Home Stays


"Guest is God". In Kerala having guest at home is considered as Huge Honor and the host go out of the way to please, engage and educate the guests. The hotel stay may not give you this much opportunity to experience the local way of life and understand the cultural aspects in true sense where as the Home stay offers these and many more experiences. Most home stays provide the guests with just as much comfort as a reputable hotel and you have a full time host to take care of you needs. Always remember that there is no place on earth to beat the South Indian Hospitality which respects your privacy, travel needs etc.,

Why Home Stays?

Distinctive accommodation.........Home away from Home. This says it all.

Apart from the fact that it comes to you in different styles and in perfect locations, there are many reasons and benefits for choosing a homestay oven a Hotel Stay.

  1. Personalized Service                    Usually homestays have fewer rooms and the family who resides there runs it with flair and involvement. This guarantees that guests receive plenty of individual attention. You can spend as little or as much time with the host family as you like.
  2. Local Knowledge                            Your Host gives wealth of information about the local areas and great Insight to the Indian culture and way of life. In short you make great friends and make the most out of your holiday. Rest assured what you get is not written in any guide books
  3. Cuisine / Food                                 By staying at a home stay, you'll be able to taste authentic Indian home cooked food, made to order. It's a lot lighter, and has more variation and flavor. Home stays welcome their guests to the Kitchen & let them watch and participate in the cooking process.
  4. Unique Activities                             As a guest at a home stay, the focus is on you, your likes and preferences. The hosts are usually very accommodating and will put a great deal of effort into arranging activities that are of interest to you.
  5. Overall Experience                          The hosts pride themselves on the individual attention they can give the guest for the comfort, food, sightseeing, privacy, safety or just an interesting chat

Staying at a home stay in India is all about immersing your self into Indian culture, rather than just doing what other do on the tourist trail……… UNDOUBTDLY A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE………..

 

Bernards Bungalow , Fort Kochi


 

Bernard bungalow holiday home is a family run home stay which is a Dutch heritage building facing the greenery of the parade ground and the St Francis Church in Fort Kochi. It is walkable distance away are the Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco Da Gama tomb, Kochi Beach, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Cemetery, Bus terminal, Ferry, Restaurants and shopping area.

With six large and airy bedrooms, the house needs no air-conditioning. Nice, spacious & clean rooms with attached private European style toilets & 24 hours hot/cold water, Comfortable twin-beds with and with out Air conditioning is available. This stately heritage home and its estate provide facilities for both rest and recreation.

 Things to do – Walking tour of Fort Kochi & Harbor cruise.

 
 

Chiramel Homestay , Fort Kochi / Host - Sunny Mathew & Asha Abraham



 

Located across from St. Francis Church, on the southern side of parade ground, in Lilly Street, this ancient Dutch house offers paying-guest accommodation for tourists who seek a home away from home in Fort Kochi. The rooms are large, spacious with teak wood floor, high, lofty, teak wood ceiling, each with attached European toilets with hot and cold showers, rooms with bath tubs and sit outs.
 

Room type- Standard & Deluxe A/C and Non A/c Rooms. The Mansions has a back yard garden, a common roof top garden open round the clock.

Things to do – Walking tour of Fort Kochi & Harbor cruise.

 
 

Mundackal Home Stay, Kothamangalam near Ernakulam./ Host Jose G. Mundackal & Daisy Jose.




This delightful 4-room plantation home is surrounded by lush rubber, pepper and coconut plantations, and stretches of greenery as far as the eye can see. Whilst staying here you can get first hand knowledge about the processing of rubber and also try your hand at tapping. It serves traditional Kerala Christian food and the hostess herself imparts to guests the basics of preparing the cuisine through live demonstration.

A placid relaxing ambience, broken only by the chirping of  birds and chipping of crickets. The cool and gentle breeze refreshes your mind and body – a tranquil pleasure dome where you could rejuvenate your mind and body by being with the nature here.

 Things to do – Bird watching at Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary near by, visit Elephant camp in Kodanadu & visit with boating at Boothahtan kettu dam.

 
 

Dewalokam Farm stay- Karimanoor near Thodupuzha/ Host Dr Jose Alilakuzhy & family




Dewalokam is an exceptionally beautiful farm on the banks of Kannadipuzha in the lower and middle ranges of Neelgiri Mountain ranges of the Western Ghats.  Dewalokam spreads over an area of ten acres. The other side of the river is the pristine tropical forest, protected by the forest department. Dewalokam is a farm that is forested with well yielding rubber trees, littered with huge teak, mahogany, Ayani, mango, jack trees, white Cheeny, sizeable Elau trees, and a number of big and yielding tamarind trees. Lots of flower plants including orchids, climbers, varieties of water and normal bamboos are found here. The farm has quite a number of well yielding coconut trees and a large variety of spices like pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, ginger, turmeric, Vanilla are grown here.
 

