I must admit I have seldom felt more at peace while travelling away from home. If you are looking for a place to relax while experiencing beautiful Kerala, this is great! Away from pricey 5-star resorts, this place made me feel cosy and light on my mind and pocket. The homestay and its surrounding gardens are painstakingly well maintained by its owner, Mr.Xavier. The Meenachil river (thats the name if i am right) flows a few feet in front of the house.
The homestay is a bit in the interior, off the main road, but we got there fine with good directions. We stayed in an AC cottage with a large patio, and a 'swing bed'. My 3-yr old loved the 'swing bed', and so did I! Lying on it and watching the butterflies flutter by was like swinging in little paradise. The cottage was clean, in and out. We had warm bath water, AC through the night, slept like logs.
The tender coconut water that we (family of four) were offered as we arrived, was sweet and cooled my insides. All meals cooked by Mrs.Xavier were good, warm Kerala food. She was ready to customize the menu, but I preferred to go by her choice. The home-made tamarind pickle was yummy, made with tamarind picked from their garden. They also grow papaya, coconut and jackfruit.
Mr.Xavier arranged for a canoe ride along the river and backwaters, and we saw the long snakeboat that is taken for boat racing. He arranged for a houseboat ride which took us along the backwaters and Vembanad lake.
While driving back from Kerala, my kid wanted to go back to 'Kottayam' meaning this homestay, and not go home! I loved my stay here and would definitely return and recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Backwater Heritage Homestay Kumarakom, Kerala