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Parippu - Aikkarachira Rd, Kumarakom 686015 India
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#1 of 25 in Kumarakom
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Rohit B wrote a review Apr 2022
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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
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Saskia K wrote a review Jan 2022
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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
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Jaydesai wrote a review Feb 2020
Bengaluru, India4 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are looking for a serene, calm and beautiful place to stay in/around Kottayam, this is it! Scenic, very well kept facility, homely food & service, good approachability from the town, all the amenities to make you comfortable, and above all, hosts Mrs & Mr Xavier's warm hospitality will make you wish to stay here for more. You really can't think of anything else you needed for a perfect vacation stay ☺️
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Responded 1 Mar 2020
Dear Jaydesai, Thank you 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
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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
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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
5 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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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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Juliette wrote a review Jan 2020
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The family property and hospitality calls for serenity and relaxation, of all 5 senses: observe the nature, listen to animals' various sounds, taste delicious homemade food (thanks again!!), smell the plants/flowers and afternoon tea, walk or cycle around... I very much enjoyed my time there, hope to have the chance to be back one day, and can only recommend it to anyone wishing to discover this beautiful region!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Dear Juliette Coin, Thanks for the feed back! 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, Canada43 contributions3 helpful votes
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
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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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Sahil Thakkar wrote a review Jan 2020
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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
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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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Anil Mugadur wrote a review Dec 2019
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I want to take this opportunity and thank Mr Joseph and every one of Backwater Heritage, Kumarakom.for making this experience as amazing. The food you arranged for us met and exceeded all our expectations. Our family had a GREAT and MEANINGFUL time at Backwater Heritage, Kumarakom. It was a very special and wonderful trip. We will recommend Mr Joseph for all my friends without hesitation. Thank you Mr Joseph so much for the great experience. regards Anil Mugadur.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from backwaterheritage, Owner at Backwater Heritage Homestay
Responded 2 Jan 2020
Dear Mr. Anil Mugadur, Thanks for the feed back. Best regards, Xavier Joseph, Ph:91-4812516375 Mob:91-9745286358 Mail at: mxavierkutty@yahoo.com
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Dieter & Susie wrote a review Dec 2019
Marrakech, Morocco12 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 nights beginning of November with a close friend. The location in this quiet village is very relaxing, directly at a river arm with a nice garden. The host Xavier with his wife and staff were making us feel very comfortable and provided excellent food and hospitality. Xavier came to inquire regularly what our plans are and assisted with tips and small excursions. We did some exploration of the vast river system and finished our stay with a one day houseboat trip. We can recommend this lovely Homestay to anyone seeking tranquillity and mixing with the locals. Thanks again to Xavier & family for making us feel so welcome. Dieter & Susie
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Date of stay: November 2019
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$26 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaKottayam DistrictKumarakom
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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), Bay Island Driftwood Museum (5.4 km), and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (6.2 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 The Waterside, Third Place, and Thali Restaurant.
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.