I stayed here along with my parents on the very first days of my visit to India. We planned for a week-long vacation in Kerala and Lakshadweep, and this was the first leg of our trip. We couldn't have done better. Basil and Annie are the perfect hosts. Their son Neel also gave us company. Staying here, we learnt a whole lot of interesting things about life on the Kerala backwaters.
Visitors would immediately notice a wide array of trees and bird-life that bless this property. We woke up in the morning to sounds of a cuckoo and the accompanying chorus of other birds. There are a couple of woodpeckers, which were sneeky. But when they thought we weren't watching, they would alight by the window-panes of our cottage to admire the reflections of their plumage. Visitors should bring a pair of binoculars. I bought a pair in the airport at Frankfurt and this proved to be a good tool at the Mylanthara house. I also saw squirrels, kingfishers and many water birds at the distance into the backwaters. The house stands right on the shore of the backwaters of the Vembanad lake and offers excellent views of the sunset. The Mylantharas also operate a chinese fishing net, which along with those of the neighbors, provides a pleasing backdrop to the sunset.
What also deserves praise is the delicious cooking of Annie. While having dinner on our first day, I mentioned how unusual it is for me to have food elsewhere from home on my first arrival day in India. Neel joked that I was sure having mom's food, but prepared by his mom. From that meal onwards, we were made to feel as part of the family. My parents have very high standards on the quality of food, and in the end, they too couldn't withhold their praise for the meals. Annie made us the tastiest Kerala specialities, and we couldn't have had a better authentic introduction to this rich cuisine.
I am definitely coming back to this place on my next visit to Kochi and I will recommend the same to my friends. If you want to escape the crowds and the traffic of the city, while still staying at an easy distance to the attractions, make this place your base. The Mylanthara hospitality will get you hooked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mylanthra House "RIVERSIDE HERITAGE HOMESTAY" is approved and licensed as "GOLD GRADE" by Tourism department, Government of Kerala. RIVERSIDE HERITAGE HOMESTAY is located at Perumpadappu area in Cochin at the bank of Vembanad Lake backwaters. This Gold-graded homestay is an 80-year-old, well-maintained bungalow built of bricks, wooden ceilings and clay tile roofing. The flooring is also done with old clay tiles. The property covers an area of 1.25 Acres, which is full of trees like coconut, mango, chikku, guava, jack fruit etc. It also have a traditional pond, which is presently used for growing fish. The Guests will be thrilled when they feed these fishes. The homestay also have a Chinese fishing net in their beautiful backwaters, which the guests can operate themselves. Imagine catching fish and cooking them for dinner! Sitting beside this chinese fishing net & watching Sunset will be wonderful experience. Take a walk in the countryside or ride a bicycle thorough the village. The nearby islands in the backwaters have shrimp farms and paddy fields surrounded by evergreen mangroves. We can arrange Mechanized country boats (Semi House Boat) for backwater boating & visiting shrimp farms & paddy fields in the nearby islands The bird life here will simply command attention. The cool breeze from the Vembanad Lake backwaters behind the homestay along with the sweet sound of the various specious of birds visiting our property will not only enthrall you but also will be an experience of a lifetime. We also have a newly built Traditional Kerala style RIVER FACING COTTAGE. This cottage is constructed just behind our Heritage Home in the year 2011 in the traditional Kerala style. It can also be called as a miniature of our Heritage home, with modern amenities. The bed rooms have modern style bathroom attached. The host can also arrange for Ayurvedic Body Message, Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma, Yoga, Meditation, Counselling & Physical Fitness in an Ayurvedic Care Center in Cochin (4 Kms From Our Homestay) which is having experienced and qualified doctors and therapists. The homestay is very close to Kumbalanghi, Kerala's first model tourism village. You can visit Fort Cochin, Dutch Cemetery, Princess street, Kerala Kathakali centre, Folk dance, Indian Classical music, Indian Classical Dances & Marshal arts (Kalaripayat), St. Francis Church (Vasco Da Gama Church), Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace, Asia's oldest Synagogue (Jewish Synagogue), Spice Market, Jew Street & Jew Town, Dharmanath Jain temple at Mattancherry, Willingdon island, Hill palace, Ernakulam marine drive & Boating in Marine Drive, Vallarpadam Basilica, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Parikshith Thampuran Museum, Veega Land water theme Park, Cherai beach & Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort, Sri Sankara Math, Kodanad elephant training center from here. FACILITIES Complimentary Traditional Kerala style Breakfast for all our guests. Veg & non-Veg food available on request. Guest can operate our Chinese fishing net. Watch the Sunset & enjoy the cool breeze, sitting beside our Backwaters. Hot & Cold water available 24 Hrs. Free Wi-Fi internet usage. All rooms are Mosquito proof, very spacious with modern amenities and bath attached. Lovely garden & Lawn to soothe you. Sight-Seeing Tips. Car Parking Facility. We also Arrange upon our Guests request. 1. 24 Hours Air port, Railway Station Pick-Up & Drop. 2. Taxi or Auto rickshaw for sight seeing. 3. Houseboat tours (Day Cruise as well as Day and Night stay) at Alleppey backwaters. 4. Tickets for Kathakali Play & The Make-up, Martial Arts (Kalaripayat), Indian Classical music & Indian Classical Dances in a famous Kathakali centre in Cochin. 5. Ayurvedic Body Massage, Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma, Yoga, Meditation, Counselling Physical Fitness by Qualified Doctors at an Ayurvedic Care Center in Cochin (4 Kms From Homestay) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Heritage Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala