First of all, Sorry Mr. Xavier in being so late for the review!
All the accomodations of our Kerala trip ( in August) had been booked before hand expect for the 1 night stay at Kumarakom. Confused about whether to stay in a house boat or a resort/hotel, we had just scribbled a few contact details of the good places from tripadvisor. So at the last moment, just a day before reaching Kumarakom from Munnar, we called up Mr. Xavier to book a room in his homestay. And he agreed to keep the booking even without any advance! Not only that, as per our request , he also made a booking at one of the house boats for a 3 -hr cruise- all over a telephonic conversation!
We are a family with two kids- and this was our first experience at a homestay- and an excellent experience, I must say.
Reaching the place at Ayenamen village is a bit tricky, and we got full support from Mr. Xavier for the same. We were welcomed by refreshing coconut water. Such a nice traditional Keralite home- with a creek just in front of the property,surrounded by coconut trees, birds chirping- just perfect for experiencing the Kerala village life.
In the evenoing, Mr. Xavier accompanied us to our houseboat ( the jetty was around 8-10 kms from his place). The boat trip was very enjoyable , with friendly staff and added luxury of pakoras and tea even for a three hour trip. ( usually no food is served for short trips)
The dinner and breakfast cooked by Mrs. Xavier was a typical traditional affair with fish Moilee, appams to name a few. In the after-dinner chit-chat, Mr Xavier shared the album of his daughter's marriage.
My kids were amused to enjoy fishing with Mr. Xavier and they were over excited when they did actually got a catch.And my special thanks for taking us to the snake boat garage ( or hangar?
) and showing us a real one.....
Know what my favourite thing was in the entire property- the jhula bed in the verendah!!
My sincere thanks to the couple and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
- Also Known As:
- Backwater Heritage Homestay Kumarakom, Kerala