Coconut Creek: Kerala Homestay at Kumarakom & Kerala Houseboats
Coconut Creek is a budget bed and breakfast Kerala homestay facility situated beside Kumarakom lake and bird sanctuary, in Kottayam district of Kerala, South India. Among all resorts and hotels in Kottayam we offer comparatively the best and cheapest homestay in Kumarakom, which suits backpackers and budget travelers. Kumarakom is an ideal spot for a vacation. Be it Kerala Ayurvedic massage, Kerala honeymoon trips, bird watching, Kerala backwater tours, medical tourism or culinary indulgences like Kumarakom karimeen, the local fish delicacy, with us, at Coconut Creek, Kumarakom you will discover a whole new world. We also offer traditional Kerala houseboat tours in Kumarakom and Alleppey (Alappuzha), car rentals (rent-a-car) and hotel reservations. Complete Kerala holiday packages are also available on request.
Coconut Creek is a Kerala heritage home more than 60 years old, located by the side of a canal, which leads to the Kumarakom Lake. The house set on four acres of lush evergreen was converted to a modern bed and breakfast homestay facility.
Coconut Creek home-stay is an exotic haven of tranquility in a beautiful creek of Kumarakom Lake. Spread across 4 acres, the ambience here is typically Keralite, facilitated with every modern convenience. It is well connected to other tourist destinations in Kerala like Alappuzha, Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Periyar and Kovalam.
The breath taking landscape with lush and verdant coconut palm and farms provide an idyllic milieu for physical and spiritual rejuvenation. The only thing the setting lacks is the din and dust of metro cities.
With three independent A/c bed rooms, exotic bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, complete with a verandah, a private sit out and an enchanting view at the Creek creates a wondrous and magical mood.
An array of ethnic delicacies like Kerala sadya, Malabar fish curry, karimeen pollichathu, konchu curry, Kuttanad duck curry-Appam provide a unique dining experience.
If you are looking for Kerala homestay packages which are cheap and provide value for money, you need not surf any further, for you have already found one of the best home-stays in Kerala and on arrival will be experiencing the best backwater b&b accommodation in Kerala.
Kerala Backwater Tourism
The uniqueness of the Geography of Kerala lies in its intricate network of lakes, lagoons, rivers, and canals spread over 1500 kms. Kerala’s land and water share an extraordinary kinship with each other. The economy of the state and the life of its people is closely bound with water. An unhurried backwater cruise in traditional houseboats, country boats and staying in traditional houses (home stay) is the best way to discover the real Kerala and enjoy its exceptional scenic beauty.
The backwaters of Kerala -twisty inland lakes networked by canals- extend to over 1900km. Vembanad lake is the largest of the lakes, covering an area of 200 sq km, and bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulam (Cochin/Kochi) districts. Just 12 km from Kottayam is Kumarakom, an exclusive backwater destination sited on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad.
The concept of homestay is considered to be the best alternative to hotel and resort accommodation in the hospitality industry. Homestays of Kerala is the best option to explore this beautiful land popularly called God's own country around the world. Kerala homestays help you experience this land, people, culture and cuisine in its pristine elements unlike hotel accommodation.
The state of Kerala is blessed with beautiful beaches and backwaters, which are located in and around the most important tourist attractions of Kerala - Kumarakom and Alleppey. Kerala's centuries old, palm fringed backwaters stretch over 1900 kms. These Kerala backwaters are the prominent feature of a holiday in Kerala. It is an incredible experience to sail down these soothing waters in a traditional Kerala houseboat and comprehend the unusual aspects of Kerala life.
Kerala houseboats (boat house), also known as Kerala Kettuvalloms helps the tourists in discovering the enchanting Kerala backwaters and lively villages of Kerala on a houseboat cruise. Apart from excellent outlook, these houseboats are extremely eco-friendly, as it is made of bamboo poles, coconut fiber, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc.
The Kumarakom houseboats of today are used for leisure trips, but in old days, these boathouses were used for commercial purposes. The original Kumarakom Kettuvalloms were used to carry rice, coconut and spices from backwater villages of Kuttanad and Kumarakom to the Kochi port. But due to the large influx of modern day transport facilities, these houseboats revived themselves as a luxurious tourist entity.
