We spent 3 days in Alleppey at the end of Feb, including an overnight backwater boat cruise and very much enjoyed it all. The boat trip was one of the hi-lights of our holiday! Motty and Lali were very welcoming and extremely generous with their time and advice. Nothing was too much trouble for them and Motty went out of his way to take us to the station extremely early to make sure we got the right bus!
We stayed in the ground floor double room in the new block and it was wonderful...very stylish and airy with an open (though totally private) outside bathroom. There was no AC, but the fans worked well and the authentic Keralan bed was big and very comfortable. Motty suggested an excellent walking tour that took in all the places of interest in Allppey and was an endless source of knowledge about the town and the surroundig area. On his recommendation we ate at Kreme Korner, which was so good that we went back!
We booked an overnight rice boat cruise through Motty and would absolutely recommend it! We left at about 11am, stopping for lunch, then moored for the night at around 5.30, setting off again at 8ish and were back by 9.30 the next day. We wanted to go from Alleppey to Kottoyam, but weren't able to, so did a round trip instead. Because of the size of the rice barges, it restricts you to larger waterways and lakes, which we very much enjoyed. But later in our holiday, whilst at Vembanad Lake Villas (see other review), we did a canoe trip through small canals which gives you a very different experience. Another advantage of the boat trip is that it gets you out of the humidity of the town. The boat was stunning and we were extremely well looked after by Sabu and Sebastian, who were always ready with a smile. Sebastian's cooking was some of the best of our holiday! We chose not to have the AC and although it was warm it wasn't unbearable. At dusk a mosquito net was drawn across the deck, so we had no problem with insects.
When we were at Motty's we were his only guests. He was planning to take a week off, but fortunately for us decided to accept our booking. Perhaps because of this, we didn't get quite the communal 'family' experience we'd expected from reading other reviews. Although we ate breakfast in the dining room, the rest of the time the screne to the house was kept shut and they would come out rather than invite us in. Dinner was not included, but I had read so much about Lali's wonderful food that I asked if we might eat with them (obviously expecting to pay). The food was indeed wonderful, but you have to have a huge appetite! Although Motty sat with us, he ate little and Lali didn't eat with us at all, so it was a rather different experience to the normal family meal we'd expected and read about.
Price wise, by UK standards it's not unreasnable, but compared to other places we stayed in Kerala it was relatively pricy.
Finally, when trying to research this homestay before our holiday I became very confused by the online information. I initially read about it on www.sawdays.com, where there is a link to www.alleppeybeach.com. This site talks about 'staying with the host', which is referring to Motty's Homestay. The Marari Beach Homes (converted fishermen's cottages), also mentioned on this site, is another of Motty's ventures, established with and run by another couple, which is on the beach further up the coast from Alleppey. Just to further confuse things, I gather this is now called A Beach Symphony (www.abeachsymphony.com).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Heritage Homestay accommodation offering peace and tranquility in the quaint little town of Alleppey -the gateway to the Backwaters" This traditional Syrian Christian home with it's gardenn view verandahs bring back old world charm . Comfortable en-suite bedrooms offers warm hospitality and excellent food. Guests have exclusive use of the comfortably furnished sitting room with its beamed ceiling and wooden antique furniture, and guests own private entrance. Emphasis is on the food which is cooked for you by the lady of the house using fresh local ingredients and home grown produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motty`s Homestay Hotel Alappuzha
- Motty's Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India