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Kuttikal house ,Kothad P.O.Cochin-27, Ernakulam , 682027 | Show on Map
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by Yoganandgopalan on October 20, 2018
Had a good relaxing stay with my family. The room view was good had a lake view in front, Ben was really helpful in helping me and planning out my vacation . Bens wife is a really good cook, the breakfast is really good. We also had a 1 day trip to amusement to wonder la kochi, it was a 1 hour travel from bens home stay, Few additional information to fellow travelers which might be helpful. 1) Reaching Bens home stay : Bensh is below/between a highway bridge, We figured out it was under the bridge (We have to circle the bridge twice to figure that out so it might be helpful for someone), once you are close by please call bens so that they will guide you. Be aware the road connecting bens below the bridge is not so good but you have no choice to drive by that (it will be just 150 meter to 300 meter below the bridge) 2) Shops near by : There are very less local shops near bens, you need to walk around 500 meters to 700 under the bridge to find grocery shop/small super market (they take credit/debit cards) 3) Traveling from Bens : I find it difficult to book a ride in ola app, better install Uber, As all the rides we took, The drivers suggested to use Uber 4) No restaurants near : There are no restaurants near bens, if you need lunch or dinner have to take a cab, If you are planning to cook, better inform them early before your stay, bens wife was helpful in setting up kitchen there is a small shop where you can basic south indian grocery items 5) Other activities : We did kayaking (500 INR for 2 person), there is a boat cruise which costs about 2500 INR for few hours which we didn't do. boat stay is available i didn't remember the cost If you need any more details do call them they where generous enough to help. Hope it helps for some one
by Alyson T on September 3, 2018
My friend and I stayed at Ben's during monsoon season. Ben was out of town the first few days and Anju his wife made us feel at home. We found Ben's cottage on the river - relaxing, beautiful and comfortable. The cottage is spacious with simple decor. The large outdoor yet private and secure bathroom offered me the first chance to take a shower during a rain shower. A cool experience. We enjoyed a daily breakfast of fresh fruit and Keralan breakfast dishes. Our boat ride to Ben's farm was beautiful and quite enjoyable. We enjoyed relaxing on the front porch. Unfortunately, our stay was interrupted by increasing monsoon rains and flooding. As it turned out, we ended up experiencing the worst flooding in Kerala in over 60 years. Ben was calm, organized and made us feel safe. We did have to evacuate the cottage and ultimately Ben's main house. Ben made sure to find us a hotel in a non-flood zone. He also had a friend of his help us find the best way to leave Kerala, which was not easy due to a flooded airport, cancelled trains, and many of the roads were blocked. During this time Ben was dealing with safety of his own family and home. I can not even imagine how to balance guests and family but Ben did an amazing job. Thank you so much for making sure were safe. I do plan to come back and visit during a different time of year. Thank you again Ben, Anju and family!
by SrKu on July 17, 2018
The title summarizes our experience. A dozen of our friends from all parts of the country converged at cochin to celeberate the 25th year of passing out from college and availed the backwater cruise service offered by Ben on 13th and 14th. The first evening was spent on board his houseboat. And the second on board the Yacht, Sawfish Our motley crowd consisted of herbivores who couldnt even stand the smell of fish to egg-iterian to carnivores. The home cooked food of Bens wife satiated every taste bud of each of us. Thanks a ton Anju . Special thanks to Bens Man Friday, Rijo switching between boat driver to DJ to engine mechanic to serving food ..all with a pleasant smile that could melt the rock of Gibralter. Not to forget Anil and saddam who were always on their toes making sure the intermittent rains didnt affect the fun. The cruise through the backwaters of cochin was enthralling and the occasional squalls added to the excitement. The lure of the bean bags scattered on the deck of sawfish was overpowering. And as the sun went down..DJ ..Karaokebeverages and lip smacking dishes..fantabulous Thanks Ben and team for arranging an unforgettable get together
by GaneshP681 on July 15, 2018
This is a very nice resort, great ambience, superb service with a smile, and value for money. Will be visiting again for sure. Rooms are spacious and tastefully fine, food is excellent, service is superb, all in all, a very pleasant time during our stay here.
by skyezeco924 on July 2, 2018
We stumbled upon Ben's Homestay randomly and last minute, and it turned out to be one of the ultimate highlights of our visit to India. Ben, Anju, and family made us feel completely at home in their sweet little oasis in the backwaters of Kerala. We stayed in the houseboat parked on the backwater in their backyard when we arrived. Cool air and a stunning view awaited us. The tranquil water and robust anchor kept the boat very stable on the water (granted it wasn't monsoon season, can't speak for that). For each meal, Anju and family provided us with warm meals that included fresh fruits, veggies, and meat from local shops and their neighbors. Ben was generous with his time and wanted to make sure our trip was spent at its fullest by taking us out through the backwaters and into the local village. He even provided us with transportation to the market, and offered to take me to his local home so I could make it to liturgy. These people who we had just met quickly went from strangers to feeling like old friends as they took much time from their busy schedule (which centered around tending to others) to talk and share with us about their family, culture, and life. To us, there was no greater gift than that. After three nights of bliss we moved on to our next stop an hour away at Fort Kochi where we spent three more nights, but reminisced of our favorite moments with Ben and Anju. It was then that one of us came down with terrible food poisoning and was immediately taken to the hospital. With no one we knew around, we turned to Ben and told him what happened. He immediately arranged for me to be taken care of at Aster Hospital, near their home. So we hopped in a cab and headed back up north where Ben's connections got me in to see a doctor right away. I was taken good care of and Ben took us back to his home where his family took care of us for four more nights, an impromptu visit, and let us stay in a bedroom in their home. Anju and friends provided me with a delicious bland diet as recommended by the doctors to help me get strong again, and Ben took us to the market again so we could pick up some herbal medicine that helped get me the rest of the way through my illness. I was incredibly touched by their hospitality, since they barely knew me, and they cared for us better than any five star hotel could in the United States. Another unforgettable adventure involved bonding with Ben and Anju over their side catering business, where the whole family plus staff worked tirelessly to prepare for boat parties in the backwater. Ben invited me to participate in and experience the boat party, and I took up the offer and in exchange offered to assist their family in the catering aspect. Not only did I get to experience a boat party hosted by an Indian company, I also got to see how they run their business. I'm sure the experience would be different for other guests, but I saw this invite as one of many ways that Ben and Anju tried to enrich every guest's experience through creative avenues. Their thoughtfulness and hospitality made every bit of our trip all the more special. We couldn't be more grateful for stumbling upon this home away from home! They often say, it's the people and the place that make up the full experience!
by Yoganandgopalan on October 20, 2018
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