Olavipe Homestay

The Olavipe Homestay is a must-do to end your Kerala journey in its most authentic form. Stay at a 100 year old house with a family that traces its history back to several decades with tales that could make a good best-seller. You get to enjoy village life in the backwater haven that is Alapuzha.

While the thrill of a houseboat is tantalising, a stay here brings you close to the people of Kerala. Owners Rema and Antony make perfect hosts and have maintained the heritage house in fine taste having totally dodged kitschy motifs so ubiquitous in touristy Kerala. 

The food is excellent, service friendly and walks along the backwaters to be made. Fish in the pond here, watch village life and experience a world that is totally hidden from the tourist brochures of Kerala.

Here are more details of Olavipe for the more curious.


  • Relaxing Natural Intimate
Alapuzha Kerala India
  • Kayaking the Lagoons

    Kayak your way into the lagoons of Kerala's largest lake to spot Egrets, Darters, Drongos and more plumage in the nearby Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary. Glide through a maze of canals and palm lined coasts into tiny villages as the sun sets and the birds head back to their nests.

  • Lagoons and Lakes

    Placid waters, languor and soothing views everywhere in Kumarakom is muse enough for poetry. Write, relax or wallow in the serene waters in a little canoe or a luxury houseboat, try fishing, kayaking or birdwatching and explore the village way of life here.

  • The Venice of the East

    Land and water merge often here in Alleppey as roads disappear during the monsoon, when motorists go confidently simply out of familiarity with no GPS in sight. Unwind in a houseboat here that will be as lazy as you want it to be and venture out to a palace or temple near-by to take in the greenery on the pretext of light physical exertion.

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