Philipkutty's Farm Vechoor, Kottayam Dist., India

“An idyllic homestay on a farm-island in the backwaters of Lake Vembanad. A truly authentic Keralan experience in a magical setting”

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“Set on Puthankayal Island in Kerala’s backwaters, this spoiling farm-stay is a unique hideaway: it’s a home, guesthouse and working farm, all rolled into one. The six villas are wonderfully secluded, set along the sparkling waterfront, among palms and blooming frangipani trees. In keeping with the design of traditional backwater bungalows, each one has as many as 18 carved windows and eight doors to keep them cool. They’re decorated with clay-tiled floors, antiques, mahogany furniture and private ‘sit-outs’. Your hosts – the vivacious Anu Mathew, her mother-in-law and her two children – will proudly show you around the lush farmland, with its thriving coconut palms, banana, cinnamon, aloe vera and pepper trees as well as Vechoor cows and poultry. With such fresh produce at their fingertips, it’s no surprise the food is utterly scrumptious; even Rick Stein agrees and included Philipkutty’s in his book, Rick Stein’s India. Sitting around a communal table in a thatched pavilion, you’ll enjoy local specialities such as fish fry or Kerala prawn curry with rice and appam. And when you’re not busy eating, there’s a ‘vallam’ (country boat) and some precarious dugout canoes, so you can paddle around armed with bamboo fishing rods or watch the fishermen haul in their nets at sunset.”

Written by  Laura Griffith-Jones

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Facilities

Air conditioning
Available in the cottages
Communal Dining
All meals are served in the family dining room or outside in the thatched pavillion
Internet
In certain areas
Sit-out Terrace
Free wifi
Wifi
Wi Fi is accessed in certain areas
Restaurant
All meals included. Scrumptious to all including Rick Stein.
Garden
Child friendly
Satellite / Cable TV

Activities

Cooking classes
Cookery demonstrations teaching local cuisine secrets
Yoga
Beginners to more experienced
Learning
Learn about farming below lake level and local customs
Other Activities
Evening cruises along the canals
Great walks
Fishing
Cycling
Wildlife Area
Birdwatching
Egrets, Cormorants, snake birds and more

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6 rooms from $195 per night

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Recommended for

Hideaway
Foodies

Activities

Cooking classes
Cookery demonstrations teaching local cuisine secrets
Yoga
Beginners to more experienced
Learning
Learn about farming below lake level and local customs
Other Activities
Evening cruises along the canals
Great walks
Fishing
Cycling
Wildlife Area
Birdwatching
Egrets, Cormorants, snake birds and more

Other highlights

Secluded setting
Remote
Eco
Quiet
Outstanding location
Sit-out Terrace
Free wifi
Restaurant
All meals included. Scrumptious to all including Rick Stein.
Riverside
Antiques
Child friendly
Traditional

Hotel size

6 rooms
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