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“Perfect introduction to Kerela!”

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The Bungalow Heritage Homestay
Ranked #5 of 430 Kochi (Cochin) B&B and Inns
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Longboat Key, Florida
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“Perfect introduction to Kerela!”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

This will be a most memorable part of our around the world trip. While I have traveled to India before, this was my first trip to Kerela. I wasn't sure what to expect but the ease at which we have been taken care of by Neema and her family has made this the perfect way to begin our Indian segment. Our room is spacious and comfortable, the food delicious and Neema has taken care of every possible concern: arranging for a taxi to pick us up upon arrival, information and directions for future sights, thoughtful conversations about life and travel. The location is ideal for it is a 5 minute walk to the 3 minute ferry that crosses the canal to Fort Cochin, which is fun way to begin and end the day. The comfort and loveliness of the family, their home, their generosity of time with needed information makes this a perfect introduction to South India. I wholeheartedly recommend this home stay!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

From the moment we arrived we felt part of this lovely family. Neema did everything she could to ensure we had a wonderful 5 days in Cochin and saw all the sights. The bungalow is spotlessly clean and Neema's cooking a real treat. The location is ideal for ferry hopping around the islands and is only a short walk from The Bungalow. We agree with the previous reviews and have no hesitation in highly recommending a stay in this fabulous heritage property.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

We spent two nights with Neema and her family at the beginning of February 2012. The stay made a wonderful start to our tour of Kerala. We endorse everything written in earlier reviews and can recommend a stay in the Bungalow wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

What a great find The Bungalow was! Neema is such a helpful host and incredible cook. She helped us with our itinery and even found a local tailor for us. The house is full of character and we appreciated being in Vypeen too.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

I had a very nice welcome from Neema and her family. The whole heritage property is beautifully kept and extremley clean. The food was delicious and fresh as Neema did go shopping on the day of my arrival for dinner in the evening. It's a very hospitable family and you will most likely meet all of them. The room was very big with also an attached, big bathroom with a European shower. If you are looking for a quality accomodation with very nice hosts at affordable prices you should stay here. It's ony a short ferry trip over to Fort Kochi. Neema is also very helpful in suggesting trips and places to vist. Many thanks to all of you for making my stay so wonderful - unfortunately I could not stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Myself and two friends travelled to Kochi in late January 2012. When organising our trip, we stumbled across the Bungalow Heritage Homestay on Tripadvisor, and with all its excellent reviews, we simply had to enquire. From our very first email, Neema organised our entire 5 day Kerelan adventure including accommodation, taxis and activities across Alleppey, Munnar and Kochi itself - we hardly had to lift a finger! It was great to have Neema's input with accommodation, as there are so many places to stay in Munnar and houseboat companies, it can be overwhelming. Neema only sends her guests to places she has personally inspected and hence, our accommodation in these places was fantastic.

Neema, Prasad and Olivia were more than hospitable hosts. We felt right at home when we arrived very late in the evening after a delayed flight, only to find dinner had been kept warm and waiting for us. With the copious amounts of delicious food, you will never go hungry at Neemas! Be sure to double check lunch/dinner prices at the Bungalow, as it can be more expensive than eating out. However, the quality of Neema's food is far superior to any other meal we had in India!

The rooms were fantastic; spacious, clean, airconditioned and with access to a large bathroom with constant hot water (after travelling in India for 5 weeks, you realise that this is a real treat!)

All in all, I would certainly recommend the Bungalow Heritage Homestay to all travellers looking for a relaxing, friendly and hospitable homestay. For those travellers on a budget, it might be good to know that improved living standards in Kerela (comparative to the rest of India) means things are generally more expensive. But in saying that, Neema was worth her weight in gold!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

The Bungalow Heritage Homestay was a great experience and a perfect way to end our travels in India. Neema and her family were very welcoming to us and ensured we had an enjoyable stay.
Prior to our trip, Neema assisted us in organising a houseboat tour and a trip to the tea plantation which guaranteed our week would be well planned and stress free.
Neema's cooking is delicious and there are always plenty of options; your bound to be offered multiple serves. Neema was very accommodating with allergies and went out of her way to ensure she did not cook with anything that I could not eat. The dinner is somewhat expensive when compared with food prices in India but there is always plenty on offer!
The rooms were lovely and spacious with great AC, hot water and comfortable beds. The Bungalow is kept very clean and has a homey feel. I would definitely recommend the Bungalow Heritage Homestay if you are looking for a great place to relax and enjoy some South Indian Cuisine.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: The Bungalow Heritage Homestay
Address: Near St. Theresa's Chapel | Vypeen, Kochi (Cochin) 682508, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 430 B&Bs / Inns in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bungalow, located at Vypeen side of the harbor mouth of Port of Cochin, with its own history and culture. Built in 1930, this heritage building of Vypeen is a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and Kerala architectures. Vypeen is a meld of Portuguese, Dutch and English influences; where history is alive even today. ... more   less 
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The Bungalow Heritage Homestay Kochi (Cochin), India - Kerala

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