We moved to Kait's at short notice when somewhere else didn't work out and it couldn't have been a warmer welcome. Beautiful attentive hosting from Jossy and his delightful family, welcome drinks, tea or lime soda whenever you wanted it, unlimited use of some kayaks and a traditional dug-out canoe on the exquisitely beautiful river that drifts past the property. The food was splendid, all served on an atmospheric jetty out over the water. The rooms and bathrooms were characterful though perhaps in need of a little TLC, but they were clean and comfortable enough and with glorious views the moment you step out. Above all, the host was fascinating to talk to and nothing was too much trouble to organise. Champakulam was wonderful spot to drink in backwaters life and Kait's the perfect place from which to do so. Highly recommended.
My wife and I (Canadians, in our 60s) spent several days here in January 2017, and we couldn't be happier with your stay. Our room was clean, and the grounds were safe and quiet (imagine that, in India!).
- Our hosts treated us like royalty, from the time they welcomed us in person to the time they waved goodbye when we left by cab. We felt pampered, and they were happy to discuss local customs with us.
- There's very little to do, and the small town that's within 20 minutes walking has few amenities. This allowed us to absorb the local life along the waterway (about 75 metres across). Nobody along the shore had radios or TVs, so the sounds were all natural, including the many types of boats that used the waterway.
- We took all our meals at Kaits on the gazebo that juts out over the water. The site was exquisite, and the home made food was the best we've tasted to date on our India visit (3 weeks in). Breakfasts are included with the price, and the other meals were reasonably charged.
- There are kayaks for use (gratis), and we also made use of the long, traditional canoe on site.
One caution: the place is off the beaten track, so ensure that you have a contact phone number to give to your driver when they arrive, or to phone yourself.
Stay in Kaits home is a pleasant experience..
Me and my girlfriend visited allepey for Nehru trophy boat race...
We reached the location in the afternoon after a long tiring late travel from Bangalore..but Joshy the owner surprised us with yummy food and made us feel homely.... Rooms are clean..neat and food is just awesome...typical Kerala food both veg and non..Stay is right near the lake with a good traffic of houseboats zooming around....
Suggestion : Take boat from Allepey to nedumudi and then take a auto Kaits or bus from allepey if you don't want to spend too much on auto charges(allepey to Kaits home auto fare : 400/-approx) .
Lazy, cosy , place to do nothing or do many things.... I will really recommend to my friends.. thank you Joshy and family for all the good service and food
We enjoyed our 3 night stay here, prior to taking a houseboat for 1 night.
The set up here is several simple cottages, surrounding the main family home, all backing onto a pretty part of the backwaters with a lovely pagoda over the water for sitting or dining. The rooms were well equipped and comfy, the food was good (breakfast & dinner), and Jossy was a great host, almost to the point of being over-attentive to our needs.
Our kids and us loved the option of using the kayaks to paddle along the water, and we also really enjoyed our evening walk through the local paddy fields and countryside, and our morning trip into Champakalum village. The village was great, surprisingly diverse range of shops (we bought some local gifts, had a haircut, ate a thali lunch in the local restaurant and stocked up on some bakery snacks).
Jossy's family have been in this area for 14 generations.
We thoroughly recommend the ferry journey from Alleppey to Nedemundi to get to Kaits place....the overview of the backwaters was much better and more enjoyable on the ferry journey than the overnight houseboat. (ferry ride 2 hours, 12 rupees per person from the main ferry terminal in Alleppey - bargain !).
We were there in low season, some maintenance work was being done on a couple of the cottages whilst we were there (I noticed another review saying that this was due).
We would definitely recommends Kaits.
Kaits Home is about13-14kms from boat station and a large part of road is not lit hence we were a bit sceptical of choosing a home stay at Champakulam.
Our room was big with four beds, tv and air conditioning.
I liked the open to sky bathroom concept.
The next morning we got real feel of the place. This place is more like living with nature. The location is very nice next to Pampa river, lot of trees including a few spices, cocoa bean, coffee, mango, pineapple, chikoo, jackfruit, coconut and banana. But the entire place could do with sprucing up.... general cleaning and maintainence. A tour across the river into the rice fields and plantation was very interesting. The food served was very tasty and homely. Overall I found this place nice but a little on the expensive side considering the condition of the resort