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Best and Unique Places to Stay in Kerala

Kerala is often loving referred to as “God’s own country”, and the natural bounty that the state is blessed with confirms this saying. Who can deny the Edenic beauty of the lush tropical forests and exotic backwaters of Kerala? Add to this the golden beaches and the splendid sunsets, and you have a destination that is at once awe-inspiring and full of romance.

 

A vacation in Kerala is bound to be a memorable experience, whether you are exploring the backwaters, camping in the jungles, or marvelling at the ancient architecture, there are some of the best and unique places to stay in Kerala.

 

Kerala offers a wealth of interesting experiences to tourists. Lounging in a houseboat as it cruises along the backwaters surrounded by dense forests full of chirping birds is an experience in itself, but there are several other ways to enjoy the magnificence of the state too. A visit to the Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary will not just allow you to see the elephants residing there, you will also have a chance to bathe the gentle creatures with your own hands.

 

A jeep ride through the Periyar Jungle will give you a chance to come close to the diverse wildlife of Kerala, while camping in the dense forests will let you enjoy nature in its own home. A visit to the Athirapally Falls, the “Niagara Falls of India” is also an unforgettable experience. Nature lovers will also delight in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which offers a scenic retreat into a magical and musical land full of the echoing calls of exotic birds.

 

Kerala is also rich in tea and coffee plantations, and a visit to these spice-scented farms is a joy to the senses. The hills of Munnar and Wayanad are especially well-known for their tea and coffee plantations. There are several spice plantations in Kerala which grow authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the exotic vanilla, and a tour of these will not just delight your nose but also fulfil the chef in you.

 

Buying spices fresh from the farm is a rare and wonderful experience after all.
In whatever way you choose to spend your vacation in Kerala, it is bound to be a charming experience which will leave you rich in memories, especially with respect to the best and unique places to stay in Kerala.

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    Camping in Wayanad Hills at Seagot Banasura
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    About the activity:Camp in Wayanad hills at Seagot Banasura and be taken into the charms of nature and outdoors with a refreshing overnight experience. Offering the perfect setting for the camping experience is the Seagot Banasura that lounges over 50 dewy acres. Chec...

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    Stay at Vythiri Village Resort in Wayanad
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    About the Activity:Vythiri village resort in Wayanad offers you luxury and comfort at its best because Vythiri is a cascade of beauty being sphered in all season.Deluxe rooms, cottage rooms, pool villas are the attractions here which open their doors to a pleasant nat...

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    About the Experience:An Art Decor styled hotel is C G H Casino Hotel located at Cochin that displays the essence of this modernised city of Kerala.Casino Hotel would enable you to witness the brilliant melange of cosmopolitan and traditional style. Choose a laid-back, 3 ...

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    About the Experience:Let Wayanad becomes your host this vacation where you would find unfiltered views of the nature replenishing every other second.CGH Wayand Wild comes up with pure comfort amidst a salubrious nature with spacious rooms equipped with stylish, cozy beds...

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    About the Activity:Toned by green, the Oxyfarm Resort that spread across the Periya forest range in the district of Wayanad, Kerala reveals a set of unusual features of nature during one's stay here.Botanists' abode, Oxyfarm located at an elevation of 3000 feet above is ...

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    Wayanad
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    About the Activity: Situated in the north-eastern part of Kerala, Wayanad, located in the southern tip of Deccan Plateau is one of the most beautiful weekend getaway destination. Escape to this tree house stay in Wayanad, stunning abode in nature which has all req...

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    About the Activity:Blue Ginger Spa Resorts in Wayanad, Kerala opens up a different set of experiences in front of you with Kerala's peculiar nature and serenity.Tranquil room, Chembra room and Ginger suite room are the luxurious and spacious rooms available with all amen...

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Attractions

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Chembra Peak

A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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The Bamboo Factory

If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Pookode Lake

If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. 

It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.

Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. 

Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.

Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 

Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners

Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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What You Should Know More About Stays in Kerala

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Kerala?

    If you are heading over to Kerala for a vacation, you know how important it is to choose the best possible resort for the best possible vacation. The best resorts in Kerala feature out-of-the-way amenities, beautiful spaces and exotic views- all of which will add to the beauty of your vacation in the wonderful state. Most resorts provide luxurious rooms to pick from but some also have quaint cottages on offer.

    • Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere
    • Vivanta by Taj- Bekal
    • The Leela Kovalam
    • Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
    • Marari Beach Resort
    • Turtle on the Beach
    • Coconut Bay Beach Resort

  • Which are the best jungle resorts in Kerala?

    Kerala is not only rich in backwaters, it also has a wealth of verdant forests. In fact, a large part of Kerala is covered in dense evergreen forests that add magic and mystery to the state. Imagine being able to stay in a treehouse or cottage deep inside a jungle with only the rustling of the leaves and the echoing calls of birds for companions- such a wilderness therapy is amazingly rejuvenating for body and soul alike.

    • Wild Corridor Resort and Spa by Apodis
    • Wild Elephant Eco Friendly Resort
    • Jungle Retreat Wayanad
    • Nature Zone Resort
    • Vythiri Resort

  • Which are the best places for camp stays in Kerala?

