The only way you could have a more realistic experience of staying with an Indian family would be to stay with personal friends. Tomy and his family do everything they can to make you feel welcome. The meals are prepared by his wife and served by Tomy and his sons. They don't just serve you and leave they stay and talk with you around the large dining table. The conversation was lively during our stay. The food is excellent and varied and a lot of the ingredients come from their own garden. The rooms are spacious, well appointed and spotless and some rooms have a balcony area to sit out on. Dileep one of Tomy's sons will even organize your trip thru Kerala for you.