|Mascot Beach Resort, Kerala
Well...the resort in the first place was not advertised so well so all kudos to IRS to help me find this getaway when I was searching for a 3 days trip in this long weekend which came, thanks to independence day and Janmastami!
Canannore (Mascot beach resort) is 400 km away but it takes a hell of a lot of time to reach due to the Ghat section; if you take the Virajpet route, god save you as the entire Ghat section was broken with damaged roads and rains made it further worse.
Anyway, we took off from Bangalore at 1500 hrs and finally reached the resort at 1am; so we had to skip our dinner as well, as there wasn't any place to stop over and eat.
The resort reception though, was quite warm and took the minimal time for us to log in!
The resort is slightly elevated on a cliff and gives a wonderful view of the rough Arabian sea especially if you manage to get a sea facing room which gives an awesome view of the sea, the crashing waters on the rock and the light house just 0.5 km away!
But the resort should not be called 'beach resort’; instead should be called 'Mascot Sea view hotel ‘as it’s not on the beach....for that matter, there aren't any resorts or hotels in Canannore which are on the beach. So people who are expecting a 5 minute walk to the sea through the sandy beach from their hotel/resort room would be disappointed!!
The beach is 0.7 km from the resort and is a bad one, though the sea gives some good fun in its shallow waters!
The beach has not been kept properly by the authority (which ever) which is maintaining it and is a dirty stretch. To damage the ambiance further, you would find the locals who would come and drool at you and your family (read women) in a dirty way...it will immediately drive you away from the beach area!
The Location: It’s a good one to unwind...don’t expect much in terms of fun as compared to a typical beach resort as you are not staying on one!
Sight seeing: There is a poorly maintained snake farm which also houses a few other animals in a very unhealthy living condition. The light house is good experience and is open between 3-5 pm. It gives you a great view from the top provided you can climb the final stretch which is about 150 steps. There is a vertical climb of 15 feet which can be quite a task for kids and ladies but if you can manage it, you will get a great view of the ocean and the entire Canannore town.
St.Angelo’s fort: A good site to visit some old ruins, though the tourism dept has not been so generous to tell anywhere as to who was st.Angelo and what is the history and importance of the fort to Canannore town! Nevertheless, it was worth a trip (4.5 km from the resort) with some picturesque old structures and chapels.
The resort is a good property though they can take some more effort to keep it in a better shape, especially the building exteriors. I saw some work going on near the pool which gives me the feeling that there is some development work going on in some cottages. Talking about the pool, it was good but could have used some more cleaning and some pool chairs to accommodate more people.
The food quality was good but availability of food from the menu card was bad – that is, most of the dishes that we wanted to have, weren’t available! We also had to manage with the standard Punjabi dishes that we eat regularly (chicken tikka and so forth) as there was nothing available in terms of Malabar or Kerala dish! Even fish were missing and so were crabs….I was told that since it is a Sunday there is no fish around as Keralites prefer chicken more than fish on a Sunday!!
All in all it was worth an unwinding trip though it’s not recommended for a repeat visit unlike few other places.