Best Home stay Experiences in Kerala-Sustainable Tourism Initiative

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

Kerala Tourism took a revolutionary step by identifying the potential of tourism to make the destination worth visiting for tourists and worth living for the local community. Tourism Department through a unique project called Responsible Tourism Mission, promoted many activities including classified home-stays and serviced villas across the State. Proper training and standardization are provided to the stakeholders to ensure quality service to the travelers. Kerala Home stays are a model initiative for many other Tourist destinations across globe. The main beneficiaries are women homemakers who are a part of most of the activities. We present few of such Home stays here. But the travelers can request for further customization by letting us know your choice.



1. Delight Home stay, Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India

A nice hospitable couple Flowery & David took it as a passion to receive guests at their heritage home located in the happening area of Fort Cochin .A nice heritage home with unmatchable hospitality. Just walking distance to main Fort Kochi attractions.


2. Francis Residence, Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India

Francis was known to me for more than 25 years as his life was dedicated to Hospitality Industry in Kerala. He was the project leader for many renowned heritage hotel projects in Kerala.


3. Kallencherry Retreat, Kumbalanghi, Kochi, South India

An ancestral home converted to a home stay to experience a village with Rockey and family who has a nice farm around for experiencing the village activities. Very close to Fort Kochi for exploring the colonial part too.


4. Philipkuttys Farm, Vechoor, Kerala, South India

One of the oldest home stays in Kerala now run by Anu and her mother in law. Located on the banks of a branch of Vembanad Lake, Anu and her family offers the best hospitality and traditional cuisine. It’s an upmarket option due to the luxury rooms and amenities.


5. Mistle Toe, Munnar, Kerala, South India

Johnson is known for his hospitality expertise since his days at CGH. When he decided to move to his remote village home, he and his wife wanted to live a great life there. Their decision to open their house as a home stay was something came up from their passion for better living by giving their best to travelers. A nicely run home stay located very close to Munnar.


6. Wayside Inn, Alleppey, South India

Rani at Neroth Wayside Inn is a pleasant homemaker who loves cooking, gardening and traveling. She will be happy to invite you to her traditional 50 year old house located at Alleppey-Venice of the East. Rani has a bunch of recipes handed down for generations in her Syrian Christian family. You have a unique opportunity to interact with a passionate host with a heritage background of Syrian Christian family and cook with her. Her husband Alex is her great mentor and supporter in entertaining their guests.


7. The Beach home, Alleppey , South India

I know Sunil and his family for long when they were operating one of the best Houseboats in Alleppey. Sunil and his wife runs The Beach Home a serviced villa at Alleppey. Sunil knows hospitality more than anyone and the guests will have a great time in their serviced villa.


8. Kurialacherry Home stay, Champakkulam, Vembanad Lake, Alleppey, South India

Chackochan with his ever smiling face receives guests to his home located in an island on Vembanad Lake. The guests are in total serenity of a nice village but in the close vicinity of many attractions like Champakkulam church, boat making units etc.


9. The Cheenavala Homestay-Aroor, Cochin , South India

Located on the Cochin backwaters, Raphael and his family runs this cute homestay with a difference. He has Chinese fishing nets in his premises which is open for tourists to experience the traditional fishing. Of course the fresh catch is cooked for them too.


10. Rice Village Homestay-Alleppey, South India

Rose & Boban opened their home to tourists to enjoy the serene backwaters of Kerala and the unique hospitality. One can enjoy the ambience and warmth very much with this family.


11. Illikkalam Lake Side Cottages, Kumarakom, South India

Susan & Salim are known for their traditional hospitality. Their small boutique cottages attached to their home are the right match for budget accommodation seekers in Kumarakom. You will not miss anything as Susan and Salim are always caring for their guests. Located straight on Vembanad Lake, this cozy place offers budget accommodations, still maintaining the privacy of the guest.


12. Pepper County, Periyar, Kerala, South India

Cyriac, a real spice farmer opened his house for tourists long back even before the idea of home stays was not popular in Kerala. The beautiful house in the midst of a nice spice farm gives a real experience for the travelers. Proximity to Periyar national Park and Kumily town are real attractions.


13. Periyar Villa, Attappallam, Periyar, South India

Thajudin has all the knowledge and hospitality of handling tourists since many years as he was always a part of tourism activities in Periyar. He and his wife runs this nice home stay for the travelers and he is a nice guide on Spice farms.


14. Philip Mary Farm Stay, Attappallam, Periyar, South India

The name says all..Philip & Mary couple made their home a haven for the travelers. As the location is surrounded by spice farms and small villages, the experience is beyond words.


15. Arakal Heritage, Marari Beach, Alleppey, South India

Aby and his wife had a nice 10 acre coconut farm right on Marari Beach, a serene virgin beach of Kerala. When they converted their home as a home stay with two rooms for guests around two decades back, they never thought that their guests will take them to new heights. Now they have upgraded their place with more rooms and small swimming pool. The property is right on the beach and close to the fishermen village.


16. Eden Thottam(Garden of Eden), Kothamangalam, Kerala

I personally felt that I am in Garden of Eden when I visited the place. The home stay is located in the midst of around 150 verities of fruit trees and plants. A cosy house with two rooms furnished for home stay, offers a comfortable accommodation with a traditional hospitality from the lady of the House. They have a nice farm store to sell homegrown products like honey etc. It is close to Thattekkad Bird sanctuary and Cochin International Airport.

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