Kerala homestay tours

“Go truly local with homestays in the land Indians call God's Own Country from the historic port of Cochin to the backwater hamlets of Allepey and Kumarakom.”


Experience local culture through homestays | The richly atmospheric historic port of Cochin | Kathakali dance | Overnight houseboat cruise | Village life and wildlife - in Allepey, the 'Venice of the East' | Kumarakom on Vembanadu Lake

Description of Kerala homestay tours

Kerala has much to enchant both families and individual travellers, and this trip offers a more personal experience of the region through staying with locals and discovering local tradition, cuisine and community through their eyes.

Kick off in the delightful historic trading and fishing port city of Cochin on the Arabian Sea, visiting ancient churches and forts, the Mattancherry palace and picture-perfect Chinese beach fishing nets, before enjoying an evening of Kerala's traditional Kathakali dance.

Transferring to the village of Alleppey, meet your homestay hosts in a village whose waterways have earned it the title 'Venice of the East'. Its lush paddy fields are the rice bowl of Kerala, and the village is also famous for diverse animal and bird life, local beaches, seafood and marine products as well as boat racing. You'll take to the water yourself in a more relaxed way with an overnight stay on a houseboat as it cruises along tranquil backwaters past ancient temples and coconut groves.

Stepping back ashore, move on to Kumarakom a tiny backwater hamlet perched on the western banks of the Vembanadu Lake. Take to the water again by canoe, motor boat or houseboat, explore the local countryside on foot or just relax with your hosts at another local homestay for one final night enjoying the region Indians call God's Own Country.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This particular trip is unique as the homestays which we have selected are all owned by the local Kerelan families who are doing excellent work by maintaining some of the old buildings. They are kept in very good condition and generate revenue for the families livelihood. For the last few years this region is fast gaining popularity all over the globe and now a lot of revenue is generated by way of jobs in homestays, local guides, transport etc. We only use those home stays which are fully owned by the local community.

These old/new houses have now been converted into homestays and are helping the locals get good jobs. All the accommodation which we are using has a local staff. All our accommodations are eco friendly and have used local materials & handicrafts. Our accommodations are equipped with energy saving lights.

With the passage of time many have totally vanished but thanks to tourism serious efforts are now being made to preserve these magnificent old houses which not only help the local economy but also generate a huge amount of jobs.

We not only help the local people to keep their properties in good condition by generating business for them but we also make a point that they should give employment to the local people so that the local economy can benefit from tourism.

We will be using local guides throughout this trip who are trained in their field and will certainly make a difference.

3 Reviews of Kerala homestay tours

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2018 by

Getting in touch with local people. We were very well taken care of at Keits homestay and the food there was really good. The staff showed us around in the village and spent time with us and showed us how people lived there. Visiting the museum in Aleppey. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2012 by

The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. Read full review

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