Cochin homestay accommodation, India

“Choose from a garden room or a renovated farmhouse at this relaxed village homestay on the banks of the Keralan Backwaters, close to the town of Kochi”

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Stay in a village by the Keralan Backwaters | antique furniture | gardens facing the backwaters | 10 km from Kochi

Description of Cochin homestay accommodation, India

Byju and Lymaís lovely home is the best of both worlds. Itís a mere 10km away from the heritage sites of nearby Kochi, yet enjoys peaceful setting on the banks of the Keralan Backwaters, in rustic Kumbalangi village.

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Cochin homestay accommodation, India

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Environment

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.

3 Reviews of Cochin homestay accommodation, India

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Reviewed on 12 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of my vacation was Munnar. The homestay in Munnar was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be as specific as you can be with where you want to go and what you want to see. I wish I had done more research from my side on the places I want to see and things I would like to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes certainly but the homestay also made me feel like I wasnít missing a thing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would rate it a 7/10.

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was memorable,the location,the hospitality,the people.To sit under the coconut palms watching the sunset,with an enjoyable drink, We went to visit the local primary school and were introduced to the head mistress and teachers and were given a tour of all the classes. The children were adorable so clean, so polite. A trip in Munnar is well worth the visit and the scenery is stunning or travel overnight on the backwaters.There are so many things to do you could not get bored.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Always ask Jos to for advise,he is so helpful,and knows the best tourist attractions,the best places for shopping, and will organise anywhere you wish to go,he was a wealth of information. He also invited us to eat in his own house if we wanted to. It was well worth accepting his wife is an excellent cook. Try the local caught fish it is lovely.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited a crab farm the prawn fishermen the local village market we travelled everywhere by local taxi or tuk tuk, it was quite obvious that all the local people benefited by our presence.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The peace. The homestay was welcoming, and the transport met us at the airport exactly as planned. The welcome from Jos and his wife was lovely, and food and coffee arrived almost without prompting. Thereafter - peace and sitting watching the world go about its business.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Whilst on the water, this homestay is closer to the city than I had realised. so a day in Cochin can be easily organised. Don't expect to be out in the sticks - however, the water and all of life on the water is there at the foot f the garden.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We travelled in local taxis, ate at the homestay - and ate food sourced locally. Everything we did was organised by the homestay and paid on site. Local people were certainly benefitted. Environmental impact less simple to calculate as we did little other than read books and enjoy the surroundings.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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

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