A little slice of heaven that hasn’t been exposed to many tourists is just 10km north of Alleppey – Marari beach. We heard no other backpackers talk of the place but were recommended it by a couple we met. We booked ourselves two nights at the loveliest place we’ve stayed yet! Umapathi Homestay. Umapathi being the owner along with his lovely welcoming family took us in, cooked us delicious food, traditional Indian breakfast included in the Rs 1,250 price of the room, and for Rs 150 each we got dinner. We stayed in our own little villa that was super clean and equipped with very new and modern facilities. There are only two villas so book in advance.
Just a 5 minute walk you reach the beautiful, clean and relatively quiet beach. Here you don’t get hassled by locals wanting to thread your legs or selling you cheap jewellery. Just a few beach shack restaurants and some beds with umbrellas. The sea was like a bath, but quite rough. Two days relaxation was just what we needed!
Our homestay family also took us along to the local temple festival one evening, not really knowing anything about it we were lucky to catch it only being held annually. It was packed, with bangers going off in all directions, flames, religious parades and the holy enormous elephant with tusks! A great experience if you visit Marari this time of the year.