Backwater Heritage Homestay

Backwater Heritage Homestay

Parippu - Aikkarachira Rd Aymanam, Kottayam Dist., Kottayam 686015 India
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#1 of 1 guest house in Parippu
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Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Canoeing
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Family rooms
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Sahil Thakkar wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Number of nights: 1
Traveling as: Couple
Location:
The homestay is in Pulikuttissery, far from anything. You wont find any hotel/restaurant etc in walkable distance. It is far from any hustle-bustle , so very quiet and relaxing, along a canal. You will have to call for an auto (walk 15-20min) who will charge ~INR 400 to reach the bird sanctuary/boat jetty.
Food:
Food served was very homely and tasty at nominal price. Food will take some time, as you would expect at your home. You can ask for veg/non-veg variety. We loved the vegetable stew with appam in breakfast and chicken in coconut gravy.
Hospitality:
Mr Xavier Joseph was very hospitable and his wife was very sweet to ask her whatever we might need. Their help is a very old man who doesnt know Hindi or English. You might end up feeling sad for him.
Cleanliness:
The rooms and the property is kept clean. There is are mosquitoes, so do carry some odomos cream/spray. All out was available in the room.
Other amenities:
Their are not many amenities in the property. There are 2 swings, and seating area for chill and have meals. Rooms are basic and have ACs.
Bottom line
If you want to relax in a peaceful authentic homestay, far from city/touristy places, BHH is the place to go.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 3 Jan 2020
Dear Mr. Sahil, Thanks for the review Best regards, Xavier Joseph, Ph:91-4812516375 Mob:91-9745286358 mail at:mxavierkutty@yahoo.com
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Shannon V wrote a review Jan 2020
Sointula, Canada38 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My only complaint is we only had 1 night at this beautiful retreat. It is located in a beautiful rural area. In fact the book "God of Small Things" was written about this area and the author is from there or lives there as well! I would suggest planning to just eat and relax at this retreat as the food is delicious! There are lots of places to relax (swing beds and tables and chairs under fans) and read a book or watch the backwaters go by. We were given tea and snacks in the afternoon and a delicious dinner which was reasonable priced (400 INR/person) and consisted of multiple dishes. I would go back to Kerala just to stay here again!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 10 Jan 2020
Dear Shannon, Thanks for the review! Best regards, Xavier Joseph, Ph:91-4812516375, Mob:91-9745286358 Mail at:mxavierkutty@yahoo.com
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Carly Fee wrote a review Feb 2020
19 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I have travelled the world staying in every type of accommodation imaginable- and never have we experienced such warm, generous hospitality, such utterly beautiful food or such breathtakingly stunning surroundings! Mr and Mrs Xavier Joseph could not have made us more welcome into their beautiful home and their friendly, quiet village, helping us arrange trips and excursions, answering our many questions about local life and plying us with beautiful, authentic Keralan cuisine (as spicy as we wanted it!) day and night- as well as fresh water, tea and coffee and snacks. I actually cried when we had to leave this place! The surroundings are idyllic. During the course of our stay we took four very long walks all around the surrounding area (rice fields, canals and waterways, little streets and communities) and in that whole time did not see one single other tourist- we were absolutely able to experience 'real' rural Backwaters life and it was absolutely magical. If you want peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, the warmest of welcomes and the greatest food you will ever taste then this is the place for you! From the bottom of our hearts, heartfelt thanks to Mr and Mrs Xavier Joseph from my husband and I for giving us an experience we will NEVER, ever forget:) Carly and Simon Fee, United Kingdom
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Dear Carly & Simon, Thanks for the review!!! Best regards, Xavier Joseph, Ph:91-4812516375 Mob:91-9745286358 Mail at:mxavierkutty@yahoo.com
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sjp wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I and my friends with family chose this place for our long waiting reunion after many years. Some of my friends were doubtful about how was the stay going to be. But all the doubt has gone away once we arrived there. The location is really beautiful with a river flowing next to the house and a spacious nice front yard. We got a warm welcome from owner Mr Joseph and he always came to enquire about if we all feel comfortable and any help we need. We really enjoyed the homely food his wife made for us. It was really delicious. We had really a great night and highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to host family or friends reunion.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Hi friends, Thanks for the review! Regards, Xavier Joseph Mob:91-9745286358
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Saskia K wrote a review Jan 2022
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The homestay is run by the lovely Xavier Joseph and his wife, a trustworthy, warm and kind couple. The food both veg and non-veg is very tasteful and healthy. I loved the dishes with all the different vegetables. The tropical green environment is beautiful, do go for a (gondola) boating or kayak trip. Perfect place to recharge and enjoy village life and nature.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jojy O wrote a review Sept 2023
1 contribution
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great place for individuals and families to spend a quiet and comfortable few days, away from the usual fast-paced daily life. Located in a serene and beautiful small town in Kerala, with hosts Mr. Xavier Joseph and his wife Lovely showering attention (and unbelievably good food) on you day and night ! I loved it so much that I have been staying here on my visits over the last many years, even though my family insists I stay with them. If you are on a working vacation, as I am often, the good WiFi connection and homemade food makes it a great option. I even get a call before arrival asking what food I want and always ask for traditional Kerala dishes. Absolutely wonderful experience! For those into literature, Booker Prize winner Arundhati (Suzanna) Roy spent most of her childhood here, and the book The God of Small Things is about life around this small town.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: From Cochin, esp. at night, taxi drivers find it hard to locate the small town and the house....
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Giri68 wrote a review Aug 2022
Yorba Linda, California14 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the location, to the hospitality, ethnic food and nearby activities we could not have asked for more. We spent 3 nights as a family and was the perfect break we needed. Mr and Mrs Joseph went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. The property was beautiful, well maintained, clean and relaxing. The food was excellent and made us want for more. Our young daughters, having been raised abroad felt at home and enjoyed the time spent there. For those who want to explore the backwaters there is a local outfit that offers kayaking trips located at a walking distance. It's a 2 hour drive to Kochi if one wants to explore the city and it's historic sites. Overall it was a break we will remember for a while. One will not go wrong if you decide to stay here. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Daydream16130327167 wrote a review Oct 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Backwater Heritage Homestay in Kerala, India is a great place! Clean air, scenic river, gracious owner, and unique, delicious food. A must-visit for everybody! The place itself is located near a water body and it is a place that is very relaxing. I feel that a few days stay will make you want to stay there forever!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rohit B wrote a review Apr 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed with the family of Xavier , which has a very good homestay
1. Best home food
2. Very nice garden where we just spent day relaxing
3. Went out fishing in his garden pond.

