The Bungalow - Traditional home in Vypen Island

This homestay is found on the island of Vypeen, just a five minute ferry ride from Fort Cochin. It is the home of Neema Veliyath who lives with her husband, daughter and parents. It is an enormous house, built in 1930 by Neema's great grandfather, and fascinating for anyone interested in architecture or Keralan history. It has an interesting story behind its creation and is in the architectural style specific to Cochin, with a Portuguese style ground floor, a Dutch style first floor and Keralan style sloping attic! This homestay is renowned in the area and people always used to stop and ask to have a look inside the house, which made the family decide to start up a Homestay. Neema's husband was a Captain in the Merchant Navy and the couple has photograph albums full of their travels, and friends all over the world. Neema is an exceptional host and many of her guests keep in touch.

The floors, staircases and ceilings of the house are made of dark rosewood in the typical Keralan style. The family lives downstairs, and the two guest rooms are on the first floor which has a remarkable Dutch style landing. The whole house is refreshingly ventilated by the many windows and high ceilings and is kept very clean. The house has several antiques such as the old wooden beds in the guests' rooms and there are several historical features which make it incredibly atmospheric.

The beach is just round the corner, where guests can walk along the promenade and see the Chinese fishing nets; everyday the family buys fresh fish from here which forms part of their delicious Kerelan meals. There are several historical churches and temples in Vypeen, as well as the famous Cherai beach. The area profits from being central to both Fort Cochin and Ernakulam, whilst retaining a secluded sense of calm.

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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
Paul Scamman
London, United Kingdom
Mar 2014

The bungalow is a lovely house with a lovely family

Detail Ratings
Location8
Ease of Access8
Cleanliness of Vicinity8
Scenic Location8
Safe and Secure Surrounding8
Facilities10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
10.00
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Philip McDonald
London, United Kingdom
Mar 2014

Lovely people An excellent stay , spotless room and wonderful house , wonderful home cooked food and marvelous hosts, provided us with priceless shopping tips and great conversations, highly recommend it to anybody!

Detail Ratings
Location10
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Facilities10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
10.00
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Navjit Brar
Gurgaon, India
Dec 2013

It was like coming home. The warmth of the family was palpable.

Detail Ratings
Location10
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Facilities10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
10.00
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Rosaline Miller
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Oct 2013

Neema is a credit to Indian hospitality and made us extremely welcome in her beautiful home.

Detail Ratings
Location10
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Facilities10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
10.00
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