This heritage home was built 114 years ago by Joseph's grandfather, and Joseph has run this as a homestay for more than 20 years following his retirement - and pioneered the homestay concept in the backwaters. Joseph is such a warm host, and together with Lisa (his daughter, who topped her class with a Masters in Food Science and an excellent cook) and granddaughter, Achsah (very well groomed and a most delightful hostess) made our stay extremely pleasant and comfortable. Their home is situated on the banks of one of the main canals about 10 kms from Alleppey. If you do plan a trip to Alleppey town center, I highly recommend taking the leisurely public ferry (at least for one way, takes just over an hour) and costs all of Rs7 (vs Rs 200 in a tuk-tuk, 15 min ride).
The house is located at an idyllic spot on the banks of one of the rivers, with the property extending to his rice fields (which provide for our meals) - we wake up each morning to the songs of the birds, the beautiful river views, and clothes beaten against stone as the women start their day with the morning laundry.
What we loved: Joseph's tour of his spice garden, the excellent food cooked with organic fruit and vegetables from their garden (beware -- you have to fight off Joseph and Lisa as they keep piling on food on your plate... and it is so difficult to resist!), the wonderful hospitality (they obviously enjoy hosting guests in their home, and go out of their way to ensure our every need is taken care of), enjoying Joseph's stories over breakfast and dinner, sampling Joseph's homebrew: nutmeg wine, the motorboat tour of the rivers and canals with Anthony, and the peaceful walk along the riverbank.
We visited just before the monsoon came, and it was stifling hot with very little breeze; and there are giant mozzies, which I fed well. Do arm yourself with mosquito repellant - it worked very well in keeping them at bay!
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