Olavipe Homestay ,Alleppey

Set amidst the lush tropical greenery of Olavipe Island, Parayil Home 'Thekkanatt' is one of five Heritage Homes belonging to the Parayil Tharakans a land owning Syrian Catholic family.. This century-old mansion is located on a forty-acre organic farm on the banks of the Kaithappuzha Backwater, the national waterway between Cochin and Alleppey. The house was constructed during 1851 – 1919 and it took approximate 13 years to complete.

The old, family heritage mansion is full of atmosphere. Airy rooms, beautifully decorated with antique furniture, fans, good lighting. Large bathrooms with separate hot & cold water. The surroundings of the place are a real pleasure to discover. You have various possibilities for nice walks. The host family lives in a private wing of the house and is always in residence. Your hosts at Olavipe Homestay are Parayil Kochupappu Antony Tharakan and his wife Rema. Both Rema and Antoney are warm and excellent hosts with interest in the wellbeing of their guests. Antony, worked with the Dignitary Protection Unit of the Government of India, mostly in New Delhi. Later he returned to Kerala in 2000 to spend time on the ancestral property. Rema, graduated in Literature and went on to study broadcasting in New Delhi. She has freelanced with radio and television since 1988. She is now also a news presenter with Jeevan TV, one of Kerala's leading news and entertainment channels.

Accessibility :

Airport - 55 Kms from Cochin International Airport

Railway Station -25 Kms from Cochin Railway Station

Bus stand - 20 km from Cochin Town bus stand

Accommodation at Olavipe:

Thekkanat is a home and not a hotel, Your stay here helps you understand Kerala, its people and norms better. The house has four large airy bedrooms for guests - including a wheel chair friendly one. The rooms need no air-conditioning. The bathrooms attached to the bedrooms offer both cold and warm water options.

Amenities & Services at Olavipe

  • Take a village walk and make new friends as you go along!
  • Take a bicycle tour of the villages nearby.
  • Fish in the farm canals - ‘village style’. See local fishermen cast their swirling nets in the backwaters.
  • Watch coconut harvesting every 45th day. Summon a willing ‘guru’ to teach you the art of climbing a coconut tree!
  • Help with the feeding of prawns during the season.
  • Family boatman can take you for a slow boat ride through the Kaithappuzha backwaters – idyllic!
  • Visit the market nearby and shop for village products. The local tailor can be persuaded to run up something for you overnight.

Other inviting possibilities:

Spend time around the farm. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. There are goats, cows, rabbits, ducks, chicken and emus. Browse through the Family Archives - a treasure-trove of old family documents, letters, photographs and rare documents highlighting Kerala's social fabric of the last two centuries.

The estate’s lagoon is safe, even for the novice, to row a canoe and feel the serenity of the waters.

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