Jan 082011

One of the many fascinating experiences for visitors to Kerala is without doubt the Homestays. These are literally a home away from home, allowing you to experience Keralan life with the host family and local community.  Tucked away in misty plantation hills, amidst cool coconut groves, circled by backwaters, by the side of sun drenched beaches or in villages with distinct characteristics; homestays in Kerala offer a unique opportunity to enjoy and experience the culture, lifestyle and flavours of the land and its people.

  • Villa - Philipkutty\'s

    Villa – Philipkutty\’s

  • Taxi Driver - Philipkutty\'s

    Taxi Driver – Philipkutty\’s

  • Emerald Isle Homestay

    Emerald Isle Homestay

  • Fishing Near Philipkutty\'s

    Fishing Near Philipkutty\’s

  • Approaching Emerald Isle

    Approaching Emerald Isle

  • Tranquil Bar

    Tranquil Bar

  • Tree House - Tranquil

    Tree House – Tranquil

  • View from Villa - Philipkutty\'s

    View from Villa – Philipkutty\’s

  • Swimming Pool - Tranquil

    Swimming Pool – Tranquil

Places to Stay

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle is situated on an island on the banks of the backwaters, around 10 kilometres outside of Alleppey. From the moment you step onto the dug out canoe which transports you across the river to the homestay, you enter into a tranquil world of peace and harmony. Your hosts, Vinod and his Family will welcome you into their home which dates back 150 years.  Emerald Isle is ideal for those wanting to relax & the extensive beautiful grounds & hammocks are ideal to do just that. You might spot the local ‘Toddy Tapper’ climbing the coconut trees & taste some of the fresh toddy! Vinod can provide you with a number of walking routes where you can visit local temples, villages and schools.

PhilipKutty’s Farm

Staying at Philipkutty’s Farm is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Kerala experience in a fascinating location set on a small island adjoining Vembanad Lake in the Backwaters.  You are welcomed, looked after, and cared for by the Kutty family who will be your hosts. Though you have the opportunity to experience local family life, your privacy is assured as the five waterfront villas are entirely independent and away from the main family residence.  A very special place to experience local life, great home cooking and wonderfully serene surroundings.


Tranquil is located in a 400 acre private coffee and vanilla plantation nestled within the remote and lush rainforest of Wayanad, Northern Kerala. If you are looking for a calm and quiet location within an environment of exquisite ecological beauty and unending relaxation, Tranquil, with just eight rooms and two luxury tree houses is a good choice. The Family Treehouse is superb and the only one of its kind that we have come across in Kerala.