I first stayed at Green Palm Homes in January 2012 and loved it immediately on arrival. On Thomas' advice I took the public ferry from Alleppey to Chennamkary village which took 75 minutes and cost Rs7 - what a bargain! An authentic and enchanting start to discovering the backwaters. I couldn't believe it when I saw the gorgeous homestay which I think is of a very good standard. Some people have commented on it being a bit pricey, but the daily rate does include 3 meals a day of Anna's delicious home cooking and I was very happy to pay it.
The local walking and canoeing trips are really fun and interesting and I would definitely recommend visitors taking advantage of these as it's the best way to discover the backwaters and the way of life there.
I stayed for 3 nights and didn't want to leave. In a random conversation with Philip on my last day, I mentioned that I would love to do some voluntary work either in India or Africa. Without hesitating he said "why don't you come back here and teach English to the local children - you can stay in my house and be fed in exchange for your work". I was totally amazed, it was so unexpected. Then I thought "you've been wanting to do this for 6 years, here's your chance" so I accepted.
I went back for 6 weeks in April and May during the school summer holidays. I set up an English summer school on the veranda with morning and afternoon lessons. I had about 30 regular students and it was a fantastic experience. Thomas worked hard to publicise the lessons in the village and I felt really supported and welcomed by the whole family. In fact I felt very welcomed by everyone in the village. I had the time of my life and it's an experience I shall always remember.
- Also Known As:
- Green Palm Homes Hotel Alappuzha
- Green Palm Homes Kerala/Alappuzha, India