Marari Beach Resort Mararikulam

Mararikulam village lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Kerala coast. Marari originates from "Mararikulam". Here, life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch.

Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches. The tourists can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. Mararikulam is barely 15 km north of Alleppey.

The Marari Beach Resort

Marari Beach Resort is a celebration of Kerala's coastal fishing villages. Inspired by this ancient way of life, the resort has sought to capture its essence and create a new experience for the modern-day visitor.

Marari Beach Resort sprawls across 55 acres of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds and whispering coconut groves, all threaded through with stone- flagged pathways. A windbreak of palms runs the length of the property, a protective cover that reduces even the gustiest sea winds to mere caresses.

And beyond is a milk-and-azure ocean, fringed by a beach more ochre than yellow, a sand-meets-sea combination you're not likely to find anywhere else. The resort belongs to the CGH Earth chain.

Rooms and Villas

Modelled on the fishermen's dwellings of Mararikulam, the accommodation in Marari Beach Resort is a fine balance between traditional form and modern function. The roof is palm thatch, but they've added a concrete base that keeps the air-conditioning in and the odd insect out.

Bathrooms too, combine modern fixtures with the traditional Kerala open-roofed style. And the little taps outside each cottage are another local touch. The fisher folk use them to clean the sand off their feet, and you can do likewise. Barefoot is a great way to be at Marari Beach, even indoors!

Cottages are just like the standard accommodation , but if you favour more private luxuries, maybe you'd like to pick one of our pool villa cottages, which are suite-style and have a secluded walled courtyard with a private pool all your own.

Restaurant and Bar

The secret of the tangy fish curries of this part of the world lies - literally - in the soil. For it is earthenware pots, placed on a slow wood fire and simmered, that give the food its unique texture and succulence.

At Marari Beach, you can enjoy the simple traditional dishes of the fisherfolk (along with, of course , a variety of international cuisine favourites) at the verandah- style restaurant. Dinners are candlelit, often with live music (the traditional Kerala trio comprises a harmonium, flute and tabalas). And the beachside features an evening grill serving up some select seafood, always fresh, always seasonal.

The bar at Marari is in a beautiful 200-year old building, deep in a thicket of trees and lotus ponds. Enjoy in the midst of colonial -style spaces and serenity. If you can't tear yourself away from the beach, you can get a tall cold one down there too, at the Beach Shack.

Organic Vegetable Garden

Most of the greens, fruits and vegetables for the restaurants come from resort's own organic garden, across the lane. And the days catch, of course, gets served up as fresh as can be, practically straight off the fishing boats.

Resort practice water harvesting and Marari Beach Resort is a chemical-free zone where only natural oils and local remedies are used for pest control. Vermiculture and composting keep the soil fertile, both in the organic farm and on the grounds. In fact, you can not only see these activities at work, you can even participate! Help pick some seasonal fruit or even plant a tree or two.

Ayurveda and Yoga

Marari Beach Resort has a fully equipped ayurvedic centre, so you can get all the benefits of this ancient system of medicine. Put yourself in the hands of our expert masseuses and you'll feel reborn.

There are also regular yoga classes on the beach, in the thick of a cool coconut grove. The locale does wonders for your inner serenity.

Marari Beach Resort

Tel: 0478 2863801

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