On our first visit to India we wanted to experience 'real India'
We chose Om Lake because of is Idyllic location on a lake frequented by Cormorants; Egrets, Kites; Kingfishers and we think a sea Eagle? We also were happy to choose a Bamboo hut for our base.
The location was Idyllic but maybe too basic for UK taste? The lake, like a lot of India has rubbish dumped in or on it, but was still brimming with wild-life. Unfortunately and not surprising wild-life also included rats that fed on the coconut trees and also naturally accessed the huts. The owner did his best but it was not possible to guarantee they wouldn't return again.
The owner and family are lovely and helpful, providing good food also, but I would imagine a lot of UK travellers would think this a step too far towards basic. We moved onto a beach hut in town after a few days and still had the experience we were looking for but in more comfortable but still very basic surroundings.
Cons: Mosquito nets; Regular cleaning regime; empty rubbish from lake.
Location: Wild-life on lake. 20 mins walk to Arambol centre and beach.