Home stays are really exciting, you get to experience something that you won’t get in other forms of accomodation. All might be familiar of the phrase “Home away from Home”- This famous phrase is commonly used by different accomodations around the world, where they provide a homely atmosphere but it never feels like a home. Homestays, on the other hand is the pure meaning of what the phrase means, stay in a Homestay and you really will be staying in a home away from home.
We TripJodi had one such home stay experience in a beautifull house “Tamara” in Vypin Island in Kochi, Kerala.
Vypin Island :
Vypin is one of the calmest and peaceful Island in Kochi, the South Western State in Kerala and it is famous for having the longest beaches in Kochi namely, the Cherai Beach, Kuzhupilly Beach and Puthuvype Beach. In Vypin, riding through a narrow zig-zag road we reached our destination – the ” Tamara “.
Infront of us was a beautiful white elegant Villa designed in Spanish Architecture. The curvy boundary wall, with a small gate attracted us at first glance itself.
Inside the Villa is well furnished with a hall, dinning,kitchen, living Room, bedroom and two bathrooms.
Kitchen is very attractive with the blue and white coloured tiles and its equipped with almost all necessary crockery and kitchen appliances like fridge, oven etc.
Interesting fact about the Villa is that the windows in the hall and bedroom are designed as French Windows which directly opens to a private outdoor space which is enclosed with tall wall. Tamara also has an open terrace with a small area to be under shade and it was after climbing the terrace we came to know that Beach is so near.
This beautiful Villa is owned by a sweet couple Mr. Clifton Pinhero and Mrs. Lynette Pinhero who stay in Banglore, we have communicated with them only via phone. However it was Paius uncle, the caretaker of Tamara who lives just next to the boundary wall, who guided us the route and handed us the key. Uncle Paius told us in detail about the house as per uncle Paius ” The tiles and most of the fancy things in the villa were imported from Spain”.
We actually could feel that, the floor tiles where not the common tiles, it was not that shiny and glossy rather had a texture of natural mud and was damp, which reduced the room temperature overall.
An extension of Vypin beach is at a walkable distance of two to three minutes. The beach has a walkway, very clean. As this beach is not that known among tourists, visitors are less and are mostly the localities.
Walking through the walkway few meters ahead gave us wonderful sight of Fort Kochi on the other side with Aspin wall at its elegance and Fort Kochi Beach.
We also saw many chinese fishing nets – we even requested one of the fishermen to show how it functions. It was evening and local kids where playing football on the beach.
That was a soothing experience to spend time in an uncrowded beach and enjoying the sunset was really awesome.
The setting sun formed a silhouette effects on the ships and boats sailing far in the sea- it was picture perfect shot. There are many places to explore near Tamara.
In our two days stay we went to Puthuvype beach, Light house, Pokkali farms and fish farms near by.
We were sad when it was time to leave Tamara. Its a very homely place to stay. Actually forgot to mention that there is a small grotto in the courtyard with a graceful statue of Mother Mary.
Thank you stayonskill.com which helped us to find Tamara Home Stay, and we stayed for free exchanging skill.