Staying with Mr Chacko and his family was fun and pleasant. In my opinion, it is a much better backwater experience than the usual overnight trip on a house boat. Nelpura is located in a small village about 10 km away from Alleypey, there is access by car, but it is much nicer to ask Nelpura's boat to pick you up at the nearest jetty. Don't miss the sunset cruise on Nelpura's boat, it's wonderful. Cycling along Monkompu's small canals or across the rice fieds and visit the local temples is also a great way to spend an afternoon.
Mr Chacko's guest house is set in a real Keralan antique wooden house that he has rebuilded piece by piece in their (lovely) garden. It's quite classy, comfortable (good shower, aircon, good beds) and very clean. The middle room is not a very good deal though (it has almost no natural light). Meals are in the main house with the family. Mr Chacko entertains with good conversation, Mrs Chacko overfeeds you, the kids are cool and speak perfect english.
So, yes it is quite pricey and what you pay for is mainly the atmosphere and the opportunity to stay comfortably in a remote village in the middle of the backwaters. Let's say it is a cosy adventure. I liked it. Thank you Mr Chacko !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nelpura is one of the top ten Homestay in India (Guardian paper Sept '10) It stands calm and serine on the bank of a canal leading leading to river Pamba. A perfect getaway from the din and bustle of every day life, the idyllic premises of Nelpura is an ideal retreat into the soothing lap of nature.The building showcases the fine features of traditional Kerala architecture and wood carving.What makes Nelpura special and unique is the serine dignity it gains from the proximity of a happy home.The meal plan is AP- lunch, dinner and breakfast of Kerala cuisine.Activities. Village walk, bicycle ride, narrow canal cruise, visit to ancient churches and temples, cooking class, ayurvedic massage, motor boat trips etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nelpura Heritage Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India