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Bens Homestay
Ranked #31 of 436 Kochi (Cochin) B&B and Inns
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“Fantabulous.........”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Very warm and hospitable hosts.. a perfect setting, right on the backwaters, beautiful and tastefully done up cottage, separate yet attached to Ben's house..ensures privacy as well as proximity...simple, home cooked kerala style food...a lot of vegetarian variety was a surprise package...bathroom was beautifully laid out, part of it open from the top shadowed by cocunut tree....its a must visit place for anyone wanting a kerala home style experience..

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thanks for your Fantabulous review writing
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Ben, Anju,Chris,Cyrus&Baby
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I stayed at Ben's Homestay for a couple of nights at the end of my ten days in Kerala and had the most perfect time:) Ben and Anju ( Ben's beautiful wife) and their two children Cris and Cyrus were such a warm and welcoming family.. So full of smiles... Nothing was too much for them in terms of being attentive hosts. Ben took me on a boat trip literally within hours of me arriving and he organised for me to have a go at casting a Chinese fishing net and catching my own dinner. Was an incredible experience given had watched such nets being cast from a tourist boat just a few days before:) I also got the chance to experience some traditional Keralan culture and dancing organised by Ben in Fort Kochin and was whisked there Keralan style (by car then via local passenger ferry.. men to the right of the boat and women to the left ). Ben tried his best to keep me busy with a full itinerary of guided activities ( all this in spite of Anju being in the final days of her third pregnancy) . Anju was also amazing in that she provided for endless coffees and snacks throughout the day and cooked me the most amazing dinners and breakfasts ... Some may think that the price of this Homestay is a little exorbitant but honestly you get a lot for your money in terms of personal attention by Ben and Anju plus certain activities come included in the price and snacks and coffee are also included. I would highly recommend this Homestay if you are looking for a true backwater experience with the most wonderful family in the most perfect location.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thanks for your Fabulous review writing
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Ben, Anju,Chris,Cyrus&Baby
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Myself & two friends booked to go stay with Benny & his family after reading the reviews from others that had stayed here & it was the best decision we made - India is so hot, busy & crazy but Benny's home stay is a little place of tranquility. He picked us up from the airport & stopped for coconut drinks on the way then we enjoyed lunch on the veranda with an amazing view of the backwaters & the Chinese Fishing nets. We went out to go see his prawn farm & we were a novelty for the local school children! Spent some time kayaking out of the water which is the best way to take in the amazing scenery & we got to see the locals fishing & helped haul in a catch from Benny's neighbours Chinese fishing net after the sun went down! Benny & his lovely wife (who is expecting their third child, the first two are football mad & the most well behaved kids ever) made us feel amazingly welcome, made everything so very simple & gave us a true India home stay experience.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Hi Laura ,
Thanks a lot for writing such a wonderful review. Its nice to hear that you enjoyed the kayaking in our back water & other activities in our island.
Ben , Anju , Chris& Cyrus.
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Benny met us at the airport with his two sons who presented us with garlands. He drove us back and gave us a tour of his small beautiful island. He then showed us our accomodation which was perfect. A beautiful cottage with a balcony overlooking the water. The meals, which were the best we had in Kerala, were served to us on the balcony.
Benny couldnt do enough for us and showed us around Cochin and Enakulam, taking us to a sari shop where he helped my daughter buy a beautiful sari. He even got his cousin to make some alterations at very short notice.
We really loved the island and the people were very friendly. Benny took us to the community hall where we had lunch with some of the poorer members of the island who meet there twice a week. It was great to get involved.
Enjoyed being shown around Bens prawn farm by his young sons Chris and Cyrus and drinking milk straight from the coconuts picked from the tree.
Anju was lovely and expecting her third child soon but had passed her cooking knowledge to her staff an the food was superb.
I hope to go back again some time

Room Tip: The cottage next to Benny's house is a peaceful relaxing place to stay
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thanks Sian.Budd for writing such a wonderful review about my home stay & explanation about the things you enjoyed here.
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Bens home stay is a best place to live in on a trip to kerala with two wonderful people Mr benny & Anju with their two kids,we had best kerala delicacy served by Mrs anju with lots of love & care,Benny was with us for 3 days cruising in his red skoda in the scenic beauty of cochin,& arranging a night stay in boat house in back waters of Alleppey.& making our stay a memorable one
thank you very much Benny & Anju for your LOVE & CARE

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thanks for your beautiful review.
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Vellore, India
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

I had a wonderful experience while staying at Ben's Home stay last month (May) 26th and 27th.
The ambiance at this home stay was really commendable. Food was fantastic. we will love to come back again at Ben's Home stay next year.

Going for fishing at night was a wonderful experience. Pulling the ropes of Chinese fishing net is unforgettable.
we are thankful to Mr. Benny and family for the hospitality given during our stay there.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Benny X, Owner at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thanks Naiju for your wonderful review.
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Bens home stay was absolutely the highlight of our journey around Kerala. Set in stunning island, with lots of coconut trees, you could not ask for a more authentic, beautiful place to experience this state. We really enjoyed the tour to prawn farm organized by Benny. We can recommend this lovely, calm place within coconut trees located with direct access to the backwaters to those people who are looking for a quit place without overcrowded tourism and want to feel Indian family hospitality...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Benny X, Manager at Bens Homestay, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you very much for your nice review & good photos.
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Property: Bens Homestay
Address: Kuttikal House | Kothad P.O., Kochi (Cochin) 682027, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #31 of 436 B&Bs / Inns in Kochi (Cochin)
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Number of rooms: 3
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