Kerala Backwaters accommodation - Philip Kutty’s Farm
Philip Kutty’s Farm
Philip Kutty’s Farm offers the chance to stay with a local family and experience the way of life in Kerala’s Backwaters while still enjoying your own independence and the privacy of a spacious villa.
Set on a private island, your experience begins with reaching the farm in a truly relaxed style that sets the tone for your stay - gliding across the water in a dug-out canoe punted by the house boatman. The family lives in the main house and manages a 750 acre estate where spices, fruit and vegetables are grown. You’ll get to see farming Kerala-style during your stay from coconut, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation to jumbo prawn and karimeen (pearlspot fish) found in some of the farm canals.
It’s a fabulous place for bird-watching too and you’re likely to catch glimpses of kingfishers, woodpeckers, egrets, cormorants, herons, crow pheasants, snakebirds and teals to name a few. Your lovely hosts, ‘Mummy’ and Anu, are renowned for their excellent cuisine and you shouldn’t miss the chance to learn some of their culinary tips during a cookery demonstration before all guests eat together around a large shared table.
The six en-suite waterfront villas are built in the traditional style with beautifully carved windows and doors, high ceilings to keep the room cool (there is no air-conditioning) and simply but attractively furnished. Your veranda is an ideal spot to while away a balmy evening watching fire-flies dance in the night sky.
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