“Travel makes one modest; you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”. –Gustave Flaubert, Novelist
A traveller’s adventure starts the minute they step out of their comfort zone into the limitless possibilities of the unexplored. For the intrepid traveller, ‘Ayana’s Home by the Pampa’ is not just a unique experience of living and enjoying the secrets held closely in the trappings of the wonderful backwaters, but sinking into the culture of the city you have travelled to. The home is on the backwaters of Kerala, around 14kms from Alleppey, in a small village called Kanjipadam.
The Kerala backwaters in itself make for a one-of-a-kind experience as you wade through the waters using them as streets. The backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as Malabar Coast), that are formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem—fresh water from the rivers meets the sea water from the Arabian Sea. Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape, with pleasant and equable climate throughout the year.
Burrowed between the rich greens is ‘Ayana’s Home by the Pampa’ where guests are encouraged to indulge in local, real life experiences with the community at large as they stay with the Nair family. Local, home cooked food plays an important part of the cultural experience as it becomes a window to how a family gathers and sustains from day to day. Evening or morning canoe rides in the backwaters are one of the activities apart from cooking that becomes a part of the familiarisation process at this beautiful and traditional Keralan home. Equipped with all modern day facilities, Ayana’s reminds you how easy it can be for traditional and modern to co-exist.
The picturesque backwater bungalow houses four wonderfully done up rooms. A part of the rich and diverse Kanjipadam community, Ayana’s is equipped enough to provide accommodation to large groups as well. It takes community involvement a step further by being inclusive of the community. Ayana’s remains at the epicentre of the village and unconditionally opens its doors to each guest seeking to indulge themselves in authentic backwater culture.