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“The Kerala Tharavad experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olappamanna Mana

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Olappamanna Mana
Ranked #1 of 2 Vellinezhi B&B and Inns
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Kerala Tharavad experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

I stayed there during our honeymoon for two days. The stay there was a totally different experience.There is kundipuzha near by where u can take bath in morning.its truly a unique experience. The kalamezhuttum pattum conducted was also a nice experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SharathChandran
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

As a European Indologist and linguist, I had the privilege to stay at Olappamanna Mana together with my colleague Professor Christophe Vielle from Louvain (Belgium) who had discovered the address through a laudatory report in a Kerala magazine a while ago. It was a true highlight of our 2-week-long expedition through Kerala, looking for traces of the German Jesuit Johann Ernest Hanxleden (1681-1732) who is known in South India as Arnos Padiri.
Between watching a movie being shot on the premises, the (almost) untouched natural setting, the brahmanical mana of the 17th-18th century and its amazing library, the tantric religious ceremony with the creation and destruction of a mandala image of the Goddess, the excellent vegetarian meals offered by our hosts, the insightful conversations on the porch, among other things about the old caturanga game… all these impressions are deeply buried in my memory.
On a more mundane level: excellent value for your money, and absolute calm if that is needed e.g. for a writing project or meditation.
Jean-Claude MULLER, First Government Councillor at the Luxembourg Prime Minister's Office and former Director of the National Library of Luxembourg

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MULLER J
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London, England
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in mid-January. As other reviewers have said, this is a magical and very special place, with the very best of hospitality. If you are looking for modern hotel amenitied, look elsewhere. But if what you want is tranquility, comfortable accommodation, excellent food and a sense of life in a 300 year old household - this is for you. It is warmly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Brief
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Bangalore
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

As mentioned in our previous post-Oct 2011, we took our son
who is visiting us from California to Olapmanna Mana during
the Christmas Holidays. Again, needless to say, right
from the start till the end we were treated like family during
our entire stay. Mr. Damodaran , the host and his wife Mrs. Sreedevi
run this place with great zeal and commitment. They are truly warm
and friendly family with lots of grace always. The Keralite Vegetarian
Food was just outside this world. We being vegetarians are amazed
at the variety and novelty of Mrs. Sreedevi’s cooking.
The ancestral buildings in the property give a true picture
of the glory of bygone days.
The aura and tranquility of the place is something pleasantly
different from regular tourist Spots. The rich cultural and
religious heritage of this place is amazing.
Mr. Damodaran is very knowledegable about the area and
always willing to offer tips for day trips.
The whole experience was fabulous. We are sure that we will be visiting
this place again with our other friends and family in the near future.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hellositara
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Bengaluru, India
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

It is hard to describe how wonderful this place really is since it is so full of surprises. Getting to watch a beautiful and intricate Hindu ritual at the family home, swimming in the pristine river, a sunset hike and long conversations about Gandhi and India's history...these were all things that we had not expected but which made the time truly wonderful. The hosts are quite incredible and the history of this family provides a unique and rare window into the recent history of India itself. The meals were really the best I have had in India. The only complaint being that we were seriously overfed :)! This place is truly a must. We were particularly touched by how warmly they provided for and welcomed our driver, as this is an important thing for us.

Room Tip: The rooms are all just beautiful. One has an old swing bed!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Christie C
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Additional Information about Olappamanna Mana

Property: Olappamanna Mana
Address: Main Road, Vellinezhi 679504, India
Region: India > Kerala > Vellinezhi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Vellinezhi
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,057 - ₹ 8,057
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olappamanna Mana is a 300year old home. It has unique architectureIt contributed to the development of the most popular form of Kathakali. It also gave birth to a lot of literary people, vedic scholars and snaskrit scholars.Finally it is a well known Cultural Center in Kerala ... more   less 
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Olappamanna Mana Vellinezhi, Kerala

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