Top 15 Best Homestays in Kerala for all budgets

Homestays in Kerala are traditional, comfortable, and clean family homes offering authentic local experiences to travelers from all over the world. You need to look at homestays not through the eyes of a normal vacation seeker but with close interactions with local people. Best homestays in Kerala offer a relaxing stay and an authentic experience along with delicious, home-cooked Kerala food and try-out cooking classes.

Stay in a local family home and you’ll see and feel the authentic Kerala which combines the comfort and distinction of a local experience with strong local knowledge. Discover this unique state and immerse yourself in social traditions by staying with Keralite locals in their charming homestays, as they proudly share Kerala’s many delights with you. You’ll soon discover why Kerala is known as ‘God’s Own Country.’

Apart from being economical, homestay accommodation is an experience of the hospitality and warmth of the people of Kerala. It is far removed from the monotonous dwelling and seclusion of the closed four walls of a hotel room. Thus Kerala homestays are not akin to bed and breakfast accommodation but on the contrary offer the comfort of Malayalee hospitality and warmth. We have a special Homely Kerala Tour package as a part of our responsible tourism initiative for guests who want to stay in Kerala Homestays.

How to Select a Homestay in Kerala for your vacation?

Kerala homestay accommodation is available at many different levels of service. The Best homestays in Kerala do not offer upscale amenities of five-star hotels but the rich experience a traveler gets is much more than the comfort of the luxury accommodation.

Here are some things that you need to know about selecting a Kerala Homestay for your vacation.

  1. Homestays in Kerala are classified into three for government certification based on a set of predefined score criteria – Class A (Diamond House), Class B (Gold House), and Class C (Silver House).
  2. Classification will be only for operational Home-stays and it has to be renewed every two years.
  3. The classification for Homestay units will be given only for those homestays in Kerala where the owner/promoter of the unit along with his/her family is physically residing in the same unit.

Spending holidays at the best Homestays in Kerala enable tourists to have an immersive experience in a Kerala village home with calmness and experience and enjoy local traditions, canoe or kettuvallom ride, martial art forms like Kalarippayattu, Sadhya of Kerala, Ayurveda, yoga, and other local therapies, all of which enables one to enjoy the authenticity of local interactions.

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Which are the Best Homestays in Kerala?

We carefully handpicked the top 15 best homestays in Kerala for all budgets believe in “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning that “Guest is God” and promote “responsible eco-friendly Tourism”. Whether one is in search of relaxation and to unwind, to experience the advantages of meditation, to experience the activities of nature to de-stress, Kerala homestays offers something unique for each of our guests.

1. Harivihar Heritage Homestead in Calicut

Harivihar Heritage Homestead is the perfect place from which to soak in the atmosphere of Kerala’s oldest city. This 170-year-old restored royal house, nestled amidst verdant greenery and beautifully landscaped gardens, is a quaint and private home in the heart of the historic Malabar province. Serene garden views from the traditional rooms, a relaxing outdoor pool, and a rejuvenating Ayurvedic wellness center will quickly have you feeling right at home, restored, and invigorated. The gracious hosts will treat you to delicious home-cooked meals, help you plan tours to the nearby beaches and hills, and immerse you in the local culture and traditions with occasional performances of traditional art forms.

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  • The traditional dining room, kitchen and lounge which create a pleasant atmosphere in a beautiful, unique setting
  • The serene garden views from the rooms
  • The wellness centre, with its Ayurveda, massage and yoga programmes
  • The delightful and flavourful vegetarian cuisine
  • The environment, steeped in local history
  • Wifi is available in public areas
  • An airport shuttle service can be booked in advance
  • The wellness centre, with its Ayurveda, massage and yoga programmes The tour desk will assist in planning your excursions and onward travel arrangements
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Harivihar Heritage Homestead is the perfect place from which to soak in the atmosphere of Kerala’s oldest city

2. Backwater Brook in Kumarakom

Perched on the scenic banks of Kerala’s famous backwaters, Backwater Brook is a homestay in Kumarakom and an idyllic getaway for couples and families. Relax amid lush greenery, coconut palms, and paddy fields, alternating between breathtaking views of Lake Vembanad and serene canal scenes as you watch the houseboats ply the waters. With a children’s playground, picturesque gardens, sun terrace, and outdoor fireplace, there is something for everyone at this unique homestay.

The striking setting is complemented with the authentic Kerala cuisine lovingly served in the restaurant and coffee house – the seafood is especially fresh! The hosts additionally organize live performances and help you organize your houseboat cruises, trips to the nearby bird sanctuary and Pathiramanal Island, and fishing trips, as well as cycling and walking tours. This makes it one of the best homestays in Kerala!

 

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  • The traditional dining room, kitchen and lounge which create a pleasant atmosphere in a beautiful, unique setting
  • The difficult choice between canal views and lake views
  • The sun terrace and outdoor fireplace, which make the gardens perfect for night and day entertainment
  • The mouth-watering cuisine
  • The fabulous and relaxing houseboat cruises organised by the tour desk
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • Complimentary breakfast is provided
  • Cycling, fishing and trekking tours are easily accessible from the tour desk
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Backwater Brook is an idyllic getaway for couples and families with backwaters on one side and paddy fields on another side

3. Vismaya Boutique Villa in Vembanad

Bask in the effortless and unpretentious elegance of the Vismaya Boutique Villa. Perched at the tip of the peninsula, find yourself surrounded by pristine lake waters, which you can admire from the exquisitely designed sun terrace, garden, and infinity pool. This 400-year-old restored royal house is a haven of seclusion and tranquillity, with long carefree days giving way to lingering evenings and evocative nights.

The tastefully pared-back aesthetics and elegant simplicity are a soothing balm for the mind and soul, while the private gardens and outdoor showers that accompany each room ensure a unique experience you’ll never forget. The villa’s restaurant too is an experience in-and-of-itself, with breathtaking views and first-rate international and local cuisine accentuating the idyllic environment and unassuming luxury.

 

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  • The unbeatable sunrise and sunset views over the lake
  • Rooms, with private gardens, garden bath and outdoor shower which are a world apart
  • The minimalist elegance of the gardens, terrace, infinity pool and restaurant
  • The delicious seafood, vegetarian, continental and traditional cuisine
  • There are only two rooms in this homestay
  • Wifi is available in public areas
  • Bike rentals and walking tours are available
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Vismaya Villa is a 400-year-old restored royal house that is a haven of seclusion and tranquility, with long carefree days giving way to lingering evenings and evocative nights

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4. Ayisha Manzil in Kannur

Immerse yourself in the history of Kerala as you settle into this majestic yet cozy 150-year-old colonial mansion which is a traditional Kerala Homestay in North Kerala. The stone and wood architecture is accented by the carefully chosen traditional furniture, creating a singularly atmospheric environment evocative of the historical richness of the Malabar province. Surrounded by sea and coconut palms, the pool and balcony both overlook the Arabian Sea, and there is no more idyllic setting from which to watch the sunrise and set.

Inside the mansion, lounge amidst the greenery in the verandah, or take advantage of the cooking classes offered by your host: once you taste one of her mouthwatering Muslim or seafood dishes, you are sure to want to know her secrets! The hosts themselves are gracious and knowledgable, their family having long been involved in the town’s spice trade, and will organize trips to the local fish and spice markets, weaving centers, and notable landmarks.

        What we love 
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  • The tangible history and traditional design
  • The stunning sea views and open terrace
  • The lovingly prepared food and the cooking classes
  • There is no wifi here
  • There are four bedrooms
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Ayisha Manzil is a cosy 150-year-old colonial mansion in Kannur with traditional stone and wood architecture

5. Vembanad House Homestay in Lake Vembanad

Enfolded within the rich greenery of tropical gardens and the banks of Lake Vembanad, Vembanad House Homestay is one of the best homestays in Kerala. It is a traditional bungalow surrounded on three sides by pristine waters. Behind the bungalow, picturesque paddy fields fan out as far as the eye can see. These serene surroundings accentuate the Zen aesthetics of the gardens and the peace and tranquillity of this striking location.

