Check out these 5 best homestays in Kerala that you should experience, at least once in a lifetime!
Staying in a homestay will be ideal to explore and experience the local culture, people, cuisine, nature and social life of the destination.
Kerala has a bunch of quality homestays which gives the traditional experience of staying with a Malayali-family. Homestays also emphasize promoting the local culture, cuisine, activities, community life, heritage and the nature in its pure form.
The host family will pamper the guest with their love, care, emotions and food, ideal for someone who wants to be home away from home and stay relaxed.
Most of the homestays in Kerala are located in the rustic villages. This presents us an opportunity to experience life as a peasant in these remote Indian villages. The guests will be treated as gods, don’t worry.
The traditional meal in home stays is cooked by the homemaker. The food will be delicious with the essence of coconut milk, fresh seafood and organic green vegetables served on the banana leaves.
The guest will have unique experiences like village walk, Saree/Dhoti demonstration, swimming in natural pond and river, country boating, fishing, toddy tapping, rubber tapping, farming, cultural activities, and a bunch of fun activities.
These are the 5 best homestays in Kerala we think would be worth your time and money. Of course, there are plenty more that would be wonderful. And this list is not based on any rating. The numbering of the list has no specific reason but just serialized.
Please share the ones you have visited and liked the most and we will add them to this list.
1 – Ayisha Manzil, Thalassery
Ayisha Manzil is an experiential homestay run by the host Mr. Moosa and wife.
The old colonial bungalow was built by a British trader, Mr. Murdoch Brown. It was brought by Mr. Moosa’s grandfather and preserved through generations.
It is located on the outskirts of Malabar Coast, Thalassery overlooking the Arabian Sea.
The colonial building is situated in the middle of banana plantations and covered with big trees the pool is overlooking the Arabian Sea. You will get to experience village visits, the local market, spice bazaar etc.
You will experience life on the Malabar Coast. Cooking class is the key highlight of the stay; the host will teach you how to cook the world-famous Malabar recipes with the addition of coconut oil.
The homestay’s interiors and furniture represent the heritage and cultural value. Ayisha Manzil narrates the History of 2 Centuries.
Nearest Airport – Calicut Airport, 80 km
Nearest railway station – Thalassery, 2 km
2 in the Top 5 homestays in Kerala – Philipkutty’s Farm – Kumarakom
Philipkutty’s farm is an experiential homestay located in the island backwaters of Kumarakom.
This place is an ideal stopover for someone who is looking for the real life in the backwater villages. The house is owned by a farmer-family and they serve delicious homemade-food with love and with personalized care.
You can enjoy the sunset cruise in a country boat, canal cruise, paddy walk, visit the local temples and churches.
The host offers cooking classes and Ayurvedic treatments as well.
The farm has coconut, nutmeg, paddy, banana and tropical fruit plants. The island is ideal for bird watching, yoga and everything relaxing.
Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport 2 hours, 60 km
Nearest railway station – Kottayam, 30 minutes
3 in our 5 Best Homestays in Kerala – Dewalokam Organic Farm and Homestay -Thodupuzha
The word Dewalokam means paradise in the Malayalam language. As the name suggests, this place is a heavenly abode with its abundance of nature, organic vegetables, and spice gardens.
This calm and tranquil homestay is on the banks of Thodupuzha river and is operated by wonderful host Linta & Jose. Their hospitality, love, and personalized care for those who visit them is unparalleled. They won the best-integrated Farm Award from the Government of Kerala.
Activities include cooking classes, village visits, yoga session, forest walks etc.
The meal is served in banana leaves with the family and other guests. The real highlight is the delicious Keralan-food, food made from vegetables grown on the farm and handpicked – organic at its finest.
Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport, 65 km
Nearest railway station – Ernakulam, 75 Kms
4 Vanilla County – Vagamon
Vanilla County is a charming farmhouse located in the Western Ghats. The building is characterized by ‘Heritage’ by the Government of Kerala. The 150-acre farm is surrounded by evergreen trees, rubber plantation, spice garden, and fruit plants.
Vanilla County has green and lush surroundings with streams to take a swim in, and diverse nature around. The activities include swimming in the natural pool, bird watching nature walk, plantation visits etc.
The hosts Baby Mathew and wife Rani hail from Syrian Christian family and they take great care of the guests. The food is cooked using homegrown spices and vegetables.
Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport, 100 km
Nearest railway station – Kottayam, 56 Kms
5 Mannaas Veedu – Elanthoor Pathanamthitta
Mannaas Veedu is a diamond classified homestay owned by the host Mr. Aji Alex and his family. It is located in the beautiful Elanthoor village in the country-side of Pathanamthitta district.
It is built with the concept of Nalukettu the typical Kerala architecture and crafted wood. Guest can learn the local farming techniques from the host and learn the recipes of Syrian Christian cuisine.
The host conducts daily cooking classes. A morning village walk is through the rubber plantations and the guests get to see the step-by-step procedure of processing rubber.
You will experience evening rituals of visiting the local temple, toddy tapping, milking the cow etc..
You can also visit Konni Elephant Camp, Aranmula Temple, Niranom Church which are all nearby places that might interest you.
The homestay also offers Ayurvedic treatment for the resident guests. All the stress relieved, you will feel light and rejuvenated.
Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport Nearest railway station – Thiruvalla
So, that’s our list of 5 best Homestays in Kerala. Please let us know which other homestays that you were impressed by, we will add them.