Accommodation is in 4 houses by the banks of the river with a total number of 15 rooms to occupy.

Things to do – Spice walk / Angling / Forest treks / Rafting / Gardening / Yoga.

 
 

Akkarakalam Memoirs / Kainakary / Alleppey




Akkarakkalam Memoirs is on the banks of the tributary of Pampa River. It is accessible by water and is only 5 minutes from Nedumudy on Alleppey-Changanassery route. The charm of it is enhanced by paddy fields at the back and water bodies on the other three sides. It is tranquil all around, broken only the hushed knock of an oar in a canoe.
 

It is a domicile of age-old traditions, customs and virtues. In a sprawling  10 acre land with natural flora and fauna, beautifully converted into an ideal home stay for the nature lover as well as for the common globe-trotter. Here you can experience the backwater life at close quarters and inhale the natural scent of pristine countryside. The old cellar for rice called “Ara” and the housing rooms have the same old charm and purity. Everything about Akkarakkalam Memoirs has the fragrance of old times.
 

Accommodation is in 4 Heritage A/D Deluxe rooms & 2 Non A/c Kerala Cottages.
 

Things to do – Canoe rides / motor boat rides / fishing / village & farm visits / Toddy Tapping / Ayurveda.

 
 

Olavipe Home stay , Poochakal./ Host Antony & Rema




Olavipe comes complete with a stately and authentic house dating back to 1851, a sophisticated family with an illustrious and long history, a working farm (entertaining guests is just a sideline, pursued because the family is gregarious), a superb family cook, and very comfortable accommodations. Nestled in a very green and un spoilt corner of rural Kerala.  Set in the middle of a working farm, it is a house of openness and light, serenaded by birds, shaded by ancient trees and lulled by gentle breeze from the backwaters.
 

The house has four large airy bedrooms for guests - including a wheel chair friendly one. The rooms need no air-conditioning. The bathrooms attached to the bedrooms offer both cold and warm water options. The area offers scenic village lanes for walks, quiet nooks for the avid reader and calm stretches of water to tempt you to oars. You can watch birds, go fishing or just laze and be peaceful!

 

Things to do – Fishing in the canals / village tour by walk or in a bicycle / Boat & Canoe rides/ Extensive Library.

 
 

Philipkuttys Farm- Vechoor- near Kumarakom./ Host Anu & Family




Philipkutty’s Farm is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Keralan experience in a fascinating location, with a caring family to look after you. It is a special place, as it provides something different, especially for those who prefer small and friendly places, and, could just be, the perfect hideaway for the bespoke traveller.
 

Set on a beautiful small farm island which was actually reclaimed from the backwaters (Vembanad Lake) in the early 1950’s ,this working farm, which practices sustainable / organic methods of farming, is two metres below the lake level and has coconut, toddy, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation. Jumbo prawn (scampi) and Karimeen (pearlspot) found in some of the farm canals. Though accessible by road (up to the opposite bank), it is the ‘Vallam’ (country boat) that will finally take you across to the Home. Accommodation are in independent water front villas.

Things to do – Fishing in the canals / Village tour by walk or Bicycle / Boat & Canoe rides/ Sunset cruises/ Cooking classes / Bird watching /Ayurveda.

 
 

Tharavadu Heritage Home stay - Kumarakom./ Host Maliackal Family



Enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Kerala house in the banks of the cool and calm Kumarakom backwaters. Tharavadu, which means family house in local language, is a 120 years old Traditional Kerala Syrian Christian family house, located near the river bank. The recently renovated house is surrounded with small rivers and various canals.

 

Things to do – Fishing in the canals / village tour by walk or Bicycle / Boat & Canoe rides/ Sunset cruises/ Church visit in Kottayam.

 
 

Tranquil Homestay- Sultan Battery in Wayanad./ Host Victor, Ranjini , Ajay & Nisha




Tranquil – A 400 acre private coffee and spices plantation, nestled within the remote and lush rainforest of Wayanad, in the north part of Kerala. If you are looking for a calm and quiet vacation within an environment of exquisite ecological beauty and unending relaxation, Tranquil resort with just 8 rooms and 2 luxury Tree Houses is a home stay experience like none other.
 