The lovingly prepared food is part of the experience of your stay: sourced fresh from the local markets and the owner’s own organic farms, it’s served up on banana leaves in a beautiful open dining space, making your environment an intimate element of your sojourn in as many ways as possible. Your lovely hosts will organize canal cruises and evening cruises at your convenience, as well as cycling, fishing and canoeing excursions so that you can experience as much as possible.

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        What we love 
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  • The breathtaking setting and landscaping
  • The local food served on banana leaves
  • The tranquil cruises along the lake and canals
  • The charming village within close proximity
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • There are four rooms only
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Vembanad House Homestay on the banks of Lake Vembanad is a traditional bungalow surrounded on three sides by pristine waters.

6. Marari Dreamz Homestay in Marari Beach

This small homestay on the sea-shore is the perfect place from which to enjoy the temples, paddy fields, and sea-based lifestyle of the locals, as well as the nearby beach itself and the relaxing services provided by the hosts. Amidst the luxury villas and pools, enjoy yoga and cooking classes, Ayurveda services, and traditional homely cuisine.

Combining luxe and coziness, the warm red-brick villas and verdant gardens provide privacy and seclusion, making Marari Dreamz Homestay the perfect place to forget your troubles and immerse yourself in local culture and traditions, or simply rest and relax on the shores of Marari Beach. The hosts will organize backwater cruises, fishing, and cycling tours at your convenience, giving you a taste of what Marari has to offer.

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        What we love 
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  • The charming nearby village
  • The restaurant, which serves up traditional and modern cuisine
  • The beautifully landscaped poolside
  • The yoga, cooking, and Ayurveda programmes
  • The environment, steeped in local history
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • There are four luxury villas to choose from
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Marari Dreamz is a small homestay on the sea-shore is the perfect place from which to enjoy the temples, paddy-fields, and sea-based lifestyle of the locals

7. Kerala House Homestay in Thekkady

Poised on the edge of the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala House Homestay is surrounded by intense and awe-inspiring jungle forests, with stunning greenery extending as far as the eye can see. Admire your tropical surroundings from the elegant balcony, terrace, and garden at your disposal, enjoy cooking classes with your hosts and avail yourself of the restorative Ayurveda services provided, making the most of your unique and idyllic situation.

This homestay combines modernity with characterful tradition, from the rooms, furnishings, and delicious home-cooked meals to the evening entertainments and traditional performances. During the day, your wonderful hosts will help you organize cycling, boating, rafting, hiking, and jeep tours, helping you to experience all that Thekkady has to offer.

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        What we love 
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  • The dramatic views of the wildlife sanctuary
  • The beautiful gardens
  • The wellness centre, with its Ayurveda, massage and yoga programmes
  • The abundant greenery surrounding the home
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • A shuttle service can be pre-booked
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Kerala House Homestay is surrounded by intense and awe-inspiring jungle forests in Thekkady.

8. Beena Homestay in Fort Kochi

Fort Cochin in Kerala also known as Fort Kochi, cochi, cochin. Make the most of your time in the heart of Fort Kochi at Beena’s charming and friendly homestay which is one of the best homestays in Kerala. Packed with character, this delightful home blends modern luxuries and traditional comforts within close proximity to many Fort Kochi landmarks.

Treat your tastebuds to Beena’s delicious home-cooked south Indian cuisine, stroll down the landscaped lawn to gaze at the soothing pond, or lounge around in the cozy communal parlor when you’re not out and about exploring the wonders of Fort Kochi. Beena’s family is renowned for their professional, pleasant, and easy-going hospitality, ensuring you find your home away from home.

        What we love 
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  • Beena’s tastebud tickling meals
  • The shared lounge area, which speaks to the open and convivial spirit of the homestay
  • The excellent location at the heart of Fort Kochi
  • The family’s use of solar power
  • Wifi is available throughout
  • There are six rooms available to guests
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Beenas Homestay blends modern luxuries and traditional comforts within close proximity to many Fort Kochi landmarks

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9. Taamara Homestay in Alleppey

Even the bathtubs come with a lake view at Taamara Homestay! The casual elegance of this homestay is carried through the vast well-tended gardens, the deck with idyllic views of the lake, the charming restaurant right to the beautiful rooms and amenities. Every room has its own lake view, ensuring all guests can wholly soak in their striking surroundings and watch the rising sun from the comfort of their beds.

