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Pooppallys Heritage Home
Ranked #26 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Level Contributor
42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“peaceful retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

We spent 2 nights with Dr Joseph and Mrs Cecily Poopally. honestly it was not what we were expecting..it was a bit different from what we had in mind but it was great none the less..it gave us the peaceful and relaxed 2 days that we needed.The hosts are lovely,warm,friendly and energetic people (one would never be able to guess their ages from their energy levels). The place was basic and neat. The view from the room was amazing..the lovely backwaters and waking up to the noise to waves was fantastic.The food cooked by the hostess herself was just divine.The food was authentic local food with just the right amount of spices to suit our tastes.Ofcourse one cant miss out the garden and the spices growing in it..Dr. Joseph personally showed us around the garden and gave us some plants to take back with us.They were extremely helpful couple.All in all a fab place.Though if you are considering this place a few things to note its a bit far from alleppey city so ensure you have everything you need before you get here.Also we felt the place would be much nicer if it was a little better maintained..I appreciate the fact that they want to keep the place rustic and in its original look however the garden could be better maintained, also the rooms.The room was musty and a bit stuffy when we got there.maybe a mosquito net should be provided as we had a huge spider in the room at night and were a bit uncomfortable on the second night..having said that again it was overall a good experience.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank melssie
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

We spent 7 nights here at the beginning of November and had a wonderful time. A lovely family home on the river with fabulous views, a great place to relax. The real joy is Joseph and Cicely who are just amazing hosts and great company. Real home cooking that you probably wouldn't find in a restaurant. If you want to experience the "real Kerala" add Pooppalleys to your itinerary. Thank you again Joseph and Cicely and Lisa for our last night's Keralan banquet.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dave C
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Mumbai
Level Contributor
94 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

We spent 2 nights this past Diwali break with Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Cecily Poopally - what a beautiful experience. We stayed in the room facing the backwaters. It was simple but clean with comfortable beds, air conditioning, 24 hours running water and electricity. The Poopallys are in their early 80s and 70s but you would never guess given their boundless energy, enthusiasm and generosity towards their guests. Dr Poopally was very happy to entertain us with bits of kerala history, culture, family stories and mrs Poopally fed us the most delicious, delicately spiced suriani food. Each meal consisted of at least 2-3 vegetables or curries and no item was repeated during our stay. Non vegetarians will love the fish and chicken curries she makes - my husband said they were brilliant. What's more they grow almost everything the cook or have to offer - spices, exotic fruits, vegetables, rice, coconuts even their own cacao, chicken and fish intheir pond. Ask Dr Poopally to take you on a garden tour- he even gave me plant cuttingsto take back home! Loved this place!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MamboMumbai
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Moscow
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48 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

This is the ideal place for those travelers who want to truly feel what it means to live on the famous canals of Kerala
Anicent house is situated on the bank of a canal in the shadow of a magical garden. This place is in 12 kilometers from the bustling Allappi. Sitting on the terrace adjacent to the guest house or on the swing-beds in the garden for hours watching life on the water and the hypnotic flow of river's water, you come into your internal spheres and feel real union with nature.

Whenever you want to change the view you can take a motor boat or canoe and explore other channels. The owner of a luxury motor-boat, Anthony, will be happy to show and tell all hidden places. Boat moors directly to the porch at home.

I took the boat for three hours and it cost me 1050 Rs., which is special price for guests. Do not even try to find a boat by yourself because this is the best deal on price and quality.

What else can you do here besides boating?
Walk on the narrow paths along the canals to see the real life that is not available for those who travel on well-advertised trips to houseboats. Try a massage in the Ayurveda-center which is located within walking distance, go to the beach (half an hour on a rickshaw).

But the house itself is the main attraction of channels and has so relaxing atmosphere that you can not even imagine what you need to go somewhere. Even at the beach do not want to.
You can try the delicious food of Kerala only here, because all restaurants offer something looks like fake comparing Pooppallys's cuisine. So it is strongly recommended to taste the culinary wonders from this house before visiting any local restaurants.

Guest rooms are located in the main house and two detached houses. Large guest house is situated in the garden, away from all buildings and it is the best choice for romantic couples. There is no river but there is a goldfish pond, always in shadow, and no one will disturb privacy.

Little house on the river is suited by two rooms and it is the perfect shelter for writers, artists and those who just need to be gathered with thoughts.
The hotel capacity is good for eight couples.
All rooms are equiped by private facilities, hot water, etc. The rooms have no TV but it is not needed at this beauty of nature. For those who can not live without flashing blue screen the TV set is in the common room which is also living room. The living room has extensive library.

The main treasure of this place is home owners. I enjoyed every minute with atmosphere is surrounded by real and exlellent educated companions. Our conversations gave my many interesting knowledge and much intellectual pleasure.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RuslanaR
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Warsaw
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2011

Truly amazing place... Run by Mr. Pooppally and his wife is of the finest examples of hospitality. I only stayed for the weekend, but was welcomed warmy by the host. Despite the fact that arrived late at night, Mrs. Pooppally was kind enough to prepare a quick dinner for me. The house is 115 years old, beautifully furnished with the old teak wood and spotlessly clean. It is located just at the shore at the river, with very nice view and peaceful surroundings. My room, facing the river, was simple but had everything I needed. Don't expect the modern resort-style ambience. This place has the history of its own. Very good local food prepared by Mrs. Pooppally, fantastic wine her husband makes of nutmeg, quiet atmosphere and historical elegance - I simply loved it.

One warning - the location of the hotel that you can see on tripadvisor page is incorrect. In reality the Heritage House is outside of Aleppey town, close to the Nedumundy boat stop.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarcinPWarsaw
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Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2011

Pooppally's Home Stay is a beautiful, quite and neat heritage house just along a wide canal in the marvellous Kerala Backwaters area.
The house is owned by the lovely Pooppally family who received us with warmth and took much care of us. Prof. Joseph is a nice, cultivated man that showed us the charming ayurvedic and spice garden of the property and told us about the history of his family and the region.
His wife and daughter have been very kind and helpful and we enjoyed their delicious kitchen! Their nice grandaughters have been also very friendly and played with our kids.
The house has different rooms. The ones directly on the canal are the best, very clean and well furnished. But the very best are the ones in the ancient teak house that Prof. Joseph took from the hills and rebuilt in it's exact shape in his garden. An ancient, classical teak wood house perfectly restored, with wide, beautiful bedrooms, large bathrooms completely new and a pleasant porch to relax on the river. We spent there only 1 day but would like to stay more! Mr. Pooppally's also arranges Ayurvedic treatments in the local clinic and taxi transfer on request. Moreover the boathouse we've booked came directly to pick us up in front of the house. Beautiful!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Polli73
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USA
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2011

We elected to stay at Poopallys and to forgo the overnight boat ride . . .and are we glad we did! Compared to the overnight boats, which seem like these behometh boats that simply lumber down the center of the main canals, we experienced Keralan life up close and personal thanks to the wonderful hospitality of Joseph and Cicely. They are charming people to be around and really make you feel at home, especially with Cicely's great cooking. And Joseph arranged for a 3 hour day boat trip that was enough and allowed us to observe the daily life along the canals that are for sure too narrow for most of the boats. We wished we had planned to stay another night.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank WhitUSA
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Additional Information about Pooppallys Heritage Home

Property: Pooppallys Heritage Home
Address: Ponga P.O, Alappuzha 688512, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#8 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Pooppallys Heritage Home Alappuzha
Pooppallys Heritage Home Hotel
Pooppallys Heritage Home Kerala, India

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