We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at Beena's! The hospitality and kindness of both Beena and her husband is incredible. The two suppers and two breakfasts we were lucky enough to share with them and our fellow guests were simply delicious.
We stayed in one of the new rooms on the uppermost floor. The bed was comfortable (firm beds are the norm in India), the private bathroom was spotless, the A/C worked almost too well, and the private balcony was a nice place to read a book or just sit back while planning or recovering from your day.
We only ventured out within walking distance from Beena's (so admittedly we have a limited view of the area) but found it to be our least favourite destination of this trip to India. The beach was about a 25 minute walk from the home stay, but was filthy dirty, and many of the gutters we walked past put out a vile stench. After dark the streets are inhabited only by men and a handful of females (who are all tourists!). We found there were NO restaurants nor shops to obtain an alcoholic beverage of any sort should you have such a penchant. Apparently near the post office there is a cute area with a couple of cafes and such that makes for a nicer stroll but we didn't see it.
The one thing that made our visit to Kochi worthwhile (aside from staying at Beena's) was going to see the traditional Kathikali show that happens every night. We watched the actors apply their elaborate makeup prior to the performance which took about 1.5 hours, although 45 minutes of it would have been enough for me. The explanation of all the facial expressions was incredible and the amazing percussion-led show was short but impressive.
Without the comfort of Beena's Homestay I truly believe our experience in this area would have been much less tolerable. Having said all that, there were others at the Homestay that were visiting the area (and Beena's) for the second time and said they loved Kochi so much they would come back for a third stay.
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