The gardens and deck are the perfect places to spend the day relaxing and watching the hive of activity that washes over the lake: fishermen, canoes, Chinese fishing nets, and houseboats hustle and bustle around each other as they go about the business of earning their living. To finish off the day, delicious home-cooked food is lovingly prepared and served on banana leaves at the restaurant, overlooking the beautiful sunset colors which paint the lake in a whole new light.

        What we love 
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  • The fantastic lake views from every room and bathtub
  • The beautiful rooms and stunning gardens
  • The daily jostle of locals who make their living from the lake
  • The mouthwatering traditional Kerala meals beautifully presented on banana leaves
  • The environment, steeped in local history
  • Wifi is available throughout
  • There are four cottages
  • The hosts will organise day-trips, tours and excursions for you
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Even the bathtubs come with a lake view at Taamara Homestay in Alleppey

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10. Eden Garden Heritage Homestay in Fort Kochi

Within close proximity to significant Fort Kochi landmarks, including the enchanting Chinese fishing nets, Eden Garden offers a traditionally elegant haven within this bustling historical town. Out of many fort Kochi homestays, The heritage architecture, understated charm, and balanced simplicity of the rooms and lounges make this homestay the ideal place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, accentuated by the vibrant, otherworldly greenery of the beautifully landscaped garden and terrace. Put your feet up and enjoy the 24h room service and deliciously prepared home-cooked dishes, or enjoy your meals in the picturesque picnic area and shared dining area.

        What we love 
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  • The proximity to tourist places in Kochi
  • The sightseeing excursions organised by the hosts
  • The understated elegance of the design
  • The beautiful garden and the terrace
  • The environment, steeped in local history
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • Cycling and fishing trips are available
  • There are three rooms
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Eden Garden Heritage Homestay has close proximity to significant Fort Kochi landmarks, including the enchanting Chinese fishing nets

 

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11. Estate Residency in Munnar

what can be a better place to rejuvenate than experiencing Munnar homestays! Succumb to the enthralling misty valleys views and tropical greenery of Munnar from this charming and comfortable residence. Sitting in the middle of 70 acres of cardamom, pepper, coffee, vanilla, and cocoa plantations and surrounded by boisterous wildlife like birds and macaques, this is a genuinely immersive stay that will give you a first-hand experience of all that makes Munnar magical.

With unbeatable views of hills, forests, plantations, and the lake from your open terrace or the oversized windows in your room, sit back and enjoy the sunset over the treetops as you sample the mouthwatering home-cooked dinners available. At night, admire the stars from an open campfire and listen to the forest come alive. The simple modernity and style of this home mean that Munnar’s natural beauty is the star of the show, and few stars shine brighter.

ALSO SEE- Top 16 Tourist Places to visit in Munnar

        What we love 
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  • The stunning views
  • The large rooms and windows
  • Home-cooked meals
  • The tours of the plantations and the heritage cardamom factory
  • Cooking Classes
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • Breakfast in traditional South Indian style
  • There are only three rooms
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Succumb to the enthralling misty valleys views and tropical greenery of Munnar at Estate Residency Homestay in Munnar

12. Konark Homestay in Thekkady

An oasis of elegance and tradition surrounded by deep forests and breathtaking views, Konark Homestay is the ideal place from which to enjoy all that Thekkady has to offer. Located close to the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve, the residence and its spacious pavilion are the perfect platforms for wildlife watching from the comfort of your home, and the stunning lake views will take your breath away.

To help you make the most of your stay, the wonderful hosts organize bamboo rafting, trekking, and trips along the singular Periyar Tiger trail, and while you may not spot the elusive tigers themselves, there are myriad other beautiful creatures to see, from exotic birds to vociferous monkey and more. When you’re not captivated by your surroundings, enjoy the delicious home-cooked meals and the gracious company of your hosts as you unwind amid ancient jungles.

