We’ve just added six new Alleppey homestays to our network.
These are beautiful Kerala homes – but they are all different.
Take a look below and, if any of them take your fancy, treat yourself to a warm and relaxing break by making a reservation.
This 165-year-old home is rich in history and character. Placed right opposite the Alleppey beach, it offers stunning views. Embellished with chandeliers and period furniture, most of the rooms also share the home’s historical air. Host Philip likes to maintain the home’s informal ambience and encourages people to put up their feet and relax. If you like, he’ll arrange a game of billiards for guests at the nearby club. The beach strip, with its charming cafes and restaurants, is an ideal place for a walk.
The luxurious ancestral home of the Kaimals is miles away from city life. The hosts like to give guests their own space. With two enormous guest rooms, which have well-maintained bathrooms, the home is a fusion of traditional architecture and modern design. Swings hanging from their centuries-old trees afford a lovely view of their pond and the waddling ducks across a heart-shaped lawn. 30 minutes from Fort Cochin and 1 hour from Alleppey.
Named after its signature symbol, Taamara (the lotus) this is a mesmerising homestay in Alleppey. As you enter the gardens you’re welcomed by a lotus pond in full bloom and its smiling owners, waiting with a pink lotus to gift you. Taamara is the 100-year-old home of Mr. V. V. Babu, an award-winning filmmaker and his gracious wife, Nirmala. The home has two uber-chic cottages that are perched upon the Vembanad Lake and share a dazzling deck. These cottages have an air of exclusivity – from the rooms to the bathrooms, it all seems to belong in a glossy lifestyle magazine. Sit on the deck and watch the fishermen cast their nets at dusk.
This recently-opened homestay is like a natural progression for Mr and Mrs Zacharias. The couple has a flair for entertaining and a history in the hospitality industry. Mr Zacharia is the director of a luxury resort on Lake Vembanad. Mrs Zacharia is author of a bestselling cookbook on Keralan cuisine. Together, their natural talents combine to ensure guests friendly service and unforgettable feasts. The beach is 10 minutes’ walk. Boat rides are easily accessible from the nearby jetty. Kathakali performances for guests can be arranged.
Perhaps the biggest testament to Tharavad Heritage is that it has a regular clientele visiting throughout the year, even in the off-seasons. 150 years-old and very simple in nature, it has an air of old world charm. Two deluxe bedrooms bedecked with period furniture are spacious enough to house a small family. The home also has two standard bedrooms that are cosy and convenient. A wide backwater canal flows parallel to the homestay, just a few feet away.
When describing the home of the Balakrishnans, the word ‘stunning’ seems like an understatement. The homestay is idyllic: unmatched views of the backwaters, 10 acres of land, four beautiful guest rooms and divine meals prepared with Ayurvedic touches by Sandhya, a former yoga trainer. In the home’s gazebo you can enjoy an open-air meal and indulge in some bird watching. The family can make arrangements for you to catch fish with them, see a Mohiniattam performance or cruises on the lake. You won’t be left wanting.
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