Ayisha Manzil is a simple, historic and characterful homestay perched on a cliff top in Tellichery, on Kerala’s coastline. It was built in 1862 by an East India Company tradesman but is now run and owned by Mr and Mrs Moosa. They are incredibly knowledgeable and experienced hosts, ensuring every guest gets the most out of their experience in Tellicherry.
The property has become particularly well known for its intricate Keralan Mopillah food and cookery lessons, which are run by Mrs Moosa or her staff. The property is also in close proximity to many Theyyam performances, a colourful cult like ritual and form of worship in this part of Kerala. Mr Moosa’s knowledge is invaluable when tracking down the secretive Theyyam performances, which often take place in December and January. He is also happy to take guests to the spice and fish market, to see a beedi rolling unit (Indian cigarettes) as well as a handloom-weaving factory. Ayesha Manzil arguably provides one of the most authentic and in depth experiences in Kerala and if that’s not enough, there’s an outdoor pool to cool off in after all of the exploring.
There are four Deluxe Rooms that are large and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms, soft comfortable beds and a living area. They are tastefully decorated with antique furniture, in keeping with the colonial bungalow that dates back to 1862.