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Allepey Dharma Stay

Allepey (or Allappuzha), Kerala: sandwiched between the backwaters and the sea, this sleepy village has the best to offer of Allepey.  It is right on the banks of the backwaters and also close to the sea, making it especially ideal for couples, friends and families who wish to escape into serene nature . 

Social Impact

This cottage is an initiative of 7 local women and is well supported by the local community. It provides income to them, helping to strengthen their economic security. 

Important to Note

  • Location: 35 km from Allepey (now called Allappuzha), via the NH66
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is the closest one, located just 75 km from Allepey. Trivandrum Internationa Airport is located 150 km from Allepey. From there, you would have to travel by road to this homestay in Allepey. 
  • Nearest train station: Allepey has its own railway station. 

 

    Please note that prices listed may vary according in case of high demand

    Cost INR 2750/- per room per night before taxes (of 18%)
    Extra Bed Cost INR 1000/- per bed
    Total Capacity 2+1 (extra bed)
    Food: traditional and local Breakfast included in price. Other traditional meals provided upon request.
    Bathroom Private Bathroom
    Parking Yes
    Wifi No
    Pet Friendliness No pets allowed
    Other Special concessions for children. No tariff for children below 6 years of age. 

     

Activity Cost Details
Guided village walk: Learn about village life, visit the locla coir-making unit and explore some of the history of the area.  Starting at: INR  1875 for a group

Cost may vary adepending on the itinerary and group size. 

Languages available: English and Malayalam.

Fishing: visit with local fishermen and learn from them about traditional fishing techniques.  Starting at INR 250/- per person

Cost may vary adepending on the itinerary and group size. 

Languages available: English and Malayalam.

Traditional cooking & meal: learn some of God's own receipes in His own country. Local, delicious cuisine that's hard to find anywhere else.  Starting at INR 625/- per person

Food and cooking lesson included.

Cost may vary depending on the itinerary and group size.

Languages available: English and Malayalam.

Country boating: enjoy the serene backwaters

Starting at: INR 1250/- for 3 people

Cost may vary depending on the itinerary and group size.

 Languages available: English and Malayalam.

Country boating: enjoy the serene backwaters of the area 

Starting at INR 2500/- for a group

Time: 1 hour duration 

Cost may vary adepending on the itinerary and group size. 

Languages available: English and Malayalam.

 

 

A. General

1. When is it the best time to visit?

South Indian tours are best from October to March. However, travel to Allepey in Kerala is also great between June, July, and August because the overcast, cloudy weather, and occasional pleasant monsoon showers can also be great fun! Plus you avoid the Sun!

2. What about ATMs and connectivity?

Connectivity can be a challenge for travel in rural India. However, there are some network service providers that work better than others: BSNL, IDEA, and JIO are really good in Allepey District in Kerala.

ATMs

For foreigners traveling in India, ATMs are something of a quest. International cards are not accepted and that leaves you heavily dependent on cash transactions. During peak season and especially long weekends, the ATMs run out of cash very quickly, so come prepared!

3. What can I do in the area?

Check the ‘Things to do’ section of each budget homestay in Allepey to know more. You could also book an experience with us on ‘Dharma Experiences’ or customize your own. 

B. Cost: Where Does My Money Go?

1. How does my trip benefit the local community in Wayanad, Kerala?

The majority of revenue we generate through you goes to our partner families in Allepey. They are from or in a rural area and are trained either directly by us or our ground partners to provide hospitality services. These services may include budget homestay accommodations in Allepey, food, transportation, experience hosting and guide services. The impact is created at two levels: individual and community. 

Individual Level

Our aim is to bring about a 25% increase in annual income for our low-income partner families. Increasing cases of irregular rains, possibly due to changing climatic conditions are affecting harvests. With some of our families, where farming is a primary source of income, the extra revenue through tourism goes a long way. Another challenge is market linkage. Getting regular sales and fair prices are some of the biggest challenges that rural families face. We hope to enable regular supplementary income through our work. 

Community Level

In collaboration with guests like you, we work with our high-income partner families to promote social development activities in and around the villages where we are present. As much as possible, we take up specific initiatives in the areas of education, waste management, and agriculture. 

