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“Guests have to adhere to the centuries-old customs and traditions we follow,” says Praveen Maranat, who runs the Maranat Mana Heritage Home stay. “Nothing is arranged specifically for them. If they come during Onam, they can join us in harvesting paddy and other rituals, or help in cooking. The atmosphere is very informal. They are served the same food, cooked that day. Nothing extra, not even chilled water.”
I insist every tour operator visit the place before sending guests, says Praveen, who put the conditions on Mana’s website and brochure.
Guests stay in the refurbished three-storeyed Patthaayappura (out-house) of the 160-year-old house.
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HOME IS WHERE THE JUNGLE IS… OR THE MOUNTAINS
This home provides a chance to experience a tiny but lovely part of Kerala. Praveen Maranat, 35 will be your host at this Namboothiri illam (Kerala Brahmin household) situated in Pandikkad, in the heavily forested Malappuram district of north Kerala. The house is said to be one of the last remaining with the typical pathinaru kettu (four courtyards) design of traditional elite Kerala architecture.
There are 30 family members, and the food is strictly vegetarian.