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Aymanam Homestay (near Kumarakom) is located in a village area in Kottayam District. This village is a non-touristy area with large agriculture fields, canals and lakes that lead to Vemband lake. The homestay offers a variety of traditional Kerala dishes with the flavor and aroma of spices and coconut. Your host tries to incorporate farm fresh organic food as much as possible. Mrs. Chitra Philip, will be delighted to show you how your food is prepared in the traditional kitchen and will share with you the recipes, tips and culinary arts. Also, you will enjoy daily yoga practice and Ayurveda massages. The homestay is situated in Kerala, India, close to the Arabian ocean.
Along the paddy fields and swaying coconut palms, one of the streams of river Meenachil makes her silent journey to the backwaters of Kumarakam. And there awaits one of the best kept secrets of the backwater experience, Riverdale Villa. A cozy home with three bedrooms, lot of sun and shine to soak into, and above all one gets initiated into curative village experience of the backwaters. The surprises include fresh water fishing in the river, canoe rides, best home cooked Syrian Christian cuisine and the simplicity of an entire village.
The Riverdale is a family home of Binoy and Sheena and their only son, Thomachan, and their parents. Binoy moved from Idukki district of Kerala in the early 90's, the hilly western ghats to the backwaters after his pre-college as an assistant at Mozart Gallery, helping Mr. Somu Aymanam, one of the famous water color artists and home designers of Kerala. As he slowly got used to the waterscapes of Kumarakam and its village life he also got in love with Sheena and then it has changed their life. Shena’s perents belong to Kottayam: Mr. Mathew and Anna are from Syrian Jacobite Christian traditions. Mathew is a trained fresh water fishing expert and he knows the palpitations of the river, the ebbs and tides of the canals as he is an encyclopedia about fresh water fishing. Both Anna and Sheena have great hands on local Syrian Christian cuisine! It will be a sin if one does not taste their delicacies and curries during the stay at Riverdale.
During the holiday you will stay at a village homestay in an air-conditioned double room with attached modern toilet and private sit-out for 6 nights.
Kence Georgey is well educated in Commerce and Marketing field (B.Com, MBA). He has wide experience in tourism as a resort manager, tour coordinator, tour operator, backwater cruise operator, etc. He has more than 16 years' experience in the field of tourism and dealing with tourists from all over the world.
Riverdale Villa is located at Karipputhatt, at Aymanam Village, in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is a small strip of land with paddy fields alongthe River Meenachil. The nearest village town is Aymanam and the Vembanadu lake is only 20 minutes away from here by car.
Aymanam village has captured the imagination of many well-versed authors. One can see and read the beautiful description of the village in Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel, “The God of Small Things”. Situated within 10 kilometers radius of Kumarakom, Aymanam is a tiny village that has Lake Vembanad to its left and River Meenachil flowing from its right. The village abundantly blessed with nature’s bounty, almost two-thirds of the land is covered with paddy fields (rice). As in any Kuttanad village, the paddy fields lie below sea-level.
Riverdale Villa is set in the middle of the agriculture farms, fishing ponds, prawns and fresh water hatcheries; it is a house of openness and light, serenaded by birds, shaded by trees and lulled by gentle breeze from the backwaters. The three sides of the house has moving water body connecting the Vemabanadu lake to the west in Kumarakom. A ride in the canoe through the river and canals to reach Kumarakom boat jetty is indeed very scenic and inspiring.
Like all large, multi-ethnic countries, India has host of diverse foods, the cuisine of each region defined by the indigenous produce of the land and the various cultures that have influenced it. The culinary efforts of the different communities of Kerala come out in distinctly different dishes of great variety. The Syrian Christians are heirs to an astonishingly rich culinary culture. We serve all the variety and richness of traditional Kerala cuisine with farm fresh products.
Ayurveda massages are included in the package.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Airport transfer from Cochin International Airport (COK) is 35 EUR per couple and from Tiruchirappalli International Airport (TRZ) is 80 EUR per couple.
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