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“Wonderful food, wonderful teacher” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mary Ann Homestay
Ranked #214 of 425 Kochi (Cochin) B&B and Inns
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, wonderful teacher”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

We were hoping for a cooking class in Kerala and, walking down a street in Ft. Cochin, happened upon Gigi and her Homestay facilities. She was a delight to talk to and a wonderful teacher. For VERY little money she taught us both....just the 2 of us in her little kitchen, with her two daughters doing their homework in the next room....fish curry, grilled fish, dal fry, veg. dish, coconut rice and a potato dish. We can't wait to recover from jet lag so we can start cooking. We didn't stay at her home but I wouldn't have missed the chance to spend some time with her in her home.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

Ansal and his family couldn't be better suited hosts for a stay in Fort Kochi. They have non-AC rooms for 300-400 rps, and each is immaculate. The food was excellent, the cooking lessons they offer are superb, and their free travel advice is untainted and only provided upon request. But that doesn't begin describe how Ansal's family will welcome you into their home with great warmth. With a call ahead he'll happy wait for you at the Fort Cochi bus station and escort you a block and a half to the homestay. There, you will begin to be taken care of as much or as little as you like.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

We found this place by mistake through our tuk tuk driver Salim .. the friendliest people you could ever meet and real value for money , we'll definately be revisiting Ansul and Gigi !!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2010

We didn't stay with Ansal and Gigi's, but we did take a Keralan cooking class in their quaint home. Gigi is a very welcoming woman with a good knowledge of cooking and ingredients. The class was very informal, taking place right in her very own modest kitchen, but the experience was truly authentic. My friend and I help to prepare 6 dishes using traditional spices and ingredients, then had the pleasure of eating all of the fruits of our labour. Everything was tasty and enjoyable. Gigi's kitchen is very small, which means that the cooking class is suitable to two or three people. The recipes are home grown and authentic.
In addition to the cooking class, Mary Ann Homestay offers very reasonable accommodation options a 10 minute walk from the centre of Fort Kochi. Your hosts, Ansal and Gigi will provide you with a clean and comfortable stay while sincerely taking care of your needs.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2010

We discovered this place when we were looking for a place to eat in Fort Kochi. The food was so delicious and the owners were very friendly people. We really enjoyed the food and the prices were fine, so, we came back to eat several days. We recommend a lot the place. In fact, if you're looking for good Kerala food in Fort Kochi, you must go there!

Xavi&Marina from Barcelona, Catalunya

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank _marinaaaaaa01
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london
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2010

We didnt actually stay here, but the food is fantastic so thought we had to write a review!! We found Mary Ann by chance and did a cooking course, it was really great and we learnt some great dishes. We then came back for almost every meal for the rest of the stay! The food is cooked completely from scratch and is very fresh, cooked by the husband and wife. The family were lovely and welcoming - I would definatly suggest doing a cooking course, meals and staying here, the rooms looked really clean and comfortable - it is also right in the centre of town. I would love to go back just for the food!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank paprika79
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Property: Mary Ann Homestay
Address: 35 Fort Nagar | K.B. Jacob Road, Kochi (Cochin), India
Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
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Ranked #214 of 425 B&Bs / Inns in Kochi (Cochin)
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Mary Ann Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala

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