Although I would prefer to keep this gem to myself, I am more than happy to write a review for Munroe Nest Homestay and it's wonderful host Vishnu. Arriving on Munroe Island is a delight in itself, the calm scenic environment is quite breathtaking and then you arrive at Munroe Nest Homestay, Vishnu's mother was waiting to greet me and guide me along a path leading to the Homestay. ( I should say here that Vishnu had travelled to Alleppey - 2 hours by train- to return the previous guest's sunglasses and wasn't back yet). There are just 2 cottages facing the water's edge where Vishnu's canoe is moored ready for a fantastic sunrise or sunset tour along the small canals leading to one of the feeder rivers and then the lake. Well worth it . In the early evening myself and two other guests were shown around the local area and then treated to a very local festival. The following evening Vishnu and his friend went out of their way to find another festival as I was not staying long enough to see the elephant festival on the 29th. The meals prepared by Vishnu's mother were very tasty and plentiful and it was a pleasure to be invited into their home to eat our meals. We were often accompanied by his very playful 3 year old niece and her older sister who was very helpful. My room was beautifully clean and a very good fan and mosquito net were provided. I was genuinely upset to leave this idyllic spot and recommend a stay here without reservation (but keep it to yourself!) Warm thanks to Vishnu, his family and friends.
Munroe Nest is a little hidden gem. It offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, 2 newly built and spotless bungalows surrounded by nature by a small canal on pretty Munroe Island. Vishnu and his family were very welcoming and made us feel at home. His 2 young nieces kept us company during breakfast and it was fun to chat with the older girl who spoke very good English!
Do yourself a favour and book also a canoe tour with Vishnu ... he will be your boatman!
We had 2 wonderful days staying with Vishnu and his family at Munroe Nest. The home stay is a peaceful area of Munroe Island next to a small canal. Quiet, relaxing and with lots of wild birds flying around. Vishnu is a fantastic host, kind, mild mannered and speaks excellent English. He offers great canal tours at sunrise and sunset where he punts you around the beautiful backwaters and tells you about th Island. He also has bikes you can use to explore the island. His mothers cooking is fantastic and the rooms are very nice too. I would highly recommend a stay here to slow the pace down and relax in a beautiful setting.
The Munroe Island nest is a clean and very beautiful placed house with e very friendly owner that also is a good boat captain on his local backwater boat. He also is a guide with lots of good information. The house is very clean and the family makes delicious vegetarian meals. No traffic and peaceful atmosphere and clean air, and no musquitos, make it a teriffic place to stay. We would have liked to stay longer. Thank you Vishnu!
Firstly, I need to say I'm not sure if this is the place we stayed at. The lovely lady there told us to leave a review at Munroe Nest, but the photos look like the place next door, yet I'm not sure whether the two are connected somehow.
At any rate, we very much enjoyed our stay and the owner's wife was there to provide great customer service and prepare nutritious and delicious vegetarian meals.
The place is amazing and tranquil. Vishnu is realy nice and helpful. Highly recomended!! Dont miss the canoning
We really enjoyed our stay at this little homestay on Munroe Island. It's an ideal place to kick back and take it easy for a couple of days right in heart of the beautiful backwaters. Vishnu is an excellent host and makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive. He is a really affable guy who speaks excellent English and we really enjoyed spending time with him & his family. Although his mother doesn't speak much English, she is a very good cook so you can count on having plenty of delicious home-cooked food during your stay. We particularly enjoyed the fresh crabs she prepared on our final night.
The guestrooms are modern and comfortable. There are mosquito nets, though we didn't feel the need to use them as there aren't too many troublesome bugs around. Each room also has a veranda with wicker chairs so you can sit outside watching the birds and enjoying the tranquility. There is no hot water on tap but don't let that put you off as Vishnu's mother is happy to provide a steaming hot bucketful on request so you can take an Indian-style bath.
Vishnu also runs very reasonably priced sunrise and sunset canoe trips for his guests. I'd highly recommend going on both trips as they are very different experiences. He's also happy to provide walking tours. Although we didn't take one, other guests who did told us they were very good.