Ive got to say I was suffering from Delhi belly at the time and spent 24 hours in bed so probably wasnt in the best of moods. I didnt try any of the food but my partner did and said it was lovely. The hosts were charming and concerned about me. I'd say maybe stay for a night but the room was very small and we had no hot water for the two nights. It would be better to stay on a main canal as then you have the views and fresh air whereas on a side canal it is very airless. It is lovely to walk around or take a boat ride to see the way of life. The people are charming and delighted if you manage to say 'namaskaram' to them. Unfortunately we then had a night on a houseboat with the crew from hell, so all in all I wish I had spent some time in a backwaters 'resort' so you can get a feel for the place without the risk of the rustic! ie homestays and houseboats can leave you feeling a bit shortchanged.
We booked with Kerela Connecitons in the UK. I wouldnt recommend them as they were very poor and the quality of the houseboat was definately not the 'deluxe' they had described it as..
- 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