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  • Breathtaking lake and forest views
  • Variety of wildlife which can be observed from the pavilion
  • Deliciously cooked meals
  • Cooking classes are available on request
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • There are six rooms at Konark Homestay in Thekkady
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Konark Homestay is the ideal place from which to enjoy all that Thekkady has to offer

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13. Coconut Creek Homestay in Kumarakom

Make the most of your location at Coconut Creek Homestay: choose between lake or canal views, take backwater houseboat cruises or float along the lake and its bird sanctuaries, experience both the serene ambiance of the backwaters and the bustling activity of the lake. This traditional colonial home is surrounded by four acres of lush evergreen forest as well as coconut, mango, bananas, and jack fruit plantations which provide some of the delicious food you’ll be eating at the restaurant. There is also a fully equipped kitchen if you want to try your hand at using some of these traditional ingredients yourself!

Spend your days visiting the farms, taking fishing trips, or exploring the nearby village with your hosts, then relax and restore yourself at the herbal wellness center or soak in the breathtaking views from the garden, balcony, and veranda. This exotic oasis of peace and tranquility ensconced on the backwater banks will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.

        What we love 
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  • Herbal beauty and wellness centre
  • perfect location between backwater and lake, with stunning views of both
  • Deliciously cooked meals
  • Cooking classes are available on request
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • There are six rooms at Konark Homestay in Thekkady
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Coconut Creek is a traditional colonial home is surrounded by four acres of lush evergreen forest as well as coconut, mango, bananas and jack fruit plantations

14. Tharavadu Heritage Homestay in Kumarakom

The traditional Keralite architecture of this 140-year-old heritage home is perfectly set off by the ancient natural beauty of the river bank and the bustling activity of those whose livelihoods have depended on the lake and its backwaters for centuries. Bask in the understated luxe of the scenic gardens and swimming pool and relax in the simple and homely balconied rooms and fresh-food restaurant.

Eco-friendliness and sustainability are some of the hallmarks of Tharavadu Heritage Homestay, and from sourcing their ingredients to their buildings materials or the items they provide their guests, every effort is made to exist respectfully and symbiotically within this unique environment. Here, simplicity is key, highlighting the natural delights of Kerala. Get involved in their ethos by joining their fishing trips and taking cooking classes with the hosts!

        What we love 
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  • Relaxed atmosphere in a Traditional Kerala Styled Building
  • Beautiful garden and swimming pool
  • Fishing and cooking classes
  • Eco-friendly ethos
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • Every room is equipped with a balcony
  • Complimentary Asian-style breakfast is provided
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Traditional Keralite architecture of this 140-year-old heritage home is perfectly set off by the ancient natural beauty of the riverbank

15. Molly’s Retreat, Kovalam

Leave all your daily troubles behind and let yourself be pampered by the lovely staff at Molly’s Retreat. Their renowned friendliness and efficiency are entirely in line with the charmingly simple luxury of this residence, which offers privacy and seclusion along with effortless access to the beautiful beach. The honeycomb of alcove terraces creates a unique and picturesque backdrop to the stylish pool, bar lounge, and restaurant, which is known to serve up incredible home-cooked food – some of which you even need to pre-order!

Many significant sites, such as the famous Lighthouse Beach, are but a short ride away, and you’ll always look forward to coming home to Molly’s, where the rooms and terraces are spacious and comfortable, the ideal place to breathe in the sea air and soak in the atmosphere of lingering evenings and starry nights.

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        What we love 
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  • Unique architecture and design
  • Spacious rooms and balconies
  • Famously good customer service
  • Easy access to the beach
  • Free wifi is available throughout
  • An airport shuttle service can be pre-booked
  • Breakfast is complimentary
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Molly’s Retreat in Kovalam is known to serve up incredible home-cooked food

Indian families had been renting rooms out to travelers in their own homes and this is a practice that existed from the time of the invasion of Alexander the Great. With many traditional houses in Kerala houses equipped with spacious rooms, and many families experiencing the same quandary with their sons and daughters being away from family, the practice spread quickly across the nation’s cities and towns, and with the advent of Airbnb, etc this has become widely popular.

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