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Riverdale Villa

Along the paddy fields and swaying coconut palms, one of the streams of river Meenachil makes her silent journey to the back waters of Kumarakam. And there awaits one best kept secrets of the back water experience…. Riverdale Villa. A cosy home with three bed rooms, lot of sun and shine to soak into, and above all one gets initiated into curative village experience of the back waters. The surprises include fresh water fishing in the river, canoe rides, best home cooked Syrian Christian cuisine and the simplicity of an entire village. The Riverdale is a family home of Binoy and Sheena and their only son Thomachan and their parents….. Binoy moved from Idukki district of Kerala in the early 90s, the hilly western ghats to the backwaters after his pre-college as an assistant at Mozart Gallery, helping Mr. Somu Aymanam one of the famous water colour artists and home designers of Kerala. As he slowly got used to the waterscapes of Kumarakam and its village life he also got in love with Sheena and then it has changed their life. Shena’s perents belong to Kottayam: Mr. Mathew and Anna are from Syrian Jacobite Christian traditions. Mathew is a trained fresh water fishing expert and he knows the palpitations of the river, the ebbs and tides of the canals as he is an encyclopaedia about fresh water fishing. Both Anna and Sheena have great hands on local Syrian Christian cuisine! It will be a sin if one does not taste their delicacies and curries during the stay at Riverdale.

In and around (location description)

Riverdale villa is located at Karipputhatt, at Aymanam Village, in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is a small strip of land with paddy fields alongthe River Meenachil. The nearest village town is Aymanam and the Vembanadu lake is only 20 minutes away from here by car. Aymanam village has captured the imagination of many well-versed authors. One can see read the beautiful description of the village in Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel, “The God of Small Things”. Situated within10 kms radius of Kumarakom, Aymanam is a tiny village that has Lake Vembanad to its left and River Meenachil flowing from its right. The village abundantly blessed with nature’s bounty, almost 2/3rd of the land is covered with paddy fields (rice). As in any Kuttanad village, the paddy fields lie below sea-level.
Riverdale Villa is set in the middle of the agriculture farms, fishing ponds, prawns and fresh water hatcheries; it is a house of openness and light, serenaded by birds, shaded by trees and lulled by gentle breeze from the backwaters. The three sides of the house has moving water body connecting the Vemabanadu lake to the west in Kumarakom. A ride in the canoe through the river and canals to reach Kumarakom boat jetty is indeed very scenic and inspiring.

Accommodation and Food

Riverdale villa is a home stay and the host’s family resides at the same house to provide services to guests. It is very informal, welcoming and open. The house has eco-friendly practices and the guest will be delighted to taste some exclusive home cooked, organic delicacies especially sea food influenced by traditional Travancore cuisine. The duck mappas, prawn grills and hot tapioca pudding, crispy and yummy appams, theyal, kalan, chammanthi etc will certainly tickle and take your taste buds to age-old grandma recipes!
Presently the house has two airy bedrooms (with private site-out & attached modern bathrooms) for guests. One double bed room and single room adjacent to it both the rooms combined can accommodate family of two adults and two kids or an adult separately. Another double room can accommodate a couple or a family two adults and two children.

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Along the paddy fields and swaying coconut palms, one of the streams of river Meenachil makes her silent journey to the back waters of Kumarakam. And there awaits one best kept secrets of the back water experience…. Riverdale Villa.

Contact

Riverdale Villa

Arpookara west P.O., Karipoothattu, Kottayam 686008
( call ) 9847150624, 9539211315
( email ) riverdale@sisalwellness.com

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