Welcome to our little slice of God’s Own Travancore WELCOME TO THE SLOW LANE Kattappurathu is an old bungalow facing the Main Central Road, (Kerala, India) in the quaint little village of Ezhinjillam (colloquially known as Idinjillam). The property, though not very large, is teeming with life. Local fruit trees like mango, jack fruit, flowering plants that attract butterflies and dragon flies, a flurry of native birds (including, recently, a visiting peahen), squirrels, an odd Iguania, a family of mongoose and a few proud Indian monitor lizards add up to the ‘life’ in the property. Fish grown in a pond within the land and a few varieties of poultry are treated as part of the family. The house overlooks paddy fields of Kuttanadu. In the fields and farm area behind the property, one may encounter a few turtles, owls and beetles. We do encourage our guests to explore our extended property and enjoy nature at its best. We take pride in being a green oasis in the middle of a fast developing region, try to celebrate life, and take care not to harm the animals that make our place their home. We offer the staying quarters for our guests on the top floor of our house. The top floor, with two quarters, common areas and common kitchen, is self contained, with independent access and provides relative privacy from our home downstairs. Apart from the bungalow, we have an adjacent free standing wooden granary that brings nostalgic memories of a grand era of farming in Kuttanad. Till recently we used to keep paddy cultivated in our fields in this granary. Now, we maintain it for our guest to see and our next generation to remember the toil of our ancestors. The hosts are senior citizens: Abraham, Post graduate, Retired from a commercial bank. Wife, Laly, Ph.D, Retired teacher from a Science College. Both speak English and Local Language, Malayalam. Both of us enjoy gardening and agricultural activities. Being local people we can give the necessary advise to tourists. We invite you to visit us with an open mind, be a Kuttanad farmer in spirit and savour in the sounds, smells, sights and experiences of Central Tranvancore, while staying with us as our guests. Here in Kerala, it is "season" through out the year. People come to Kerala, (often referred to as "The God's own country") through out the year. January - February Enjoy the pleasant sun; The paddy fields will be green and windy. A Morning or an evening walk through the fields will be highly refreshing. The nights will be cool and pleasant with clear sky. This is the time for temple festivals, religious conventions, and other cultural activities March, April, May This is the paddy harvesting season. This is the best time for those who like to enjoy the local fruits - Jack fruit and Mango. (We have enough of them around our house and we enjoy sharing the fruits with our guests) June - July Welcome the Monsoon where it starts. Enjoy an open-air bath in the rains and go fishing in the fields. This is the best time for the rejuvenating Ayurveda treatments like javara kizhy and pizhichil August - September Join us during our national festival Onam. Enjoy our art, culture and performances like Kathakali and Thiruvathira. Feel the thrill of snake boat races. See for yourselves how the people of Kuttanad celebrate their harvest festival. October,November, December Enjoy the greenery and pleasant climate. A trip through the lakes and lagoons in the house boat will linger in your memories for years. And all days are apt for the exquisite Kerala dishes like Puttu & Kadala, Karimeen Pollichathu, Kappa & Meen Curry, Appam & Kozhi curry. Approximate distance by road from our home to various places of interest: Cochin (Kochi) International Airport, Ernakulam: 112 km Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram : 131 km Travel Time: 3 hours 15 minutes Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : 41 km Travel Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes Alleppey Beach Distance: 28 km Travel Time: 40 Minutes Alleppey - House Boats 24km Travel time 30 minutes Konni - Elephant park 45 km time 1 hour 30 minutes Munnar : 160 km Travel Time: 5 hours Thekkady, Kumily Wild life santuary Distance: 118 km Travel Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes We can arrange taxi, book house boats, help you travel to nearby tourist destinations on prior request.