We were told about Valiyavila by a young guy who worked on a houseboat we stayed on for a few days working our way down to Kollam. On arrival we were hot and tired and just wanted to relax, which is just what we got here. We were sorted with plug adapters to charge phones (free of charge) and had choice of 2 rooms. We took the room with the Goddess of Light overlooking us and fantastic views of the lake. Although it does need updating (which will be happening later), the room was large, as was the bathroom and everything was in great working order.
It really is a lovely, quiet and tranquil place to stay, just what we needed after a hectic, hot day in Kollam! Dinner was also really great. The highlight of our stay was after dinner. All the people who worked there came round to our verandah playing birthday music, with roses and a huge cake which the manager Prabhath Joseph had secretly organised after seeing the date of my birthday in my passport! It was a great night of cake eating and chatting with them! They made my 30th birthday very special.
I know Prabhath Joseph is off to pastures new soon...good luck and I am sure that it will be great because of your fabulous and personal service. Hopefully we can stay in your new place once we can afford tickets back out to India! Thank you for such a lovely stay x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valiyavila Family estate guest house, the backwater home built on a (mini -peninsular) piece of land gifted by the ripples of Astamudi Lake Kollam. Surrounded by the lake on three sides the neo modern double storied home is with well appointed 6 spacious rooms. Each room is different with private balconies over looking the lake, offering a spectacular view of the rising and setting sun and backwater fishing. Access is easiest by boat. ... more less