Most important Xavier and his family tries their best to help in whatever way they can.

Thanks again.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Robert Y wrote a review Nov 2023
10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very nice and peaceful home stay, staff were very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent and good value for money. The rooms are basic but clean and tidy with air con. It sits on a river and offers canoe rides.well worth the money. We would certainly go back.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from backwaterheritage
Kumarakom, India1 contribution
The house boat available only in the lake, 12k.m. distance from here. You can avail any hour for a day cruise, which costs Rs1200/- per hour.
Amrita2302 asked a question Sept 2017
New York City, New York17 contributions1 helpful vote
We are coming for to stay here for our second anniversary. Can the hotel do something to make it special?
Answer from backwaterheritage
Kumarakom, India1 contribution
Yes, we can make your second anniversary special . You can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, motor boat or house boat cruise.
angel_gem asked a question Aug 2016
Pune, India
Is it pet allowed?
Answer from John R
Arundel, United Kingdom110 contributions41 helpful votes
I don't think so, but email the owner to find out for sure,
Raj M asked a question Sept 2015
Coimbatore, India18 contributions34 helpful votes
May I know the tariff?
Answer from backwaterheritage
Kumarakom, India1 contribution
The tariff is only Rs 2200 for an a/c room in c.p.a.i. till 15th dec. then it will be Rs3000/- till 15th Jan.
Jojy O wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"From Cochin, esp. at night, taxi drivers find it hard to locate the small town and the house. Make a detailed note on directions."
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Anil Mugadur wrote a tip Dec 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"over all very good"
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Tim H wrote a tip Jan 2018
New Delhi, India33 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are good."
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brad4dpower wrote a tip Mar 2017
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room with AC for added comfort"
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Len A wrote a tip Jan 2017
20 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms are of excellent quality"
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PRICE RANGE
₹2,256 - ₹2,841 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaKollam DistrictKottayamParippu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Backwater Heritage Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Vembanad Lake (7.8 km), Illikkal Kallu (4.6 km), and Bay Island Driftwood Museum (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lime Tree, The Waterside, and Third Place.
Does Backwater Heritage Homestay have airport transportation?
Yes, Backwater Heritage Homestay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Backwater Heritage Homestay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Backwater Heritage Homestay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Is Backwater Heritage Homestay accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.