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“Paradise revisited”

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Dewalokam Farmstay Retreat
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Witney, United Kingdom
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“Paradise revisited”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Our 3rd visit to Dewalokam, this time with our 12 year old grandaughter Natasha fulfilling our ambition for her to experience this wonderful place. We stayed for 4 days and as always we were made to feel part of the family from the start. The wonderful staff looked after us so well. It was such a joy to see Sinta, Jose, Tara and Paul and for Natasha to be able to make friends with them. The children they were very busy swimming in the river and pool and enjoying each others company.. Natasha went to school with Tara and found it a fascinating experience. It is so peaceful at Dewalokam but with lots to do if you want to. We enjoyed river rafting, jungle walk, yoga, ayurvedic massages, swimmiing in the river and bird watching. A perfect place to finish a holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Wide, warm and slow, this river winds between high trees and palmtrees, a pure delight of which it is difficult to go out, especially as many birds find it equally attractive... Watching a white bird of paradise catching delicately flies at the surface of the water is an unforgettable experience. The absence of mosquitoes makes particularly pleasant to swim at dawn - just before the yoga lesson - and in the twilight - just before joining Sinta, Jose and the othe guests around delicious keralan meals. The hosts, aswell as their eldest daughter Tara and young Paul are very attentive and friendly, funny, anticipating our desires, finding solutions at every problem. Besides the walks within Dewalokam, the hosts kindly take you a little further - visit of waterfalls, shopping in Todupuzzha. The visit of the school is also worth it : stunning. We highly recommand the place, especially to settle down before or after a long journey. The four hands ayurvedic massages were also very professionnal and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newport, Kentucky
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Dewalokam, translated "home of the gods," is truly heaven on earth, replete with angels (the staff was divine), heavenly hosts (Jose, Sinta and their two children were each individually gracious, and personally attentive), and even milk and honey (although I could not partake of the fresh buffalo-milk ingredients, the honey from their hives was particularly soothing and healing when added to their grounds-grown lemongrass and ginger concoction they made especially for me to help with a cough I had been having). I can only add a strong "Amen!" to the superlatives of the other reviewers. I cannot wait to return for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Couldn't recommend this place more highly! Wonderful setting, people, food, river swimming, pool etc. Jose, Sinta and their children are incredibly warm and welcoming. We stayed 2 nights but would happily have spent the rest of our holidays there!

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Cambridge
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Just lovely!
I won't repeat everyone else's comments but just say we particularly loved the river swimming with the birds, as well as the infinity swimming pool. We needed the early morning yoga to counter the delicious keralan food!

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London
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Dewalokam is an idyll way off the beaten track well worth making a detour for. It's quite unlike anywhere else we stayed in Kerala, from the elaborate greeting to swimming in the clean freshwater lake. Not only that but they've really poured their heart and soul into this place, from the construction to the sustainable food from the farm. And on top of that, the food here was the best we had in India, possibly ever. Stay here!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We have just returned from Kerala and have stayed in very good hotels/lodgings throughout our tour but without doubt we would rate Dewalokum the best for its overall quality of stay. Our hosts insisted that they felt their facilities were of a simple standard but they were being far too modest. We had enjoyed our stay at the top rated Old Harbour Hotel in Fort Cochin but Dewalokum easily surpassed it for its delightful location, atmosphere, cuisine (best biriyani ever) and comfort. Our hosts and their children were great company and the staff were ever smilingly helpful. The small freshwater pool is large enough for a relaxing swim and the river is a must for serious swimmers, we are not, but ventured in and it was a wonderful experience. The forest/rubber plantation escorted walk was very interesting and the sight of a beautiful paradise flycatcher as we sat by the river in the evening will never be forgotten. Thank you Sinta, Jose, Tara and Paul for making our stay so memorable.
John & Sue Darby, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dewalokam Farmstay Retreat
Address: Thodupuzha, Karimannoor 685581, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Karimannoor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Karimannoor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dewalokam is a Homestay, a B&B, and a Specialty Lodging all merged into one, in an organic farm, in the deep interiors of Kerala. You are surrounded on all sides by the bountiful nature, and the atmosphere is filled with birdsongs and the sound of water rippling in the river. It is a unique place with no parallels. The river front property, enveloped by the rain forests of Kerala, produces milk and honey, fruits and vegetables, eggs and meat all in a truly organic way. The food, accommodation and the environment make it a true paradise.We offer Yoga, Ayurveda and Cooking Packages. ... more   less 
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Dewalokam Farmstay Retreat Kerala/Karimannoor, India

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