The famous Chamayavilakku is a unique festival which is held at the Kottankulangara Sree Devi Temple, Chavara near Kollam, Kerala where thousands of men irrespective of their religious faith dressed up as women offered prayers to the Goddess Bhagavathy. During my visit to this festival i was very much concerned about a good place to stay and also to dress up as female and follow the temple rituals. When I called the Home stay for the first time itself they were very supportive. As I was a first time visitor for Chamayavillaku Festival I was not much aware about how the festival is going to happen. My decision to stay at Tata Caro was a best decision. The homesaty have all the facilities and for two days i lived in this Home stay as a real female as part of the temple ritual. They had provided me all the necessary help and even since there was a small fitting issue with one of costume they arranged a tailor and helped me out in solving the issue. It was very safe here. If i had booked an hotel room i would have never got these facilities and privacy. The travel from Homestay to temple in a female costume which is almost 8km away was another great experience. This was an unforgettable experience in my life. The vegetarian food they provided to me during the festival was also very delicious. I can very well recommend this place for the participants of Kollam Chamayavilakku Festival.
Special thanks to the property owner Rita for providing all the support and care. Your support was a great help for me as I was a first time participant for Chamayavilakku Festival.
I stayed at this homestay on my own in March. The room is quite big and clean and has all the main facilities, although for that price I was at least expecting a wifi connection.
I paid for breakfast and dinner which were both very tasty. The lady really put an effort in preparing the meals and I can't say I ever starved!
Generally speaking I can't complain but I think the room is a bit expensive, considering there isn't much to do in the area, I only stayed overnight there because I had to catch the ferry for Allepey the next morning.
I do recommend contacting the homestay in advance as I wasn't able to find any contact number, plus there is no plate with name of homestay in front of the house, so even the local people aren't able to help you finding the property. It was a nightmare and I ended up paying 300 rupees to the rickshaw driver which was very disappointing.
Stayed one night at Tata Caro Homestay in the standard room. Driver had a real problem finding the place so better call for directions straight away. Sita is a friendly and talkative person.
The room was very spacious with a large bed and a bathroom with a bath - all clean. There is not hot water in this option and had no wi-fi.
You can order food, we had a breakfast which costs, but it was very tasty, all homemade and ingredients came from the owner's garden.
Arrived in Kollam for one night as part of our trip down the coast ending at Varkala. Greeted by Sita on our arrival and made to feel very welcome. Nice room with A/C and attached shower room; sink is in a communal area which was fine to use but may become a problem if you're sharing with another couple/family. Dinner was delicious, one of the best meals we had on our trip! However it would've been good to know the price of the meals before we arrived; we paid Rs 750 for breakfast and dinner per person which was fine to pay but took us by surprise having paid Rs 250 per person for dinner at another homestay.
We weren't overly impressed with Kollam and the beach was in need of some attention; a religious festival had taken place a couple of days before leaving a lot of rubbish scattered all over the beach.
Overall the homestay was very pleasant, we slept very well as it's very quiet at night and Sita is a very accommodating host.
Stayed here with a bunch of friends for one night. The rooms are large and spacious and five of us could easily fit into one room. It's a quaint little house surrounded by banana and coconut trees and surrounded by similar residences. An ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The rooms and the bathroom were spic and span, there was nothing more that we could have asked for!