If you believe home is where the heart is, you’ll want to head over to Jos Neduveli and wife Lyma’s cosy and very comfortable homestay a ten minute rickshaw drive from the Chinese fishing nets, Kathikali dancing and other delights of Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. Lucky enough to stay here for a couple of nights this Spring, I loved swanning around my spacious cottage ( constantly bustling into the well-equipped kitchen to stow drinks and snacks safely away from baking tropical heat in the fridge), or lazing in a hammock in the vast palm-tree shaded garden area, which looks directly out over the peaceful, lapping, traditional-fisher-boat-filled backwaters. AND best of all was when Jos took me chugging out – in a tuktuk driven by the region’s only female driver – to eat the freshest, most delicious curried shrimps at a shrimp farm overlooking the backwaters. Gramam Homestay is ideal as a base for exploring Fort Cochin, but it’s also a great place to stay if you just want to chill out. Whether you go for a few days or stay for several weeks, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
- Marnie Henricksson, New York
- At home in Kerala by Carol Pucci – Seattle Times