juSTa Turtlebay On Sea, Maravanthe
Ranked 1 of 4 hotels in Maravanthe
Kanchgodu, Kundapur Taluk, Trasi, Karnataka 576274
Phone Number +91-8254-265422 www.turtlebayeco.com
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A rustic little hamlet set on the shores of the Marwanthe Beach, Turtle Bay is a must visit for the avid water babes. The resort, with its gravelly ocean sand and tatched roof cottages, has a quaint \'fishing village\' feel to it. It is fun for those who like to rough it out forgoing their creature comforts. Basic and functional, the resort has 13 rooms of various types - a/c, deluxe rooms, double rooms - which are all very basic and functional. Although we stayed in an a/c room, in retrospect, we should have opted for a deluxe room which faces the sea and offers an amazing view of the beach. But our room was clean and I was particularly delighed to discover a sparkling clean bathroom and toilet. As much as I love travelling, my greatest nightmares on the road are strange, dirty bathrooms. :-) There were no restaurants in the resort and one could eat whereever one fancied. There was a rough dining area of sorts close to the beach which had stone benches in a semi circular form. But the food was delicious especially the sea food. The dals and the Indian breads were also nice but not a patch on the sea food preparations. There are no words to describe the open air dinners at Turtle Bay...the candles in their crude bisleri bottle holders, the roar of the sea crashing on the shore, the gentle breeze in your hair, the delicious masala prawns washed down with chilled beer....it is an amazing experience..... The sea is just a few second walk from the resort and it more than makes up for the any dissapointments the resort offers by way of luxuries. We spent hours in the sea, wading and then sunning ourselves on the barnacle covered rocks. One has the option of indulging in a number of water activities like snorkelling and boat rides, but we were content to wallow in the azure waters and bask in the sun. We were told that the resort owes its name to the ridley turtles which come ashore during a particular season. That would be some sight. We probably would come some time to have a dekho at it...
\'Liesure Holiday Beach Resort\' - term can be well understood after one visit to this place.( I noticed some persons who have an overall different view on holidays might get dissapointed coming here). You have a beautiful Rustic set up here however the most important issues the bed and toilet are not compromised . The whole place is tidy & spread out offering you a wide range of accomodation to choose provided you are in the for beach resort holiday.The staff here are very warm and friendly and are not obtrusive and leave you alone when you want them to. The food here is good but do not get hung up on the \'Sea side- so seafood concept\' as I found the other dishes and vegetarian food good. Sadly they do not have a bar but are not rigid on you having your drink . I travelled to Kundapur from Bangalore by Sleeper bus from there it is 12 Kms ( Auto Rs 120/-) to the resort . Turtle Bay provide you all that is mentioned on the web site but you have to inform them in advance. I was more on a liesure visit so time was spent mostly lazing around -of course any one going there must do the Boat Cruise to the Light house Island which the charge is 1000/- (which if there are 8 persons it can be shared) so opted for the backwater cruise which can be negotiated directly with the boatman, he is flexible , if you go one Km away to the Trasi Junction - Marwanthe Beach you can find him there . The backwater ride is done in the Souparnika River Okay nothing to write about. Staying in a heavenly surroundings make you want to live longer so to ask God for this I made a trip to the Kollur Mookambika temple 35 Kms away. Trust me it is not difficult be adventurous take the Auto ( Rs 375/-) and do go there in the afternoons after 3.30 as there is no crowd- the whole journey and darshan was done in two hours.Makes you feel good and also makes the elders in the house happy that when you mention that you went on not just a holiday but a pilgrimage. Do get up in the mornings as the view and sea is best at that time- the beach is quite safe and the rocks a little away break the waves giving it a calmers effect. Do visit this place if possible during the full moon as you have a good lasting memory of both the setting sun and a setting moon.
Overall a very good resort, we got the ocean facing cottage, quiet beach, not too many people when we went in September, but could not have any activities, since it was off-season and waves were very intense sometimes with frequent rainfall . Food was good and reasonable, you have a menu to choose, ordering should be 45 minutes earlier. There are only about 15 cottages. We had taken a nona/c cottage, bathroom and room itself was pretty clean.Staff generaly courteous, helpful and friendly (especially Mohan) Resort is about 2kms from Trasi. So you need to take an auto to get to resort if you dont own private vehicle. Autos are not bad. From Trasi, you get several buses to Kundapur, so you can go to udupi and Mangalore. You can also get several buses to Murudeshwar if you want to go opposite direction from kundapur.
