About the Homestay


Enjoy the crisp air


The intimacy of a homestay


Ayurveda and Panchkarma Center


Activities at Akkarã


Nature and Culture in Kottayam


Akkarã provided us the most beautiful warm, generous, relaxing and culturally interesting stay. The house, cuisine is homely at once. The host opened their home and family to us and provided us with everything we needed to rest and explore. We had very high expectation, but Akkarã surpassed them all. Akkarã is a perfect place to stop and recharge before exploring further. Thank you.

Rekha Murthy and John Grant - Cambridge, MA, USA

What a lovely home! We have so enjoyed staying here, and learning new yummy recipes and eating local fruits straight off the tree. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.

Emily and Rafael - Washington DC, USA

Wonderful place! Very peaceful and relaxing. Great food and a lovely host.

Kate and Greg Dooley - Singapore

Good food! Great People! Wonderful Nature! Thank you…

Richard Harbers - Netherlands

We have so much appreciated the location of the house, the very fresh and tasty food and most importantly the friendliness of the hosts. The conversations were interesting and staying at Akkarã is one of the most relaxing experiences. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.

Lutz Volke and Anne Tornberg - Norway

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, constant care and your kindness. We had a fantastic time in the calmness and serenity of your home, always to be remembered.

Sasha and Lena - Ukraine

Wow! What an amazing place and what an amazing host. We felt so cared for and at home We were given the tastiest food we have had in Kerala and both of us felt so spoilt. The early morning boat ride was simply mesmerizing, so many birds to see, the quietness of the water was such a great remedy from the noise of the cities that we come from. From visits to temples and churches, buying fabric at a local shop you made our trip simply memorable. We really feel lucky to have found you. We can’t thank you enough! And really looking forward to the packed lunch for our onward journey.

Emilly and James - New Zealand

Our sincere thanks to the host for taking such good care of us. The food is excellent better than any 5 star hotels we were previously in. You must produce a Kerala cook book and it will be a best seller even Gordon Ramsey would love your food. Akkara has been the most peaceful and tranquil part of our holiday. We loved the canoe trip. Your hospitality has been truly memorable. I wish more people around the world are as helpful and kind as all of you. We are leaving Too soon.

Mark and Kate Warren - West Yorkshire, UK

Always will remember the wonderful hospitality and the delicious food at Akkarã. We can’t wait to tell the world about this little paradise in the heart of Kerala and will definitely be back soon.

Doris Haller and Rainer Zulauf - Switzerland

Thank you for a wonderful stay! We really enjoyed the peacefulness of the place, the personal touch and the Great Food! Thank you for sharing your home and giving us very fond memories to take back. We hope this place continues to receive guests for another 190 years!

Marina Nacheva and Richard Deitz - Moscow, Russia

We had the most wonderful stay. We found the family to be warm, nurturing ad friendly. Such a lovely home and the friendly staff just added to our overall experience. Thank you so much and good luck.

Anna and Paddy Elders - Densbury, UK

Truly an oasis in the otherwise chaotic and sometimes overwhelming country. Akkara is a great place to relax, unwind mid trip. It is a great getaway to the rest of Kerala. The hosts run a wonderful home here and you are made to feel part of the family. It is a rare pleasure to be housed in such comfortable and peaceful surrounds and the generous and delicious food only adds to the experience. Thank you and hope to come by again soon.

Michael Coburn - Melbourne, Australia

Sweet dreams, beautiful smiles of people, warm hospitality and great Malyalee cuisine and a visit to a native Kathakali contest, what more could one ask for?

Liza Nobre and Jorge Barreto - Sao Paulo, Brazil

It is a wonderful place. It is like paradise here. Food very nice, warm welcome and super cool. Warm and friendly you couldn’t ask for anything for a wonderful relaxed holiday.

Logarnaikee and R.Hardin - Vacoas, Mauritius

If we are lucky when we die, we will go to heaven. If we are really lucky, heaven will be just like this place.

Rodi and Mariam - Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you so much for a very relaxing and wonderful stay! We absolutely loved the food. The best Kerala cooking every! Thank you for sharing your home and the warm hospitality you extended will stay with us forever.

