One of the most delightful aspects of a visit to Kerala is the cordial hospitality you receive from the genuinely humble people of the state. Travelers are fascinated to see how love comes naturally to the Malayalis. That’s because warmth and affection are two essential facets of a Keralite’s personality. But to give travelers a superior experience of genuine care and traditional hospitality, Kerala introduces them to a unique accommodation type called ‘Home Stays’.
Ideal for long holidays, a home stay is generally a house or bungalow equipped with comforts and facilities needed for travelers. The amount of money spent on home stay accommodation is very little when compared to staying at a hotel or resort. In addition to being pocket-friendly, home stays offer guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a homely atmosphere as they experience loving hospitality from the host family and relish authentic local food prepared by them. A home stay guarantees travelers a ‘home away from home’ experience in the purest sense.
We present to you the top 10 best home stays in the state of Kerala
Located a few metres away from the serene Marari Beach, Flamingo Marari is a boutique villa that proves to be a hidden treasure in the scenic fishing village of Mararikulam. The property has been home to the host family for three generations. Guests at the home stay get a chance to experience ethnic Kerala lifestyle in a relaxed atmosphere. Although this is a heritage property, the villa has a modern charm to it with well-furnished bedrooms featuring all amenities that an urban traveller would need and expect. The home stay features an amazing swimming pool and a restaurant that serves Indian, local and continental delicacies.
The River Rock home stay in Munnar quietly flaunts a superb blend of serenity and grace. An exceptionally caring and courteous couple owns the place. The cottages at the home stay have balconies that provide a pristine view of the natural river. But it is the gorgeous rocks amidst the flowing river that add a special beauty to the site. There is no shortage of greenery throughout the area. The rooms are well-furnished with Italian flooring, wooden walls, roof panels and modernized bathrooms. Although the place enjoys a close-to-nature environment, it still has a homely feel.
The Emerald Isle Home Stay in Alleppey is a 150-year old ancestral property featuring the traditional architecture of Kerala. Guests take a boat ride through the backwaters to reach the property. The property features a courtyard garden with hammocks, lush green paddy fields and fish ponds that make for some scenic views. Since the rooms have air-conditioners and en-suite open-to-sky bath areas, guests can expect a modern stay. The home’s rustic teakwood furnishings and wooden carvings, however, ensure that the old world charm is intact.
The Pepper County Home Stay in Thekkady is located in a verdant 7-acre property surrounded by pepper, cardamom and coffee plantations. A variety of fruits and vegetables grow in the surrounding region. The well-furnished rooms offer modern comforts and amenities. In fact, there are very few home stays that have rooms of such high standards. The property also has vast open spaces and a rooftop terrace. The pollution-free environment of the home stay promises peace and serenity to the guests.
Dewalokam Retreat is a secluded home stay tucked away after a commercial rubber plantation in Cochin. A special attraction at the home stay is the organic farm. It is the ancestral farm of the Alilakuzhy family, an ancient Syrian Christian family of Kerala. The farm produces fruits, vegetables, milk and honey organically without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The home stay has a beautiful river and a serene nature reserve in its surroundings. The property’s open spaces have hammocks placed amidst the trees and a freshwater pool.
Royal Mist is a pleasant home stay nestled amidst the lush green plantations and misty hills of Munnar. Featuring the comforts of a boutique hotel, the home stay has three individual guest rooms located on its first floor all of which offer a scenic view of the plantations. The staff serves meals on the spacious terrace balcony. The captivating environment of Royal Mist owes it vigour to the chirping of delightful birds, majestic trees and dew-drenched flowers. A walk through the plantation and forests leads guests to some picturesque viewpoints.
The Fort Bungalow, located in the heart of Fort Cochin, is just 500 metres away from the famous Fort Cochin Beach. The spotlessly clean property has a colonial-style bungalow that opens to a beautiful garden in the courtyard. All the rooms of the bungalow are spacious and comfortable, offering a pleasant view of the garden. Although located at walking distance from many tourist attractions, the home stay enjoys a calm environment.
Located on the banks of the Meenachil River in Kumarakom, The Backwater Heritage Home stay houses a century-old wooden mansion. It features an elegant mix of antique charm and modern amenities. The hosts prepare highly tempting Kerala food for the guests but guests can also choose to cook their own food at the kitchen in the home. The well-furnished rooms have verandas with swing beds. The property has a beautiful garden and provides a fine view of a tributary belonging to the Meenachil River.
Hosted by a warm and welcoming couple Joseph and Linda, the Little Paradise is a pleasant home stay located a few metres away from the Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum. It has three independent rooms with a living room as well as a kitchen. The living room has comfortable chairs and a dining table while the kitchen has the required essentials for cooking. The home stay also has a large terrace space for yoga.
Nestled amidst the famous Dhanagiri Hills in Vythiri, the Dhanagiri Home stay belongs to a 30-acre farm property that has sprawling coffee plantations. The quaint homely cottages in the property enjoy a spectacular location. They also offer a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and forests. The vibrant staff at the home stay provide memorable trekking experiences through the plantations, forests and hills.