Downton Heritage Homestay


Accomodation Budget: Economy
Class: 1.5 Star
Best Suited For
Bachelors and Groups.
Accomodation Theme
Bungalows, Home Stays,

Quick Info

Downton Heritage Homestay is situated in a rare destination which ideal for trekking, bird watching and jeep safari. It is a hundred year old estate bungalow located among cardamom plantations and dense forests. The place has been changed into relaxing place of stay. At the bungalow, you are surrounded by birds and animals. The bungalow has been designed with good planning making it a pleasant accommodation.

Rankings & Ratings

  • Hospitality
  • Property
  • Value for money
Editor's Rankings

#30 in 33 Accommodations in Trivandrum
#1 in 1 Estate Bungalows in Trivandrum
#5 in 5 Home Stays in Trivandrum

"A homestay with dormitories offering opportunities for treks."

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

Downton Heritage Homestay is located amidst plantations and dense forests offering safari and trekking opportunities to the guests. The rooms are well-maintained but they do not offer even the basic comforts to the guests.


  • The night safari is adventurous.
  • The surrounding areas are home to many birds and animals.


  • Mobile connectivity is very poor.
  • The rooms do not have basic amenities too.


  • Safe Parking
  • Laundry

Detailed Info

Downton Heritage Homsestay is a hundred year old bungalow. It is located in Kowdiar, a rare destination in Trivandrum. The place belonging to the Western Ghats had been untouched until the 19th century. Because of its thick forests and many wild animals, the place had been completely inaccessible. In 1895 when Mullaperiyar Dam was designed, the place had gained slight popularity. It was in 1926 that a British planter named J. R. Vincent bought a 700-acre property near the lake for cardamom plantation and called it Downton Estate.

J. R. Vincent built a colonial style ranch home in 1930 which now offers tourists a relaxing stay. This 19th century bungalow has been well-maintained to retain its original charm even after almost a hundred years. The bungalow has exposed ceiling beams, Georgian water boiler and marble walk-in bathtubs. The bungalow is set amidst a delightful 600-acre cardamom plantation. There are dense forests and cliffs close to the bungalow which allow guests to take treks and safaris. The rooms in the bungalow are not air-conditioned; there is no landline telephone connectivity or internet and no television in the rooms. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is offered to the guests. 


Hotel Rules

  • Check-in Time 12:00 PM, Check-out Time 10:00 AM.

Special Notes

  •  You can spend your evening by going for a drive through the nearby valley where you get scenic views of meadows, cliffs and precipices.
  • The jungle is quite silent. It’s an ideal atmosphere needed to just relax and read a book.
  • Waterproof clothing should be carried because rain is always a possibility in the 'rainforest'.

Activities Offered*

  • Guided treks.
  • Night safari in an open jeep.
  • Plantation visit.
  • Watching rare species of birds.
  • Night camps and Barbeque on request.

Rooms Types


Downton Homestay provides well-maintained accommodation facilities in the form of dormitories. They have few standard amenties. 

  • Geyser

*Activities offered by the Accomodation may be limited in number or may change without prior notice depending on the season, demand and other factors. Please request for the details at the time of booking. Availing these activities may have aditional charges depending on the package you opt for.