For those who are looking to immerse themselves in the local way of life, the charming Philipkutty’s Farm, which is set on an island on Lake Vembenad, is the perfect spot. Owned and run by a local family, this homestay aims to give guests the real Kerala experience – you'll get to know an authentic Kuttanadan family, get a taste of the region's cultural heritage, and have the chance to experience what life is like on a working Kerala farm. Spend your days learning about the farm, cruising in a traditional Vallam along the canals, or sightseeing at the nearby villages.
An irresistibly perfect hideaway, you won't have to forgo life's little luxuries, as you'll be staying in a beautifully designed waterfront villa. Independent and totally private, these homely villas are authentically styled, typical of a traditional backwater bungalow. Inside, the villas are spacious and furnished with rustic clay floor tiles and wooden ceilings, while outside a beautiful red-oxide veranda overlooks unparalleled views of the backwaters.
Food is definitely one of the main highlights here. Dishes are a blend of exotic Kerala Syrian Christian cuisine combined with a strong backwater influence, with most centring around traditional fish, meats, rice and farm fruits and vegetables – the homestay's specialities include Karimeen, Fish Molee, and Red Hot Kerala Fish Curry. Meal times are normally a communal affair, cooked by the family and served in either the dining room or in the delightful thatched pavilion. This is often a great time to socialise with other guests or family members, as well as a great spot to just sit and admire the views of the farm and the beautiful backwaters.