camera in boutique hotel - Host: Lynne

2 ospiti, 1 camera da letto, 2 letti, 1 bagno privato
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Hotel Sea Breeze is a very popular mid-range hotel in Kovalam. Our guest accommodation is set in a mature garden, tucked away from the beach vendors. The famous busy Lighthouse Beach is a short stroll from Sea Breeze. (2 to 3 minutes)
Airport and Railway Station are in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 30 mins from Sea Breeze.
Rooms at Sea Breeze are set on three floors and include Sea Breeze Chalet.
Ideally situated for Yoga, Ayurveda, Kalaripayattu (martial arts) and exploring South Kerala.

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THE SPACE
Guest Rooms in Hotel Sea Breeze are set on three floors. Each en-suite room is fitted with a ceiling fan. Rooms sleep two in single beds or can be arranged as a double bed if preferred. Tariff is for the room not per person.
DISCOUNTS FOR LONG TERM STAY
The calendar here records vacancies for only ROOM 203. Some other rooms are also listed on this website.
All rooms are similar to this listing except Room 101 (The Chalet) which is slightly separate to the rest of the hotel and has its own private sit-out and entrance.
Hotel Sea Breeze is in the popular beach resort of Kovalam. This region of Kerala is very like Goa and has been growing in size and popularity since the flower power days of the 1960s.
Kovalam is located in the district of Thiruvananthapuram – yes quite a mouthful! Even the locals generally call it Trivandrum. The Airport is in Trivandrum and so is the main Railway Station.
Lighthouse Beach is a short walk from Hotel Sea Breeze – 2 or 3 minutes.
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS ...
Kovalam was initially a fishing village with beautiful beaches lined with coconut trees. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in Benidorm. High rise accommodation has sprouted up everywhere as landowners try to attract the tourists. Some of these structures are illegal construction so the powers that be could, in theory, have them removed. However, India thrives on bribery from a few rupees to crores of rupees and Kovalam is no exception. While bribes continue to be paid, illegal buildings will stand.
The likeness to Benidorm ends with the new high rise buildings as a quick scout around the area will confirm. The Indian people are not good at maintenance. ‘Build it and leave it’, seems to be the motto. This is partly due to the caste system which still pervades. There is an attitude of ‘its not my job’ – especially when it comes to cleaning toilets. They have yet to get a grip on that one! It is also partly due to the monsoon season which has to be experienced to appreciate how difficult it is to keep a respectable veneer on the buildings. The monsoon weather is relentless in its destructive powers - but fascinating to watch.
It always surprises me how children wearing bright clean crisp school uniforms pop out from dingy buildings on their way to equally dingy schools. At the end of the day, still without a messy blob on them, the kids return home with happy smiling faces.
India might have a space programme but it is backward in coming forward when it comes to creating and maintaining an infrastructure. Consequently, if you step off the mock Victorian promenade of Lighthouse Beach, you will quickly discover where the rubbish goes! Bottles are heaped up behind walls awaiting the Bottle Collector. This is a bi-product of tourism. Plastics and other ‘throw aways’ magically disappear in developed countries while India must burn or bury rubbish – or find another use for it. Generally nothing is wasted in India, hence the Bottle Collector will remove them - eventually.
While on holiday in Goa, I tried to help by picking up the street rubbish around my accommodation and putting it in my room bin. It took a few days for me to realise, my host threw it back into the street each day! This will also be true of Kovalam, so do try to create as little waste as possible.
Electricity supply all over India is somewhat erratic. They even have set times when the current will go off. This can be fun but not if you are in the shower in the dark and wondering where the towel might be! There are some very good solar power and wind up torches available now. Suggest you take one with you.
Most of the water in Kovalam comes from wells. It is generally safe. These guys have been digging wells for hundreds of years. (The well digging caste of course!) They know what they are doing. However, taking care of tummies is always a good idea, otherwise the holiday could be spent on the toilet – or hovering over one if you dare to use the Indian squat version. Acidophilus tablets help keep the digestion in order. A bit like eating yogurt, acidophilus boosts the good bacteria which helps prevent ‘Delhi Belly’.
Lighthouse Beach is lined with small restaurants and gift shops. The restaurants serve a wide variety of meals and snacks – Indian, Continental and Chinese. Also there are tailors who will stitch you an outfit to order - within hours.
It is common practice to wander up and down the sea front promenade in the evenings. Strangely enough (and I still don’t know how the locals do this), they soon know who you are and where you are staying! Some restaurants have extraordinary long menus. They can be fun to read with such offers as ‘scream bled eggs’ and ‘shew heded roundels lossed in soya’! The first is no doubt scrambled eggs but the latter? Your guess is as good as mine!
The days fishing catch (and sometimes yesterdays) is often displayed outside the restaurants to lure in customers.
BEER – Most of us enjoy a beer on a hot summers day. In Kovalam, beer is available but it could arrive at your table in a tea pot – or the bottle might be wrapped in newspaper and placed under the table. Alcohol licences are very expensive in Kerala, no doubt controlled by gangsters and police. The restaurant owners resort to the good old bribe system and we must be thankful for that!
The sand on the South Kerala beaches is black in parts – rather like the volcanic beaches of Lanzarote. The beaches are well used. Some people are adventurous enough to try body surfing on the waves. Beware of strong currents in the waters off Lighthouse Beach.
Unlike the rest of Kerala it is quite normal to sunbathe and swim wearing skimpy cossies. There was a time when Kerala men would bus in to see the half naked foreigners and their strange activities. Now they are used to such sights and will probably just try to sell you something.
The popularity of Kovalam has partly grown around the availability of the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda and traditional medicines. There are many Ayurvedic practices within the resort. Certain standards have recently been stipulated for the running of such an establishment – but there are always those bribes – so do make sure you are not being massaged with old cooking oil. Yoga is also very popular and many studios can be found in and around Kovalam.
Tuition in Kalaripayattu (Kerala martial arts) can also be found, though only a basic grounding can be expected during a short holiday. It takes years of dedication to become expert. Details on You Tube can be found at Kalari at Hotel Sea Breeze - Kovalam - Kerala - India
Hotel Sea Breeze can arrange Ayurveda, Yoga and Kalaripayattu.
If you tire of the beach, Trivandrum is a good place for a day out. Thirteen kilometres from Kovalam, - buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws will get you there. Shopping is good and lots to see and do.
Ten kilometres from Kovalam is the Valiyathura Pier. Here the fishermen cast their boats into the water and then dive in after them. The 214m long pier offers magnificent views of the coast.
Visitors to South Kerala must try to see Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin). This is the southern-most tip of mainland India. It is suggested that there once existed a continent called Kumari Kandam to the south of Kanyakumari, often compared with Lemuria. This journey can include a visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. The palace was constructed around 1601. It is one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture. Very nice – recommend it.
A stay at Sea Breeze gives you a comfortable bed in a convenient location - budget style. You will hear jungle noises from wild life in the nearby trees which can give a wonderful feeling of relaxation - the unforgettable sounds of India.

