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Bella Art & Meditation House
Ranked #5 of 195 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Just Like Family”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I found Bella Homestay on TripAdvisor when I was planning my trip to India. We wanted to cruise along the Alleppey Backwaters and everything sounded too good to be true. Except it was that good! This is the nicest house I've ever been to in India, super clean, friendly Biju and a great little Pug called Jack. We were greeted with fresh juice each morning and Biju arranged the canoe ride along the backwaters for us too. We preferred to do this rather than the houseboat - you get to really see what simple village life in Alleppey is like and you'll realize how much these people rely on the lake. The only downside is the low shower pressure, which is a small criticism. Plus, most people traveling around Kerala want to eat where the locals eat, so the recommendations we were given were more suited to western food and not quite what we were looking for. All in all, this was our first homestay experience and it won't be our last. Thank you Natasha, Biju and Jack.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

The place is really calm, Biju is a very sweet person. I really loved the stay @ this place. I strongly reccond this for a peaceful stay.

The couple running this homestay are very sweet and caring. they take care of all the basic needs as required.

Also they guide you regarding your further trips in a very supportive way.

The breakfast served was really good.

Internet was pretty fast. Rooms were extremely clean and had all the basic needs. They had perfect running Hot & cold water. AC was pretty good. Overall an amazing stay

PUG which they own was soo sweet that maximum of my phot's clicked were with the Pug.

The surrounding is very safe & peaceful.

I would recomment Go there and experience yourself with the sweet & caring couple.

Thank Biju for making our stay really good.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

What a lovely and friendly place! Very comfortable rooms, and Natasha was so friendly and chatty! On arriving we were given a mango drink with mango ice cream - just what we needed on such a boiling hot day. Our room was clean as a whistle and the air conditioning was so wonderful! Natasha organised our day trip on a canoe in the backwaters which was beyond brilliant. We had the most wonderful day with an excellent guide and so much better than going on a giant and noisy houseboat. Our breakfast at Bella was really delicious and we were so well looked after. Couldn't have asked for anything more! Natasha also organised all our transport in a taxi which was so helpful. And a quick mention to Jack the pug - what a character! Thank you again for having us to stay. We will return!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

It was a nice surprise when we arrived on this lovely homestay!
We were welcomed with a big smile and a great orange juice. :)
The owners are very friendly and the little dog (Jack) is a must. They helped us to organize the houseboat trip, the transfer to the next stop - Fort Cochin and everything we needed during our stay there. Bijou (the owner) was always with a smile and available to help us. He was the nicest person we met in all India! :)
The rooms are very nice and clean, and the breakfast is really good. And there's free wifi everywhere.
Thanks for making our stay in India unforgettable!

Room Tip: The rooms on the upper floor are very beautifull, but the one on the ground floor is less hot! :)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

I can't say enough positive things about Bella. I stayed for two nights in April and it was such a lovely place. The owners are incredibly friendly, (Jack - the dog is adorable) the rooms are spotless, the food and fruit shakes were phenomenal - after travelling for almost a month in India, this was a spectacular find. I can't say enough positive things about Bella. I really wish them the best. Please make sure to visit here if you travel to Alleppey.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Stayed here for a night April 2013 and wish i styed longer. We were a group of 5 and were very welcome in this house. Very friendly couple and a cute dog! the house is beautiful and very clean. free wi-fi works great and all around the house.
They helped us organize our trip on the house boat and arranged a reliable tuk tuk for us to go around the city
Definately, have to come back and stay for a couple days, just enjoying the house and the surroundings.
Breakfast was very good and the orange juice...priceless!
thanks to Biju and Jack!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Amazing hosts, very accommodating and organized various trips for us. We were pretty shell-shocked from our first couple hours in India but they made us very welcome and introduced us to a load of places and things to do we would never have come across ourselves. Very clean and well situated, close to the beaches, backwaters and town.
They also have the best dog in the world!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bella Art & Meditation House
Address: | near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point, Alappuzha 688013, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 195 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful boutique homestay with a personal touch, a garden, comfortable unique rooms with AC, hot water, WI-FI and free breakfast. Perfect location for backwater tours, very close to lake and boat terminals. Walking distance to center but away from city noise. ... more   less 
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Bella Art & Meditation House Kerala/Alappuzha, India

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