In a 16 day family holiday to Kerala we spent only 2 nights at a homestay, the rest at good hotels and in retrospect the contrast was excellent.
We particularly loved going to a less travelled part of Kerala which was more rural. The bird walk gave us the opportunity of actually having a decent walk in the countryside to offset the collosal amount of food Daisy serves ! I had a swim in the Periyar river one afternoon which was set in the most stunning countryside and we travelled through little villages that rarely see tourists to get there. The elephant excursion is not that close but well worth the visit.
Jose is a charming host who bewitched our children particularly on the fascinating plantation tour - he is a very natural host who clearly loves to be sociable.
However there are a few downsides which travellers ought to be aware of:
- the interior is quite tired and kitsch and there are not a huge number of places to sit, the dining room is very dark and a bit depressing.
Bedrooms are a decent size but not attractive.
- Meals are superb, but you do feel a bit rushed at times
- in April its too hot to just wander around during the heat of the day so unless you are on a day trip there's not a great deal to do.
- there were at least 3 powercuts leaving us all without light./air-con for an hour or so - this is all part of the experience but paying guests deserve a generator back-up. its not that cheap. Clearly some people are better suited to homestays than others. We were delighted to spend 2 days in this one as it felt very authentic. I agree with another guest who says that a pool would be a great addition.