One of the UK’s top regional newspapers, the Eastern Daily Press, has written about Mahindra Homestays in their Saturday magazine.
The three page article by Mark Nicholls, who visited Kerala recently, takes a look at several of our Homestays and shares the unique and rewarding experience that guests typically enjoy.
Mark explains the concept of Homestays for the benefit of UK readers that might not be aware:
Hill View is one of thousands of homestays across India where the idea is simple…you stay in the home of an Indian family.
While the concept is widely known in India, it is less so in Europe, but growing in popularity with more independent travellers seeking to get closer to the real India by staying with a local family.
Accommodation can vary from quite basic but authentic and ethnic to the stylish and comfortable. The key is, you choose the homestay that meets your needs before you set off.
Food is an important part of the homestay experience…the dining experience at Hill View [a Mahindra Homestay] does not disappoint. Dinner is, in fact, an education.
Mr Chandran [Homestay owner] explains that most guests stay for three days and two nights as part of a wider tour of India. Many guests come from France and Switzerland with the best time to visit between September and March outside the monsoon season.
There are also more and more guests arriving from the UK, as I realised when I took a peak at the visitor’s books. I noticed that immediately before my arrival in mid-March the highly-favourable comments were accompanied by signatures of a couple of satisfied holidaymakers from Norwich.
Up at Pepper County [a Mahindra Homestay], the climate is cool and ambient, the air fresh and the pace of life leisurely. It is typical of Indian homestays which are a fabulous experience, offering an added dimension to a visit to the country. As the concept suggests, you are staying in someone’s home. But more importantly an Indian homestay is comfortable; the welcome is warm, friendly and genuine; the hospitality truly Indian and most of all, you really do feel ‘at home’.
Find out about the homestay experience and don't forget to check out our ideas on things to do in India or browse our India homestays.