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Olappamanna Mana
Ranked #1 of 2 Vellinezhi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 December 2013

We stayed two nights at Olappamana Mana. If you want to experience a very important part of Indian culture, this place is a must. The family taught us about the Brahmin Priest class and the lands they occupied for several hundred years. We stayed in a building over 250 years old. It was comfortable and had a haunting view of the temple from our bedroom's second story veranda. We were able to attend a Kalam Ezhuthi Pattu, in which a picture of the Goddess Kali is drawn. The drawing ceremony was one of the most memorable experiences in our many years of traveling. The food was delicious, including awesome fresh juice with every breakfast. We started learning to eat Kerala-style with our hands. We had a driver and guide with us and we very much appreciated the kindnesses extended to them by the family. A morning tour included a visit to a compound where elephants were very well cared for.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Extraordinary experience in a keralese home with such warm hosts...
We stayed for only one night but enjoyed every instant of our stay : the setting, the houses, the food of course, the history of the family, the morning rituals.
Thank you very very much and we hope we'll come again someday.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank AnneSophiedeQu
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This year we decided to stay at Olappamanna Manna Home Stay during our holidays.Our hosts were apprehensive, whether we being Keralites would enjoy the stay & be satisfied with the money spent. We feel that we proved his apprehension wrong by a long way & maybe opened a new window in his mind. The two nights we spend there in July was really enjoyable. Our hosts Mr. Damodaran & Mrs. Sreedevi were extremely warm which made us feel better, than staying in a 5 Star Hotel. The 300 year old Mana is really well preserved. The rooms & arrangements were clean & meticulous. There is a collection of well preserved rare antiques which the host will show you .You can also view traditional rituals & art forms. The high point was the delicious vegetarian cooking of Sreedevi,watching the rain come down on the courtyard surrounded by old buildings through which flashed by images of a bygone period. A must for all malayalees, will give you an insight into the heritage of Kerala, which will really make you proud.

Hema & Thomas

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor better view of the courtyard
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank thomas v
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I was there for one night and two days... It was amazing... The house, stay and of course food, I'll die for it, everything was excellent. The hosts(Mr. & Mrs. Damodaran) were so friendly and wonderful. The mana is a very old building but it's kept in good condition. It have many stories to say. I would definitely go again if I gets a chance. What more should I say...? You just come & feel yourself...!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Krishnan N
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

The two of us spent 3 nights at the Mana. It is amazing to us that regular people such as ourselves have such easy access to such a unique place and experience. The Mana is a living museum. Using our own key to unlock the beautiful and very old building where we had our private quarters was a dream. We had the run of the place. We were privileged to be part of the nightly ritual at the compound's temple with people from the surrounding homes. Ancient rites living and breathing all around us. The hosts are exceptional people and provided us with an abundance of information, hospitality and special food as mentioned by all the other reviewers. It was an honor, but a comfortable one to enter their home for meals and conversation. Mr. Damodaran is a great communicator by email and in person. He helped us with many arrangements without being asked. Mrs. Damodaran is just lovely. She is a fantastic cook and a warm person. She even took us to a local shop to buy some of the same cookware she used at home!
A highlight was attending a vibrant temple festival near by - elephants, dancers, everything we ever hoped for. and we were accompanied by a local resident as a guide. fantastic.
If you are researching Ollapamanna and wondering if you should go, DO.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank msekijima
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Having spent a month in India it becomes difficult to remember one hotel from another. There is no difficulty however in remembering our stay at Olappamanna Mana. It was a unique experience to stay in a homestead that is so steeped in history and with such welcoming hosts.

It was a pleasure to hear (and see) the history of the homestead and witness the Hindu rituals. Just walking round the grounds and watching the wildlife was very enjoyable.

The food was superb and we'll soon be putting into practice our lesson in dosa making.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Derek S
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Our visit to Olappamanna Mana was one of the outstanding memories of our tour of Kerala. Our host, Mr Damodaran gave us a wonderful conducted tour of this historical homestay and gardens. We were priveledged to see the Hindu ritual and to have his explanation for what was happenning. Mrs Damodaran was a wonderful hostess providing tasty Keralan food. We only stayed one night, but wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carol B
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Additional Information about Olappamanna Mana

Address: Main Road, Vellinezhi 679504, India
Region: India > Kerala > Palakkad District > Vellinezhi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Vellinezhi
Price Range: £75 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olappamanna Mana is a 300year old home. It has unique architectureIt contributed to the development of the most popular form of Kathakali. It also gave birth to a lot of literary people, vedic scholars and snaskrit scholars.Finally it is a well known Cultural Center in Kerala ... more   less 

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