Nalla Eco Beach Resort, Pondicherry
Alamarathu St,Chinnakalapet, Pondicherry, Puducherry 605014
Ranked 57 amongst 456 hotels in Pondicherry
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Nalla beach resort is adjustment to the sea and the environment around is very pleasant. Lot of greenery around and with huge open space you feel luxury all around. It is a huge resort with multiple room options and price too is very reasonable. Bathrooms are very neat, solid wooden bed and premium mattresses, nice interiors and good view of the serene made room look/feel class. No balconies... :( Outside the room they have constructed a huge sea view area with many chairs to sit and relax this is fantastic to watch sunset and sunrise. Dining area is also huge and well organised. On the second day of my stay I found a huge gathering and they had occupied the entire resort. It felt like the place was overcrowded and lack privacy. Staffs were friendly though took some time to check in, they were commutative and helped us to enjoy the place. when I booked the room I had asked for beach facing rooms, unfortunately I could not. Rooms were maintained very well and room service was also good. we went for breakfast early morning however the food arrived very late and it was very frustrating after a long beach walk to sit empty stomach waiting for food...dosa came much after that. We were waiting for the food from 7:30 AM but buffet started at around 9:00AM. Buffet breakfast and dinner were good, however I am a vegetarian and I found difficult to each deep fried food/snacks as it was smelling fish... :( . Since fish is a common food in coastal area they must maintain separate oils. Road to the resort is very good but narrow. Resort is situated outside Pondy city hence no much traffic and it is close to few of the attractions.Huge parking area also helps you to avoid any inconvenience. Hotel provides all basic amenities like soap, towel, shampoo, toothpaste etc so you need not have to worry about it. Ask for a sea facing room that gives you good feel. plan your food timings and inform them in advance to avoid living empty stomach for hours. Carry some bread so that morning you will have trouble waiting for breakfast.
After many promises to my child of going to Pondicherry and then cancelling due to various reasons, finally got to go to Pondi on March 30th 2014. We drove to Pondi in our alto and the roads are still not good and is being developed. So you will definitely take a good 8 hour to reach Pondi from Bangalore . I don't go over 80 kmph and keep an average of 50 kmph when traveling with kids, and the roads to Pondi is such that you will get an average of 40kmph. Travel to Pondicherry On the way to Pondicherry from Bangalore is Annamalaiyar Tirukovil, the temple there is fascinating and as we were running late, didn't stop to go in. But if you ever would go that way, you should spend time there. You would pass by Gingee which has breath taking forts and you are allowed to climb up to the top where there is the palace. There are many forts and these would take a day to explore, we thought we would climb up on the way back but didn't happen as we were late and access to the top is closed at 5.00pm. There are not much standard hotels in Gingee else we would have stayed overnight. About the resort The resort is near the university on the ECR (east coast road) and if you ask for the university you will be directed easily. If you ask for Nalla beach resort you may draw blanks as there are a string of beach resorts on the ECR. I had used a travel site to book this hotel and I had got a deal and paid only Rs. 2500 per day for 4 people in a room. My wife, two kids aged 12 and 3 years and I. We didn't opt for additional bed and luckily the two beds in the hotel were good enough for all of us. Although there was some negative reviews, may be from people who paid more because they didn't search the internet for deals, we decided to take up Nalla beach resort as the intention was to spend time on the beach and in the sea. The room we booked was not a sea view one, the hotel has some sea view rooms for those who choose to pay more and those rooms had a good view of the sea and the rising sun. For us, I was content with watching the sun rise from the hotel terrace which is covered shaded and fun. Although I could cram a sea view from my side window in my room, coming out to the terrace was a better option and a wider view. The place had a garden and a stone paved courtyard, the reception was a open tiled building and good for lazing around as there was sea breeze all the time. There is a large lawn for the kids to play around and a small gate that would take you to the beach. (which we didn't know until the second day ) Like all Mallus with a mustache, I looked for the bar in the resort and found a quite one and I was most of the time, the only one in the bar and had to call the bartender to serve me. The prices were expensive (when you expect liquor to be cheap in Pondicherry) but compared to Bangalore bars it was like buy one get one free, the bar had a pink vodka which I took a fascination to and always stuck to that. Food was ordered from the restaurant and as they had a really busy day at the kitchen due to some party going on the lawns,(they rent out the space for parties), they told me that the food may be late as the kitchen was really busy, since I was in no mood to go out to get food, I agreed to be served late and after two call backs, got the food in the room. The prawn curry was delicious and different from the way we cook, that got good appreciation from the family. They did have a nice room and the AC was working, there is an LCD TV in the room with most of the Tamil channels and yes there is sony and star. Most importantly there is an English news channel available. Yes of course we didn't go to Pondicherry to watch sony or star but since elections were close, it was fun watching politicians mudslinging on news hour. The bathroom was great and clean with sample sized soap shampoo etc and towels. No one uses hotel towels however pristine they look, we had got our own towels with us. Ah yes! If you have the habit of reading a newspaper