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Pooppallys Heritage Home
Ranked #26 of 66 Hotels in Alappuzha
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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“A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

It's a couple of months since we stayed at Poopallys, and the thought of it still brings a big smile!
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our time there. The family home is beautiful and atmospheric, the garden an inspiration, and the river so relaxing. The Poopallys are a wonderfully welcoming and hospitable and interesting family. We felt at home from the moment our taxi pulled up and Joseph and Cecily came to greet us. Their consideration in helping us arrange the massages and the canoe rides and a cooking lesson, and giving us a tour of their garden, was unforgettable. The cooking lesson with Lisa was another enjoyable highlight. We fitted in a lot in our three days, yet it all felt so relaxing and easy-going, and very friendly.
We look forward to returning sometime for more!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Pooppallys
A beautiful old heritage homestay right on the water where you can relax on the veranda and watch the goings on of the river. Slightly neglected and run down when we were there due to the absence from illness of the maintenance staff. Wifi was provided in the dining room.
Lovely meals provided by the aging Joseph's wife Cicely, but one can't help feeling that his days of running the homestay alone are numbered. It is rather like being looked after yet feeling responsible for one's aging parents. Joseph has all his mental faculties but it would be better if they had someone to help serve the meals and welcome the guests and let him get on with being the expansive and generous host he is.

  • Stayed November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

Our visit to Poopallys was a highlight of our trip. This was a great alternative to a houseboat to see life on the backwaters. Not only was Dr Joseph incredibly hospitable, he also had excellent suggestions for Ayurvedic treatments and a three-hour boat trip around the smaller backwaters. Our redwood bungalow looked over the river and had a back to nature feel. The experience was great value for money.The food was fantastic (including the best chicken biriyani I had in Kerala) and Dr Joseph was always happy to spend time to answer questions about Kerala.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

We were collected from the railway station after an overnight train trip from Goa and led to our clean and comfortable room in one of the most peaceful beautiful locations I have stayed. The waterfront location is idyllic and there are pathways along the waterfront to the local village.

The food at pooppallys was some of the best we experienced in India, a wide selection at every meal and the opportunity to try authentic dishes. We have not found anything like it since returning to Sydney.

The hosts are warm and generous people. nothing is too much trouble. They were very helpful in organising a driver for us and arranging for our prebooked houseboat tour to pick us up from out the front of Poopallys. The host runs complementary spice tour of his garden which was a great experience.

Note. We stayed in 2008, not 2012, as per below.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

We can't thank Paul and Cecily enough for allowing us to share their beautiful home and for taking such good care of us. We were only going to stay a couple of nights but ended up staying five - we didn't want to leave. The location was ideal, right on the river (a much better choice than a houseboat), very quiet and relaxing. The room was clean, comfortable and quite lovely, and Cecily's food was amazing - we were introduced to so many new and delicious dishes, home cooked mostly with ingredients right from their garden. Paul arranged our drivers, boat tours and made sure we had whatever we needed, and we thoroughly enjoyed some great conversation. We hope to have the opportunity to stay with them again one day.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We chose Pooppallys as an alternative to taking a houseboat, and are so pleased that we did.

The house is authentic, beautifully situated on the river, and comfortable if somewhat dated. The home-cooked meals were delicious and used produce from the amazing garden (ask for a tour). Paul arranged massages at the local Ayurvedic centre and for a backwaters tour in a motor lauch which took us into the small canals for a real taste of backwaters life. Both recommended. Take the public ferry into Allepy too, lots of fun meandering from bank to bank picking up passengers.

What really made the stay special was the sense of being welcomed by the whole family. This was a memorable Christmas.

There are mosquitos, impossible to avoid in the backwaters, but they didn't disturb us in our aircon room.

Room Tip: The air conditioned river view room attached to the main house suited us well. Lovely to wake up and...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

This place is great if you want to chill out and admire the view of the river, which is pretty amazing from the back of the house. Paul was lovely and made us feel at home. The room was okay.. No toilet paper though and we didn't seem to have any hot water. The food was very nice and the family are all very friendly! It is located outside of Alleppey so if you do want to go to the beach etc or to go anywhere it is a good 15 minute auto ride. Paul arranged transport so we could visit other places which all worked out great.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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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 District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
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Pooppallys Heritage Home Hotel
Pooppallys Heritage Home Kerala, India

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