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“Memorable stay on the Kerala backwaters”

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Pooppallys Heritage Home
Ranked #23 of 70 Hotels in Alappuzha
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Our three night stay with Joseph and Cicely at their wonderful home was a highlight of our trip around Kerala. They are such lovely people and great hosts - we were so pleased we chose to stay with them.

The home stay is right on the edge of one of the backwaters so we were happy to spend some time just sitting in the shade of the trees, outside our room, watching the world (and houseboats) go by. We also took a few walks along the path at the side of the backwater, chatting to locals, watching them washing clothes, fishing or cooking and even having our photos taken with some teenage lads at their request. We were always made to feel so welcome as visitors.

Joseph sorted out a 3 hour boat trip for the two of us which was a great experience. It was a small boat so we were able to go on the narrower backwaters and see life going on, stopping for some chai at a local tearoom en route.

The house and gardens were the real highlight though. It is an old property, dark wood and full of history. Our bedroom was large and comfortable with a good bed and a more than adequate bathroom and shower. Joseph obviously enjoyed hosting guests, chatting to us during meals and showing us around the house and gardens. However, it was his wife Cecily who was the star at producing the meals. The food was outstanding, beautifully fresh with most ingredients straight from the garden and wonderfully cooked.

A huge thank-you to them both for making our last three days in Kerala so memorable.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

We didn't really plan much before embarking for India, one of our daughters said we must go, best place in the world, absolutely fantastic.
So we went, the shock of getting out of the airport and into the city was shattering, so many people, so much chaos, so alive....it's like nowhere else we've ever been.

Anyway, Poopally's, Joseph and Cecilla, time warp, go back 30 years, such kindness, time for strangers, never found it anywhere else, just lovely people. Ok, it's not the cheapest, it's not the most convenient, it might not even be the best, but in all honesty who cares, it's not an hotel, it's an home stay, Joseph is 86, he said Cecilla was 72 ....you can take 20 years off for each of them , must be something on the water.

I feel that very soon India may well crush itself under the sheer numbers of its people, it's quest for individual wealth at all costs and lack of integrated social systems, this could of course just be my Western softness, Poopally's harks back to a different time.

Poopally's home stay is as unique as to what we found in India as we found India to be unique to our Western culture. I just wish we'd gone to Joseph's at the end of our trip not near the beginning, we would have appreciated it more at the time.

As an aside, I drink a lot of tea, the cinnamon tea I had at Poopally's was absolutely the best tea I have ever tasted, if I could drink tea like that all the time I would give up beer and wine.

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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

our stay at POOPPALLYS was one of your favorite parts in kerala. joseph and cicely are the most charming loving caring hosts, feeding us exquisite home made indian food and fresh papaya juice from the gardens. sitting in the beautifully kept gardens and watching the life on the water pass you by, the magic of it all really sets in, the beauty of this heritage home and its owners just completing this feeling. the sun rises directly opposite the riverbank of the house and sitting on the veranda in a nightly watching this firey red ball rise above the water and the palmtrees, you just never want to leave this place ever again.. but much more than that, its the hosts that makes this place one of a kind, aplace you will always remember and tell all your friends and family about, because it is so so truly special. joseph organised ayurvedic treatments for us and helped us with everything and anything needed. we loved our stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

We stayed 2 nights and received a very warm welcome from the moment we arrived. Joseph clearly loves to have guests and wants you to enjoy his beautiful home and location.

We were staying in the superior room which had a very large bed on high legs, we slept well! The room had the red floor tiles and dark wooden furniture in keeping with the heritage style of the home. The room was spacious, with two comfortable seats and double doors looking out onto the lake. The en-suite bathroom had a very large shower with hot water.

We had all our meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at the home cooked by Cicely. Lovely home cooked veggie meals, with multiple dishes for each meal, you are certainly not going to go hungry ... and Joseph will make sure.

We did the three hour boat trip going along the smaller waterways, which we would highly recommend. You see a lot of the local life, more so than on the houseboat trip we had taken (if you can, do both, as equally enjoyable).

Joseph's daughter did a cookery demonstration for us, which was really good for taking a few recipes and tips home ... and we got to eat it all as well.

We really enjoyed the tour of the garden, learning about all the plants, Joseph made this really fun.

Lovely house, lovely hosts, lovely food.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

We arrived at Pooppallys and were warmly greeted by Joseph and Cicely. Joseph, who is 86 years young, has lived here all his life and in fact, the place was built by his Grandfather back in 1895 (I believe). Joseph and Cicely are very caring hosts, and looked after our every need throughout our 6 day stay. Joseph arranged auto-rickshaws for us whenever we wanted to go into town, and he also arranged a motorboat to pick us up from the end of his garden, to take us on a 3 1/2 trip around the backwaters and smaller canals.
Our room looked out on the river and was a typical old colonial heritage home type of room (plenty of old dark teak on walls, floors and ceilings). There were one or two things that perhaps could have been better (the water could have been hotter, the lighting could have been a bit brighter) but there was nothing that could spoil the experience of staying here.
The food was excellent and more than plentiful (thank-you again Cicely), and Joseph was always keen to ensure you had sufficient to eat.
Joseph will also take you on a tour of his fantastic garden, full of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables, and will give you information of what each one can do for your health., and how a lot of them are used in the traditional Ayurvedic treatments. We sometimes stayed in the gardens during the day, just to enjoy the wonderful view, the peace and quiet, watching the houseboats, canoes and motorboats go by, listening to the birdsong and interacting with the schoolkids as they made their way back home from school. It was quite amusing to see them egging each other on to say "Hello" to the strange foreigners sunbathing on the grass.
In all, a great experience, made all the better by the excellent hosting skills of Joseph and Cicely. I would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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ppooppally, Owner at Pooppallys Heritage Home, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2016

Thank you for your kind words.We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.

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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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