February 10, 2014

My TripAdvisor Review No.2: Backwater Heritage Homestay, Kottayam/Kumarakom, Kerala.

“At Home in God's Own Country.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 14 July 2010
This is a wonderful homestay run by Mr. Xavier Joseph and his family. It is pretty bungalow located on the banks of a tributary of the Meenachil river, situated between Kottayam and Kumarakom.

We arrived at Kottayam Rail station early in the morning and had to take a rickshaw to the homestay. Mr. Xavier explained to the driver how to get to his place which is about 8 km away. The Joseph family had to attend a function that day but they had been very gracious and kept a perfect Kerala lunch ready for us, including fried 'Karimeen' fish.

The room was very cosy and we decided to use the a.c. as the climate was quite hot and humid. The food served up by Mrs. Joseph was quite tasty and not very spicy. For breakfast we would be served idlis, puttu, with yummy sambar and chutney, followed by juice of mangoes from their garden. Of course, bananas could be had from the garden at any time of the day. We got a taste of many home cooked Kerala recipes in the three days we spent here.

Mr. Xavier was always available to guide us about the best places to visit. He showed us snakeboat parked across the river. Next day we took a backwater cruise to Kumarakom Lake in a covered motorboat arranged by him. Another day he had a canoe at our disposal at just Rs.100 for the full day! On the last day he drove us to Ayamenem and showed us Arundhati Roy's house.

Backwater Heritage Homestay is the best place if you want to get away from it all and spend a quiet vacation and still feel as if you had not left home!

Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph and their family for making us feel at home in God's Own Country.
Stayed May 2010, travelled with family

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