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Philipkutty’s Farm is a sustainable, organic working farm located on an island, where guests are hosted in waterfront villas that overlook the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.
Meticulous precision has been taken to furnish each villa, all of which maintain traditional features and open up onto waterside porches. Every villa has a multitude of doors and windows which allow for a natural breeze to drift through, and through which the breath-taking views beyond can be best appreciated. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, ensuite bathrooms and netted windows (to stop any bugs creeping in) make each villa a private oasis of peace. Red oxide verandas also surround every villa, providing a place to sit and watch in the evening as fireflies light up the sky around you.
Communal meals are served beneath an old mango tree in a stilted and thatched pavilion with views across both the farm and backwaters . Philipkutty's cuisine centres on Syrian Christian and backwater influences, with meals cooked by the owner's mother-in-law. Lessons into the nuances and secrets of local specialities such as kareem (Pearlspot) can also be arranged should you wish to have a cookery class.
Exploring the nature and wildlife of the backwaters is integral to the Philipkutty's Farm experience, and cruises down the backwaters in a yallam (traditional country boat) or birdwatching trips in the surrounding area can be arranged. Look out for the majestic Brahminy eagle as you take an escorted walk around the farm, learning about the cultivation and upkeep of Philipkutty's since its construction in the 1950's. If you are after a more relaxing time, visit the Ayuverdic Centre opposite the Farm, or try reeling in the Chinese style fishing nets with the locals as they haul in the evening's catch.
Why we love it
In a region of such rich cultural heritage, Philipkutty's Farm provides a charming family-based approach to hospitality which allows for a truly special view of the backwaters and the vast expanse of wildlife that lives within it.
Frances, Original Traveller