Luxury heritage homestay on the Vembanad lake

When describing the home of the Balakrishnans, the word stunning seems like an understatement. The homestay is so idyllic that it might be considered the capital of God’s own country. It is embraced by the Vembanad from three sides and offers unmatched views of the backwaters.

The 10-acre property has 4 beautiful guest rooms which are serene, spacious and each come with their own open air seating area. One of the room will wake up to a breathtaking sunrise which will be seen from the bed itself. For small families, the homestay’s two-bedroom set is the perfect choice. From virtually every section of the home the view of the backwaters is always in sight and one can see languid houseboats float by for hours. All the bathrooms have charming skylights and luxurious tubs. In the home’s gazebo one can enjoy an open-air meal and also indulge in some bird watching. The home meals are prepared with Ayurvedic touches by Sandhya, a former yoga trainer who has years of experience in the field of spirituality and has frequently hosted at the Art of Living Foundation. A stay in the Balakrishnan’s home is an experience in itself and has been glorified in prestigious publications like Vogue and Brunch.

From the homestay you can enjoy seeing the local fishermen at work. But the family can also make arrangements for you to catch fish along with them. Your catch will be turned into a delicious meal by Sandhya. And when you taste it will be a feast you can never forget. For a cultural experience, the couple personally escorts guests to local temples and arranges Mohiniattam performances. They even organise cruises on the lake with pickups from the home itself. The Vembanad homestay has everything you can imagine and more. After a stay here you will leave with the fondest of memories and with absolutely nothing left wanting.

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Room Amenities

  • Double Bed
  • Twin Bed
  • Extra Bed
  • Ensuite Toilet
  • Towel & Toileteries
  • Hot Water
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Heater
  • Television
  • Baby Cot
  • Telephone
  • Mini Fridge
  • Tea & Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Clothes Rack
  • Universal Adaptor

Property Facilities

  • Travel Desk
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access
  • Doctor on call
  • TV in property
  • Pet Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone in property
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Cooking Facility
  • Power Backup
  • Other Meals Served
  • Car Parking
  • Driver Accommodation
Name Review Rating
Mr John Mcgalliard
Dec 2013

Vembanad House homestay Vembanad House provided an idyllic and peaceful haven on the water's edge. The house was beautifully furnished with antique Keralan furniture Our charming hostess was infomative and welcoming. and the food was among the best we ate

Detail Ratings
Ease of Access6
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities8
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Quality of Interaction with the Host0
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay8
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money6.00
Value for Money6
Over All Satisfaction8.00
Over All Satisfaction8
Detail Rating
Keya Sarkar
Bangalore, India
Feb 2014

Moon shine Great accomodation and a great location. If you are there on a full moon night it is almost unreal. The food is local cuisine adapted to some concept of the foreign pallette. But what needs attention is that the food should be served hot. Stone cold idlis are a big turn off.

Detail Ratings
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Cleanliness of Home6
General Comfort8
Availability of Amenities4
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets4
Quality of Interaction with the Host6
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay4
Host's Knowledge of Local Area6
Food Variety6
Food Quality6
Value for Money6.00
Value for Money6
Over All Satisfaction8.00
Over All Satisfaction8
Detail Rating
Kate Warr
London, United Kingdom
Jan 2014

Whilst Vembanad House is beautifully set by the lake, we didn\'t feel that we had much interaction with the owner. The owner doesn\'t live in the house, but in the back part so it felt more like a honeymoon hotel (we were 3 singles women). The food was ok, but not as good as many of the other places we went to. This was the most expensive place we stayed, and really, you are paying for the location and smartness of the house, but not much else unfortunately. It lacked character a bit.

Detail Ratings
Ease of Access6
Cleanliness of Vicinity8
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding8
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort8
Availability of Amenities6
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets8
Quality of Interaction with the Host4
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay4
Host's Knowledge of Local Area4
Food Variety4
Food Quality4
Value for Money4.00
Value for Money4
Over All Satisfaction4.00
Over All Satisfaction4
Detail Rating
Cochin International Airport : 60 kms
Cochin Station/Alleppey Station : 65 kms

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