in the toilet better get your one as for the whole stretch of ECR , I could not get an English newspaper. The lobby didn't have anything and when I asked for some reading material, I was given some activity sheets intended for kids. Not much for me to do with it in the toilet but the kids had fun joining the dots and trying Sudoku. The lobby however on the next morning gave me a tourist guide and I multi tasked in the toilet, planning the days trip. The days in Pondicherry The first day, we went out early in the morning and took the car to find out a road that would lead us to the beach, found the road, parked and walked to the beach and enjoyed watching fishermen draw in their nets. We went into the water and waded our time away. As mentioned in some travel reviews, the water had jelly fish (beautiful ones to watch, until a fisherman told us that they may sting) That didn't deter us from being in the water, As god’s creatures should co- exist, the jelly fish didn't sting, may be because it wanted to coexist peacefully or may be because we screamed and ran out of the water every time we saw one (jelly fish don't come after you on to the sands). We watched fishermen draw their nets and the kids had fun picking up the small fish they threw away. There were also jelly fish in the catch and the kids had a close examination of them, one group of fishermen were lucky to have a catch of squids and another a good catch of mackerel, one group was so unlucky to get just a handful of sardine looking fish and few mackerel, and you pity those people who slogged 2 hours to get a bag of mackerel, they were looking upset but took it in their stride and consoled each other by saying that tomorrow will be a good day. Hope they had a good catch the next day. One of the fisher men offered to take us out to the sea in his boat for Rs 1000, as it sounded adventurous we jumped at the offer, but retracted next day when we thought about safety. I had my kids with me. So the parent in me overcame the adventurer in me. Pondicherry has many places to visit, heard that paradise beach is clean and beautiful but we didn't go there as we thought it would be crowded. So all we did was visit Auroville and we didn't go inside the meditating point but took photographs in front of it (the museum, the rock beach and some places around that.) Chunambar boat house was popular I believe, as everyone I asked about where to go suggested that, we didn't opt to go as we were from Cochin and boating doesn't fascinate us. But the meal we enjoyed was at a local hotel named Annapoorna somewhere in Pondicherry found when we were driving aimlessly. Assuming this to be the popular vegetarian Annapoorna in tamilnadu, we went in and was pleasantly surprised to find non vegetarian food. Like crab meat, prawn curry, fish and all tasted good and was less than 100 bucks each serving. So all we did in Pondicherry was spend mornings and evenings in the beach and squeeze in visits to Auroville, rock beach, museum and while waiting for the museum to open spent time in the park nearby the museum. Coming back to Bangalore While travelling back we stopped at Gingee fort and unfortunately it was too late to climb up to the fort. But if you ever plan a trip to Pondi, this is a must see if you like history and forts. Reminiscence of Pondicherry I carried back a strong need to redo the vodka cocktail at home and found a pink sparkling cocktail in Auchen supermarket and magic moments vodka unflavored. I mix these to go back in to Pondicherry and after about three servings and I could hear the waves of the beaches of Pondicherry. Am planning to do Chennai in August. My child hood was in Chennai and it would be great to be seeing Chennai. If all goes on my getting my leaves part then Chennai! itha nan varukiren. Will post a write up after that. Till then au revoir. Do take Pondicherry as a destination for a lazy vacation, we had a good lazy blissful vacation. Do look for deals on the internet. Am sure you would find a happy one too.
The hotel was located outskirt the city and the bus stand or railway station was not close by it. Since we travelled in our own vehicle, we did not face any inconvenient to reach the hotel. There is a Pondicherry University near to the hotel. The staff were good but their service is not up to the mark. The hotel had less staff strength so they feel difficulty to serve if more visitors walks-in. There was no delay in check-in and check-out process. The hotel appearance was good looking. I pre-booked the room so there was no issues while check-in and check-out. The room was spacious, neat and clean and the beach view from the room is awesome. The required amenities and pillows, blankets were maintained perfect. The food from the hotel was in good taste available with many varieties but due to service delay, expected taste was not available. However, the cost of the food was reasonable. There were no activities or sightseeing trip organised by the management. The overall money spent in this hotel was worth. I can recommend this hotel to others. It was a friendly trip for entertainment.
Overall a very pleasant stay. If your looking for a laidback holiday in Pondicherry, then this is the place. The beach is just a hop away and the staff are attentive. The resort is also located on the ECR and is a 20 minute drive from Pondicherry town. If your driving down to Pondi, this clearly beats the more expensive in-city locations like Annamalai. If u don\'t have your car, travelling to and fro to Pondy town may be a bit expensive.
I had visited this hotel with my family for personal trip. The destination of the hotel was excellent. The location of the hotel was excellent. The hotel was located nearby the beach. The appearance of the hotel was excellent. The check in and checkout was done on time at the hotel. The room was spacious and clean at the hotel. The variety of food was available at the hotel. The activity was available at the hotel. I had booked the room by online. The food quality and quantity was very good at the hotel. All the amenities were in working condition. The garden facility was not available at the hotel.
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