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Wed, 27 Nov – Thu, 28 Nov (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
by Jude M on October 7, 2019
The homestay is elegant and gracious, as are the lovely family whose home it is. We feel very welcome and well cared for as our every whim is attended to. This is a truly beautiful part of India, drenched in watery settings of vibrant colours and people with ready smiles. The local people do not have a lot but what they have they make the most of. Every resource - be it coconuts, bananas, red earth or cow dung - is eaten, cooked, used for washing / pot scrubbing, fertiliser or fuel or fed to the animals- there is no food or any other type of waste here. Their tiny environmental footprint is enviable as we tourists arrive with our bulging suitcases and excessive habits. Staying at Nelpura gives you a great insight into how local villagers go about their daily lives - smashing their laundry on the concrete steps leading into the river and hanging colourful saris over fences, electric wires and rooftops - but from a very safe, comfortable and genteel perspective. Rooms are dark because of the heritage wooden building material but there are numerous places to lounge about on the balcony and in the garden hammocks for book reading. The dark bedroom is a safe haven at night when the thunder and lightning crash and flash nearby. Beds are comfortable and there is plenty of hot water ( you just need to run it a little bit first to let the solar kick in). The food is delicious and varied and we enjoyed the element of surprise as they strive to give you tastes of India. I am sure they would cook whatever you preferred if you just asked. We had the massages offered on site ( a local village couple who are massage therapists come in) which were wonderful - so relaxing and a fraction of the cost of massages in bigger centres. We would also recommend the village tuk-tuk tour and the morning ( or evening) snake boat tour - where you cruise around the local lanes and waterways, glimpsing the everyday activities. Calling them tours misrepresents them a little as you are not on a fixed itinerary at all - it is just one of the local drivers/boatmen taking you for a ride. Our tuk-tuk driver took us to his humble home of which he is very proud and we met his wonderfully happy children who could practise their limited English with us. This felt like we were experiencing the real India. It is not a poverty-stricken area ( education is valued above all else with compulsory schooling and literacy rates in the high 90s) but neither is their standard of living anywhere near our comfort zone. Houses are small with mud brick walls and food is still prepared on open fires by many households. Washing of clothes and bodies is done in the river and everyone is dressed beautifully. The children are so clean and healthy - and the smiles are wide and genuine. The sense of community is very strong and everyone helps each other. By staying at the homestay we are benefitting the boatman, the tuk-tuk driver and his family, the homestay staff and the massage therapists. Our financial contribution is tiny but we feel it goes far and makes a difference - so much more meaningful in our eyes that contributing to the profits of large hotel corporations.
by Richardsndclare on September 5, 2019
Nelpura is a beautiful traditional homestay dating back approx 150 years. It is adjacent to a small canal leading from the river Pampa. We were picked up on from the river and brought to the homestay in the owners boat. It is a peaceful place with an abundance of birds visiting the garden and surrounding area. The owners are a central part to this backwater community. They are very welcoming hosts who went out of their way to ensure we had everything we wanted and were comfortable. The homemade meals are traditional cuisine and a lot of the ingredients are homegrown. Very appetising. A highlight is to go out with the boatman on a tour of the surrounding canals and rivers. See life as the local people life it. As the property is surrounded by water, bring appropriate footwear and mosquito repellents for the evenings.
by Moniabraham on June 23, 2019
Just returned after spending a weekend with our family visiting from Canada. For our oversees family it was treat. Nelpara took us back to an era when life of coastal Kerala was centered around fishing and paddy fields. A simple, idealistic, uncluttered life when the nature ruled the man. Nelpara offers just that. Surrounded by serene back waters, and lush tropical plants, the three bed room, well preserved house dating back a century take us to that era. To top it all, there is Mr. and Mrs. Chacko, amazing host, full of stories and facts. Mrs. Chackos culinary skills were amazing. The Fish molley made of the fresh catch from the backyard pond still fresh in our senses. An amazing and memorable experience. Those who wants to see the real Kerala back waters, I highly recommend Nelpara. Even for people like me who lives in Cochin.
by dmncl on March 6, 2019
This is a high quality homestay in a rebuilt heritage wooden house in the garden of the owners house. It is a great place to spend a calm couple of days in the muddle of a busy itinerary. The owners are very helpful and the surrounding area is nice for a walk or a canoe trip to watch the sunset. Recommend staying here before or after a night on a houseboat - choose one that will pick you up at the nearby jetty rather than the busy main one in Allepey.
by SJ88 on March 1, 2019
This was my first stop in Kerala after an international flight and proved to be a lovely introduction to the state. There are 3 rooms in a beautiful heritage building separate to the main house. I loved the garden, the wrap around terrace with plenty of seating options and the wooden interiors - I will say that they made the room quite dark, and was glad of an end room which had more windows for this reason. I was less impressed by the bathroom which I felt was of a lower quality than many of the cheaper homestays I stayed at - but there was hot water which is a plus. The room had fan and AC and plenty of wardrobe / cupboard space. Wifi is available but didn't reach to my room - it was a little spotty anyway and we also had some power cuts during my stay. Meals are served in the main house and you eat with other guests. I enjoyed the food (particularly the lunches) but found breakfast and dinner to have less variety than at subsequent homestays. The host family and staff were all friendly and helpful - you really feel they want you to enjoy your stay and will go out of their way to give you a good experience. I appreciated the village setting and it was lovely to walk around the village or to take the evening canoe ride through the small canals. Unfortunately plastic can be a bit of a menace in the backwaters but Prof Chacko is keen to get the community to tackle this and I hope he has some success! Overall a really lovely homestay in a beautiful setting.
by Jude M on October 6, 2019
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