One of the few hotels right on the beach with a/c and a pool. It is the only hotel within a couple of Km, so no other tourists. It is a Keralan hotel and not an Internation Hotel. Therefore hard matresses and basic facilities. But if you need something ask, and they may well be able to help you e.g. the room is not automatically cleaned every day, but if you ask, they'll do it. Food does take a while to be prepared since it is cooked fresh, so order a couple of hours before, rather than sit at the table and wait. The included breakfast was fresh fruit idli or puri (on alternate days), sombal, boiled egg, dalia (wheat based porridge), toast, juice, tea and coffee. There were other variations on some days. And again other types of eggs were available if you asked.
The pool did not look clean the first day, but actually when you are in it is fine. The water did become clearer over the next few days. there is some shade from the palms so you could stay in the pool even in the heat. There is a slope down from the pool to the beach, with a lovely shaded area under the palms. There is a beach side dining area, and they can bring food down for you.
The beach itself is great. Fishermen hauling in the nets first thing in the morning. It is steeply sloping and there are big waves at times, so be careful.
There is a shop within 20m where you can get cold drinks, water, crisps and snacks. A 3 wheeler ride will get you to Kazhakkoottam, with a lot more shops and restaurants.
Pros: Family run, informal, beach.
Cons: Lots of things, but then it would become expensive and lose its character.
Location: Chai In Puthenthope, house boats on the lake at Kadinamkulam. 5 * hotel as well - nice to visit but preferred Palmleaves