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“Not what we expected!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Koshys Homestay
Ranked #32 of 110 Thekkady B&B and Inns
New Delhi, India
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72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Not what we expected!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

To highlight the positives, the experience of spending a few days with the family of Reverend Zach and Ramani was as charming as a homestay experience is supposed to be. The warmth of sharing a cup of tea on arrival, the piping hot breakfasts that Ramani prepared every morning, and the dinner that we had with them the last evening, were all parts of the treasures that we accumulated during our two days of stay with the Koshys. The 'home' part of the homestay worked out just beautifully.

However, on the more practical aspect of it, the 'stay' wasn't as comfortable. The room was very small for three persons, with hardly any space left for moving around after three beds were laid out. The beds were smallish (not meant for anyone over 5'9"), and the hot water supply was simply inadequate (no geysers). A couple of light-bulbs in the room were found to be fused on arrival, and they stayed like that throughout the two days of our stay. This was one of the more expensive properties that we stayed at during our Kerala vacation, and even then it lacked in basic comforts.

This also lacks a space for the driver to sleep in, and the driver has no other option but to arrange for his own space (or sleep in the car). This isn't something that would make a conscientious traveler happy, especially if you've been traveling around with a cab for over a week and want your driver to have basic comfort.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Udayadittya
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

We really enjoyed the Koshys homestay in Kumily. Everything was good, including the rooms and the location. Zach and Ramani were very welcoming and helpful in arranging transport and activities for us. We ate most of our meals here and they were all excellent. We had interesting and enjoyable discussions with Zach, Ramani and other guests over the dining table. Because we expressed interest in Indian cooking Ramani gave us brilliant cooking demonstrations and recipes for the delicious food we ate during our stay. There is plenty to do in the area, including bamboo rafting in the Periyar reserve (which Zach booked for us before we arrived), elephant rides and spice plantation visit. If we go back to Kerela we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed November 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Emma T
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Rouen, France
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

Everyhting was great by this homestay: the familly is so nice and give you feel at home. The place is peacefull, very clean, and near the city center. Our breakfast was delicious, and once again we have shared few tiem with the owner to talk about Kerala life and everyhting else. Was very pleasant and friendly

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Yoann P
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UK
Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

We arrived in Kumily by bus from Munnar, having telephoned Zach prior to leaving Munnar so he knew when to expect us. He kindly arranged for his driver to pick us up at the bus satation.
On arriving at the homestay, where we had booked 3 nights, we were very warmly greeted by Zach and his wife, Ramani.
We were the only people staying in the homestay, so had full use of the lounge shared by the rooms. there was also a kitchen area where you could make tea/coffee when you wanted.
Our double room was very comfortable, and a wonderful hot shower in the bathroom!
We had booked to do the 2 day tour, which included, Bamboo Rafting and Jungle Jeep Safari, both were EXCELLENT!
We enjoyed 2 evening meals, cooked by Ramani, the food was delicious! Zach joined us at the meal table, and we had some interesting discussions about many topics.
The walk into the town was about 10 mins. or it was easy to get a tut tut.
We were able to have washing done, which was a real bonus.
We were made to feel very welcome in this homestay and enjoyed our time here.
On leaving , Zach arranged for his driver to take us back to the bus station and ensure we caught the right bus to Kottayam.

  • Stayed September 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank syates
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Scotland, UK
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

Although we had reserved and paid for this homestay many weeks prior to our departure we were informed ten days before our arrival that due to renovations it wasn't possible to host us and we were offered alternative accommodation which we accepted. I cannot therefore comment on this homestay.

However, I can comment on the fact that I was surprised to find out during our time in Kumily that Koshys was hosting a group of 16 young students from World Challenge. I then discovered that a further 9 members of that group whom I met in Kumily who said they had been booked to stay Koshys, were also now being accommodated elsewhere. It would appear that at least for the during of our original booking (four nights) that accommodation had been offered to a total of 27 people.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank DorrieEdinburgh
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Koshys, Owner at Koshys Homestay, responded to this review, September 1, 2011
Sorry Dorrie,

We thought that the homestay was not in great shape. That is why we had decided about the renovation. The student group was supposed to stay in a lodge and last minute the lodge guys said its not available. So we had to accommodate them, some how. After they left, we have done the renovation work.

As we had offered, we are ready to do the full repayment. Terribly sorry about the confusion.

Vishal.
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Coimbatore, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2011

It was wonderful staying with my husband and 3 children at the Koshys. The people at Koshys are friendly and loving. The excellent food, I would certainly come back to the koshys homestay for my next vaccation . I would definitely recommend our friends tp stay at the Koshys.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mandolinmanoj3
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belgium
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

From the first day we arrived at Koshys homestay, we had a good feeling about it.
Ramani and Zachariah are very nice to talk with, they love to tell about their life and family in Kumily. Zach took us to Periyar Hospital that he works for as a chaplain and went to the tribal school where we made the children happy by giving them pens and books.
Ramani showed us her wunderfull Kerala cooking and was always there to give us a good cup of tea!
We certainly recommend this place to everyone who likes to know the Indian way of living.
The negative information about the A/C in a previous review is absolutely ridiculous! At night the temperature decreases enough so no need for A/C....
Kind regards from Lies and David / BELGIUM

  • Stayed February 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
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bandit23
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Property: Koshys Homestay
Address: Labbakandam | Labbakandam, Thekkady 685509, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set against the backdrop of the misty mountains of Kurushumala, the lush meadows of Periyar nearby and the calm village ambience make this a great base to explore the beautiful area of Periyar. The homestay is ideally located less than a kilometer from Kumily town, the spice garden of India and borders the famed forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve. ... more   less 
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