In the Thatampally district of Alleppey town itself, this homestay is an elegant house in a leafy residential street. It is just 5 minutes walk from a canal where houseboats cruise sail through the backwaters. Mr. and Mrs. Vinod are the hosts, who live with their two children and grandparents in this house. They are a charming traditional family who enjoy going to Alleppey's long white sand beach (2km away), watching Hindi films together and playing badminton. The family goes back 5 generations in Alleppey and are the perfect guides for a visitor wanting to do more than just the tourist trails; they can give an insight into the city from a local's point of view.
Moreover, this is the true experience of living with an Indian family as the guests occupy comfortably furnished rooms in the house itself. This gives the stay an informal aura as you can really get to know the family, whilst enjoying as much privacy as you like. Mrs. Vinod is a dietician, so expect wonderfully nutritious Indian food; her star dish is the roast duck. There is a sports ground just around the corner where guests can play badminton, basketball and tennis. Also, the family are keen to show their guests local walks or cycle rides around the town; they can even take them to some shops where they can get good bargains. This homestay is a great stepping off point to explore beautiful backwaters of Alleppey and staying with the Vinods' greatly enhances charm of the place.