Cochin homestay accommodation, India

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Responsible tourism: Cochin homestay accommodation, India

Our accommodation is located in Kumbalangi village, one of the 15 selected rural tourism destinations of the country. The village people are very friendly and helpful - this is a home away from home where you can enjoy and really get a chance to know a local family and community.

You will experience a backwater destination far from the normal tourist trail but located close to Cochin, and there are only two accommodations here to preserve the character of the destination, protect the environment, local people and the host family.

The house, cottage and the garden are maintained by using local material and workmen.The fish, prawn, crab, coconut oil, some fruits and vegetables are collected locally. The host family completely depend on this homestay enterprise to earn a living,educate their 2 sons and to maintain these old buildings and 3 acre coconut garden.The local country boatman, taxi drivers, tuktuk man,toddy taper, local prawn farm family,fishermen, men and women working in the garden, cleaning the house are all benefited out of this unique homestay service.

We are inspected and approved by the Department of Tourism, Kerala.

Reviews of Cochin homestay accommodation, India

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2012 by

We spent 3 weeks here,and loved every day of it. I can only discibe it as heaven. 3 weeks was not long enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2010 by

"Very good indeed. No fuss, no over ambitious expectations, just a beautiful place, kind people and time to chill. I can recommend it." Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2009 by

A wonderful retreat!! We had a couple of very relaxing days here... relaxing because there is nothing to do except chill and sigh at the beauty of it all. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2008 by

Simply amazing. We were made so welcome everywhere we went. And the trekking was a real eye opener that will make us think seriously about similar possibilities when we travel elsewhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2008 by

Really loved the homestay with Jos in Cochin. Jos was such a gent and the house was just beautiful. The stay was short and sweet and we had a wonderful breakfast. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2007 by

The back waters are absolutely beautiful here and the boatman was incredibly skilled running along the side of the canoe with the pole. It was especially memorable because we had a tropical storm while out there. Great fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2007 by

We would certainly give our holiday Five Stars ***** and we are already looking at possibilities through your organisation for next year. We had the most wonderful three weeks. We had decided to spend our holiday in one place this year and make excursions from this base. In our opinion a better host would be very difficult to find. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2007 by

All of it was memorable starting with driving up to the beautiful location, being welcomed by host Jos, who was incredibly kind and helpful, relaxing in the palms overlooking the water, and taking the interesting side trips that Jos set up for me. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2007 by

The relaxing ambience of the homestay, and the friendliness of the Keralan people were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2007 by

would highly recommend this accommodation for a relaxing yet involving stay, with fantastic food and a personal touch. The location is wonderful perfect for relaxing and watching the boats go by! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2006 by

Many memorable moments, including bamboo rafting, swimming in the river rock pool near Vanilla County Homestay, a houseboat just for us to sail the beautiful and peaceful backwaters (thought we had died and gone to heaven!), bare back elephant ride and the lovely Keralan people we met and who made us feel very welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2006 by

For some time we were overwhelmed by the numbers of people, the amount of traffic, the constant sounding of horns which were an extension of most drivers hands, the smells and dust and what appeared to be chaos. As we began to forget our western pace of doing things we realised that somehow it all worked and most people were smiling. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2006 by

The most memorable part was being in a traditional village with no other tourists about and being near enough to get into the lovely nearby towns. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2006 by

The most memorable part was sitting by the backwaters with the late afternoon breeze coming off the water. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2005 by

The most memorable part of the trip was lazing on a houseboat and watching the world go by - it really gave us a feel for the daily routine and lives of the local community. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2004 by

One of the nicest rooms we stayed in throughout our month in India, fantastic home cooking, all set right on the backwaters in a coconut grove. A truly relaxing place in a country village where we foreigners seemed to be the main attraction! Read full review

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