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Villa Prakriti Homestay
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Excellent home stay experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Meena is a charming hostess who made me and my 19yr old son feel at home as soon as we arrived.
She is an excellent cook and worked hard to prepare a variety of tasty local dishes for us to sample.
Her cookery lesson was great fun and definitely worthwhile as we learnt lots of tips to try out back home.
We stayed 2 nights and on one of the evenings we all watched a brilliant Bollywood film together on Meena's laptop.
Staying at Villa Prakriti was a wonderful experience which we would recommend to anyone who wants to get a feel for living in an Indian home.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Meena_8, Manager at Villa Prakriti Homestay, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Suzie and Robin
Thank you both for a lovely review. I hope you both do reconnect and come again for a longer time:) Have a wonderful year ahead.
Warmly, Meena
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Villa Praktiki and we have had a great experience, I had veel expectations about Meena's cooking and one word....perfect!!! Great food, the kids also loved it. Meena is great with kids and she will do everything possible to help and give precious advise about your journey, excursion and activities. The homestay is not centrally located but very easy access to towncenter with Tuk tuk. If we go back to Thekkady we will for sure go back to Villa Prakriti.
Thanks Meena for everything. Kisses from the boys.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Staying at Meena's wasn't quite what I expected although it's difficult to tell what a place is going to be like sometimes. The house itself is very interesting and has a lovely seating area with a central space with plants open to the elements where you can sit and read or use the free wi-fi. The bedroom was basic and clean with hot water in the shower but a bit dark maybe but very roomy. It was very humid when we were there (October) which can make drying clothes tricky. But hey these things you should expect and be prepared for! The best thing for me was Meena's lovely company and really lovely cooking. Really the best Indian food I've ever had. All veggie. I'm not veggie but could easily be if Meena made dinner every day. Meena's advice and organising was very useful when deciding on what to do each day. Our trip to Aroma Spice Garden almost next door was lovely. There are many larger spice gardens. Aroma is run by Sebastian and his wife and you get a very personal explanation of some of the 200 spices and other plants in his garden. He is very well travelled and world renowned for his knowledge of plants and spices and a lovely chap. We also had a couple of great days in Periyar Reserve and a couple of lovely local walks, routes courtesy of Meena. THANKS MEENA!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank MrBeery
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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

I traveled in India for a few months and after concluding the trip I can confirm I had the best meals at Meena's homestay. The variety and quality of ingredients were excelent!
The terrace at the top of the villa is beautiful and green, perfect to relax and read. And with luck, you might be able to see the monkeys playing on the trees around the house.
Gorgeous flowers and paintings complete the atmosphere of this cozy house. It reminded me of the colonial houses in Venezuela.
The place is conveniently located, you can easily walk to town or take a very short riksha ride.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank SilviaWings
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Bath, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

This was our first night in India Meena was fantastic! - the stay itself was a pleasure and the rooms were clean. Meena is a great cook and we enjoyed chatting about India, politics and life in general. Meena helped us have an amazing second leg our holidays by arranging our car (with a perfect driver) and a house boat of quality with great staff in Allepey!

THANKS MEENA
Debby and Cain
Jan 12

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hapert
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

Meena's homestay is very nice and comfortable. We (my friend and I) stayed there for 2 nights at the beginning of January. Meena gave us a very warm welcome. We felt immediately at home. The room is very nice and clean. Meena can cook very well and we had a nice dinner at the roof-terrace. Meena knows the aerea very well and knows the places to be. For 1 day we went to a beautiful rainforest (am not sure about the name of the reservate- Gavi? perhaps it is) by jeep. We went looking for elephants and tigers. Unfortunely we did not find them but we did find some elephant-en tiger-marks! It was very special to us.
We had a perfect stay at Meena's homestay and we can recommand it to everybody.
Thank you, Meena!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Diana G
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Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

We (a couple) stayed two nights at Villa Prakriti. We were hiking / rafting at the national park all day, so we did not have time to enjoy the garden, the terrace and the flowers as we would have liked to do.
I wish we could have stayed longer to spend time on the roof terrace and to learn some of the delicious dishes from Meena!
The villa is difficult to find for the first time, so I am glad that we asked Meena to send a driver for us to our previous guest house. Paulos turned out to be the calmest, safest driver we had in Kerala. We ended up asking him to drive us up to Munnar as well.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Suisho_J
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Property: Villa Prakriti Homestay
Address: 1 Mile, Opposite St. Thomas School, Thekkady 685509, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear travelers, We will not be open until renewal of homestay license is done. Regret and open for cuisine courses. ... more   less 
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