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Light House Beach, Kovalam 695521 India
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#17 of 85 in Kovalam
Maharaju Palace is established in 1999 by a Dutchman . If you open the gate you will find a tropical garden with a lot of shadow. You can relax close to the love birds or to the pond with the fish or just in a corner where you can enjoy the breeze and the greenary of the garden We only have 8 rooms , you will meet the other guests and share the energy here. There are just TWO ROOMS on each floor. We try to keep away stress and therefore we do not have T V in the room. Our guests can just enjoy their free time by reading, walk on the beach, take a sunbath , go for yoga or take an Ayurvedic treatment. The beach is just 50 m away We provide breakfast in our romantic room on the first floor. Internet is available. There are no roads ,so we are far away from pollution and the sound of cars. Our staff is helpful and provides information about trips. We really care for our guests. If you need transport they will arrange. We have a friendly caring, home feeling atmosphere . We got the guest review awards for 2016.
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ShramanJha wrote a review Jan 2022
New Delhi8 contributions1 helpful vote
We were fortunate to stumble across this idyllic Dutch-style stay, which featured excellent service from Mr Raju and other stuff even amidst all pandemic-led challenges. Beyond its statue lined and green campus, the main seafront/beach calls invitingly in all seasons short of a two minute walk away. Perhaps my favourite bit about Maharaju’s location were the lines of boho-aesthetic cafes and local eateries you crossed both when turning into, and navigating within the narrow gully where it sits. It’s eye candy for cultural aesthetes. Although you’ll find the rooms to be tight (queen sized bed, cupboard, side table), it’s tasteful woodworked decor and furniture radiate a cozy atmosphere. However, in a family of three, I did find it a little suffocating without the windows open because there isn’t enough room for the entire party to be scurrying around for last minute packing. But, if you opt for an AC room, freshness shouldn’t be an issue. Bathroom was functional, spotless and well maintained.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
Nicbo9 wrote a review Jan 2020
stoke-on-trent35 contributions16 helpful votes
I stayed here for 16 nights in Dec 2019 and start of Jan 2020. It's a wonderful place to stay. The owner is great and the team of staff are all so friendly and helpful. Rooms cleaned every day and new towels. Decent and filling breakfast. An oasis of calm just two minutes from the beach. Matthew, the Manager, was very helpful with the trains. The gardens and communal spaces are lovely and kept immaculately. This is truly a home from home and I would not stay anywhere else if I returned to Kovalam.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Billy T wrote a review Mar 2019
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Travelling around Kerala last year on a mid range budget, this was the best place we stayed at. Lovely staff, amazing breakfast, rooms were top class, also the guests during our stay were really nice. I think this type of place attracts nice people. If i go back to this part of Kerala i will not want to stay anywhere else
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Date of stay: April 2018
Sophieaussie wrote a review Feb 2019
Gerringong, Australia58 contributions11 helpful votes
Clean, cheerful rooms in well positioned guest house set one street back from the beach. The communal gardens create a welcomed cool escape from the hustle of the beachfront. We appreciated the outdoor shower after a dip in the ocean, morning yoga on the rooftop and helpful tips from Martin the owner. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled
Indienrose wrote a review Feb 2019
Majorca, Spain21 contributions4 helpful votes
Martien has made a beautiful and Shanthi place. He has a big knowledge what to do around Kovalam. Was staying with a yogagroup and they didnt want to leave. People working there are soo beautiful and are helping you with everything that comes up.Very clean place and I will highly recomend it.For sure I will choose this place next time also. Love it!!!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled
A_Crich wrote a review Nov 2018
Wiltshire, United Kingdom275 contributions69 helpful votes
Arriving at Thirandrum Airport we where met my a driver as we had pre-arrange transport to the hotel for 1000 rupees, about £10. Although you can get a tuktuk for 400 rupees we had just arrived in India and it was easy and the manager Matthew was very helpful in arranging the transport. Driving to the hotel feels like you are being taken into the middle of nowhere. Only later did we find the hotel is in a perfect location only about 100m from the beautiful beach and very close to the must-see lighthouse (amazing sunsets). The rooms where of reasonable size. We stayed in a room with a double bed. There wasn't much other space but there was a desk, cupboard and ensuits. The bed was comfortable and the room and bathroom felt very clean. A welcome tea/ coffee was provided and each room had a bottle of water, towels, soap and toilet roll. The water pressure was good and there was hot water. One of the toilets wouldn't flush though and kept making noises. Having been staying in very cheap hostels in Sri Lanka before arriving here this place felt like a palace. There is a nice little seating area outside although the mosquitos do come out in the evening. For an additional 200 rupees per person you can have breakfast at the hotel, however, we found it was more cost effective and was more scenic to go to the beach and choose from one of the many restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overall with the very friendly staff and clean and comfortable rooms, although slightly more expensive at about £7 per night, this lovely hotel is defiantly worth it to enjoy and relax on the South Coast for a few nights.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled
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gigicalifornie wrote a review Mar 2018
Lyon, France38 contributions16 helpful votes
I staid 3 nights in march 2018 at this lovely homey palace, exquisitely decorated and landscaped, peaceful, quiet, close to the beach and stroll along shops and restaurants. Helpful professional staff. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: March 2018
teenager65 wrote a review Mar 2018
Arundel, United Kingdom350 contributions174 helpful votes
I stayed here for 12 nights with friends after having spent time, previously, in Tamil Nadu. We arrived early Saturday afternoon and was greeted my Martin, who was very pleasant and accommodating. Having single occupancy I was allocated the Honeymoon Cottage!! What a bonus, self contained with a small kitchen area with sink and a fridge. Outside was a seating area with desk, 2 chairs and a 2 seater sofa with cushions. Ideal for pre dinner drinks in the evening and of course a nightcap. Having the fridge was great as could make ice and keep the beers, Gin and Tonic water cold. Large comfortable bed 4 poster type in order to accommodate the mosquito nets which cocooned the bed. Although I did not have air conditioning I did have the benefit of a ceiling fan plus a portable pedestal fan, the latter I kept running overnight. The bonus of this fan being portable was that it could be plugged in outside the front door in the seating area during our pre dinner drinks sessions. Bathroom was good with copious amounts of hot water. But with temperatures of 34 deg c during the day and 25 deg c overnight hot showers were not the order of the day. Martin, the owner and Matthew, the Manager were most helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. If there was something you wanted they would go the extra mile to help. Example: I own an Indian Tuk Tuk in the UK and wanted to know if I could buy me wheel trims (or wheel cups as they say in India). Later in the day one of the staff had a friend who owns a Tuk Tuk and I was taken into Trivandrum, 35min trip by Tuk Tuk to an accessory shop. To say I was like a child in a sweet store was an understatement. 7 sets of wheel cups and some other accessories purchased I did the return journey to the hotel. This is what I call service. Breakfast was fine, served 8am > 11 am. Choice of eggs, fruit salad, porridge, toast, Tea or Coffee and freshly made fruit juices. One evening Martin but on a Film event where he showed 2 films on a large screen : Some like it Hot and the Marigold Hotel, nice relaxing atmosphere with other guests and a Juice bar on hand if you wanted. Rooms were cleaned every day (Thank you Raju and your lady helper) and bedding completely changed every 2 > 3 days. All in all a perfect location only 2 mins walk from the beach but sufficiently away as not to hear the activity. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled
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ipy wrote a review Feb 2018
Hampshire10 contributions28 helpful votes
A character property in a very convenient position, two minutes from the beach. Attractive garden like a green oasis. Martien and his staff were friendly and helpful and our room comfortable with some nice decorative touches.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled
Christopher Y wrote a review Jan 2018
12 contributions2 helpful votes
We had the most wonderful time here. We only stayed a week but many of the guests are returning and staying for a month or two. All the staff are lovely. The whole place spotless. Can't fault it. Great location 50m from the beach, very close but peaceful.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled
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IndiaKeralaThiruvananthapuram DistrictKovalam
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maharaju Palace
Which popular attractions are close to Maharaju Palace?
Nearby attractions include Vizhinjam Lighthouse (0.2 km), Lighthouse Beach (0.3 km), and Kovalam Beach (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Maharaju Palace?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Maharaju Palace?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Maharaju Palace?
Conveniently located restaurants include Anithas Bistro & Cafe, ABC Cafe & Restaurant, and Hindustani Pure Vegetarian Restaurant.
Does Maharaju Palace have airport transportation?
Yes, Maharaju Palace offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Maharaju Palace located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Kovalam.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maharaju Palace?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Maharaju Palace?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Kanakakunnu Palace (15.4 km).