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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Akkarakalam Memoirs Kerala/Alappuzha, India