Jiji and Jishi offered us a lovely welcome to this home stay south of Allapuzha (Alleppey). This was the highlight of our India visit, a quiet and relaxing oasis alongside a wide waterway. You can sit out and watch India passing by, people fishing with sticks and line, and houseboats chugging by in numbers. Next to the home stay is a dry dock for houseboats where people are repairing boats.
The local town in Ambalapuzha is a small place with a railway station and a few restaurants and a place called Coral where you can drink or buy beer, a rare bonus in Kerala.
We went for short local walks along the waterways and Jiji organised us a great 3 hour boat trip in a motorised canoe. We enjoyed the rest of our time sitting out watching the world go by.
The room was clean and the food, prepared by Jishi and Benny, was excellent, probably the best we had. Breakfasts were good and other meals were charged for at 250/350 rupees lunch/dinner. Lunches were generally veggie.
We had 3 nights here, not really long enough. We will be back!
This is the second time I have stayed here, the first being 8 years ago. The pleasing thing is that it hasn't changed in the interim and the welcome from Jiji and his wife is still very warm. Jiji's wife made some wonderful local food and was very happy for some of us to join her in the kitchen for an ad-hoc cookery lesson. The room are simple, but comfortable and the wonderful garden and relaxing riverside views make this a wonderful place to stay.
What a magical place to enjoy the Kerala Backwaters from the balcony outside your room? Clean, simple yet very comfortable room and really good home cooking. In particular the coconut pancakes for breakfast were delicious!
The host family are both genteel and engaging striking a perfect balance of hospitality and your own space. A beautiful, colourful garden offering plenty of areas for shade from the baking sun and a wonderful hammock next to the river must be enjoyed.
A gorgeous location right on the river, what a treat to wake up and watch the sunrise in this peaceful location. A great place to write and relax and watch the houseboats go by. Delicious home cooked Keralan food. Just the right amount of attention from your host Mr Jiji and his wife, and good clean room, gorgeous garden and delightful neighborhood strolls to local villages easy to find with Mr. Jiji's map. Would have liked to stay longer here. ... perhaps next year I'll return for the Krishna temple festival!
The drawcard of this homestay is its excellent position so close to the river. This is what you want the experience of Alleppey to be all about. From the small porch of the cottage I stayed in I watched the life of the river roll by from the houseboat processions in the early morning to the regular ferrying of people on canoes throughout the day. It is extremely relaxing to sit all day long watching the river and enjoying the pretty garden with all its tropical flowers and plants. The owner is very helpful and organised a boat trip for my husband and I. We asked him at the last minute and he quickly organised a trip on a simple non-motorised boat. We meandered along the main river for 5 hours and enjoyed a lovely sunset. There are not many small canals up this end so if you want to experience the smaller canals (which I have done and which are really lovely) it would be better to organise something at Alleppey.
The food is incredibly good and there is a huge variety of dishes each night from chicken fry to fish and prawn fry to vegetable curries, dahls, chappatis. Plenty of Kingfisher beer available too.
The room we had (cottage) was basic overall and for the price paid seemed a little steep. The meals as well were quite a bit more expensive than we were used to paying at other homestays in Kerala. The final bill was quite a bit steeper than we were expecting.
Overall, however, this was a very enjoyable place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat on the water.