Arakal Heritage is situated just outside Marari North Village, 16km north of Alappuzha and 70km south of Cochin International Air Port.
Nestled between the backwaters and the beach, our accommodation comprises 6 double room cottages, all air-conditioned and with solar hot water facility.
We have a swimming pool that has a seperate section for children also to swim safely.
Our gardens are filled with fruit trees, herbal plants, banana plants, pineapple plants, and trees like Chicku(Sapota), Mango, Jamba, Jack fruit, Bread Fruit, Cocoa, Cashew and different types of Garcinia (Kudam puli) etc,.
I am the proprietor of Arakal Heritage. Since 1999 I have been working hard to established Arakal Heritage as the destination of choice for the discerning traveller who wishes to experience the real Kerala.
I am in charge of the general functioning of Arakal Heritage and its associated land maintenance and farming. I also look after security and the travel requirements of our guests.
My wife Mini is an expert cook and Sujok Therapist.
Mini is responsible for overseeing our menus and also provide cooking lessons for those who wish. She is in charge of our Kitchen.
Our children Tom 22 and Davis 17 stay with us in the nearby family home next to Arakal Heritage.
Over 300 years ago, at a time when merchant ships sailing from Europe visited the Malabar Coast in search of rich trade in spices, our family set up our home in this beautiful part of South West India. And, to this day, we remain proud of the fact that travellers from around the world seek out Arakal Heritage in search of the rich beauty and serenity of Kerala.
We belong to an aristocratic Catholic family, which over the years has produced many distinguished local chiefs and community leaders.
My Grand father Mr Jacob Arakal distinguished himself as a lawyer, judge and community leader. After returning from the Travancore Judicial Service as a District Judge, he entered the banking business and was the chairman of a Seasiya Midland Bank, Alleppey.
My father Mr. Thomas Arakal had an early encounter with the field of Sound Engineering, studied in Bombay St. Xaviers College, which was still in its infancy in rural India at the time. However because he was an only son, he had to return home in order to respect the wishes of his parents, thus abandoning a successful cinema career. Back home, he pursued a wide variety of interests and involved himself in local politics. He was elected as the President of the Local Panchayath (County).
My maternal grand father Capt. Dr. R.T Thomas (Ramapurath, Pala) served in the British Indian Army during World War I. During a distinguished army career he served with the army, as chief medical officer in Mesopotamia 1917.