Tranquil is run with the efficiency of a resort but with the intimacy of a home stay. At Tranquil, meals are enjoyed in a common dining area. A mixture of continental fare, regional Indian favourites , traditional Kerala cuisine and “Grandmother’s” secret  formula’s.

Much of the experience at Tranquil is to enjoy the serene surroundings and re-charge your batteries.

Things to do – Bird watching / Visit to Wild life Sanctuaries near by / Visit water falls / Tranquil walks.

 
 

Pranavam Homestay- Vythiri in Wayanad./ Host Ravi & Rama




Pranavam Homestay offers a quiet refuge with secluded luxury, exclusive amenities and abundant nature. An unpretentious haven, where adventure is the norm and a slower pace is encouraged . Engage your senses and just breathe.
 

Situated in the heart of the scenic South Wayanad tea country with Panoramic view of rolling tea estates merging into mountains. Tucked away in a plantation, away from all the hustle and bustle is Pranavam. Four identical aesthetically designed, Luxuriously appointed, Spacious family suite rooms in the villa. Serves home cooked Kerala-style vegetarian cusine for lunch and dinner.
 

Things to do – Bird watching / Visit to Wild life Sanctuaries near by / Visit water falls / Nature walks.

 
 

Kandath Tharavadu - Thenkurussi in Palakkad. / Host Mr Bhagwaldas




Kandath Tharavad is the place to experience the village life of Kerala. The house set in a rustic village outside Palakkad Town takes you back to a by gone era. Away from the busy traffic and into a countryside that is absolutely quiet and calm. The morning walks with the fresh breeze blowing against you and the evening starlit skies in a silent surrounding are some of the treasures of this abode.

The house is a two hundred year - old gem of domestic architecture built in 1794, constructed primarily of mud and teak.

Things to do – Bird watching / Village walks / Bicycle & Bullock cart rides through the village/ Visit paddy fields and local Temples

 
 

Kalaketty Estate Home stay- Kanjirapilly in Kottayam. / Host Kurian & Anju




This guesthouse consists of two independent and very large rooms (ground floor and first floor) each with separate entrance, veranda/balcony and attached bathroom. They are furnished in antiques of the age and over look a paddy field to the back.
 

This is a delightful home stay offering a warm welcome, home cooked food, authentic accommodation all within 150 acres of plantation. The location is ideal being within the foothills of the Western Ghats and perfectly breaking the journey between Cochin/backwaters and Thekkady.
 

Things to do – Rubber tapping experience / Jeep rides through the Estate/ Estate walks /Local Village & market visits / Visit to the Goat & Rabbit farms.

 
 

Ayesha Manzil - Telcherry Near Calicut / Host Mr/s C.P.Moosa




"Ayesha Manzil " is a beautiful, old colonial style mansion overlooking the Arabian sea. This bungalow was built in 1862 by Murdoch Brown, an Englishman who came to Tellicherry as a trader of the East India company.Formerly known as " Judges Bungalow " the present house was renamed as "Ayesha Manzil " in 1900 when it was bought by T.M. Moosa a local Muslim trader.Today his grandson C.P. Moosa invites you to holiday in Tellicherry to stay at his home and sample the warm hospitality, fantastic traditional cuisine with the emphasis on the fresh sea food and local culture which so fascinated the travelers of yore.
 

Accommodation here is 5 large AC rooms filled with heritage character. The other facilities include a swimming pool, Ayurveda therapy and free transfers to the beach.
 

Things to do – Visit local fish & spice market / cooking classes / Visit handloom weaving and Beedi  rolling units / Parassinikadavu temple & witness Theyyam dance.

 
 

Casa del fauna / Munnar




In this land of exceptional natural beauty and wildlife, a charming country home situated amidst a working cardamom plantation. The plantation is spread across hundred of acres and the home is located on a clearing dating back, built by the pioneering planters who set foot on these hills in 1880. Visiting this enchanting tourist spot will let you unwind and rejuvenate your weary mind and body. Make a date with the nature and experience the difference!
 

There are three spacious bedrooms offering enchanting exterior views. They are all aesthetically furnished and are equipped with all modern facilities to make your stay pleasant, comfortable and worth the while.
 

Things to do –  Local sight seeing / Tea factory visit / Rajamalai visit to see the Nilgiri thar / Mattupetty dam visit & boating in the lake / Treks & nature walks.