Dove dormirai

Camera da letto
2 letti singoli

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Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Kovalam is a popular resort bustling with tourists from all over the world. The beaches are full of interesting people enjoying the Kerala sun and gossiping in restaurants on the promenade. That's the way it is during the tourist season October to April.
In monsoon, the sea rages, most tourists disappear and it is difficult to even see a glimpse of the beach. For those who choose to stay, Kovalam in monsoon is an ideal location to get away from it all, watch and listen to the rain, enjoy the odd sunny days and catch up with thoughts.
It is also the best time to take Ayurveda.
During monsoon, some gift shops and beach restaurants remain open.

Host: Lynne

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This guest accommodation is managed by Mr Suresh Nair, a Keralite family man with schoolteacher wife and two children. He is responsible for the condition of the guest accommodation and the comfort of guests using it. Initial funding came from me Lynne Haywood in UK. It was my dream but I am no longer able to visit Kerala. Therefore, I take no part in the maintenance and administration of the guest accommodation other than via AIRbnb where I can answer any questions you might wish to ask about the accommodation, the surrounding area and generally about India. During my many visits to India, I found it enticing, colourful, noisy, messy yet beautiful, relaxing yet very tiring, exhilarating yet frustrating. It is an experience that always leaves foreign guests with stories to tell back home! Guest Accommodation is available in North and South Kerala as follows: Sea Breeze Twin Rooms in Kovalam, South Kerala, India ... Malabar Cove Beach House in Kannur, North Kerala, India - WHOLE HOUSE - sleeps max 8 – Self Catering (Housekeeper/Cook can be hired if preferred) ... Malabar Cove River House in Kannur, North Kerala, India - WHOLE HOUSE – sleeps max 6 - Self Catering (Housekeeper/Cook can be hired if preferred) ANY OR ALL OF THESE PROPERTIES OPEN TO OFFERS FOR NEW OWNERSHIP
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Guest accommodation is managed by Mr Suresh Nair, a Keralite family man with schoolteacher wife and two children.
Initial funding came from me Lynne Haywood in UK. It was my dream but I am no longer able to visit Kerala. Therefore, I take no part in the maintenance and administration of the guest accommodation other than via AIRbnb. I can answer any questions you might wish to ask about the accommodation, the surrounding area and generally about India.
Mr Suresh Nair will probably be there and is certainly available on the phone - and staff are available on site to assist guests.
Guest accommodation is managed by Mr Suresh Nair, a Keralite family man with schoolteacher wife and two children.
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