Marie and Marien - Frankfurt, Germany

We came for rest and we felt at home immediately. From the tranquil waters and the chirping birds, frogs and all else, we were grateful to have discovered this peaceful retreat, away from the noise of the cars and the city. Thank you for being the most wonderful host, we enjoyed the pleasant conversation and insights. The food- to say is delicious in a understatement, we leave with full bellies and banana chips for the train ride. We only wish we had planned to stay longer. We will return. Thanks again.

Sangeeta and Andrew - Vancouver, Canada

Our stay with you was beyond our expectation. We experiences hospitality at its best and the food too delicious to describe- In all a completely relaxing visit. Thank you for being the perfect host and hope to visit again.

Kruben and Sham Moodliar - Cape Town, South Africa

So many thanks for your warm hospitality. I felt right at home from the very first moment that I stepped into Akkarã. You have the best cuisine I have tried in my journey in south west India. Your house is wonderful, the backwaters are placid, your advices and information about my nest steps in the journey precious. Keep running this place just the way it is.

Edoardo Montesi - Milano, Italy

Lucky us! And lucky you to, live in this wonderful house. We had the most terrific time and will definitely send our friends here.

Florence and Fabrice - Paris, France

A wonderful time and thank you for making us part of your life. The house, food and the plantation are so beautiful. Definitely a vacation to remember!!

Charlie and Lisa - Israel

Just like home!! We were here last year and couldn’t wait to return again. We were made to feel very welcome again, and it as good as we have remembered. We have never eaten better food anywhere- We will be back again for sure.

Phil and Judith - UK

Although too short this has been one of our greatest experiences in Kerala. It was a great experience staying in this beautiful house . Lovely quiet and peaceful the food was excellent. We had lots of fun just walking in the garden and felt at home away from our homes. Look forward to coming back again and we will definitely recommend this place to our friends.

Eva, Per, Tilda and Wilma - Stockholm, Sweden

Thank you so much for inviting us into you lovely home. The food was fantastic but the welcome, hospitality and friendliness even more. We will always remember this visit and we are so glad that we had this opportunity to see Kerala through you. We are indeed lucky.

Naimah and Family - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thank you so much for the very special experience. Staying here is definitely is the highlights of my trip to India. Thank you for your amazing hospitality.

Chaney - Berlin, Germany

We had an extraordinary time here-exquisite Kerala cuisine fresh off the garden, wonderful company of other travelers and a lovely hostess. We especially loved rowing the dugout canoe through the river. Thanks for great memories.

Ethan and Leslie - Ohio, USA

We were treated like kings! We felt immediately at home. Thanks for the kind and warm welcome. What we will miss the most is the home cooked royal meals. We had a wonderful relaxing days at Akkarã.

Annelies and Stan - Belgium

It was lovely to see how self sufficient you are- cows for milk, hens, fruit trees, vegetable garden and of course the river and the boat.

Malathy Sitaram - London

Your home is very beautiful and peaceful. I loved waking up to the sounds of birds. I could spend a whole week reading, napping and eating.

Ellen and Nadan Kombiyil - USA

We arrived on a very hot afternoon and suddenly saw this lovely house, a peninsula across the river, it was spectacular…

Vinod and Nicole - England

We would like to thank you, dear Shanta, for such a generous and warm welcome in your home. Nothing has been too much trouble and your patience is endless- particularly on my shopping trip! We leave with fond memories of your wonderful food and the relaxed atmosphere at the Akkarã house. With best wishes.

Will and Julie Skimer - London

Shanta… you truly know how to host your guests- just the right mix of space, conversation, kindness and helpfulness. You made our stay a real holiday.

James, Kim, David and Nathan - Wales, UK

We had planned to stay only for one night, but we liked the peaceful setting, the quiet atmosphere and the wonderful hospitality so much that we decided to stay on. We had a lovely time and we very much hope to be back one day.

Rudolf Jaegar - Germany

Yours is a dream island of calm and peace with a family like atmosphere. Unfortunately our stay was too short and busy. We hope to come back for a longer period to savour the peacefulness and the true Kerala food!

Alan Boulant - France

We have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area of Kerala. Kurien’s descriptions of life in India are very informative.

John Barmby - England

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