Far away from the maddening crowds of Kochi, right inside the small town of Kottayam is where peace and tranquility reside. This 200-year-old renovated mansion will transport you to an age where life was uncomplicated.
Take a walk in five acres of local produce including coffee, pepper, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg. Listen to the chirping of the birds, the rappling river, the murmur of the locals and the occasional barking of a dog. Feel at one with nature.
Home on the River has six extravagant AC rooms and one non-AC room with period architecture and furniture and an attached bath. Two extra rooms can be arranged at a partner resort nearby. Each room at this mansion has a terrace with beautiful views of the pristine backwaters.
Stays can also be organised on traditional Kerala kettuvallams (houseboats) along the river. And while they may look traditional, they are equipped with luxurious amenities aimed at pampering guests.
Sample the best of Syrian Christian cuisine at this Unhotel. Delicacies include fish molee, tapioca, appam and stew, puttu, kadala, fresh seafood and red rice. It also serves some delicious continental and local south Indian fare.
You can also spend an evening with your hosts – the Kuriens, drinking chai and listening to local and family anecdotes – an experience that will truly add value to your stay.
Home on the River has an in house Ayurveda Center with a resident doctor and therapist who can offer not just a relaxing Ayurvedic massage but also provide treatments for a host of ailments using time tested techniques and Ayurvedic portions which have been handed down through generations. Guest can avail of this facility at extra charges.
Wifi is available in public areas at an extra charge per hour. Laundry service on additional charge. Airport shuttles are available on request.
Guests can get involved in a ton of activities here including going on plantation visits, river swimming, dugout canoe rides, fishing, houseboat rides and yoga sessions. Go on tours to Kottayam, India’s first 100% literate city. Visit beautiful churches, markets and temples.
For ornithologists and enthusiasts, the nearby Kumarakom Bird sanctuary will be paradise. Look out for waterfowls, egrets, water ducks, cuckoos, teal, herons, darters, cormorants and kingfishers. This land is home to more than 500 birds and 330 butterfly species, 37 of these endemic to the region.
Home on the River is a perfect blend of uncommon meets authentic, and tradition meets the warmth of a home. Set in pristine backwaters, this escape allows for an unconventional exploration of rural Kerala with the charm of a well lived family home.
Those who would like to experience simple village life. For those who would rather unwind than go sightseeing. For people who love an authentic homestay experience. Best for all those seeking solitude, especially writers and creative artists.
Not recommended for those whose idea of a vacation is only sightseeing. Or those who are only at ease with standard hotel amenities, nor for those who want to stay connected all the time. Or those who want to stay in /near Kochi.
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