This CheersBye Homestays will excite those considering a Kerala backwaters trip.
Homestay at the edge of backwaters and rubber plantations is an elegant and characterful six bedroom homestay set on a rubber plantation in sleepy Kumarakom. Its owners, the Crispins, also have a delightful Kumarakom boat house available for hire – saving guests the hassles and uncertainties of arranging a houseboat trip through agents or touts.
The 150-year-old home is designed according to Vaastu Shastra, the Hindu system of architecture, and in the style of many Keralite heritage homes. A sun-drenched courtyard, relaxing gazebo and lofty communal area are particular attractions in this homestay. The family are eco-aware and make the most of their location, using solar power to warm the water and canoes to travel the watery roads.
Fishing in the Kerala backwaters, open-air meals in the sun or moonlight, swimming, bird watching, cooking lessons and Ayurvedic massage are all options for the type of traveller that likes to get the most from their trip. And of course the Kumarakom boat house, which provides the chance to have a ‘holiday within a holiday’ – a backwater trip on your own boat, with a beautiful home base back awaiting back at Kodianthara.