I had very high expectations of this place because of the price but unfortunately was a little dissapointed. There was no doubt that the rooms were excellent, and the location was fantastic, but I was a little dissapointed with the food. Other's review of the food lead me to believe that it would be something really special, but I had much better food at other homestays where the cost was about a third of this place.
The host Anu was certainly friendly and helpful, and all of the staff were unobtrusive but still there when you needed them. Unfortunately they did take us across the river to the area where our driver would be picking us up a little too early. They saw a car and driver over there and assumed that it was for us, and when I said to Anu that it wasn't our driver, she said it most definitely was. I tried to argue about it but she was most insistent that we get on the boat - it meant a 15 minute wait in the heat of the day until our driver turned up.
Due to the rain we couldn't have a tour through the farm which sort of limited our activities a bit, as we had already had a backwaters cruise so there was very little point in doing a 2nd one. I find it very hard to relax and like something to do so I found my stay here a little frustrating, but if you are the type that can sit around for hours reading a book or staring at the river traffic then this place would be for you. On the river traffic, they start chugging past at about 05:00, so if you are a light sleeper then you will definitely be woken by it.
All in all, I feel a bit mixed about this place but I can see why some would and some wouldn't like it.
- Also Known As:
- Philipkutty`s Farm Hotel Kottayam
- Philipkutty's Farm Kottayam, Kerala, India