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The Pamba Heritage Villa
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went in a group of six guys who stayed for 3 days. Had a very memorable and beautiful holiday experience. One of the best things about Pamba is the home food which we cherished during every single meal. Rajeev is an excellent host who guided us throughout in planning the stay and things to do while staying there. The backwater setting of the home is surrealistic. The home stay gave us our much needed break from the routine and at the end of stay we felt so rejuvented, many thanks to Rajeev and his family's hospitality, his food in particular!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The location of The Pamba Heritage is beautiful, you are right on one of the back waters and can watch the world go by from the garden. This does mean that you are 15km outside of Alleppey but it's only a few pounds in a tuk-tuk to the centre if you need to go in. For us thought this was perfect as we didn't have the hassle of sorting a houseboat in town, Rajeev sorted it all for us and the boat picked us up from the private jetty.

The houseboat (through Evergreen) was excellent. Good quality boat, service and food.

The food at Pamba was absolutely delicious and probably one of our best meals of the trip. Home cooked, fresh and authentic.

Rajeev couldn't have done more for us during our stay. Highly recommended for an authentic backwater experience.

Room Tip: There are only three rooms, all looked to be set-out the same with outside bathrooms (very cute)
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We stayed at the Pumba Heritage Villa for just two days but thanks to the friendly host Rajeev we got the most out of our time. The Home Stay is situated on the waterfront of a backwater river and features spacious rooms with AC and Fan. The charming monumental Villa has a lush garden with all kinds of fruits, birds and hammocks. All in all very pleasant. But what makes this place unique is the host Rajeev. A gentile and relaxed man who takes you in and spoils you with fresh home made meals. Next to that he also arranged a nice boat ride over the backwaters and informed us about the region and things to do. His personal attention and dedication left us with warm feelings and recommend the Pumba Villa to anyone who want to relax and enjoy what Kerala has to offer in a real homely environment.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Rajiv's home is a traditional Kerala house with a breathtaking view of the backwaters. With a big lawn dotted with different trees: mango, jackfruit, coconut (we were treated to water from freshly plucked tender coconuts) and hammocks - it is the perfect place to relax! We took a boat ride through the narrow canals of the backwaters and it was the best one hour we spent in Alleppey. The food is to die for - authentic Kerala cuisine served on a banana leaf - absolutely delicious. But the most wonderful part of staying at Pamba is Rajiv's warmth and openness - he is a great person, and made us feel completely at home. In retrospect, my husband and I really do wish we'd spent an extra day at Pamba. We look forward to visiting again!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We stayed in The Pamba Heritage at the beginning of November which is a peaceful time in the backwaters, not many other tourists around :) The charming old house is very well placed right by the river. The rooms are clean and spacious and there is a lovely outdoor bathroom from where you can see the stars and fireflies dancing around the palm trees at night.

Food is very good home-made South-Indian food three times a day, served outside in the garden or in the family dining room at night.

The host Rajeev is very welcoming and makes you feel at ease. We enjoyed conversations with him very much and could learn about the local life and habits. There are 3 children in the family, two 9-year old boys and their elder sister, so visitors with children can surely have some company as well.

It is lovely to go for village walks in the neighbourhood, either on your own or accompanied by Rajeev. I wish we'd had time for a country boat ride which Rajeev can arrange for you, but this time our stay was too short. Hope to be back next year!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I am struggling to write this review because we had such a good time, I fear my words won't do it justice.

Pamba was the ideal place to fully immerse yourself into the Keralan setting (in fact, so ideal, Rajeev's home was actually used as a film set for a Malayalam movie currently in cinemas!). Whatever's been said - the tranquility of the backwaters with its hypnotic ripples reflecting rows of coconut trees amidst other lush greenery under a orange-pink painted skyline - it's all true, if not more.

We also did a bit of running around the village of Nedumudy. Our little feet took us through acres and acres of paddyfields, past houses and shops, on canal pathways, untarred roads; during which we were always greeted by friendly smiles and hellos. It was breathtaking! You can then always jump into the river to cool off ;)

The highlight of our stay however, was the hospitality shown by Rajeev, his family and his helper Charlie. The communication was great from the start - Rajeev was extremely responsive to emails and guided us in our planning (e.g. transport, and helping us arrange a night on a houseboat - which deserves another review by itself). He was an easy-going, humorous fellow and we all had some really nice conversations together. Extremely helpful and friendly, a truly outstanding host! Food was homecooked by Rajeev's mummy and her meals were some of the best I've ever had. And Charlie was simply fantastic - he'll take good care of you.

It was a pleasure getting to know the people at Pamba. I missed just chilling out on the porch, watching the river boats go by and having casual banters with Rajeev and Charlie. Would I visit again? Most definitely!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Pamba Heritage Villa is one the best places that I have ever had the pleasure of staying in.

We were picked up by canoe, taken to Rajeev's home which is directly on the river. As soon as we saw the hammock's, the house boats and were greatly warmly by Rajeev the outside world simply disappeared.

Rajeev was welcoming and arranged for us to take a walk around the village and explore a little. Charlie, was one of the highlights of the trip, took us around, showing us how they fish, the workers on the fields, and also taking us to a neighbour for some fresh coconut juice. He was extremely knowledgable in the surrounding area, and I could not have wished for a better guide.

The food was authentic and home cooked, and outdoor showers (using a door from the bedroom) is a great touch!

Fantastic place to stay if you want a real experience, and to be able to truly kick back, relax and forget anything outside of the Kerala exists.

If your needing to get away from the manic's of the world, or even just the hustle and bustle of travelling around India, Kerala is the place to go, and The Pamba the place to stay!!

Thanks a million to Rajeev and Charlie!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Kanjooparambil-Umbukadu, | Nedumudi Jetty, Alappuzha 688503, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 185 Specialty Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range: $76 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pamba Heritage -a most perfect blend of old world charm and modern amenities. The antique wooden structures "Ara" and "Nilavara" which were originally used for storing grains have been restored for modern living.This is the home away from home, which is sandwiched between the silver cascading Pamba River on the western side, and emerald carpeted paddy fields on the eastern side. ... more   less 
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