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Reviewed 13 February 2019

We enjoyed our two-night stay at the Ayesha Manzil. As other reviews indicate, this homestay is quirky, interesting and gives a good insight into the historic past of colonial Thalessary. Mr Moosa was away attending a family wedding, so it was left to Mrs Moosa and Alan, the house guide to welcome us.
The welcome was genuine and warm but it is fair to say we were a little overwhelmed by the list of ‘optional’ tours that the house provides whilst we drank our welcome lime soda drink at the house. Be ready to ask for some time to contemplate what you want to do in the time available to you.
The interior of the house is dark with huge wooden furniture dating from the time the house was home to British tea-traders. The rooms are large with once-grand bathrooms (down tiled steps – be warned). In our room two single beds had been pushed together, both draped with mosquito netting. It had good AC and a ceiling fan. The Bakelite electric controls reveal a time gone by!
Alan stepped up in the absence of Mr Moosa. His tour of the fish and vegetable market before breakfast was an experience not to be missed if you want to experience real India. Alan also arranged for us to attend the Hindu Theyyam festival in a local village. Wow, what a treat. We were warmly welcomed by the villagers and the whole experience was unforgettable. Alan had arranged for a very reasonably priced private taxi to take us to the village and Alan was our expert to explain what was taking place.
Another first for us was the Tuk Tuk trip to purchase local spices and teas from a reputable supplier in the city. The Tuk Tuk then took us onto a wonderful deserted beach for a swim in the Arabian Sea. Again, the incredibly cheap fee (for the TUK Tuk) was agreed in advance. If you have limited opportunity to experience a Tuk Tuk trip in a bustling city, take this opportunity. It will live long in the memory.
The evening meals at the house were prepared by Mrs Moosa. If you enjoy a reasonably priced Indian Lager with your meal (or a more expensive bottle of wine), just ask, the house is happy to provide them.

Date of stay: January 2019
1  Thank andyleeder
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our tour of Kerala. We were late arriving due to the train delays but we received a warm welcome.The accommodation is quirky as described in others reviews but we had a spacious bedroom,dressing area and bathroom.All of the staff were helpful and the food was delicious. Alan the house guide gave us a full itinerary of the local area and this was really helpful meaning we saw much more than we could have arranged ourselves.He also helped my friend locate suitable shops.
We decided against using the pool but enjoyed sitting beside it.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank jenny c
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

We stayed 2 nights with Moosa, Faiza and their staff. Moosa took us to the market in the morning and Faiza made us dinner with what we bought. The house itself is an old Indian Bungalow with huge rooms. Their guide Alan took us to a village dance festival which was amazing.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Angela G
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We had a 2 night stay at this wonderful home stay. It was a great experience from the wonderful welcome to visiting the markets to buy the fish, vegetables and fresh spices for our dinner which was cooked as part of a cooking lesson with Faiza who is so knowledgable about Malabar coast food. Mr Moosa was a fantastic host from whom we learned so much about North Kerala. We were also lucky to experience the annual Theyyam festival whilst we were there. We would strongly recommend staying there.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank grahamc572
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Massive rooms in a beautiful old mansion. Moosa and Faiza take great care to ensure that your stay soaks up the local culture and the home cooked food was fabulous. The morning trip to the fish and vegetable stalls was incredible and you are allowed to request what you want to eat for lunch and dinner.

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank Ian T
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