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“A laid back and relaxing place by a river”

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The Pamba Heritage Villa
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had three nights here in Jan and slowed right down to match the laid back atmosphere. Right beside a lovely river and at the back of the villa, an excellent sunrise over the rice padi fields. It's about an 800 metre walk along the water to the small village of Nedemundi where there is a small market and you get the ferry to Alleppey town. Alleppey town wasn't worth the trip but you have to go there for changing foreign monies, and maybe if you need some shopping at the supermarket or to eat out. The home cooking at Pamba was very good. We had breakfast and lunch out on the grounds and dinner was served in a room in the old building. We recommend that Rajeev have a refrigerator out there for guests to have a cold drink in the evening, especially after a few hours in the houseboat! We had not and still have not heard any good reviews about staying the night on a houseboat, and found that three hours tootling around was enough. Much nicer to stay on the riverbank and watch the world go by, laying in a hammock. Rajeev was very amenable and personable and enjoyed talking to his guests and driving to some sightseeing spots.

Room Tip: Best to stay in the old building, but Rajeev said the bathrooms in the main house were more modern.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We were there during the new year peak period and were astonished at the overpriced houseboats. Fortunately we found the Pamba Heritage Villa which offers so much more. We had a lovely time chatting with the owner Rajeev who is very hospitable and kind. The food we chose to have was the local Kerala cuisine, and we were very pleased with our choice. It is always nice to taste something homecooked! Rajeev helped us to rent a boat for 3 hrs which was enough to explore the backwaters. Very relaxing and no need for a houseboat. We also had the chance to watch the Toddy (fermented coconut sap from the coconut flower stalk) harvesting and taste the Toddy as fresh as it gets. We would totally recommend this place as a great option to stay in the Kerala backwaters!
Just make sure you get clear instructions from Rajeev how to get to the villa. There is a secret vehicular entrance!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

My partner and I spent a wonderful night at Pamba Heritage Villa and enjoyed every minute. Rajeev was so friendly and helpful - he even drove to town so that our driver could follow him down the windy backroads to his place. We loved just relaxing in the garden watching the houseboats go by. His mother cooked us a fantastic dinner that night and breakfast in the garden was lovely. Rajeev kindly offered to take us into town to see some of the sights and helped us find the perfect gifts to bring home. He also arranged our houseboat with Evergreen Tours which was just amazing. I highly recommend that tour company - very professional, friendly and well-managed. It was a lovely couple of days. Perfect relaxation!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

I stayed at the Pamba Heritage Villa for one night during a 8-night tour of Kerala. This property is simply beautiful. I loved how I had to take a little canoe to first reach the place! And I was amazed at the grounds when the canoe first pulled up alongside the property. The house had been built by the owner's (Rajeev) great grandfather! The dark wood paneling in my room was lovely, and the open shower with views of the sky was incredible. After a relaxing lunch in the garden, I spent my afternoon there swaying in one of the many hammocks hanging from the palm trees and just watching the houseboats sail by on the river. It was easily among the most relaxing afternoons that I spent in India. The food was delicious and Rajeev made a point to make sure everything was to my satisfaction. The following day he took me on a tour of an ancient church and the shops nearby. Altogether I had a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

This place is clearly not for nightlife/partying or anyone looking for the typical bustling Indian city atmosphere - this is where you come afterwards to cool down!
It has been described in all sorts of detail already so I will list my very personal impressions:

Sitting in the garden and watching the day go by on the river easily beats hanging out at any of those fantastic pristine beaches around the world where you just keep staring out into a vast oceanic nothing as the occasional fisher, houseboat or passenger ferry only highlight the calm and peaceful village life around you - truly amazing.

Should it become too relaxing - which I doubt - a short ride on bus or ferry to busy Alleppey will have you back wishing for another few quiet days by the river;-)

Rajeev is the perfect host. Having spent 10+ abroad he has more than one perspective on life and can share lots of insights for those interested. The other positive side effect of it is that he has an understanding of let me call it "Westerners travelling" and how to apply that, with a result:

Everything works!

From airport transfer via in-room A/C and warm water in the open-air washrooms to easy and safe online payment.

The entire place is clean and tidy, all water is filtered and safe, the food is perfectly prepared and served in a lovingly caring manner - again, perfect.

We have decided to end all our future India travels with a couple of days at Rajeevs place be it Rajasthan or Himalayas, as it will make you leave India fully re-charged with of positive feelings - the only problem, it will make you want to come right back;-)

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kanjooparambil-Umbukadu, | Nedumudi Jetty, Alappuzha 688503, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 172 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range: ₹ 4,950 - ₹ 6,968 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pamba Heritage -a most perfect blend of old world charm and modern amenities. The antique wooden structures "Ara" and "Nilavara" which were originally used for storing grains have been restored for modern living.This is the home away from home, which is sandwiched between the silver cascading Pamba River on the western side, and emerald carpeted paddy fields on the eastern side. ... more   less 
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