Travancore Palace Cherthala - Review

After contemplating how a homestay can offer a better view and value for Money than Ramada and Lake Palace Resort, we began our journey back to Kochi. If you are heading back from Allepey to anywhere north of Kerala, in our case, Kochi, you will pass through Cherthala, but before you touch the town, just 10 km before, on NH 47, you will find the gorgeous Travancore Palace on the left with plenty of parking space.  

What looks like a Tharavad, the traditional Kerala style architecture with courtyards inside the property, is a traditional Kerala themed hotel with the restaurant to the right. The tables are arranged around the courtyard with Wall Paintings capturing the quintessential Kerala Woman with the Namaste expression. The open courtyard gives an authentic feel, and we took the table close to the courtyard. 

We ordered non-vegetarian Thali, an Indian buffet that consisted of a generous serving of rice, Papadam, Sambar, Moru (Yogurt Drink), Lemon Pickle, Kaya Thoran (Plantain), Bitter Gourd Theeyal, Aviyal (Assorted Vegetables), Fish curry, and Ada Pradhaman (Sweet Rice Flake). To add a few more variety of meat to our plate, we ordered beef roast and prawn masala. After a 15-minute wait, the inviting smell of the assorted dishes, took our attention away from the beautiful architecture to the diversity of the dishes. 

Aviyal, made with plenty of vegetables and garnished with coconut oil, stood out among the dishes. Contrary to our expectations, Bitter Guard Theeyal gave a bittersweet taste; the Chef had balanced the bitter scale of the dish with a pinch of Jaggery. The Kaya Thoran was not overcooked with each piece intact. The fish curry was made with ground coconut paste, complimented well with the serving of rice. The Moru was made in a traditional way with ginger, shallots, and green chili. The masala of the beef roast was good, but the meat was undercooked and felt chewy. The prawn masala was cooked in coconut paste with Kudampuli (Malabar tamarind). The prawn was tender and retaining all its flavors. Ada Pradhaman, a mix of Palada Strips and Jaggery with coconut milk, was cooked perfectly and served as a Dessert for our lunch. 

 

Served Hot: 
Yes
Flavor: 
Medium
Fresh: 
Yes
Speed: 
3/5
Hygiene: 
4/5
Courtesy: 
3/5
Parking: 
Yes
Located: 
Highway
Facility: 
3-Star
Value for Money: 
Yes
Ambience: 
Quiet
AC: 
No
Family Room: 
No
Wash Room: 
Yes
Rest Room: 
Yes
Final Verdict: 

Served in a heritage hotel with an authentic Kerala Vibe, the tasty 2-person Thali with a generous serving and two additional non-vegetarian dishes, all for Rs. 635 was a value for money outing for us. 

Address: 
Hotel Travancore Palace
CMC XVII - N.H 47 Cherthala P.O
688524 Alappuzha , KL
India
IN
Cuisines: 
Indian