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Halcyon Castle In Kovalam

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Sep - Feb
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Halcyon Castle In Kovalam

Halcyon Castle, Kovalam also referred to as the Kovalam Palace more often than not by the locals, is a castle converted into a deluxe hotel in Kovalam. One of the few attractions apart from the beaches in this quaint little beach town, Halcyon castle is an imposing structure with a very strong, colonial flavour to the architecture. The architecture is actually an interesting blend of traditional Kerala architecture mixed with the colonial style. Built all the way back in 1932 by M.R. Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, the consort of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai, Halcyon Castle was initially meant to be a summer retreat home for their family. After serving that purpose for a few decades, it was sold to the Kerala government in 1964 who promptly turned it into a luxury hotel. There was a dispute regarding Halcyon Castle when the Kerala Government tried to make it a heritage site but it eventually got sold to the Leela Group and now belongs to the Ravi Pillai Group. The dispute is still not completely resolved, however Halcyon Castle is still open for tourists to visit.


Though there is not much to do for tourists at Halcyon Castle it is an ideal place for those interested in interacting with the history and culture of this area. Another aspect is that it doesn’t take long to visit this attraction. Being fairly near and taking about an hour or so to see properly, Halcyon Castle is the ideal destination for tourists looking to spend an idle afternoon or morning while also learning about the area. The silent stone of Halcyon Castle is a reminder of another era, an ode to the royalties of the past and the influence on colonial rule over the nation, thus making it a very interesting visit.

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    It is a Good Trip with all arrangements as per earlier Discussion. Cab and Driver is very accommodating and Friendly. Stay at Winternote and Munnar Hill Station water falls.
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    Muthukumaran Natarajan

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    Muthukumaran's 8 days trip to Kovalam

    We have selected the hotels in main places by our self. Sight seeing places are also selected by us. Faced few difficulties and completed successfully It was told that only the main person identify will be asked in hotel ............but they asked all people identify and also we are group of 10 pe
    ople ........booked as 8 adults and 2 children. ..had an embarrassing experience. Driver was good but difficulties in halting the van as we required. ........there is no pre planning to check the route prior to travel......... In hotels I requested with dinner but offer given only with break fast.......... The tour manager was on call whenever required ...........other than few embarrassing situations and selection of hotel at kumarkom..........things are okay.
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    Delhi

    Rakesh's 4 days trip to Kovalam

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    e about local attractions. His support made our travel comfortable and stress-free. Accommodation: 1. Munnar (Munnar Queen): Our stay at the Munnar Queen was disappointing. The behavior of the hotel staff was unfriendly and unaccommodating, which overshadowed the beauty of the location. The lack of hospitality was a significant drawback. 2. Thekkady (Windnote Hotel): In contrast, our stay at the Windnote Hotel in Thekkady was excellent. The staff was welcoming, the rooms were clean, and the overall ambiance was pleasant. This made our stay in Thekkady very enjoyable. 3. Alleppey (Houseboat): The houseboat stay in Alleppey was unfortunately substandard. We were not provided with the premium boat rooms as promised. The rooms were not clean, and there was a very toxic smell emanating from the beds, which made the stay uncomfortable. 4. Kovalam (UDS Hotel): The stay at UDS Hotel in Kovalam was outstanding. The hotel offered luxurious accommodations, excellent service, and a beautiful beachfront location. It was the perfect way to conclude our trip. Overall Experience: Despite some inconsistencies, particularly with the accommodations in Munnar and Alleppey, the trip was well-organized. The transport and the support from our driver were significant positives. TravelTriangle and Trippro could greatly improve the travel experience by ensuring better standards of accommodation and staff behavior in all locations. Thanks to Aditya and Karishma. Rating: • Transport: ★★★★★ • The Munnar Queen: ★★☆☆☆ • Windnote Hotel, Thekkady: ★★★★☆ • Alleppey Houseboat: ★★☆☆☆ • UDS Hotel, Kovalam: ★★★★★ In summary, the trip had its memorable moments, especially in Thekkady and Kovalam. With some improvements in the selection of accommodations and staff training, particularly in Munnar and Alleppey, TravelTriangle and Trippro could provide a consistently enjoyable travel experience. *I suggestion to Trippro don’t recommend the munnar queen property to your future customers. ** for Alleppy recommend the customers to choose ultra-luxury boats as premium boats are old and toxic smell from beds. Kitchen also not hygienic.
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    What is the history of this castle?

    Halcyon Caste was built by M.R. Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran in the year 1932. The intention of constructing this palace was to offer a perfect
    summer retreat to Maharani Sethu Lekshmi Bai and family. The palace was sold by Valiya Koil Thampuran to the Kerala Government in 1964. After that it was converted into a luxurious hotel. The Indian Tourism Development Corporation was running this hotel but later they sold the palace to a private resort group. 

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    Halcyon Castle Palace is surrounded by green parks, which offers a
    warm and wonderful welcome to tourists. There are 16 rooms here, along with a plethora of amenities.

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