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We stayed for three nights and enjoyed great hospitality. The accommodation is comfortable and the food excellent. Being on the side of the canal allowed us to see Keralan life close up. Dr Chacko arranged activities for us including a school visit and a sunset cruise in a motorised canoe. He also kindly took us to his rice paddies and gave us many interesting explanations of local life and culture. This is a great homestay experience.
Absolutely wonderful place! The house is located in a very good location, however, you can rest here from the hustle and bustle of the street. A wonderful garden, Delicious breakfasts, fresh fruit juices, the smell of incense, birds singing and absolute cleanliness throughout the house made us feel at home there and it was a pity to leave! thanks to such places, traveling takes on a different dimension.
Experience the real joy of Kerala Backwaters
Nelpura homestay is situated in Kottayam, rice bowl of India. The place is so peaceful and gives you a feel of Kerala life and culture. Dr. Chacko is an amazing host, he arranged his personal boat ride for us which was so nice of him. We were served some delicious home-cooked Kerala cuisines, which really makes me wishing to go back there once more. there’s a lot of fish farms that you can see, I also saw turtles just walking on streets just like that. Great stay, would strongly recommend !!!
Entrancing and embracing homestay
The homestay is elegant and gracious, as are the lovely family whose home it is. We feel very welcome and well cared for as our every whim is attended to. This is a truly beautiful part of India, drenched in watery settings of vibrant colours and people with ready smiles. The local people do not have a lot but what they have they make the most of. Every resource - be it coconuts, bananas, red earth or cow dung - is eaten, cooked, used for washing / pot scrubbing, fertiliser or fuel or fed to the animals- there is no food or any other type of waste here. Their tiny environmental footprint is enviable as we tourists arrive with our bulging suitcases and excessive habits. Staying at Nelpura gives you a great insight into how local villagers go about their daily lives - smashing their laundry on the concrete steps leading into the river and hanging colourful saris over fences, electric wires and rooftops - but from a very safe, comfortable and genteel perspective. Rooms are dark because of the heritage wooden building material but there are numerous places to lounge about on the balcony and in the garden hammocks for book reading. The dark bedroom is a safe haven at night when the thunder and lightning crash and flash nearby. Beds are comfortable and there is plenty of hot water ( you just need to run it a little bit first to let the solar kick in). The food is delicious and varied and we enjoyed the element of surprise as they strive to give you tastes of India. I am sure they would cook whatever you preferred if you just asked. We had the massages offered on site ( a local village couple who are massage therapists come in) which were wonderful - so relaxing and a fraction of the cost of massages in bigger centres. We would also recommend the village tuk-tuk tour and the morning ( or evening) snake boat tour - where you cruise around the local lanes and waterways, glimpsing the everyday activities. Calling them ‘tours’ misrepresents them a little as you are not on a fixed itinerary at all - it is just one of the local drivers/boatmen taking you for a ride. Our tuk-tuk driver took us to his humble home of which he is very proud and we met his wonderfully happy children who could practise their limited English with us. This felt like we were experiencing the ‘real’ India. It is not a poverty-stricken area ( education is valued above all else with compulsory schooling and literacy rates in the high 90s) but neither is their standard of living anywhere near our comfort zone. Houses are small with mud brick walls and food is still prepared on open fires by many households. Washing of clothes and bodies is done in the river and everyone is dressed beautifully. The children are so clean and healthy - and the smiles are wide and genuine. The sense of community is very strong and everyone helps each other. By staying at the homestay we are benefitting the boatman, the tuk-tuk driver and his family, the homestay staff and the massage therapists. Our financial contribution is tiny but we feel it goes far and makes a difference - so much more meaningful in our eyes that contributing to the profits of large hotel corporations.
Experience the real Kerala backwaters
Nelpura is a beautiful traditional homestay dating back approx 150 years. It is adjacent to a small canal leading from the river Pampa. We were picked up on from the river and brought to the homestay in the owners boat. It is a peaceful place with an abundance of birds visiting the garden and surrounding area. The owners are a central part to this backwater community. They are very welcoming hosts who went out of their way to ensure we had everything we wanted and were comfortable. The homemade meals are traditional cuisine and a lot of the ingredients are homegrown. Very appetising. A highlight is to go out with the boatman on a tour of the surrounding canals and rivers. See life as the local people life it. As the property is surrounded by water, bring appropriate footwear and mosquito repellents for the evenings.
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