After studying abroad in Delhi for 3.5 months, two of my friends and I traveled to Kerala and stayed at Jasmin Villa in Kochi. Stanley Wilson was wonderful about being flexible with out dates and gave us really good student rates. We weren't sure what we wanted to see besides Kochi and he helped us arrange an overnight trip to his homestay in Munnar in the mountains and tea plantations, as well as a day trip through the backwaters. We loved it!!! We felt safe the entire time and Stanley and Jasmin (Stanley's wife) took great care of us. Jasmin cooked delicious breakfasts and dinners for us, and even packed us breakfast to go when we left for Munnar. We took a cooking class with her one night which was really fun.
The house is a short walk from the bus station. The bus into town is a five minute ride and costs only 4 rupees. We also walked into town and back a couple of times. We took the ferry in town to Vypeen island to go to Cherai beach, which was mostly deserted and absolutely beautiful.We did a bit of shopping in town, mostly for handicrafts and jewelry. There's an extremely chilly Cafe Coffee Day for when it's really hot...
The rooms are spotlessly clean and the house seems to be newly renovated. We didn't have A/C in our rooms but I think they do have one room with it if you felt like you needed it.
You better like fish and coconut! We ate a lot of it. We gave up our vegetarianism to eat the Kochi fish that Jasmin prepared!
I'd post pictures, but I dropped my phone in the river where we watched elephants being bathed...oops! We definitely recommend this guest house - you'll have a wonderful time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jasmin Villa - The homestay run by Jasmin Stanley which is one and half kilometers away from the city center of Cochin. At Jasmin Villa, you will find the warmth and charm of homely atmosphere. It has three well furnished and spacious bath-attached rooms (AC/Non AC) with hotwater facility. Like some of the most distinctive homestays in the world, the Jasmin Villa offers its guests so much more than is ever expected from a homestay – all included in the nightly rate. Complimentary breakfast and dinner (Best and delicious Kerala delicacies) is served daily, Free Internet, Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day. Above all,Mrs. Jasmin is an excellent cook and she used to conduct cooking classes in traditional Kerala cuisines for interested tourists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jasmin Villa Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala