No, its nothing to do with Genesis, really. No creepy stuff or ghosts here. The home, I referred to is Palm Grove resort, in the sleepy town of Padubidri, overlooking a virgin beach is the perfect getaway for a city-weary person.
My dear husband, who belongs to the category who love staying in a ‘homestay, not a hotel’ took upon himself to enquire in every mom and pop shop to find this elusive place. So driving in the rain on the busy Mangalore Udupi road(NH 17), we were finally able to track this place, I think, through his sheer determination and a bit of luck; the contact number published on the website was out of order and a popular travel website agent informed us that the place had been ‘fully booked’.
From Mangalore, drive along the road, until after you reach Yermal. There’s a road off the main road just before a Cafe Coffee Day. This road meanders through some fishermen’s homes and runs right next to the beach. On the left opposite a beach shack, you will find the place. Ask the locals for directions in case you are lost. We did get lost and traced back our way to this place and were very glad to find it.
The ‘resort’ in its name seems a bit ambitious but its very convenient as a homestay. They are no frills and fancies. The rooms are large and bathrooms are clean and have hot water. I suspect the rooms are part of several homes around which a wall has been built and made into a resort.
The first thing you notice as you step out of the room is that there’s sand everywhere giving one the image of a cottage on the beach. The beach itself is just a few meters away so one can practically go barefoot to the sands, enjoy the sea and return to the room for a shower.
We just dumped our luggage in the room and did exactly that. The area is picture perfect. Calm, clean and pristine. The view is especially surreal in the early hours when the fishermen take their catamarans into the sea.
The only disadvantage of this place is that they dont prepare meals (except for breakfast which is simple and south indian).
Dinner is bought from a nearby hotel in Padubidri. So the quality of the food is dependent on the hotel they bring from. To be fair, the dinner was good but nothing beats the charm of having food prepared at the place.
The place is ideal for a group who have their own transport and visit places around the area and just spend the evenings by the beach or just want to chill out by the sea or trekkers who dont mind the walk from the main road to the place. Only, it gets really dark post six in the evening and the power goes often; the resort has a generator though they generally reserve it for the night.
Palm Grove Beach Resort
Location: Fisheries Road, Yermalbada, Udupi 574 119, Tel: 0820-257 7115
How to reach: By car/cab/private transport: On the Mangalore-Udupi Road(NH17), take left on fisheries road near Uchila, Yermal. Go on this road for about If you see a Cafe Coffee Day Yermal outlet on the highway, you have just missed the left turn.Go in this road for about 30 mins. The road meanders through fishermen’s homes and right next to the beach. The resort is on the left facing the beach.
By bus: Regular buses ply between Mangalore and Udupi. Padubidri is the nearest bus stop. From here one has to take a three wheeler or trek.
Rates: Rs 1500/- per couple per cottage. Of course holidays and New year eve’s, these rates increase.
In & Around: Udupi & Malpe are just half an hour from here. Malpe has a few jet skiing and boating option. Further up is Kundapur, Manipal and Maravanthe. The Suratkal beach is slightly rocky and a great place to watch the sunset.
Eat out: Udupi’s Mitra Samaja – a must for its delicious masala dose. Udupi: Woodlands and Diana’s – popular for lunch and dessert respectively. Mangalore is the place for those who love sea food. Of course being a veggie, I cant put a list of places that have the best fish curry meals (I was told by a mangalorean that eating fish is no different than idli!), so sorry.
Mangalore’s Ideals and Pabba’s – popular ice cream parlours.
My quirk: Eating maggi in the shacks just opposite to NITK