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Rooms - 4/5
Customer service - 1/5
Food - 2/5
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... and to me the home stay in the evening was the highlight. We reached our Keralan home-stay greeted by the owner who immediately took us on a tour of the local area. He taught us so much in a very short space of time, such as how the local people literally use all of the coconut. Sustainable living in practice! For example, the husks are for fuel, weaving into twine and as a sponge to wash plates, the shells are used for firewood, the leaves for brushes, tongue cleaners ...
... Railway) 100km
Thiruvanathapuram (Airport) 210km
Kovalam (Beach) 230km
Varkkala (Beach) 200km
Idukki (Arch Dam) 50km
Munnar (sandal forest) 100km
Thekkady(Tiger Reserve) 62km
Marmala stream (waterfall) ...
... to stop the land from sinking as it's soil property is clay, and that the tiny island provides up to 20% of Kerala's rice. The land here is very fertile due to the rains from the monsoon season bringing in minerals and silt from the Western Ghats, therefore there is an abundance of not only rice, but fruit and vegetables. The island is in many ways, self sustaining. During our first evening there and as the sun was setting, we took a ride on a canoe down the backwaters, while ...
... in the brown waters. But they don't know any different, and everyone has a mobile phone of course. Mid morning we were back on the bus and began the 3hr journey to Periyar where we were to stay two nights at El Paradiso guesthouse. It's about 1000ft above sea level so journey was along windy roads up in to the mountains. Another change in scenery and a lot busier than the backwaters. On the way we visited a tea plantation site and saw the mass fields of tea ...
... rule, with much of he original buildings and machinery still in place. I loved the place, but then any place with big, dangerous looking machinery beyond my understanding, coupled with a strong scent of fresh tea, gets my vote. We were't allowed to take photos inside sadly, so you'll have to use your imagination (those of you around my age who remember a kid's TV show called 'Bertha' will have an idea of the type of machines ...