Chalet | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Sea Breeze Chalet is in the popular beach resort of Kovalam, South Kerala.
This region of Kerala is very like Goa and has been growing in size and popularity since the flower power days of the 60s.
Kovalam is located in the district of Thiruvananthapuram – 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 two minute walk from Sea Breeze Chalet. Access is via little paths which wind round the coconut trees, past a number of interesting little shops and the beach is there.
Sea Breeze Chalet is part of Hotel Sea Breeze.
It has the same ensuite twin room as any of the other hotel guest rooms.
The difference is: Sea Breeze Chalet has its own entrance and private sit-out.
The bathroom consists of a wet-room shower plus toilet and wash basin.
There are no other rooms inside this accommodation.
Sea Breeze Chalet is perfectly situated for a stroll to Lighthouse Beach, where many restaurants and gift shops are usually very busy with tourists. The accommodation is far enough from the beach to avoid the hassle from beach vendors selling their wares.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lighthouse Beach 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Trivandrum 20 km, Nearest railway: Trivandrum 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The South India region
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 seek 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 are 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.
It is surprising how children wearing bright clean crisp school uniforms pop out from such 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.
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 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. Acidophillus tablets help keep the digestion in order. A bit like eating yoghurt, acidophillus boosts the good bacteria which helps prevent 'Delhi Belly'.
The language is Malayalam.
Cultural activities include:
Kathakali: The 300 year-old dance form known as Kathakali is exclusive to Kerala. It combines opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime to create one of the most elaborate and technically difficult dance forms.
Theyyam: This is a highly ritualistic dance, well preserved with its rare and gorgeous make-up and costume. It represents a glorious period of folk-life in Kannur.
Kalaripayattu: Kalari meaning school and Payattu meaning combat, Kalaripayattu is one of the advanced combat sciences of the world and has reproduced many a hero whose exploits are celebrated in legends and folk songs.
Temperature is low in December and January with records as low as 20° Celsius. On certain days the night temperature may go down to 16° Celsius. During the months of April and May, the mean daily maximum temperature is about 35° Celsius. August can be very humid and clothes feel continuously damp.
The best time to visit Kerala is between the end of October and the beginning of April.
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.
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!
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. 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
Ayurveda, Yoga and Kalaripayattu can be arranged. Talk to Guru Suresh - Kalari Instructor - he is an expert in Ayurveda and Kalaripayattu. Guru Suresh will welcome you to Sea Breeze Chalet.
A stay at Sea Breeze Chalet 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.