2 lovely days in Lalit Bekal

Located near the Kalanad River in Bakel, Kerala, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bakel is a luxurious property with gardens and lagoons, They have rooms boasting of balconies with lagoon, garden or river views, whirlpool tubs, minifridges, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs as well as tea and coffeemakers. This is an account of my trip to the Lalit, Bakel.

I met them – Kathakali artist Sukumaran and his companion – in (what I thought) was the unlikeliest of places – in one of the corridors of The Lalit, Bakel – a luxury five star resort in Kasargod, Kerala. They were getting ready for a brief performance in front of some visiting foreigners.

I was in The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal to spend a couple of days immersed in luxury and some peace and quiet (and celebrate our (wifey’s and my) birthdays while we were at it). Located on the banks of river Nombili, the resort has around 38 suites that come with a private jacuzzi in every suite. It also offers many activities including fishing, kayaking and cycling.

A view of the safe, under-4 ft. swimming pool in the resort

The walking trail in the resort

A fisherman going about his day in river Nombili

Fishing rods and kayaks waiting for guests

The resort has adopted a white and green theme for it’s garden

The resort has lovely resting spots like this along it’s walking trail – ideal for lazy days with a lovely book

The serene river Nombili with a view of the beach accessible from the resort

Sonny boy found his spot

Local fisherwomen picking prawns from the river. The river is only 5ft deep around here, making kayaking really safe even for people who don’t know swimming.

Kayaking was fun!

The river had a lot of these – jelly fish!

The morning breakfast buffet had some really scrumptious food.

Back to Kathakali artist Sukumaran and his companion. The elaborate makeup session went on for close to 3 hours. So while they were getting ready for their performance, I sat around chatting with Sukumaran’s companion, clicking pictures of the process. I couldn’t help but feel pity for these artists who put in so much of effort sincerely for so many hours just for a frivolous 20 minute session. But then again, maybe it is these sessions that are helping such artists and traditional art forms survive. I asked Sukumaran’s companion how much they would get paid for this session, and he said: “I don’t know. We don’t ask for money—we just accept what they give.”

Leaving you with some photos I took of the makeup session.

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