My husband and I spent 3 weeks travelling in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and arranged 3 homestays through Mahindra Homestays. We enjoyed all 3 but Tharavadu was definitely our favourite because Zac and Maria exemplify the spirit of homestays - they genuinely welcomed us into their home and gave of their time as well as their hospitality to share something of their lives in Kerala.
Their home is at the end of a quiet lane off Cullen Road which is within walking distance of the bustling high street shops and a short auto-rickshaw ride from the sea. Zac's family have lived in this area for generations and he built this beautiful home next to the house in which he was raised, It is airy and spacious and the guest bedroom is large and very comfortable with an ensuite shower room and full a/c and ceiling fan.
Both Zac & Maria, without being too obtrusive, were happy to talk about their family and to tell us about the history and culture of Alleppey. Zac took us on a tour of his coir factory and to see the paddy field and fishing lake which he co-owns. Best of all, Maria is a superb cook and was very happy to spoil us with a variety of Keralan dishes for breakfast and supper and to share her recipes with us (she has written a recipe book).
We had a great time and would highly recommend this homestay to other guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a home stay. The home is situated in the center of the town but in a quiet area away from the noise and pollution of the town. We are an elderly couple who love meeting people and exchanging information and views. Local cuisine meals will be provided on request. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tharavadu Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India