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Akkarakalam Memoirs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
“Should be in Lonely Planet!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

I came across this homestay by accident, and I'm so glad I did! I stayed in the main building in a private room with its own bathroom and A/C. Very clean and cool with plenty of light from the windows. The building itself is quite amazing, once a storage facility for rice and coconuts, it is now fully renovated and beautifully finished with wooden doors and furniture (including my carved bed!).
The location is amazing, right on the bank of the canal, and just across the road from rice paddies as far as the eye can see. The staff were very helpful, offering a complementary sunset cruise the first evening, and arranging a very affordable early morning canoe ride through the backwaters. The village walk was also lovely. The guide offered information, explanation, and great conversation on the tour through the serpentine back channels. This place should have been in Lonely Planet, and I would highly recommend it to others!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

A lovely warm welcome and staff who go the extra mile to look after you. We had a lovely stay and enjoyed the sunset cruise, the food and the company. We stayed in both the cottage and in the main house - the main house was far more comfortable.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

The situation of this property on the backwaters is just perfect but inside it is rather grubby - the rooms are OK, not sure about the outside shower room, and the dining/sitting area is completely underwhelming. Food wasn't really worth mentioning. The view from the rear is stunning but to appreciate it we carried two chairs out onto the public path as from the property it is obstructed by a wall. Cannot recommend.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

Our stay here was giving us a relaxing time after our houseboat trip in the backwaters.
The staff is very friendly and welcoming and made everything possible for us. They arranged a sunset cruise which is included in the room rates and organized a canoe-tour the next day with a local guide. They also offered us a very nice ayurvedic massage for a good rate. They offered us a guided walking tour to explain the rice paddies next to the house and they arranged the boat tickets to Kollam.

Our room is very nice and clean with a four poster bed where we could hang up our mosquito-net. In the windows there is mosquito-wire so you can leave a window open without insects coming in. There is also an a/c if you like that better. It has a spacious bathroom with a nice shower.
We also liked the food a lot, vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

This was suggested by the rough guide so we stayed in this great old ancestral house for 2 nights. the location is very carm and quiet. they have lot of activities and we were lucky to experience it all.The night fishing which they with a local fisherman and his son is amazing,but that is only if your lucky as we couldnot repeat it on the second as the water was not clear. they have this lovely canoe rides which will actually see the village life there. we did a half day tour on kayaking. and the evening sunset on there motor boat with Mr moncy (helper) was unforgetable. they have lovely staff they are very caring and smillimg always. you get good keralan food too. we just loved it!!!!!

Room Tip: There are rooms with open to sky toilets we stayed in one of them.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Akkarakalam Memoirs
Address: Chennamkary PO | Kainakary, Alappuzha 688501, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 147 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price range (per night): $35 - $116
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Akkarakalam Memoirs 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akkarakalam Memoirs an exotic farmhouse presented as an excellent souvenir of the ancient Akkarakkalam family in Alleppey district with a tradition of 150 years.Akkarakkalm Memoirs is a sprawling 10 acre land with natural flora and fauna, beautifully converted into an ideal tourist destination for the nature lover as well as for the common glob-trotter. Here you can experience the backwater life at close quarters and inhale the natural scent of pristine countryside. ... more   less 
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