Our room was on the 2nd floor. Very clean, airy and sufficiently-spaced for my wife and me. The view from the back-window was beautiful on that rainy day. The creepy
vines of black pepper on the trees behind the hotel gave a pinging for the past. We were there to ascend the St.Thomas Kurisumala(mount of the holy cross), for the annual ritual on the eve of the New Sunday(1st Sunday after easter).Mr Pauly quickly checked us in on the 2nd of Apr '16, and advised to have lunch soon before the restaurant was closed. In the evening we set out from the hotel to the base of St. Thomas Kurisumala. It was approx 1.5 km away from the MR Hotel which is at Chumminy jn;almost equally distanced from St. Thomas church and the base of St. Thomas Kurisumala. We returned to the hotel at 10 pm and had our dinner at the restaurant.
Next day, after finishing our complimentary b/fast, attended the holy Eucharist at the
St. Thomas church. After lunch from the hotel restaurant, we checked out at noon.
Mr. Pauly suggested us to visit Kappirikkadu Elephant taming camp and Botanical garden on the way to Paniyeli Poru. Paniyeli Poru on the boulders of Periyar river
is simply, if I borrow a phrase from Mr. George Bush Junior during the Gulf war,
is " shock and awe" (shocking and awesome). We found a large number of North Indian tourists lying in the pooled-cool-water, who came to visit the nearby Kalady
We had a great time in Malayattoor: The stay in the M/R Hotel, the food,and the visit to nearby tourist sites. Mr. Pauly is a young, bubbly, dynamic, very courteous person with how-can-I-help-you-attitude.An allrounder. The restaurant-hands Hisham and Anto are eager to please your palate with their Karimeen Pollichathu(Pearl Spot b-b-q'ed) Ayala Porichathu (Mackerel fry). In short, we had a great stay in the hotel. Of course, they don't have "Shark-fin soups", but they have Karimeens and such Kerala specialities, cooked to order.
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