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The small town of Alleppey in southern India’s Kerala province is seriously limited in terms of accommodation, as almost all the visitors are here to jump straight onto one of the houseboats (see right) and explore the beautiful backwaters.

Overview But if you have a day or two to spend in the town, Royale Park is something of a godsend.

In terms of decor it might be quite generic, with basic, practical furnishings, but what it lacks in flair it more than makes up for in useful facilities.

Large, squeaky-clean rooms with air conditioning and hot showers are heavenly for anyone who’s been on the backpack trail too long, and the wi-fi is fast and free.

The gift shop sells – joy of joys – refrigerated chocolate. The staff is efficient and happy to help with any needs for your onward journey.

Wow factor
The downstairs restaurant is a little old and shabby-looking, but what’s going on in the kitchen is nothing short of spectacular.

Order a palak paneer curry (spinach and cottage cheese) with fresh lime soda and garlic naan bread – you won’t regret it.

: Certainly on the bland, uninteresting side but perfectly comfortable, and as the price isn’t much more than the nearby grubby hostels, it’s an absolute bargain.

Bill please
: Single rooms from £11pn.


Royale Park hotel review: Accommodation in Kerala, southern India
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