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Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Stayed a couple of nights here.
Food included in price - and it was fantastic. Kurian the owner always on hand with tips/advice and help plus a good sense of humour. Spent time in the kitchen with his wife Anni who does all the food - got some great cooking tips from her!
Rooms are basic but hot water plentiful- great value for money.
Secluded beach at bottom of stairs going down cliff.
Beautiful views of sunset. Easy to walk through quiet lanes to massive empty Thottada beach.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank amjudge
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The accommodation is very simple - not all rooms had air conditioning or functioning A/C, and there were a few ants in the small, simple bathroom. Indian breakfast and dinner was around a 12 seat table with Mr. Kurian and staff serving serving ample portions on traditional banana leaf "plates". Mr. Kurian knows all the activities (Theyyam rituals,weaving and spice factories); how long it will take and the best times to go. It was very hot and humid here at the end of Feb. so we went a couple of times down the not very well-defined, path to the beautiful, almost deserted beach about 12-15 walk away. Waves weren't too big, but it was good for body surfing.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank harry w
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

I went to Costa Malabari for a weeklong program, and was so lucky to be able to stay with the great staff. The location is a former weaving shop, and very traditional. The accommodations are simple (don't expect high end here) but very nice. What really sets it over the top is the service. The food was incredible, and Kurian and his staff are so nice and accommodating. He made all the arrangements for any travel, including to a Theyyam ceremony, which he explained to us so we knew what we were going to observe. He even got my garments hemmed when we came back from the weaving cooperative.

The location is about a 7 minute walk to the lovely Thottada Beach.

If you are going to stay in the Kannur area, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stay!

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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1  Thank kenmattsson
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Just back from Costa Malabari Guest House. Kurian is a pioneer - he was the first one to open a guest house in this wild, authentic, preserved environment. It is simple, not luxury. Beds are comfortable, rooms with a fan or AC. The rooms all surrind the living/dining room. The food is authentic keralan food, and this is something that is becoming very hard to find. Wifi - Kurian will help you for trains and excursions to weawing factories and THEYAM ceremonies or massage. He is a knowledgable man, his staff has class, discretion and a very unique aura. Again, it is simple but clean. If you want luxury, go somewhere else. But if you are looking for genuiness, uniqueness, authenticity. Beach is a few mn walk away, and the way to the beach is a little path in the palm trees forest.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank DeepanParis
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

People go to Kannur for two reasons- either the beach or to experience Theyyam. I go for the latter and have been there three times. The beach is deserted, peaceful and lovely. But if you come to experience the amazing Theyyam rituals, Costa Malabari is the place to be. It is located on a hill, just a short walk down to the beach. Kurian, the owner is a font of information about local customs and culture and where and when the Theyyam performances are held. He is the main reason I love to come here. The food is included in the price, as in all places in Kannur, because it is an isolated location and you cannot get anything on your own. The meals were delicious, often prepared by his wife and presented beautifully on a banana leaf.

Room tip: Stay in the main building which is a converted textile mill.
Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank jazzyfille
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