In the beautiful waterways and backwater of the Kuttanad region of Central Kerala lies Emerald Isle, an exotic haven of tranquility, seemingly remote from city life, yet barely 10 kilometers from Alleppey Town.
Tucked away on this delightful island lies the Emerald Isle Heritage Villa, an ancestral Country House set in 9 acres of secluded grounds – your Retreat into a Paradise of Peace.
Emerald Isle Heritage Home is situated in an island resplendent with exotic flora, breathtaking flowers, myriad birds and butterflies to make for a memorable holiday, affordable and unforgettable. A truly wonderful way to spend your time on the banks of the backwaters of Kerala!
My wife and I stayed here for just one night at the end of a 3 week trip to India arranged by Kalypso Adventures and it provided a fitting finale. The house itself, some 160 years old, is full of character, a jewel casket of a property with original wooden ceilings, doors and panelling, but tastefully modernised. The grounds are very peaceful and there are delightfully quiet walks in the surrounding area, which felt friendly and welcoming. We saw many colourful species of birds including Paradise Flycatcher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, 3 species of Kingfisher, Ashy Swallow-shrike and Black-headed Oriole to name but a few. The staff, Sam and Tom, and owner Vijo were wonderfully informative and the simple home-cooked meals were attractively served. Could have done with a few more days, but are glad that we were able to visit at all. Debbie & Laurence, Formby.
Oh my how nice is this place.Arrived by rice boat to be met by Tom and Sam .A short walk through the garden to be met by owner Vijo ??.What a lovely guy.In fact everyone was lovely.Sam and Tom were so helpful .they do a myriad of jobs always with a smile .We particularly enjoyed Sam’s garden walk and a ride in Tom’s boat is exciting.We like communal meals and no menu as its a nice change and you invariably get to meet nice people.Lovely colonial style room with recliners outside and the outside shower( there is one inside also)is great.I have never been so clean!!The only downside was we had only one night here .Big mistake!We should have stayed longer and as we visit India a couple of times a year we must try to return here. To sum up, this place had quite a profound effect on us as everything about it was so good. Staying here was just about the nearest thing to Heaven(apart from sex of course).Well done Vijo and staff.
Such a lovely homestay lovely host great food and good company with other guests . We kayaked here with Kalypso adventures and throughly enjoyed our stay .no hesitation in recommending it to anyone coming to Kerala backwaters . We used the cycles in the evening too
Just coming out of a full day and night from a cruise on a houseboat, what would you be looking for. Calm, quietness, nature, rest, and above all, careful people to prolong the feeling.
Then, one solution only. Stop at Emerald Isle and the show will go on.
The stay here will stand definitively among the best ones we experienced in South India. Do not hesitate a second and you’ll be met by the young owner who will go out of his way to please you.
We spent two nights at Emerald Isle which we thoroughly enjoyed. It is not exactly a homestay compared with others we experienced during our tour of Kerala, but the same generous hospitality and care was present. We had a beautiful bedroom with outside shower in a separate cottage which was most comfortable and well equipped. Emerald Isle is in the midst of the back waters and can only be reached by boat and it is an oasis of peace set among extensive and lovely gardens We had a delightful canoe trip with Tom and Sam and watched the sunset over the huge paddy field. We listened to some singing of local folk songs one evening and also had a fascinating demonstration of toddy tapping. My husband and I also enjoyed a really excellent ayurveda massage. Both Tom and Sam were most helpful and attentive and the food was generous and delicious and it was lovely to be able to chat to our fellow guests as we sat around the large table together. A highly recommended stay.
Like most people, a lot of time was spent on deciding where to stay on the backwaters. We chose to stay in The Granary at Emerald Isle, which was special. The outdoor bathroom, again special. We walked to the temple and managed to get lost, but that was half the fun. We stopped to ask some locals how to get there and followed their directions along a canal and really got amongst the villagers. (We had also spent two days on a rice barge travelling up from Kollam. Both experiences were amazing and too hard to compare as they were very different. The only comment I would make, is the backwaters near Kollam and Munroe Island were more beautiful than those near Alappuzha, but it is considerably further down.)
Myself and eight ladies stayed at Emerald Isle for two nights as part of our Kerala tour. We had a wonderful time relaxing in this beautiful and very friendly homestay. I particularly enjoyed the tasty food, canoe rides, ayurveda massage, cooking demonstration and quirky bathrooms. It was also good to meet up with other guests during our alfresco dining experiences. Early morning strolls rewarded us with stunning scenery and meeting friendly locals going about their chores. Our stay in the area continued with one night on a rice barge which was also an excellent experience.
We loved our stay at Emerald Isle. What a piece of heaven! The historic building is gorgeous and rooms are very spacious. Ours had a great outdoor shower too. Service was fantastic and we were served some very good food. Meals are served outside and all guests sit around one large table which is nice. We also had a cooking class / presentation which was good. The gardens of the property are stunning with hammocks to laze about in and great views of the rice fields. Only thing missing for me was real coffee (not Nescafe) 🙂 Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple..
this place is a traditional backwater and paddy farmer’s house with underground storage spaces to keep coconuts and spices; wooden rice granaries and an open & beautiful frontal space.
This is a delightful place, situated on the Backwaters of Kerala. A friendly and helpful staff with excellent food provided. We would warmly recommend this place as a haven of peace for those wishing temporary respite from the bustle that is typical of India.