My friend and I spent the last night of a 9 day trip to Kerala earlier this month (Jan 2013). The warm family went out of their way to make us feel as comfortable as possible, and ensured that we had a complete immersion in their surroundings as well as some of the best meals we had in our entire trip.
We were the only two guests staying there that night, and we learned that our hosts, Johnny and Seena, keep it that way. They only take guests periodically, and rarely have more than two rooms occupied when they do. This means that the place is very quiet and relaxing, and also allows the guests to get to know the family really well.
They went out of their way to show us how to fish, show us all the different fruits and flowers growing on their property, and even how Toddy (the local drink) is extracted from coconut trees.
The location is certainly off the beaten path, but very nicely located in the heart of the backwaters. Because of this it is very quiet and beautiful, though wonderfully maintained with en-suite bathrooms, hot water, air conditioning, a common room and lots of activities to keep you busy. And as others have said, Seena's home cooked meals were really among the best of our trip, if not the best.
While internet access is not available through WiFi, they do have a PC that can be used.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to disconnect and enjoy the nature of the backwaters with a very warm and welcoming family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KERALA HOMESTAY BACKWATER HOUSEBOATS & HOLIDAY PACKAGES. Enjoy the enchanting beauty of KERALA, stay with a family in a village, be a free bird in the beautiful HILLS & BEACHES of Kerala. Taste the mouth-watering dishes, watch & study the different cultural art forms of Kerala, mingle with village people etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edayadil Tharavadu - Lakes 'n Woods Kerala/Alappuzha, India