The SpaceThe Pa Lui Bungalow was built in 2013 to give a space to our son and his partner, who were both living with us on our farm. Now he is gone in search for his very own life and the bungalow is free.
It is situated a little apart from our main house to grant privacy, and still is very much part of our set up here. The total area is around 100 sqm; 2 rooms connected with each other (30sqm/24sqm), each with access to the veranda; one spacious, airy bathroom accessible from one of the rooms (this being the reason that the guests, however large their number, should have no problem to share one bathroom); a small, but fully equipped kitchen; a veranda for dining/chilling out. Cleaning and maintenance will be done by our "girls", and we care a lot about cleanliness. A good breakfast we will provide, but it is intended that you prepare your own food. If you want meals from our house instead- we will provide healthy delicious dishes at a reasonable rate.
It would be ideal for a couple who wants space, for a family with kids, big or small (our staff loves kids and they will not get bored, for sure); for a team of friends or whatever the combination......we love to share our space, our set up, our life with people around. Guest AccessWe welcome guests in our kitchen, at the dining table in the big house, in the courtyard and everywhere around our plot (5 hectares), comprising forest, plantation and rice fields, the cow shed, all open for exploration. Internet and WIFI is in the bungalow. Interaction with GuestsBreakfast will be served at the Pa Lui Bungalow. We will always meet,chat, exchange informations and ideas, plan activities. We, the hosts, will usually be present and around for any inquiries or help. So we may pass the bungalow, may come to tell you something- and you will come to the main house, ask or bring something.... The Neighborhoodwe live in a semi-rural area which retains most of the traditional lifestyle, you will be able to see agricultural works going on, the rice planting or harvesting, you can walk through the village and see a lot of how the people are living, interact with them and you will be surprised by their open hearted friendlyness. you can go and see Kerala Kalamandalem, the famous university for traditonal performing art and music forms, you can drive up to the mountains, go shopping in the next town, visit Guruvayur, a famous temple town with an elefant sanctuary....or you can just hang in the hammock beside the cottage, read a good book, watch the birds and the sky, the squirrels and the ants..... Getting Aroundnext Airport 100 km, next Railway Station 8 km, Bus Stop in front of the compound, rikshas and taxis on call Other Things to NoteON OUR COMPOUND:
-Feel free to roam around and explore every hook and corner of our place
-See how many varieties of birds you can discover
-Watch the agricultural works of the season going on and wonder how things still are being done
-Follow the process of making oil, flour and pickles
- Feed the cow or the calf
-Linger on in the kitchen and maybe learn how to prepare one or two (or more) kerala food items
-Take a swim in the pond (seasonal)
-Swing in the hammock and read a good book (comprehensive library in the house)
-Dare to communicate with the local people through gestures, mime and smiles
-We have a good ayurveda massage lady coming to our house on request
-Try to wear a sari and let our “girls” help you, giggling
-Do what you like
LEAVING OUR COMPOUND:
-Take a walk through the paddy fields, around the temple in their midst and feel the never ceasing breeze
-Explore the village
-Bring your postcards to the post office at the village and it will be an experience
-Answer the questions of the school kids returning home, repeat to tell them your name again and again....
-If there is a marriage in our neighbourhood, be sure you will be welcome
-Take a bus or rikscha to Shoranur and see the life of a typical provincial town, up and down the mainroad – or move through the tightly congested tamilian colony there (6km, 20 min)
-Take an early morning or sunset walk on the banks of the Bharata Puzha, Kerala’s biggest river, feel the breeze, see the people taking bath or picnicking or performing the last rituals for their deceased ones (6km, 20 min)
-During the festival season (nov – may) you may be able to see a temple festival, a religious ritual or dance-, music- or theatre performances somewhere nearby
-We can organise a visit to Kerala Kalamandalam, the prestigious traditional school for classical dance/theatre and music forms. Watch the classes going on, with a guide to explain you what your mind cannot grasp. Or without guide.
-If you are lucky in the night you may be able to attend performances in their Koothambalam (dance palace)
-On Thursdays there is a traditional cattle market in Vanyankulam (early morning hours, 6km)
-Undertake a trip to Thrissur (30km, 1hour) for shopping, to see the market or to visit the Shaktan Thamburan Palace
-Go on an excursion to Malamphuza, a dam at the foothills of the nilgiri mountains and a favourite picnic destination of keralite families. A snake park is also there (60km/1 ½ hours)
-Visit Guruvayoor, one of the most holy temple towns in South India (entry for Non-Hindus not permitted) and watch the pilgrims, strolling through the lanes lined with religious souvenir shops. Don’t miss to visit the temples elephant camp, where the temple’s 60-70 elephants are kept (3km from Guruvayoor
-Go to the beach near Chalakudy (12 km from Guruvayoor) and watch the sun set over the Arabian sea and the fisherman coming in or going out for their catch
-A short day’s trip could go to Nelliampathy, the tiny town on top of the Western Ghats. Drive through scenic landscapes and go up straight from the plains to around 2000m height, where the plains unfold just below your feet.
There may be more interesting things going on, but very much dependant on the season and the festive calendar.......
-We have an internet broadband connection with WIFI in our house. You may use our computer or sit with your gadget on our veranda or under the big tree in the courtyard (our WIFI usually does not reach up to the guesthouse)
-We rent out our scooters if you daringly want to explore the surroundings on a two wheeler (RS 1200,-/day, 1 full tank petrol incl.)