Raheem Residency, a resort located at an undeveloped beach near Alleppey, was originally built by an Englishman in 1868. It was the home of the Raheem family, well-known Kerala merchants, for about a century until 2003 when it was bought by an Indo-European family who restored it in a classical, Indian style.
Located in the heart of the slithering backwaters of Kerala, Alleppey or Alappuzha is often termed the “Venice of the East”. The town is among the oldest planned towns in India and is famous for its several backwater canals, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons. Alleppey is iconic for its houseboats cruises in the backwaters and attracts thousands of visitors each year. With the Laccadive Sea on its west Alleppey is blessed with an abundance of natural flora and fauna and the backwaters and the wetlands make it rich in marine life and resident and migratory avi fauna. Alleppey is also a cultural hub in Kerala since the early Sangam Era (3rd Century BC – 4th Century AD) and was a stronghold of the Chera Kingdom and had trade relations with the Greek and Romans. Alleppey was also one of the spots where St. Thomas the Apostle built the ChurchesMore
This 10-room boutique heritage hotel has a Main House, formerly the Raheem family’s residence which has 6 high-ceilinged en-suite AC bedrooms, an airy Main Hall with original glass fanlights and window shutters, all furnished with antiques from Kerala. Begum’s Nook is the biggest room in the house and afforded special privacy being tucked away in its own tiny courtyard. And not too far beyond there’s the refurbished marriage hall, now three Deluxe rooms each with its own private balcony.
Chakara (meaning Plentiful Catch of Fish), a rooftop restaurant with views of the Arabian Sea, will carefully re-create the great traditional and healthy dishes of Kerala including Alleppey Fish Curry, Seer Fish Mollie in a coconut milk sauce, Masala Prawns, Kerala Chicken Curry and a plethora of other tasty delights.