About Kerala


About Kerala

Kerala is located at the southern most tip of India. It has a population of 31 million and has the highest percentage of literacy among all the states of India. Friendly people, unbelievably green countryside with tropical climate,tourism is now booming in Kerala.

It’s tourist attractions are multi-dimensional – tranquil backwaters, beaches, hill-stations, and heritage towns. Plus the heritage rich art forms, exotic cuisine, Kerala has been chosen as one the “top ten paradises of the world” by National Geographic traveller.


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Johnson Gilbert, an Indian born and brought up in Kuwait, settled in Kerala in 1989. After a successful career as a party DJ (Disc Jockey) and music shop owner in Kochi, he returned to his hometown in Alleppey and converted his home into one of the pioneer, premier Alleppey homestays. “The Nest” as it was then called was soon listed in International guidebooks and is now well established among the top Kerala home stays.

Johnson understood that the main reason tourists visit Alleppey/ Alappuzha is for the backwaters, and that quite a few tourists also arrive for a beach stay. Alleppey is blessed with a wonderful array of lakes, lagoons, canals etc, interspersed with rice plantations and quaint villages that make up the backwaters. Thee backwaters of Alleppey are now world renowned as the no. 1 tourist attraction in India, and indeed in the world.

Also, tourists prefer to see and experience the backwaters of Alleppey via an overnight cruise on a houseboat / Kettuvallom / rice barge. Thus, Johnson entered into a partnership and now runs a very successful house boat business, www.ecohouseboat.com

A chance meeting with an old acquaintance  led to the discovery of the Secret beach. This quiet beach, and the guesthouse near there, promoted by himself, soon became almost as popular as Johnson’s homestay (as his guesthouse is now known). It provided another reason for his tourists to spend more time in Alleppey.  You can contact Johnson for help in organizing an all Kerala tour. With his score+ years in the tourism business he has developed contacts in other homestays across Kerala.

Since the last 10 years,Johnson conducts  a special event for his guests to watch the Kerala snake boat race. It’s getting bigger every year. www.alleppeysnakeboatrace.com

First time in India. Johnson’s is now cctv enabled, and one step further. You are invited to watch a live tour of his property and rooms every Sunday at 1.00 afternoon and 6.00 evening Indian time. The video will not encroach on show occupied rooms (naturally) and guest privacy is respected. Watch the live video ,and if you are satisfied with what you see – welcome to Johnson’s. Breaking news- Beat the money crunch in India. Book us online through booking.com or Airbnb. At Johnson’s guest house pay through credit card. Swipe machine available.