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Koshys Homestay
Ranked #32 of 110 Thekkady B&B and Inns
London
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Home from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

We were given a very warm welcome to this homestay. Rooms are clean, with a spacious living area and wonderful roof terrace for relaxing. The cooking lesson with Mrs Koshy gave us some great insight and the meal we shared with the Koshys was superb. The early morning call from the hornbill was also a nice addition.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Truro, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

a great homestay, clean and spacious,with sitting and dining area, and small kitchen for tea and coffee making , you can go to the roof terrace and get glimpses of the elephant rides next door ,which we experienced and was great fun.We thoroughly enjoyed eating with zachariah and Ramini,they made you feel so welcome,were great to talk to ,so informative and helped sort our itinerary.The food was the some of the best we experienced during our visit to India,Ramini will allow you to watcch and teach you how to cook the local cuisine
if you wish,they were wonderful hosts and we really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jane w
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Bay Area
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Our stay at Koshy's was delightful. Zachariah and Ramani were warm and welcoming. Our favorite part was the cooking demonstration and all the meals. Ramani's cooking was great! Our only complaint was that it was not spicy enough (although we had that complaint just about everywhere we ate - maybe we are super spicy folks). The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The location is great - close to the Tiger reserve but far enough out of town to avoid all the hubbub. The only noise came from the "dance fountain" next door each night but that ended early (8:30 pm or so). Zachariah also gave us great suggestions on where to buy spices and get massages. They even leant us coats when it was raining. The roof deck was nice - we only wish we had more time to spend up there. Overall, I would recommend Koshy's as a terrific, actual homestay in India.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Andrealbe
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33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013 via mobile

Zach and Ramani are wonderful hosts. Homestay in completely independent from the main house. It can accommodate up to three rooms. It is very closely located to the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Do eat with the Koshys but be prepared that you will receive much more than you will be able to consume! We did a cooking demonstration where you think up the taste and Ramani provides.

A fantastic stay.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

A chance meeting on the bus from Kottayam to Kumily led to us staying at this delightful homestay with welcoming hosts Zach and Ramani. We were lucky enough to have the upstairs area to ourselves which included a lounge with TV and small kitchen area with tea and coffee making facilities. Our room was very clean with very comfortable beds.

The climate in the Western Ghats gives pleasant relief from the heat of the plains below. The roof terrace gives amazing views of the surrounding forest and the daily march of the cows past the gate was fun to watch. A daily visit from a Hornbill tapping on the window was incredible. Cooking lessons are available from Ramani, who should have her own TV show :-) and left us with an amazing chicken curry recipe which we still cook regularly. With Zach's help we organised a wildlife walk at the Tiger reserve, and elephant ride and wash next door and a Spice Garden visit. A highlight was being invited to a betrothal where we were made most welcome and saw Indian culture at first hand.

They have their own well for water which is then filtered and bottled and a lovely, safe, refreshing drink.

Ramani accompanied us by Tuk Tuk to one of her favourite places, where the views from the Western Ghats across neighbouring Tamil Nadu are absolutely stunning.

We would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

We stayed there at Koshy's for 3 days.it was a real getaway for all of us, coming from Delhi.Zachariah koshy achen helped us to plan our visits, even helping with the tickets for sightseeing there. The visit to the Spice Garden was most impressive.The homestay experience we thoroughly enjoyed especially because of the delicious food in all it's variety, which was served with genuine warmth and affection by Ramani kochamma.Looking forward to the next chance to visit Koshy's!!!!
Dr. George Mathew & family, New delhi

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DRGEORGEMATHEW
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Cowes Isle of Wight
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Through a recommendation we stayed here just the one night with a small group of friends; a fantastic choice with great food and hosts. They were genuinely lovely people who helped us discover the local area.

Ask Koshy about Spice Land!!!!

Chris and Claire, UK

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pixel_wizard
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Property: Koshys Homestay
Address: Labbakandam | Labbakandam, Thekkady 685509, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set against the backdrop of the misty mountains of Kurushumala, the lush meadows of Periyar nearby and the calm village ambience make this a great base to explore the beautiful area of Periyar. The homestay is ideally located less than a kilometer from Kumily town, the spice garden of India and borders the famed forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve. ... more   less 
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