The tourism scenario is on the verge of a shift from the traditional high cost plane to the warmth of a domesticated and personalized environment. The home stay mechanism rightly fits into the needs of tourists and brings synergic results into the tourism sector. The homestays in Kerala have modem accommodation facilities, eco-friendly environment and homely hospitality to offer to any tourist. As a concept and as an operational model the redistributive, cost effective, eco-friendly and people to people dimensions of modem tourism is expected to promote home stay tourism.
Leading the heritage experience in homestays is the much awarded Emerald Isle, a 150-year-old house owned by Mr Vijo. Portions of the old house, like the granary, have been converted into beautiful rooms. Situated at the edge of the Pampa River and the paddy fields of the Kuttanad region, Emerald presents an enviable access to the best of Alappuzha.
You wouldn’t want to step out of this one! A fresh green garden spreads over in front of the four cottage units, each with personal wooden decks, right at the edge of Vembanad Lake. A semi-covered common area and attached open kitchen is where most guests spend time catching up. Opt for the upper storey rooms for more privacy.
Lakewood Retreat offers an escape to the soothing suburbs, where the water from the Karamana River splashes against the front porch. The two guest rooms and a bamboo cottage suite face the idyllic backwaters. Lakewood Retreat is just 5km from Thiruvananthapuram, making it easy to visit Kovalam (6km) or get into the city for sightseeing.
The sunny nadumuttam (central courtyard) encircled by the cosy refurbished rooms is the most popular spot of this 160-yearold house. The carefully preserved structure, with a granary and old portraits, is a pleasure for history lovers. Traditional food, a canal running inside the house, a backwater cruise and an idyllic village setting are the highlights of the property.
The sprawling garden, a canal passing through the house and clean rooms with modern bathrooms make for a wonderful stay with a local family. Do chat with your hosts for local information. Only three rooms of the heritage house are let out for guests, ensuring that there is privacy. Moreover, the lakefront is less than five minutes away by foot.
Noah’s Ark truly represents the homestay culture of Kerala. Tap into the vast knowledge of your hosts, Diana and Jerry, who have let out only three rooms of their house. You will enjoy your stay in the modern well-furnished rooms with wi-fi facility as well.
Mel and Judith’s 250-year-old traditional Cyprian home is a pleasant change from the tourist-heavy area at Fort Kochi. They have three simple rooms overlooking a small lotus pond and a lush garden, creating a veritable Eden in Kochi. Besides the peaceful atmosphere, the food is scrumptious.
This luxury homestay in a 400-acre coffee estate is a big departure from the regular lodging options here. The eco-conscious Tranquil has walking trails (with a list of birds) that have been interestingly mapped. There is also the option of a massage and a swimming pool to rejuvenate yourself.
Boasting comfortable, multi-levelled rooms with private balconies and a splendid view of paddy fields and plantations, Ente Veedu is the perfect holiday setting. And after sampling the delicious home-made Kerala fare here, you won’t feel like leaving. The homestay is central to all three locations, Kalpetta (19km), Mananthavady (15km) and Sultan Bathery (23km).