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Philip Kutty's Farm

Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India

At a Glance

  • Feel part of the family yet enjoy the independence of your own spacious villa

  • Arrive at Philip Kutty Farm on a traditional Vallam (country boat)

  • For bird watchers the backwaters and the farm offer ample opportunities for sighting kingfishers, woodpeckers, egrets, cormorants, herons, crowpheasants, snakebirds, teals, etc.

  • Watch the hundreds of fireflies in the farm at night - you might just mistake them for the stars

  • The villas are filled with antiques, including some beautifully carved and crafted doors and windows, which were meticulously collected over a period of time

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Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.

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Insider's View

This small farm island on the Beautiful Backwaters provides a true keralan experience.

Make sure you get stuck in with the cooking here. You will be brilliantly looked after by the family who live at this homestay, and Aniamma (the mother) is a well renowned cook in her own right. Even hosting Rick Stein on his last visit.

Even though this is a small homestay-style property, there is plenty to do including an afternoon farm tour and an evening sunset cruise

As the property is on an island, you have to board a traditional country boat called a vallam to access it along the open backwaters.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Philip Kutty's Farm or take a look at our itineraries to Kerala and Karnataka

Description

Philip Kutty's Farm is a delightful and refreshing home-stay located on Vembanad Lake oozing with charm and run with a strong sense of professionalism and attention to detail. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Keralan experience.

Set on a private island in the heart of the backwaters, Philip Kutty’s is run by a local family who have opened their 750-acre estate to visitors wanting to experience the ways of local Indian life.

Guests are instantly welcomed to this family run property which boasts five comfortable traditional style waterfront cottages. The real joy of Philip Kutty’s Farm is the delightful Keralan cooking, and the best way to do this is to try this for yourself.

You are welcomed, looked after, and cared for by the family. Though the family hosts you, your privacy is assured as the waterfront villas are entirely independent.

There is a multitude of activities to keep you occupied at Philip Kutty’s Farm, from witnessing the organically sensitive farm methods growing coconut, toddy, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation not to forget the jumbo prawn and karimeen (pearlspot) found in some of the farm canals. Other activities include birdwatching to catch glimpses of kingfishers, woodpeckers, egrets, cormorants, herons, crow pheasants, snakebirds and teals to name a few.

What Philip Kutty’s does so well is a return to the basics – of getting off the beaten track and discovering a magical experience with excellent friendly service. It is the simplicity that is the attraction, and this homestay matches Scott Dunn’s flair for boutique and interesting properties and wonderful and abstract rustic experiences.

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Accommodation

Philip Kutty's Farm offers five en suite villas named after popular local flower plants, trees and birds. They are all air conditioned and are very comfortable. Each room is filled with antiques, including some beautifully carved and crafted doors and windows, which were meticulously collected over a period of time. All the villas are spacious, independent and located on the outer dyke facing the peaceful backwaters all featuring small verandahs.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Philip Kutty's Farm. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.

Facilities

The farm features a restaurant serving Syrian Christian cuisine with a backwater twist. Food is definitely one of the highlights of staying at Philipkuttys farm. The cuisine is mostly local and cooked by my skilful mother. Being a traditional agrarian household, lavish meals are more or less the norm and pretty much a way of life. Meals are served either in the family dining room or outdoors in the courtyard or in the pavilion itself.

Activities

Activities offered by the hotel include sunset cruises on a vallam (country boat), canal cruises on a vallam or motor boat and catch a glimpse of the unique backwater villages. There is also fantastic birdwatching, farm walks, fishing, swimming, cycling, cooking classes and visits to the Ayurvedic center opposite the hotel. Local attractions include the St. Mary’s parish church at Vechoor and local temples.

Reviews

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Charlotte Winter (Staff)

As you can only access Philipkutty's Farm by boat, the property is a great place to escape the crowds. There are only six villas at the property, each of which have been designed in a traditional Keralan style and furnished with interesting antiques. Although it's a small property, there's lots to do at Philipkutty's including a sunset cruise on a traditional country boat, bird watching and cooking classes. This is a super property for guests wanting to get off the beaten track.

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Sophie Jones (Staff)

Philipkutty's farm is in a picturesque location on the banks of the Backwaters and is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for a true Keralan experience. On my visit I was led around the island farm where there was so much going on, they were harvesting coconuts and picking fresh salad and herbs from the gardens. This homestay is small and the rooms are comfortable and Keralan in style. Supper is provided in the dining room and all guests tend to eat together around one large table, the atmosphere was fantastic.

Experiences

  • Backwaters - A day on a Houseboat

    Enjoy this half day cruise along the backwaters. Spend the afternoon on a traditional houseboat, a must for any visitor to Kerala.

  • Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom

    Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.

  • Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar

    Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.

  • Philip Kutty's Farm - Walking Tour

    This morning you will visit the farm and plantation of Philip Kutty's Farm on foot. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the a tour of the farm from one of the family who grew up there.

Location & directions

Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India

Philipkutty's Farm is located on a private island in the Keralan backwaters, near Kumarakom, in southern India.

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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Philip Kutty's Farm or take a look at our itineraries to Kerala and Karnataka

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