Published by Ratheesh R. Nath on February 28, 46 Responses My blog article on Kerala tour planning have crossed viewers per month and I am extremely happy to know that my blog helps many people who are planning Kerala vacations. Though I loose some business here, I feel proud and honored to be known as a blogger.
And believe me you will be able to select the best hotel of your choice after reading this blog. Hotel selection is subjective, which means no one in this world can assume to know which hotel you will like as this depends on your style, budget, standard of living, requirements, expectations and other personal factors.
You should get involved, spend some time, do internet research and always make sure the hotel selected is as per your preferences. Tour operators always recommend hotels, they get good feedback from previous guests. You can take their recommendations and check reviews about the hotels yourself before confirming.
Keep in mind, finding good hotels on your own is a time taking process.
The assortment of king size beds online will leave you mesmerized by their crafty looks and elegant grace. While planning for a vacation, finalize your Itinerary and have a rough idea about your budget. Normally, two night stay is required to cover everything Munnar has to offer.
But you can take the hotel recommendations and do your own research before finalizing. Please remember that a tour operator never recommend a hotel which get bad feedback regularly irrespective of what best rate he gets from the hotel. I am being open here and sharing the fact with you…! While planning for a vacation, finalize your Itinerary and have a rough idea about your budget.
Ask tour operator to give hotel choices as per budget and give him your preferences in selecting the hotel.
Things to be taken care while selecting a hotel: Budget should be the first preference. You will have choice of different hotels on your budget. Location of hotel is really important as some people like to stay in city, some outside, some with good view, etc.
All options has its own advantages and disadvantages which we will cover in detail below. Hotel category should be your next preference which again depends on budget, your standard of living and expectations. Food quality and food options should be enquired especially for pure vegetarians and Jains. Let us discuss each of them in detail: There will be lot of hotels at all places for all budget categories. But my personal suggestion is not to go for cheaper options as they lack cleanliness, service and most important safety.
When you take budget hotels you cannot expect anything extraordinary in the hotel but with basic amenities. Budget hotels are preferred if your mindset is to have a decent stay with more emphasis on sightseeing or else please go for a higher category hotel. You get the best rate from tour operators rather than booking directly with hotels as very often hotels have a special offer rate for tour service providers.
Rate of hotels vary according to locations which will be discussed in later in the article. Location of Hotel This is another important aspect to consider while choosing your hotel. Do consider hotel location and its proximity to town. This selection should be as per your preferences. If you are choosing one outside city, you get to enjoy the best view.
While staying in a city hotel, you can always roam around city. I personally like to stay outside the town when I am on holiday. And of course, this concept varies with person! Always check location of hotel before confirming the same and make sure its as per your preferences. Hotel Category At all locations, you will find hotels ranging from budget to 5 Star. You can also opt for Resorts at tourist places rather than going for star hotels. They seem to have good service and room amenities.
Food Most of the hotels will have their own restaurant and provide food. If you are a pure vegetarian and never take food from mixed restaurants, make sure this aspect is checked on priority basis. Most of the hotels cook both Veg and Non Veg in the same kitchen.
Jain food is also available at most of the hotels. It is always good idea to take room on CP basis only. If booking is done on MAP or AP plan, you are paying for the food in advance and you need to pay even if you do not like the food at the hotel.
If your booking is on CP, you have the option of either having your food from same hotel by paying extra amount directly or you can have from other nearby restaurants. Food menu is at the sole discretion of hotel management and booking agent do not have any role on this. If your hotel is outside city, it is a good idea to have food from city after sightseeing and move to hotel. Otherwise you need to have food from the hotel you stay because coming back to the city at night will not be safe at most times.
This is chargeable as per hotel policies. Most of the hotels allows only one extra bed in a room. Room types Different hotels has different room types varying from standard, deluxe, super deluxe etc as per their choice.
For some hotels base category rooms are named as standard while some name them as deluxe and so.
While selecting room type, you should check difference in amenities for each category of rooms. In most cases when you book a package, rooms included with be from the base category option in the hotels.
If you are looking for best amenities and outside view, try to book higher category rooms. Now we shall take a brief look into the aspects involved in hotel booking at major destinations in Kerala. Munnar Munnar is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala.
This should be a must-visit place in your Kerala tour. The scenic hill station will enthrall you with its natural beauty. Normally, two night stay is required to cover everything Munnar has to offer. If you are traveling to Munnar from Cochin, it takes almost 5hrs to reach Munnar.
Hence second day should be utilized for Munnar sightseeing. Munnar has lot of hotel options available from budget to 5 star. When you select hotel here, first preference should be given to location. You will find that most of the good resorts and hotels are outside town. Most of them are within the radius of 30km from Munnar town. If you love to stay near town, Munnar has lot of budget and few good hotels in and around the town area. These hotels are within 10km radius to Munnar town.
Sometimes you may even find good resorts which are difficult to reach. My personal suggestion is to stay away from town and enjoy the beauty of Munnar. While at Munnar if your hotel is far away from town, have dinner from city center and move to hotel or plan to have it from the hotel you stay.
You might need to inform the hotel beforehand. Traveling to the town at night from hotel is not a good idea as there will be fog and is not safe to drive. The mobile range at most of the hotels in Munnar is very poor. We have specially designed a simple and easy to read map with the major tourist destinations in Munnar. Thekkady Thekkady is known for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Most of the good hotels are in Kumily, about 2km from Thekkady and is the best option. Thekkady also has hotels but only a few good ones.
The hotels are in the same area and are nearby. There are a few luxury resorts also at Thekkady. Some of these resorts have tree houses too! Number of hotels are less in Thekkady compared to Munnar. For more info read our blog post: Alleppey is a place where you can see backwaters as well as beach and Kumarakom has only backwater stretches. At Alleppey, there are few beach resorts and some back water resorts. You can also find lots of good hotels inside the city.
There are even hotels 30km away from Alleppey towards Cochin with good view of backwater. There are hotels at Marari, Thannermukkam etc , which are about 25km from Alleppey but are good choices. Always check the facilities of the resort and proximity to water before confirming your stay at Alleppey or Kumarakom resort. Kumarakom resorts are ideal if you are on honeymoon or for extended stay where you can relax and enjoy all the facilities of a good resort like swimming pool, pedal boating etc.
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