Houseboats of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length. A typical Kumarakom houseboat has all the comforts of a good hotel, including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. Thus, these extravagant houseboats take you along a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals and provide you excellent facilities of inland navigation.
We offer various houseboat cruise packages to Kumarakom, Alleppey and Kollam.
Perhaps the most over-used and mis-used word in the travel industry. But what does it mean? The Ecotourism Society defines it as "responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people". A walk through the rainforest is not eco-tourism unless that particular walk somehow benefits that environment and the people who live there. A rafting trip is only eco-tourism if it raises awareness and funds to help protect the watershed. A loose interpretation of this definition allows many companies to promote themselves as something that they are not. If true eco-tourism is important to you, ask plenty of questions to determine if your trip will help "conserve and improve" the places you visit.
Kerala Sustainable Tourism:
Any form of tourism that does not reduce the availability of resources and does not inhibit future travelers from enjoying the same experience. If the presence of large numbers of tourists disturbs an animal's mating patterns so that there are fewer of that species in the future then that visit was not sustainable.
Kerala Responsible Tourism:
Tourism which operates in such a way as to minimize negative impacts on the environment. A wilderness camping trip using "Leave No Trace" ethics would be considered responsible tourism while dune buggy tours would not.
About Kerala Tourism
Kerala has emerged as the most acclaimed tourist destination of the country in the recent past. World Travel and Tourism Council has selected Kerala Tourism as a Partner State. National Geographic Travel after 2 years of research has chosen Kerala, as one of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime. Tourism in Kerala has been stated as one of the 10 paradises of the World. The other acclaims received by Kerala tourism include:
One of the 100 great trips for the 21 st Century, by 'Travel and Leisure'
One of the ten hot spots for the millennium, by 'Emirates Inflight Magazine'
One of the best breakfast in the world, by 'Travel & Leisure'
One of the ten love nests in India, by 'Cosmopolitan'
One of the six destinations of the millennium, by 'Khaleej Times'
Kerala holidays has also been awarded the Best Performing State Award for the year 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 by 'Government of India' for achieving rapid growth, development and advancement in the tourism sector. Holidays Kerala tourism has also won the Best Performing State Award instituted by Outlook Traveler for the year 2000-2001.
Kumarakom Backwaters, Kerala, South India
Nearest Railway Station:
Kottayam (14 km)
Min 23 degree Celsius – 32 degree Celsius
Light cottons and canvas foot wear
June – September
What Customers Say
"Coconut Creek Homestay and the first glimpse of it pleased us as well as our local driver Noby. Very nice choice, Sir - he said. The homestay is located 2 mins. away from the lake and has a Church nearby. Inside the compound, you have a nice and clean garden, canal, a bridge over it, a canoe sitting pretty below the bridge, swings all over and all kinds of trees in the backyard. The cottage is a beautiful piece of Kerala architecture and have to say that the owner, Mr Babu and his wife have paid special attention at building this home and have lavished the place with the choicest things. Right from the fish shaped door knob, the marble flooring, the swing, the well maintained garden to the room interiors, everything is something that pleases your eye."
Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake and this small water world is a part of Kerala's Kuttanad region. The evergreen Kumarakom bird sanctuary spread across 4 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. The best way to watch the birds of the Kerala Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a boat trip around the islands. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves, interpreted with enchanting water ways and canals adorned with white lilies - a picturesque world of back waters, thatched houseboats, cormorants, Chinese fishing nets and swaying palms, is an ideal get away. Boating and fishing facilities are available everywhere in Kumarakom. Located on the southern coast of India, Kerala, Kumarakom enjoys a well balanced tropical climate. Everywhere, nature is at its best, in its perfumes of flowers, in the riot of colours of multihued birds, in the fresh succulent and beautiful fresh water fishes. Kumarakom holiday packages in Coconut Creek farm homestays shall be an out of the world experience, for every tourist to backwaters of Kerala.