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Reviewed 2 May 2012

We had a lovely night at this home before getting a boat for a day/night on the backwaters. Natasha and Biju are great hosts and very chatty. They were helpful when I had some unexpected work to do and provided a printer/scanner/Internet. Biju organised the houseboat (which was great for us-there are so many to chose from and we were happy to have a recommendation). It is walking distance from the lake where the boats start and finish. The houseboat experience was wonderful!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bankstravels
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

We arrived late in the afternoon, after a day of touring and washing elephants :-) There was still a bit of sunlight to let us admire the beautiful garden. As we waited for the mandatory electricity cut out between 1830-1900, we enjoyed a welcome drink sitting outside, entertained by Jackie the adorable pug.
Our room was on the ground floor... Spotless! ... and so was the bathroom, modern and spotless.
We ordered take away food for dinner which was delivered to the house in great timing.
Biju organized our houseboat trip for the following day, and a tuk tuk ride in the morning to do some errands before the boat. Breakfast... delicious!!! Homemade keralan pancakes :-) and nice real coffee :-).
When we returned from the overnight houseboat trip, it was a most pleasant surprise to find Biju on the dock waiting for us, with the car he'd organized to take us to our next destination.
To meet Natasha and Biju in person, it was easy to feel the warm and genuine welcome. They are passionate about what they do, and it shows.
It would be so easy to stay longer :-) Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank eurasian73
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We have stayed at Bella Home Stay twice this year Feb and March 2012. Bella Home Stay is run by Natasha and Biju and opened last year in October. Very clean is an understatement, you will not find cleaner. Really lovely garden where you can sit and relax. Natasha and Biju have a lot of experence in running Home Stays. This really does show in the type of accomadation and standards they provide at this Home Stay.
The beds are comfortable with extra pillows, the rooms are very tastfuly decorated and are very pleasent to stay in. Bella home stay is in a really lovely area of Alappuzha and is set in lush green area which is very quiet.
Breakfast is provided in the price and you can have a really good Keralan breakfast. Biju is a really good person to arrange trips on Rice Boats plus other trips, as he is local and full of good honest information.
I really cant find any thing negitive about Natasha and Biju and their lovely home stay they run. Its top notch and the best place ive ever stayed in India. Thankyou guys so much.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mariea1
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We thoroughly our stay here, highlighted by the friendly and helpful service from humans (Natasha / Biju) and canines (Jackie) alike! Stayed two nights in an A/C room that was very clean with a comfortable and relatively large bed. They helped us to book a nice backwaters canoe day tour that we were very happy with. Location is very close to a ferry stop and a nice, reasonably priced ayurvedic massage place. Not a whole lot to do at night in Alappuzha, but the town center is a short tuk tuk ride away. Definitely would recommend Bella Homestay!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Normie89
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Do yourself a favour and stay here! Brand, spanking new and immaculate, Natasja and Biju's home opens it's doors and welcomes you to India! Friendly, informative, helpful and just downright nice, this couple will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Oh yes, there's a cute little doggy here too (he likes chocolate...I'm just saying), a terrace for drinking lassies and beer, fresh rooms and finally a place that feels like a home away from home! Let Biju recommend and arrange canoe trips, houseboats, local beaches and the local Ayurveda center (simple but great!). Enjoy!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Christina F
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