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“Better than a house boat”

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Nelpura Heritage Homestay
Ranked #18 of 217 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 9, 2012

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 !

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

What a wonderful place. The house where the guest rooms are is stunning. The rooms are very clean and well equipped. What really stands out at Nelpura is the friendliness of the family. They go out of their way to make sure that you feel at home. The food is so delicious! I had the best green mango chutney I ever had. The kids are so friendly (they were kind and played with the 3 year old that I was travelling with when we were having dinner!!!).
What is special about this place is the location. You get to experience how locals live. People are so friendly and are always keen to learn your name and where you are from. The first afternoon we went for a walk it coincided with the end of the day at the schools. We had at some point over 10 kids around us wanting to know more about us and wanting to share with us who they were and what they did. The scenery is very picturesque. And if you are ready to walk for a few hours there is a map in the room suggesting a rout and what to visit and it is worth it.
Chackochan went out of his way on the last day to take us to the train station! It had rained the night before and he was concerned the road might not be good and we might missed an early train. He even packed a little breakfast for us!

If you are looking for a genuine experience staying in a wonderful place, I really recommend Nelpura.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Nelpura had everything we looked for and more. Awesome atmosphere, traditional and comfortable accommodation, clean and neat. There was something exhilarating in every bit of the property. Prof Chacko and his lovely wife Salamma have put in every effort to bring Nelpura to a life time experience to the visitors. Special mention to the warmth and attention we received. Food was superb, authentic Kerala taste. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and exemplary hospitality. Certainly looking forward to go back again with more time in our hands. We highly recommend Nelpura and wish Chacko and family touch many more hearts of visitors!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We really enjoyed our short stay at Nelpura, even though heavy monsoon rains had flooded the canal-sides and walking and cycling would have been difficult. The gardens are pretty and a perfect setting for the splendid traditional house that is both the guest accommodation and a fine example of Keralan craftsmanship (spot the wooden door hinges!). Bird-life abounds and we saw many rose-ringed parakeets and black-hooded orioles (beautiful golden yellow colour) in the mango trees, so binoculars essential. Mr and Mrs (Prof) Chacko are great hosts and the food is delicious, so this is a great place to stay and absorb the local atmosphere.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

In this beautiful traditional Kerala home no effort is spared to make your stay comfortable, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Professor Chaco and his family could not be more kind. They are a delight to be around and the insights they offer on the local culture are a real eye opener. Everything from the trip by canoe along a remote shady backwater to the beautifully converted old granary building where they accommodate guests is utterly magical. Special dietary requirements are studiously catered for as are any areas of special interest. A Professor at the local university, if he doesn't have an immediate answer to any of your questions, Professor Chaco soon will do.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Mr Chacko and his wife are very nice people. A wonderful place , nice people, great food and pictureque setting.

Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Nelpura Homestay is just about as perfect as anyone could expect.

The location in a tiny village surrounded by canals and the backwaters is idyllic, and the hospitality on offer at the Homestay is simply outstanding. We were made to feel like honoured guests of the family, and got to see what real village life is at first hand.

The food is simply delicious - there is so much of it that we put on loads of excess pounds during our stay, but it was too good to turn down!!

Chacko is a great host, friendly and attentive without being too intrusive, and gave us space to soak up the atmosphere and relax completely.

They also organise rice boat trips onto th backwaters which was a terrific experience which we thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all it is difficult to fault this place and so I am not even going to begin to try!!

You should try this place for a peep at how village life is for myriad people in a fantastic environment.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Geoff E
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Additional Information about Nelpura Heritage Homestay

Address: Edayady House | Monkompu P O, Alappuzha 688502, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 217 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range: $127 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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 
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Nelpura Heritage Homestay Kerala/Alappuzha, India

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