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Enjoy Kerala's Ancient Trees, Paddy Fields & Home Life With An Anthropologist

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What Makes It Awesome

Kerala is one state where you can vacation as many times as you'd like and still have something new to discover each visit. For a more grounded and homely experience, we recommend Lakshmi Nivas Studio. This boutique homestay located at Parudur, a small, non-touristy village in Palakkad is surrounded by the most picturesque paddy fields, natural lakes and ponds, and ancient trees, including banana, areca nut and pepper plantations. The visuals and vibes are just like you'd imagine it to be - rustic, natural and calming. 

You'll have the entire home on the farm to yourself. And as you explore you will learn that the space is curated with mid century furniture, contemporary art and antiques adjacent to a heritage home. But what sets Lakshmi Nivas Studio Homestay apart from any place else is that here, you will be hosted by an anthropologist and artist. Namrata enjoys conversations that are stimulating, but worry not, she's also mindful of your privacy and space. You can choose to take a walk around the property with her and ask her questions about the flora, fauna and even the food served. 

Speaking of, the menu is a culinary experience weaving ancient cooking wisdom with modern tastes. The ingredients, like you'd expect, are seasonally foraged, organically grown and locally sourced. Murrel fish kannan, mango cheesecake, turmeric flower salad and coconut cream cake are only a few of the delights waiting to be devoured. All three meals, tea/coffee and snacks are provided in-house. In terms of amenities - WiFi, washing machine, one bed and bathroom and kitchen-dining area and parking on the property is available.


If you're looking for activities to do other than relax - you can choose to walk through the paddy fields, visit the natural lake, or experience fishing (the homestay is close to the Bharathapuzha river) and meander through the streets of the village. There's an Ayurveda clinic facing the river too. Click on Book Here to visit Lakshmi Nivas Studio Homestay. Prices start at INR 3,000 for two guests per night.