Must-see hotels in Kerala

  • Soma Birds Lagoon

    Kerala

    Deep in the villages, 8km southeast of Thattekkad, this low-key resort is set amid sprawling manicured grounds overlooking a seasonal lake. Cottages are…

  • Hotel Sudarsan

    Kerala

    Handily located 500m south of Kollam's boat jetty, Sudarsan is a surprisingly good-value budget-to-midrange spot: clean rooms, with kettles, are arranged…

  • Green Valley Cottages

    Kovalam

    Back among the palm trees and overlooking a lily pond just inland from central Lighthouse Beach, this multilevel guesthouse feels fairly faded but offers…

  • Hycinth by Sparsa

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    An all-white upmarket contemporary hotel, just north of the train station, Hycinth is more business-smart than five-star flash, featuring functional, well…

  • Greenwoods Cottage

    Munnar

    A simple, neatly maintained budget guesthouse nestled amid valley spice plantations, 12km southwest of Munnar, with good hiking opportunities.

  • Lost Hostel

    Kovalam

    A fresh budget-traveller bolthole hidden in a sun-yellow house 500m inland from Lighthouse Beach, providing neat, simple six-bed dorms with fans, personal…

  • Palmgrove Lake Resort

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    Near the starting point of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race on Punnamada Lake, 2.5km north of town, the smart, contemporary individual cottages here are strewn…

  • Hyson Heritage

    Kozhikode (Calicut)

    You'll get a bit of comfort for your rupee at this central business-style hotel, 300m west from the KSRTC bus stand. Staff offer a cheerful welcome, rooms…

  • Saas Tower

    Kochi (Cochin)

    The flashy lobby is more promising than the uninspiring but comfy enough rooms filled with wooden furniture at this midrange business hotel near Ernakulam…

  • Sona Heritage Home

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    Under affable management, this lovely blue-pillared heritage home has simple high-ceilinged rooms with faded flowered curtains, Christian motifs and…

  • Bamboo Grove

    Periyar Tiger Reserve

    On the southwest edge of Kumily, this cluster of basic cottages with little porches can be booked through the Ecotourism Centre. The two-person ₹4000…

  • Mint Flower Residency

    Northern Kerala

    Immediately north of central Sultanbatheri, the efficiently operated budget annexe of Mint Flower Hotel is in great condition. It's no frills, but the…

  • Hotel Ambassador

    Kerala

    This efficiently operated old-school place is one of the better affordable hotels in central Kottayam. Rooms are spartan but fairly clean, spacious and…

  • Haritagiri

    Northern Kerala

    A little back from Kalpetta’s busy main streets, this is a plain but comfortable and popular midrange option, with balconied rooms and more private garden…

  • Pooja House

    Varkala

    A colourful, mellow, yellow-walled budget guesthouse with clean, no-frills accommodation ranging from a well-kept four-bed dorm and snug private doubles…

  • Sea Pearl Chalets

    Varkala

    Perched on Varkala’s quieter southern cliff, these basic, whitewashed, podlike huts form a characterful Hobbit village with prim lawns and lovely sea…

  • Kingfisher Boat Club & Homestay

    Kerala

    A fleet of canopied motorboats and a well-maintained nine-room homestay (with Keralan-style lunch and dinner on offer) make this welcoming spot a good…

  • Sea Flower

    Kovalam

    A welcoming and sensibly priced little seven-room place whose key selling point is its lovely seafront location at the southern end of Kovalam's main…

  • Saj Homestay

    Kochi (Cochin)

    There are six upstairs rooms at this welcoming, spick-and-span homestay run by helpful Saj. It can be a bit street-noisy at the front but the air-con…

  • River Retreat

    Kerala

    Occupying the former summer palace of the Maharajas of Cochin, 30km north of Thrissur, this riverside heritage hotel doubles as an ayurvedic resort, with…

  • Omsam Guesthouse

    Varkala

    On the hillside just south of Varkala's main beach, this beautiful Kerala-design guesthouse is a delight, with heavy timber stylings and furniture gracing…

  • Alakapuri

    Kozhikode (Calicut)

    Set back from a busy market area, friendly in-demand Alakapuri is built motel-style around a green lawn (complete with fountain!). Various rooms are a…

  • Costa Gama

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Spotless, unfussy rooms up a spindly staircase are good-value at long-running Costa Gama, which now inhabits a modern, pink-washed building with…

  • Hotel Regency

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    Around 600m northwest of the bus and train stations, this tidy, popular place offers small but spotless rooms with TV; deluxe rooms are more spacious and…

  • Jojie's Homestay

    Kochi (Cochin)

    A hospitable family oversees this five-room homestay, simply set up, immaculately presented, and popular with travellers thanks to its warm atmosphere and…

  • Bangaram Cottages

    Lakshadweep

    These basic cottages on Bangaram Island can be booked through Kochi-based SPORTS. The island is reached by boat transfer from Agatti airport (one-way…

  • Lungi Vibe

    Varkala

    A cheery, brightly painted guesthouse in a tranquil spot tucked back from the cliffs, Lungi Vibe offers unfussy, clean rooms (some with small terraces)…

  • YMCA Trivandrum

    Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

    Though often full with groups, this efficiently run guesthouse with helpful staff remains a clean, secure and central choice; some of the doubles are…

  • Kadmat Island Resort

    Lakshadweep

    Kadmat Island Resort has 28 modern cottages facing the beach, some of them with air-con. The island can be reached by overnight boat from Kochi, or by…

  • Hotel Meridian Palace

    Kannur

    Opposite the train station, in Kannur's market area, the Meridian is hardly palatial but it's friendly enough and offers a cornucopia of clean budget…

  • Homested

    Kochi (Cochin)

    A welcoming, expertly maintained homestay, 900m south of central Fort Cochin, with bright, unadorned rooms, some of them air-conditioned, and homemade…

  • Elite Hotel

    Kochi (Cochin)

    Though now much reduced in size, 50-year-old Elite is a popular budget bet in an unbeatable location on Princess St, behind a streetfront tour desk.

  • Puthooram Beach Resort

    Varkala

    Not bad value for the sea-facing clifftop location, Puthooram’s 10 wood-lined cottages are set around a charming little garden of pot plants.

  • YMCA International Guesthouse

    Kerala

    When not booked out by school groups, this is a drab but clean, secure and fairly helpful budget choice, though the very basic bathrooms have seen better…

  • Karuna Residency

    Kerala

    Cheap, cheerful enough and very basic budget guesthouse in a busy, central bazaar area.

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