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Pooppallys Heritage Home
Ranked #27 of 70 Hotels in Alappuzha
Reviewed 10 June 2012

This heritage home was built 114 years ago by Joseph's grandfather, and Joseph has run this as a homestay for more than 20 years following his retirement - and pioneered the homestay concept in the backwaters. Joseph is such a warm host, and together with Lisa (his daughter, who topped her class with a Masters in Food Science and an excellent cook) and granddaughter, Achsah (very well groomed and a most delightful hostess) made our stay extremely pleasant and comfortable. Their home is situated on the banks of one of the main canals about 10 kms from Alleppey. If you do plan a trip to Alleppey town center, I highly recommend taking the leisurely public ferry (at least for one way, takes just over an hour) and costs all of Rs7 (vs Rs 200 in a tuk-tuk, 15 min ride).

The house is located at an idyllic spot on the banks of one of the rivers, with the property extending to his rice fields (which provide for our meals) - we wake up each morning to the songs of the birds, the beautiful river views, and clothes beaten against stone as the women start their day with the morning laundry.

What we loved: Joseph's tour of his spice garden, the excellent food cooked with organic fruit and vegetables from their garden (beware -- you have to fight off Joseph and Lisa as they keep piling on food on your plate... and it is so difficult to resist!), the wonderful hospitality (they obviously enjoy hosting guests in their home, and go out of their way to ensure our every need is taken care of), enjoying Joseph's stories over breakfast and dinner, sampling Joseph's homebrew: nutmeg wine, the motorboat tour of the rivers and canals with Anthony, and the peaceful walk along the riverbank.

We visited just before the monsoon came, and it was stifling hot with very little breeze; and there are giant mozzies, which I fed well. Do arm yourself with mosquito repellant - it worked very well in keeping them at bay!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

My husband and I and a friend of ours arrived very late in the evening by car from the Cochin aiport (arranged by Mrs Paul). She contacted the driver to find out if we wanted something to eat on arrival. At 10.30 pm she welcomed us and served a very good soup.

We stayed at Pooppallys for three nights. It was a very relaxing and comfortable stay. In the mornings, before breakfast, we were sitting on the veranda looking at the sunrise over the canal.

At Mrs Paul's advice, we took a three hour ride with a motorboat which is able to enter the small canals, which the big boats cannot do. It was very interesting to see life on the banks of the canals. A couple of times we took a took a tuctuc to the beach.

Mrs Paul and her mother in law are wonderful people and perfect hosts. We can highly recommend their homestay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

We booked 2 nights after a backwater tour; and it was perfect. The family is so very nice, and helpful, the location is beautiful, with a grand view on a river. And they cook so very good! We have loved staying with them: walking the riverside and the rice paddy, doing a personal water taxi tour. Our best trip was doing a visit to the Alleppey Beach and seeing the sun going down. The room we've stayed in was large and simple. A/C works only during night, which is normal in this area. When we asked for a juice they made a freshly made pineapple one, straight from the garden. It was the place where I relaxed most: sitting on the high bench, looking out on the river, watching the boats go by.

Room Tip: we had a good large room, but it had no name. Looking from the riverside left
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

My husband and I stayed with Josef and Cecily for a few days in December.
The house is full of history and stories which Joseph was happy to recount.
The food was fabulous with many dishes coming straight from the garden, including a wonderful green papaya dish :-) and an unusual nutmeg wine. Highly Recommended for those not on a diet!
The house sits right on the waterways and the garden is a great place to sit and watch the boats passing by. Look out for the newspaper delivery in the am :-)
Josef organised a fantastic boat trip with Anthony - who showed us lots of the smaller waterways, pointing out lots interesting facts that we would have missed on a larger boat and a multitude of wildlife including the water snakes and many birds.
The house itself is in a quiet location, so if you are looking for lots to do, this is not the place for you...but for a place to unwind and enjoy the peace and beauty of the area this really is the place to visit.
Don't expect 5 star - all mod cons, expect simple and beautiful.
Perfect - we will be back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights over the December 2011 Christmas/New Year period. Josef and his son were very friendly and kind hosts. They provided genuine home cooked meals and were happy to help in making arrangements for us. The location of their property is ideal, sitting directly on the river. We had a relaxing and memorable time. That said, the accommodation is of a basic standard. The bathrooms in particular are very basic, particularly given the price of the rooms. Pooppallys offers a great experience, however, it could be much better with a basic upgrade of the guest rooms.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pooppallys Heritage Home

Address: Ponga P.O, Alappuzha 688512, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range: ₹ 4,500 - ₹ 5,000 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Pooppallys Heritage Home Alappuzha
Pooppallys Heritage Home Hotel
Pooppallys Heritage Home Kerala/Alappuzha

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