We were reccommended to John & Jinto's Heritage Home by friends who have been going to Kerala for years. We wanted something different away from Kovalam Beach, had already done the Rice Barge tour previously. The House Puthooram is an old wooden construction of an old Keralan House built in the traditional old style. We had two rooms. The room on the front has a large wooden Balcony over the backwater. Our friends sat with us here each evening for Gin and Tonic. John will cook for you mainly local dishes, but will do a European breakfast. The house is a good base to explore from. Kumarakum is a very interesting place. We ook a lazy slow canoe punted by a lovely local man who spotted all sorts of Birds for us that we would have missed.
The hosts are excelent nothing was too much trouble. We had phone numbers to call if we got lost, or missed the ferry etc. Small relaxing and great value for money.
Having planned my vacation very late, I wasn't able to get a hotel which had a good review rating. Then I stumbled upon Puthooram heirtage.
Having seen good reviews, I decided to give a try. Luckily, I was able to reserve the accomodation after just talking to John, the host. He did not ask me to transfer any token advance, but just asked me come and experience and pay when I go.
This was our first home stay and I was not quite sure how the experience was going to be. It turned out to be one of the happiest stays I ever had.
John, the host, had given very good directions for reaching the place. He was ready to take us, even though our timing to reach the place was very odd - around 6 am in the morning.
The complimentary breakfast is prepared after discussions with the guest on what they want. They try to attempt whatever is possible from their side for satisfying our breakfast requests.
The food is just like the way you eat in home. Radha Chetta - the caretaker - was an excellent magician, loving and caring for the guests. He prepares food after talking to guests what they
want. He has tonnes of energy to serve all our requests. For Transportation, they do arrange autos/taxis at the required time. Radha chetta, drives his own auto and we went in his auto
for a couple of times. John, talks to guests and understands their wishes/tastes and suggests possible and cost effective schedules during the duration of your stay. John, the host, is
credited with building brands - one of the initial pillars behind brands like Barbeque Nation, Sayaji group etc. The hospitality they show towards the guests is simply great. My daugher
wanted to go to church on a new year day and it was a odd timing that she told the request. But, Jinto took us in this own car and travelled to couple of churches (which were closed) and
finally found one which was open. They did not charge anything for the travel. Forget the expense part, but what I loved the most is the way they take care of your interests. What else, do we need. If you want a star accomodation, this is not the place. But, if you want a simple, peaceful homestay where you are treated well, then this is an excellent place.
Thanks to John, Jinto and Radha Chetta for making us to feel happy during the stay.
The stay here was very average. No autorickshaw want to go there because the road is too bad. We are dependent on them for going anywhere. The good point is that they also have a resort and they offered us to go so we can have a swim. Food was good, but be aware that there is no restaurant around and that you need to either eat with them or eat at their resort. We felt a bit stuck and dependant and didn't like it. The room was big, but the beds are very hard. No hot water for the shower. Overall, we thought it was definitely overpriced.
I expected to arrive to a nice hotel and a cute location. I actually found a paradise, a home, and new friends. John turned out to be more than a host, he's a out-of-the-box thinker, definitely worth a conversation at evening while sitting in the porch, looking at fishermen's boats sailing by, surrounded by the chattering of birds and crickets. our stay at Puthooram was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip to India. Already looking forward to going back Kumarakom.
We arrived after receiving excellent directions from John to a warm welcome. We were shown to our spacious room with the most magnificent private balcony overlooking the river. There is always something to watch! The local area is very interesting with local life carrying on around you.
Food is good and the meals are provided for a very good price. Krishna is helpful and courteous and keen to please and does a good job taking care of the homestay.
The local shikara boat trip is a delight but be careful of price- it should be about 450 rp per hour for the whole boat.
We would have given this homestay straight five stars if the bathroom was better. It could do with a revamp. It should also be noted that the shower is cold water only but there is a tap providing some hot water but not for showering. The water supply is also pretty green so presume it is pumped from the river???
We thoroughly enjoyed the location, especially the balcony and would recommend to anyone that is happy with a more basic stay. It was a shame,when leaving the property, to be well and truly fleeced by the local rickshaw driver who insisted on 150 rp for a 4.5km journey!