2. Where does the money go?

From the rural families in Allepey who host hospitality services to people like you, the guest who chooses to book with us, is a chain that includes several links. 

Food

As much as possible, we provide an Indian food experience with local families in Allepey, Kerala. Sometimes, due to dietary restrictions, preferences of our guests or logistics, we also include other options. Prices can be comparable to any restaurant price in India, sometimes, less expensive, sometimes a bit more (depending on the ingredients, logistics, etc.).

Budget Homestay Accommodations in Allepey, Kerala

Unless requested by guests during certain Dharma Experiences, we book all rooms directly with local families in their Allepey homestays. They are safe and clean. 

Transportation

The travel part of travel is a big part of all this. We work with local partners and families to provide transportation as much as possible. However, quite often, either due to guest requests or other logistical reasons, we do also choose other options. 

Activities Hosting

The best part of travel in India is the people we meet. Our activities are hosted by local community members who love to share their stories. Your Allepey trip in Kerala will certainly be filled with a vibrant range of experiences. 

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A large part of our work, apart from directly training local families or supporting ground partners who do, is in linking people doing good work to guests like you. Our technology platform takes into consideration rural realities. Our vision is to link guests like you to the heart of rural India. 

3. Why do prices vary at times for the same experience?

As a general rule of thumb for travel in India and also for our tours of Allepey in Kerala, the larger the group size, the lesser the price. This is because of transportation and activities hosting. 

C. Safety

This is a very big priority for us. Here’s what we do:

Each state in India has its own homestay registration process. As much as possible, we try to help local families with this process. This involves getting approval from the local authorities to ensure that rules are met. Further, in the case of foreigners traveling in India, homestay owners are also required to submit documents to the local police station. Local authorities keep track of activity. This is a huge factor that ensures both guests and families are safe. In some cases, homeowners also have security cameras as an added measure. 

Other considerations:

Any food allergies and special health concerns you may have should be informed to us well in advance. Our biggest priority is to ensure that your travel to Allepey in Kerala is safe. Don't forget to check with local food providers if they have cooked with any ingredients you may be allergic to. 

D. Accommodations

1. Is it a private bathroom?

Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Allepey, Kerala to find out what type is available.

2. Will I be staying with the family in the homestay or is it a separate house?

In some cases, yes, and in some cases no. Whatever may be the case, the room you book will always be private. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out what type is available.

3. Are there any house rules?

Yes, there are some rules, depending on the family and the area you are visiting. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Allepey to find out more. 

4. Can I book the whole house?

In those cases where the family does not live in the homestay, it is possible to book the whole place. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out more. 

E. Logistics and Transport

1. How do I get there? And who do I speak to?

We will send you a location link or detailed directions to your homestay in Allepey once we have confirmed your payment. Our coordinators will be there to assist you with any challenges 

2. How far is it from the main attractions? 

Check the ‘Description’ and 'Things to do' section of each homestay in Allepey to know more about what is available in each homestay. 

3. Can you book local transportation for us? 

Yes, this is definitely possible. Convenience charges may apply. Please mention your requests in the booking enquiry form given at the end of each homestay page. 

4. Any special things I should pack and wear to travel responsibly?

We recommend the following:

  • Water bottle: Please avoid plastic bottles. Carry your own water bottles. It allows you to refill as and when you want.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat
  • Cash: always carry cash, because local ATMs might be empty and rural India still runs largely on cash.
  • Medicines: carry any medications you may need, because unlike in urban areas, 24-hour medical shops are tough to come by. 

F. Food

1. What sort of food do you serve?

Local, traditional and home-cooked food: this is what we aim for. 

NOTA BENE: Please let us know in advance if there are any allergies, as many people in rural India are not aware of food allergies as a serious concern. 

2. What are some of the good places to eat around the area?

Check with our local co-ordinators to know more. 

Here are some interesting places to visit in and around Allepey (Arattupuzha), if you choose to stay in the homestay:

  • Pristine backwaters for 
  • Visit the near by Krishnapuram palace, Ochira temple, Shanker Memorial and National Cartoon Art Gallery
  • Just two minutes form the homestay in Allepey you can explore the historical Basilica of St. Mary 

Currently, there are no package tours for this homestay.

 

 

 

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