At a Glance
- A wonderful 11-bedroom homestay located in rural Kerala
- Perfectly positioned to link between Cochin, Munnar, Periyar or the backwaters
- Ideal for a two-night stay, or ideally longer
- Truly wonderful family who are you hosts
Dewalokam is possibly our favourite homestay experience in Kerala and is run by a truly remarkable family. ‘Dewalokam’ means paradise, and you will quickly come to agree! Jose, Sinta, Tara and Paul are the perfect hosts, allowing you to glimpse into the quaint rural charm of Kerala, far away from the madding crowd. The location is in many ways perfect; positioned right in the middle of all the more well-known highlights of Kerala such as Cochin, Munnar, Periyar and the backwaters meaning you can always fit Dewalokam into your itinerary. The staff are drawn from 16 local families, meaning this is truly a community-based effort, all of whom love to show off their little patch of India in the best light possible. We love the fact the farm is run on organic and eco-principles, such as using biogas for cooking, utilising solar energy to heat the water and the farm doesn’t use any chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Move to the rooms, and you have eight simple, yet charming and spacious air-conditioned rooms in the main house, and another three in a small heritage wing to the side the main house, complete with inner courtyards featuring rain-forest showers. Don’t expect over-indulgent ‘luxury’ in the rooms, Dewalokam is all about the 5* experience when you head off exploring by day. That said, we felt the rooms are really rather lovely!
The food is a real highlight at Dewalokam. Using the freshest of ingredients, mostly sourced from the farm, your taste buds will be tickled like few other places in India. Feast on morning masala omelettes laid by their free-range eggs, accompanied by the freshest of fresh juice. Throw in honey from the their resident bees to spread on toast, and sip the farm’s own Arabica coffee ensuring you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the forthcoming day’s adventures. Dining is always communal, and usually one of the family sits down with all the guests, giving you an insight into India like few other hotels can dream about offering. For guests who want to learn the secrets of Kerala cookery, you can join Sudheesh each afternoon for an interactive cookery demonstration.
You should spend at least two days at Dewalokam, and many guests return saying they could spend three days, four days or even a month. You can do as little or a much by day as you want. Some guests just like to sit by the pool, read a book and just let their weary shoulders drop into a state of true and utter relaxation (possibly aided by some of the Ayurvedic treatments or yoga on offer). For adventurers, we definitely suggest the spice walk, led by Jose, whose background as a professor firmly brings the experience to life. In the morning, you can leisurely mooch into the local village, maybe head into the local tailors to get a few new shirts made-to-meisure. You’ll see a side of Kerala that hasn’t been disturbed by mass-tourism; a quiet, charming insight into everything that makes rural India such a amazing destination. If you have more time, you can visit local waterfalls, swim in the nearby river, cycle through the countryside, head off bamboo rafting, explore local temples or visit the local school. All these experiences will leave you smiling, and this is very much a place we love sending Millis Potter guests!
Millis Potter Insight
Many guests ask how to fit in Dewalokam into an itinerary. In fact, it is very easy. You are just 90 minutes from the airport, 2 hours from either Cochin or the backwaters, 2 hours to Munnar and 3.5 hours to Periyar, all of which are lovely drives. Therefore you can fit it in at the start, middle or end of your stay! We do rate it as the best homestay in Kerala, possibly up there with Phillip Kuttys Farm, which would make a truly lovely combination. We quite like the three heritage rooms located just apart from the main building – they have lovely inner courtyards with a outdoor showers. Although the family will say Dewalokam is all about simple living, we felt the they had furnished the rooms so well, and so much better than other homestays who don’t really put much effort into ensuring the little creature comforts are taken care of. At Dewalokam, all the little details are lovingly taken care of, and you shouldn’t be put off by those who say Dewalokam is too simple! The 6* day-to-day experience is what this place is all about, and we know you will have such an incredible time. If you just go to Kerala and do all the main touristy areas such as Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, the backwaters and possibly a beach stay, you never really break away from the tourists, and a stay here allows you to thoroughly add the magical spice to an itinerary that brings the whole experience to life!