I have heard and read so many review about this place that I had some imagination about the place and it was nothing close to it, so I decided to write a review that should take you close to reality Firstly, its not in Updupi, its about 55km from Udupi, and around 8 Km from a place called Kundapura Now, lets start with road to reach this place. I will talk about road from Udupi to resort only, road is fairly good, its a NH and process of widening it is also going on, so somewhere you will get 4 lanes and somewhere you will get 2 lanes, but they will not trouble you. The only thing which might be disappointing will be last. 5km which is a village road, a narrow one. Trust me. 5km won't make much difference How resort looks ?. Its a restricted place, so concrete structures are not allowed. Almost entirely the resort is built with red stone kind of structure which you will see in most of pictures. I felt its not that well maintained, or they kept it like that to give you feel of village but long grass here and there pretty bad and garden should have been maintained much better. I felt for long time they had not even looked at garden Rooms, generally when you talk about resort these days you expect outside it will be hut but inside the bed and bathroom will be luxurious. The bed they provided was too basic, these day if you book a room for 1000 Rs you will get that bed. What you get in room, an old wooden wardrobe. You will get a very basic bathroom with just one Rs. 5 medimix soap. To me they said A/C isn't working so I had to manage with just a fan having said all this, what you will like. Its a pretty isolated place, so calm and serene. The moment you enter the resort you will hear the sound of waves The best part is, you have beach right in front of you always. Its like a private beach, the count of people playing in the beach will be 10 at max any point of time in the day and all of them would be from your resort only. Since, less number of people, so its very clean, you can have fun with your family/friends all the time Food, the complementary breakfast was very good, you have choices, bread toast, idly, Vada, sambar, puri-sabzi, and corn flakes, along with tea/coffee. One good thing, they keep a container of tea/coffee at reception as early as 7. 15 AM, so if you are lover of morning tea like me, you can enjoy the morning tea with a difference by having it while sitting at beach. They have a small menu, and for veggies that gets even smaller. But whatever I ordered out of that I liked it. So, I appreciate the food quality and taste. Avoid ice cream but eat Gulab jamun. I ordered lime soda and it was fantastic they always discourage room service. Also, I would recommend having food in dinning area which is a open wooden shed and hardly 100mts from beach, so again can hear sound of beach Forgot to mention they don't have a inter-com. Anytime you need something you have to look around for a staff member. Amenities, nothing and absolutely nothing. They have boating etc but all paid. Bathroom and room, though are very basic but clean. I strongly believe that they should reduce the price. I stayed with my wife, so if the private beach feeling wasn't there I would have rated it 1 star in all the categories except food. Recommendation, if as a group you are going, for a mixed gender group, very much fun but for only guys not so much.
When good things just happen to come your way unplanned and unexpected, you merely thank your stars and savour them. That is what happened when one late evening, we decided to halt for a night at Kundapur’s ‘Turtle Bay Beach Resort’. Ambience – Set against red soil, the small, tiled rustic duplex earthy red cottages are beautifully juxtaposed with the intermittent green palm-groves. The outdoor dining and seating areas have stone benches and natural tree trunk tables. The hammocks let you laze away to the background symphony of the sea and wind. The resort arranges scuba diving and snorkeling for adventure-lovers. Trips to back waters and Coral island can also be booked on an advance notice of one week. For the more sedate visitors, there is also a yoga and meditation room and special massages that relax. The interior colour scheme of the cottages also merges with the rustic surrounding of the resort. There is no hot water facility in the toilet/wash room but you can get a hot water bucket on request. The verandah outside the room can be a good sitting area. It also checks the beach sand from coming directly into the cottage. Food – We were served our dinner under the cool canopy of starlit sky. While the fish preparation was very good, the alu parathas just passed the grade. No drinks are served or allowed in the resort. Weary and tired after a day-long drive we retired to our cottage. Comfortable beds, clean linen, and a soothing lullaby of the waves soon transported us to the dream world. The view - The call of the sea attracted us to the beach early morning the next day. Many fishermen in their fishing boats were getting ready to go to the sea. There are a few rocks in the sea from where one can have good photographs. From the beach as I looked towards the resort side I saw a mesmerizing sunrise. The Sun as it emerged from behind palms was the biggest I have ever seen. On return, we enjoyed perfectly brewed coffee. The surprise part of our stay followed next. The owner of the resort Mrs. Shanti took us around the hotel to see one day old baby turtles. The whole area was protected by fishing net. There was a separate three-fold net enclosure that housed the turtle eggs. From here the newborns are immediately taken to their larger enclosure where they are kept and looked after till they are old enough to be returned to the sea.
juSTa Turtlebay On Sea is ranked #1 among the 4 hotels in Maravanthe with an average rating of 5.0 out of 7. It is one of the among 3-star Resorts in Maravanthe. It is part of the "JustA" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 33 photos and 104 text reviews. it is rated top for its Location, Destination and Appearance.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,500 per night. The hotel offer 44 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (44%) and Couple (27%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 66% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 23% have rated the ambience as hypnotic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
juSTa Turtlebay On Sea is located at Trasi . Padukone (3 Kms) is the most popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Restaurant, Room Service and Parking Facility. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
HolidayIQ Traveller Abinash Nayak from Bangalore shares, “The best thing about this resort is its location, located outside of Udupi on the way to Murudeshwar. It has a private beach of its own which provides you very good view and time of you Read More
One of the most unique surf spots in Maravanthe is Ten Thousand Peaks . The beach is stretched across 6 kms creating all sorts of wave possibilities. HolidayIQ Traveller Praveen Np from Bangalore shares, “Marvanthe is around 500kms from b Read More
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