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Damodaran - Butterfield family homestays

We are ex-tour guides who set up our Indian friends the Damodaran in the ‘homestay’ business. Damodaran left home at 14 to earn money for his impoverished family in rural Kerala, and we met him as a room boy at a Delhi hotel. Mental illness forced his return home, where he married Kamala, and set up a teashop. The pair moved to Mysore, and saved enough to purchase a small plot of land. Here we helped them build a bungalow -cum- small shop (mostly selling single cigarettes, washing powder by the teaspoon, pencils and sweets). We later built ‘Rooftop Retreat’ above this, to helped fund their daughters’ schooling. It is now their only source of income since the shop became unviable. We helped daughter Divya construct ‘Coconut View’ to help pay her own childrens fees, and gave cousin Jisha use of our house ‘Coconut Castle’, to provide an income for herself, mother and grandmother, who eke out a meagre living from the land. This hard working, honest family surely deserve an entry in your guide.

Rooftop Retreat, Gayathripuram, Mysore, is 3 km’s from the city centre. This apartment above the family home has one airconditioned ensuite bedroom, a fan-cooled dining room with refrigerator and breakfast bar, and a sitting room with small library, board games, and TV, whence guests can watch everyday life unfold in the street below. Wifi is enabled. Kamla and daughter Nivya serve Indian/Western breakfasts and tasty dinners on request, indoors or on the private roof terrace.
PRICE: £23 single, £28 double, including breakfast.

Coconut View, Vijayanagar, Mysore, is a 20-minute taxi/ bus ride from the city centre. This fan-cooled self-catering apartment has one single and one double ensuite bedroom. Its open plan living space has a well-equipped kitchen with dining area and sitting room opening onto a small balcony overlooking the street. The flat has satellite TV and a wifi internet connection, and cycles are provided. Divya and Srinath, who live downstairs with their young children, are on hand to help with local information or transport.
PRICE: £85-£110 per week/ £320- £415 per month including bedding, towels and cycle hire.

Coconut Castle, Kerala lies 15 km’s from the fishing port of Tellicherry, close to the road which crosses the western ghats to Mysore. The fan-cooled bungalow has a double/ twin bedded room, a private bathroom and toilet, and a spacious common sitting/dining room.
Tea/coffee making facilities, books, games, binoculars, and wifi are supplied. The garden is designed to attract birds, which can be viewed from the verandah. Continental-style or Keralan breakfasts, and delicious meals and snacks are delivered by Jisha from her neighbouring cottage.
PRICE: £15 per head per night including full board and pick up/drop.

FOR BOOKINGS/ ENQUIRIES regarding all three homestays please contact divyasrinath468@gmail.com tel 00918050549719/20

FOR REVIEWS/MORE PHOTOS AND DETAILS please see tripadvisor.com/ airbnb.com

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Vijayanagar, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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