Over 3 months travelling South India as a family Vijeesh's place was one of the very best stays in a totally wonderful trip. Vijneesh is a fantastic host and his manner totally genuine; everyone staying really enjoyed his company and he seems to love having guests. He made our whole stay wonderful and we took advantage of all he offered and made available over the 4 days we spent at this beautiful spot. We loved it, he gave so much and his simple homestay is totally marvellous.
A very enjoyable stay at this special place. Very nice home cooked meals and clean, comfortable en-suite rooms. Exploring the river in a canoe was a wonderful experience. Our host, Vijeesh, was very helpful and an exceptionally nice man.
We consciously avoided going to Alleppy to see the backwaters, it just seemed too crowded and too packaged. This place is very, very different. The rooms are simple but perfectly adequate, there was a continual change of guests all of whom were great and chatty and happily travelling a little bit off the beaten-track to do something different, the food is good but not outstanding ......... but what makes this place special is the vibe and Vikeesh who runs the place. There are paddle boards, bikes you can use, water-refits, Vikeesh is tuned into what was going on locally and very happy to take anyone that was interested out to see a festival, concert or event in the evening - just a lovely guy and very amusing. They consciously do not use motorised boats to minimise the noise and pollution so all the trips are is canoes - this lets you get up into very small Backwaters and sail quietly through the middle of a village. The sunset and sunrise tours are R600 a head but last for over 3 hours and are just great with the sunrise tour being the better one (if you have to choose). It is quite difficult to pre book stuff and my advice is - don’t try. Just go and you will get fitted in somehow and the people staying were great. What makes this place special is not that the rooms are great or the food was excellent but it is a bit off the beaten track, is run by a unique character, is integrated into the local village system and is - so far - fairly undiscovered.…
Stayed here for one night but definitely could have stayed longer! Really nice accommodation. Vijeesh is such a good guy & so helpful. The food his mum cooks at the homestay is incredible! I would definitely recommend the sunrise canoe through the stunning backwaters. I'll 100% stay here again when I visit Munroe Island!
We had a fantastic time at vijeesh’s- very relaxed atmosphere, nice big clean room, cosy friendly atmosphere. his mum is the best cook in india and his dad is super friendly! We rented kayaks to explore the river by ourselves and also went on a sunrise canoe trip with Vijeesh.. it was beautiful. Thanks Vijeesh for a really enjoyable time! 100% recommended.