Last year we went on an extensive ten day trip down south, detailed itinerary here.

It was probably a few days before the scheduled departure that we decided to stay at Kovalam instead of Trivandrum. Though the distance between the two is only 14kms, the sea facing Kovalam has better views.

he decision also lead us to be left with no accommodation at all.

But Vedanta Wake Up came to our rescue.

Located at hardly a two minutes walk from the lighthouse beach, Vedanta Wake Up is one of the first backpacking hotels in India.

The car dropped us almost two hundred metres away from the hotel. Reason being the road that leads up to the hotel is a narrow strip running between lush green fields. Believe me we did not complain!

The manager of the hotel was already waiting for us at the beginning of that strip and quickly arranged for our bags to be picked. It was thereon that we reached the hotel, took about an hour’s rest and then headed out on to the beach for some dinner and beer. The sea that met us was picturesque, more on that later.

What worked?

Free Wi-fi
A common recreation space with board games and couches
A sprawling bathroom with a huge bath tub in it
Huge room area with best in class fittings
Friendly staff
Optimum Location: Proximity to the beach & Tranquil surroundings
Though we stayed in rooms, it had a lovely hostel setup as well

What didn’t work?

No restaurant inside the hotel space
Yes, that’s it 😀

Overall review

Rating: 3.5/5
Value for money:4/5
Recommended for: Families and backpackers alike

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