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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Spent the New Year's at Gitanjali Heritage. If you are looking to stay off the radar, this is the best place. This heritage home is away from the hustle and bustle of traffic, and it is the perfect place to spend a couple of peaceful days and visit the nearby places. The house is filled with nice curios and knick-knacks. The hosts Jeganathan and Latha, and their help Jasmitha are very friendly and will make you feel at home. The grandmother will definitely remind you of your own. And yeah, if you are a dog lover, there are the resident dogs Bobby and Ruby! Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included in the price.

Stayed: December 2017
Thank Malini B
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

If you wish to travel beyond the weather-beaten and well-trod tourist path of south and central Kerala, try Bekal in north Kerala. It has a mix of history, culture, mythology, ancient temples, old forts and battlements, pristine beaches and fabulous cuisine. And if you do go to Bekal, please stay at the Gitanjali Heritage. It's an experience worth remembering.

We travelled during January and were wondering where to stay. There is the usual chain of hotels in Bekal, many of which are excellent properties. However, we were intrigued by what Gitanjali Heritage was offering and opted for a home-stay alternative.

The hosts, Latha & C Jagannath, are a wonderful couple and exceedingly hospitable. They made our stay very, very memorable. It was our 25th wedding anniversary and they went out of their way to make it really wonderful. Mr Jagannath is a soft-spoken, knowledgeable person who is well integrated with the local community. If you need to understand the history, culture and sociology of the region, he's your man. In fact, he even took pains to drive us around to show us some of the old historical sites around the Bekal-Kasargod region.

The house is huge, spacious and comfortable. The rooms and the attached toilets are clean and functional. There is wifi, provided by Mr Jagannath. The icing is Ms Latha's cooking, which is out of this world; all meals are special.

I would highly recommend Gitanjali Heritage to anybody travelling to those parts.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
Thank ModernMarco
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

What we appreciated most was the introduction we were give to Hindu culture. We were taken to the local Hindu temple, to a wedding and to an incredible village Theyyam. Jagganarth, Latha and their son Arjun are more than happy to discuss their culture in all its aspects. On top of this we enjoyed a day on a houseboat and a massage. The rooms are slightly disappointing because they are internal, but this is made up for by the wonderful balcony which is the epitome of the heritage architecture. The food was lovely and they evening taught us to cook it

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
1  Thank JohnClareCambridge
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

In true Hindu spirit, Jagannath and Latha and Arjun were exceptionally generous with their time and efforts to make our stay truly memorable and interesting. A choice of rest or reading in the lovely indoor balcony or activities like our visit to the families land including our first sight of rubber, coffee, pepper and nutmeg growing in situ.
We also went to a local Theyam where we were treated like special guests and were offered tea and bananas at the organisers home and had Ayurvedic massages. What more could you ask for. Finally, Jagannath arranged for us to have a night on a houseboat!
Latha's food was wonderful - morning, noon and night.... We cannot thank them enough.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jackiemarc
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

My travelling companion and I purposefully chose a heritage homestay above the luxury resorts in Bekal, and I'm very glad we did. Jagannath and his wonderful family welcomed us into their gorgeous heritage home and designed a fascinating cultural programme for our weekend.

The house itself is very comfortable and clean, with great outdoor areas and plenty of space to spread out. It backs onto farmland, which makes for a nice morning stroll. Food was excellent (some of the best puttu, kadala curry and sambar I've had in Kerala) and company consistently engaging.

For what it is, this is exceptional value for money. I can highly recommend Gitanjali heritage to those looking for an authentic Kerala homestay experience in this less frequented part of the state.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with friends
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