Julie and her sister Lee from the UK travelled to Kerala on a 2 week holiday to spend some time relaxing on the beach. They didn't want to stay in a hotel but in an Indian home to truly experience Indian culture. Read on to hear about their adventure.
Julie on Marari Beach Kerala
One of the most enjoyable feelings of staying at a homestay is we felt very much loved, the caring safe attitude of remaining at a local home stay in the local community. Although you still have your own independence to come and go as you please. If you stay at a hotel you are woken early by other guests from noise, and have to leave your building and you only have access to a room and balcony if you are lucky.
Julie and Lee on a Houseboat in Aleppey
The surprise about the area was the vibrant, exciting, anything goes attitude. We visited many beautiful places, for instance, tea plantations in Munnar, and watched the Neelakurinji bloom, Aleppey staying on a house boat for two exciting days. Marari Beach, Waterfalls, spice gardens and Devikolam natural herbal gardens and museum. Echo valley, Varkala beach, coffee plantation in Wayanad. Watched Theyyam, visited all the great places to eat in Fort Kochi nearly each evening. Cherai beach is a must to visit for the exciting journey from the ferry from Fort Kochi to Vypeen island and you must get a Tuk Tuk to get there.
Cherai Beach surrounded by coconut trees along this beautiful coastline, the waters are magical and warm.
The only tip I would advise is to stay as long as you possibly can, because 2 weeks is not long enough. We did not see or complete every thing we planned to achieve, time ran out. Plus also take a large amount of cash as while staying a home stay you can get the sterling rate much better and they come to you. As you are restricted to withdrawing at the ATM’s to a hundred pound per day, the rate is low and you are charged each time 200.00 rupees.
Our brilliant experience from our Hosts Harry and Mercy was extensive. Nothing was to much trouble, as soon as we arrived Harry was ready to greet us at his property gates. After Harry had arranged his driver to collect us from Kochi airport, even after he had been already, as they were not aware of our London flight delay, of many hours, this was not just a stones through away, but 2 hours. This was so touching as was all the contact and communication from the UK from the onset of booking Harry’s home stay.
Harry and Mercy every morning attentively always had our fresh what ever we wanted breakfast ready, with constant fresh pineapple juice and tea.
Many beautiful meals was always available to us when we wanted this, many arrangements of visiting attractions and exciting areas was also planned and was booked for us, without any qualms from our hosts to complete.
Julie and Lee at Munnar Tea Plantation
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