We have two traditional Kerala house (Tharavadu) offering four bed rooms and all amenities.
Cottages mostly brick and wooden built with antique doors and furniture. Each cottage has two air-conditioned rooms with a verandah.
The Bathrooms are open-roofed similar to those in the homes of old Kerala with ultra modern plumbing of course, and hot-and-cold running water too. You can shower under the sheltering sky, yet in complete privacy.
Kuttanad, a stretch of 75 km stands sandwiched between the vast serene sea & the magnificent hills. The bewildering labyrinth of shimmering waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers & rivulets, is lined with dense tropical greenery and preserves rural Kerala life styles that are completely removed from the buzz of city life . The views change from narrow canals and dense vegetation to open vistas and dazzling green paddy fields.
The sweeping Network of canals honey-combing the town of Alappuzha has earned the sobriquet, "THE VENICE OF THE EAST". Do not miss out on a ride into Kuttanad through shimmering, green paddy fields and tail-waging, head-bobbing groups of ducks. The Coir workers too present an interesting sight. Alleppey becomes the cynosure of all eyes in August-September, every year when the water regatta unfolds itself.
Kuttanad, called the 'rice bowl of Kerala' because of her wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. Inland waterways, which flow above land level, are an amazing feature of Kuttanad. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Alappuzha Beach is one of the most popular picnic spots in the district. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. The old lighthouse on the beach is a fascination for visitors.
Swapna and Tony are fine hosts, polite and available to answer all questions. The hostess Swapna cooked us terrific breakfast at a reasonable price. They were patient with our questions. The rooms are well lit, beautiful and have AC in them.
We felt welcome by the hosts, but they do not make arrangements for driver. So if you are driving down in a rental car with a driver to stay here make sure your driver has other options for stay. The bathrooms do not have hot water, but there is a tap outside where one can bring hot water in buckets.
Overall a good experience
Normally we make arrangements for the drivers, nearby one place is there for the drivers for parking and staying. Til 1 year back all cars park here and drivers have seperate bathrooms.You see our new building in the final stage and now we are making a new bathroom for the drivers.But at the time of your stay another driver also came here and quarrel with my wife . ( Reason she tell there is no bathroom now for the drivers and you please find a stay outside ).So every thing gone.Sorry
Set in a lush, calm n quiet niehgbourhood, Tony's place was just the relaxing halt we required, since we were on a whirlwind trip across three states :)
Tony, with his warm smile and a friendly demeanour, welcomed us and made us feel so much comfortable. His wife, Swapna did a super job of making us feel as if we were their own and served a lip smacking spread of d lovely local fare, which we happily devoured within minutes. haha
the listing was accurate, tho d half open bathroom (the roof i mean) was a surprise. we were so thankful to not have any TV or such disturbances around... a comfortable stay :)
he also arranged a good shikara ride for us by the backwaters :)
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