Must-see hotels in Kerala

  • Jungle Bird Homestay

    Kerala

    A reliable, efficiently run Thattekkad choice is this blue-walled homestay, 200m inside the sanctuary and owned by the enthusiastic Ms Sudah and son…

  • Bird Song Homestay

    Kerala

    Run by welcoming naturalist Vinod and his family, this tranquil two-room homestay just inside Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary delights guests with its guided…

  • Beena Homestay

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Beena has been feeding and sheltering travellers for years in the family homestay, just off Ponnoonjal Rd 1km south of central Fort Cochin, and maintains…

  • Tranquilou

    Periyar Tiger Reserve

    One of Kumily's friendly, family homestays, Tranquilou stands in a peaceful street just off Bypass Rd, with neatly furnished rooms in a modern-design…

  • Bangaram Island Resort

    Lakshadweep

    The most upmarket resort in Lakshadweep offers semi-luxurious cottages in a private setting, along with water sports and a restaurant. Most visits are…

  • Beach Hotel

    Kozhikode (Calicut)

    Built in 1890 to house the Malabar British Club, this slightly worn but quite charming six-room hotel has more character than most other Calicut…

  • Matthews Residency

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    One of Alleppey's better non-hostel budget offerings: six spotless rooms with Italian marble floors and, for three of them, garden-facing verandahs,…

  • Albin's Glory

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Coconut palms dot the backwaterfront gardens and Chettinadu tiles adorn the floors at this 120-year-old heritage home, on Vypeen Island 5.5km north of the…

  • Homestead Hotel

    Kerala

    In a handy little compound tucked back from busy KK Rd, super-central Homestead has a variety of well-maintained budget rooms, the best of them with…

  • Palmy Lake Resort

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    With six individual cottages dotted across green grounds, this welcoming guesthouse focuses on lakeside charm, swinging hammocks, home-cooked meals and a…

  • Varikatt Heritage

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    One of Trivandrum’s more characterful places to stay is the 250-year-old family home of retired Colonel Roy Kuncheria: a four-room Indo-Saracenic bungalow…

  • Cherai Beach Resort

    Kerala

    Run by a trio of ayurvedic doctors, this sprawling 75-room resort scattered around a meandering lagoon is wedged between the beach and backwaters…

  • Krishnatheeram

    Varkala

    Just above Black Beach, this palm-studded ayurvedic resort specialises in yoga therapy, with daily classes (₹400; drop-ins welcome) and professional…

  • Johnson’s

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    This quirky longtime favourite, run by the gregarious Johnson Gilbert, is a rambling two-storey family residence with themed rooms, old-school furniture,…

  • Poovar Island Resort

    Kerala

    Accessible only by 20-minute boat ride, this resort is popular for its romantic 'floating' wooden cottages moored on the water's edge – though most of the…

  • Minicoy Island Resort

    Lakshadweep

    The remote island of Minicoy, the second-largest island in Lakshadweep and the closest geographically to the Maldives, offers accommodation in modern…

  • Bracknell Forest

    Munnar

    Almost entirely surrounded by deep forest, 8km south of Munnar, the 10 comfy, well-kept rooms at this tucked-away guesthouse have balconies and views of a…

  • Dew Drops

    Munnar

    Set in thick forest 20km southwest of Munnar, this remote-feeling place lies on 150 hectares of spice plantation and farmland (not tea plantations). There…

  • Pathans Hotel

    Kerala

    No-frills rooms at no-frills prices, in a handy (though chaotic) location opposite the Round. The basic, secure and tolerably clean rooms are on the 5th…

  • Jeevan Beach Resort

    Kovalam

    Beachfront Jeevan is strung around one of the few seafront pools on this strip, with a restaurant-bar out the front and freshly painted, decent-sized…

  • Palm Tree Heritage

    Varkala

    Set around gardens and a lotus pond just steps from quiet Odayam Beach, this peaceful, traditional-feel resort provides an antidote to Varkala's…

  • Windsor Castle & Lake Village Resort

    Kerala

    Some of Kottayam's comfiest rooms inhabit this grandiose white box, 3km south of the town centre, though the more impressive accommodation is in the Lake…

  • John’s Residency

    Kochi (Cochin)

    A genuine backpacker place, efficiently run John's is your best budget bet for an overnight stop in Ernakulam, especially if John himself is in residence…

  • Hotel Greenland

    Kovalam

    Friendly family-run Greenland occupies a tiered no-frills complex hidden beneath trees in the tangle of lanes backing Lighthouse Beach. It's far from…

  • Mascot Beach Resort

    Kannur

    Most rooms are sea-facing at this compact, slightly faded midrange hotel looking over small Baby Beach, 2km northwest of Kannur's fort. Facilities are…

  • Wilson Ayurvedic Resort

    Kovalam

    Grape-purple Wilson has modest but reasonably well-maintained rooms with terraces orbiting a shady pool among the lanes behind Lighthouse Beach. There's a…

  • Walton’s Homestay

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Spacious, up-to-date, wood-furnished rooms huddle around a leafy garden in fastidious Mr Walton's lovely old family home, painted a nautical white with…

  • Gurukripa Heritage

    Kerala

    Almost a century old but now neatly refurbished, Gurukripa is a fine budget heritage hotel with more charm than most, in a quietish spot set back from the…

  • Issac's Hotel Regency

    Northern Kerala

    This reasonably priced and remarkably well-equipped complex in Sultanbatheri's hectic town centre has everything from sprucely maintained rooms to…

  • Sonnetta Residency

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Right in the thick of Fort Cochin, the six old-fashioned rooms at this friendly, efficient Portuguese-era guesthouse are ultra-clean and well presented,…

  • Kerala Bamboo House

    Varkala

    For that basic bamboo-hut experience, this popular place halfway along the North Cliff squishes together dozens of spotless, simply furnished Balinese…

  • Wariyam Heritage

    Kerala

    Behind a traditional whitewashed facade with a sloping tiled roof and a bit of greenery, the six plain, spruce rooms at this 100-year-old ancestral home…

  • Royal Retreat

    Munnar

    Away from the Munnar town bustle just south of the main bus station, Royal Retreat is an average but reliable and perfectly comfortable midranger with…

  • Bekal Fort Homestay

    Northern Kerala

    There are just two simple, spotless modern rooms (one lemon-washed and fan-cooled, the other air-conditioned with a red feature wall) with a shared…

  • Brighton Beach House

    Kerala

    The garden is filled with hammocks to loll in and there are just five basic rooms (three with air-con) in a small, helpful guesthouse right near the shore…

  • Dream Nest

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    The colourfully themed modern rooms and three-bed dorm set back from the road are a good-value find at this budget town-centre guesthouse, with a social…

  • Greenland Lodging

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    Still holding its own in the budget bracket, pastel-coloured Greenland is popular for its (busy) location just metres from the train station and bus stand…

  • Leelu Homestay

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Central and very homely, Leelu has three spotless, modern upstairs rooms (two of them with gigantic bathrooms), a rooftop terrace (yoga can be arranged)…

  • Jungle Camp

    Periyar Tiger Reserve

    This simple tented riverside accommodation within the reserve is available through Kumily's Ecotourism Centre. Rates include trekking, a bus safari in the…

  • Princess Inn

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    In a glass-fronted building, the Princess Inn promises a relatively quiet no-frills sleep in a central side-street location. It's comfortable, with TVs,…

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