    Camping is an offbeat way to enjoy the wild and untamed beauty of Kerala. Since it is so flexible, you can choose to camp either deep inside the jungles or on the banks of the backwaters. Many camp stays allow you to pitch tents in exotic locations but lodges and simple wooden cottages near popular camping spots are also available for more comfort conscious travellers.

    • Munnar Tea Estates
    • Gavi
    • Wayanad Hills
    • Nelliyampathy Jungle Camp
    • Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Palakkad
    • The Hornbill Camp, Thattekad

  • Which are the best homestays in Kerala?

    Homestays are such a comfortable accommodation option- a true home away from home. A homestay allows you to revel in privacy and peace while at the same time also enjoying the luxuries of a hotel stay. Kerala has some pretty great homestays to choose from, all of them located in scenic destinations that will charm you with their other-worldly beauty and sedate you with their peace and serenity.

    • Hari Vihar
    • Morning Glory Homestay
    • Vismaya Villa
    • Vembanad House Homestay
    • Marari Dreamz Homestay
    • Mullackal Homestay
    • Marari Green Land Homestay

  • What are the best romantic resorts in Kerala for honeymoon?

    Kerala is a great destination for a romantic honeymoon. There is love in the very air that blows from the backwaters and envelops you in a cool and refreshing embrace. Depending upon your desires, there are different kinds of resorts in Kerala to choose from. You can holiday besides the sea, or in the backwaters, or even next to tea plantations. Here are some top picks for a Kerala honeymoon.

    • Marari Beach Resort
    • Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort
    • The Zuri Kumarakom
    • Banasura Hill Resort
    • Windermere Estate
    • The Siena Village
    • Devonshire Greens
    • Mountain Courtyard

  • Which are the top family resorts in Kerala?

    Spending a vacation in Kerala with your family is one of the best ways to build unique and unforgettable memories. The state has so many magical places to visit and interesting things to do that both children and parents will find themselves revelling every moment of their stay. Picking a great family resort will only add to the wealth of memories you can build since these resorts offer many family friendly packages full of fun experiences.

    • JCT Houseboat
    • Club Mahindra Munnar
    • Wild Corridor Resort & Spa by Apodis
    • Blue Bells Valley Resort
    • Tea Valley Resort
    • The Windflowers Resort and Spa
    • Poovar Island Resort

  • Which are the most luxury resorts in Kerala?

    Whether you are planning a honeymoon in Kerala or simply want to enjoy an indulgent vacation, residing at luxury resorts is a great way to spend your days in Kerala. Luxury resorts offer amazing all-in-one deals that not only include beautiful accommodations but also healing spas, eclectic dining, and a range of entertainment options. These luxury resorts in Kerala also offer some of the most scenic views around the state.

    • Marari Beach Resort
    • The Lalit Resort & Spa, Bekal
    • Neeleshwar Hermitage
    • The Zuri Kumarakom
    • The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort
    • Vythiri Village Resort
    • Blue Ginger Spa Resort

  • Which are the best beach resorts to stay in Kerala?

    While Kerala is primarily famous for its backwaters, the beaches in Kerala are no small thing either. Kerala’s beaches are full of tranquillity and serenity since they are unfrequented by tourists. The golden beaches are bordered by swaying palms on one side and kissed by soft and crystal-like waters on the other. A stay at one of the beach resorts is a great idea for those looking for a retreat into solitude.

    • Vivanta by Taj, Bekal
    • The Leela Kovalam
    • Bethsaida Hermitage
    • Turtle on the Beach
    • The Gateway Hotel
    • Poovar Island Resort
    • Woodhouse Beach Resort

  • Which are the best houseboat stays in Kerala?

    Staying in a houseboat is a quintessential Kerala experience that every tourist visiting the state should partake of. To wake up in the morning to the greetings of soft winds and bird calls and to go to sleep in the night to the sounds of lapping waves is a memorable adventure. The best houseboat stays offer an experience beyond the ordinary by combining tradition with classic luxury and so bringing to you the best of both worlds.

    • Punnamada Luxury Back Water Resort
    • Minar De Lake
    • River Escapes Houseboat
    • Honeymoon Houseboat
    • Pulickattil Houseboats
    • Angel Queen Houseboats

  • Which are the best ayurvedic resorts in Kerala?

    Kerala is renowned all over the world as a place where the rich tradition of Ayurveda still reigns strong. An ayurvedic retreat in Kerala makes use of the ancient knowledge of health and well-being and combines it with modern scientific discoveries to give you the best experience possible. An ayurvedic spa experience will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated by eliminating all toxins from your body. Enjoying a stay at one of these ayurvedic resorts will allow you to immerse yourself in the ayurvedic process entirely.

    • Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort
    • Kairali: The Ayurvedic Healing Village
    • Carnoustie Ayurveda and Wellness Resort
    • Kalari Kovilakom
    • Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort
    • Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort

Traveller Tales From Kerala

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Madha Van

11 February 2018

For anyone who loves camping, this is the place to be. In the midst of mother nature - at Kerala's highest resort, what else can you ask for. A bunch of dedicated and professional tour guides who ...

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Rageswari Reddy

15 September 2015

After a long year this is what you can expect from your holiday. It turned out outstanding. The caves, trekking and the bon fire with the residents in the hotel cannot be forgotten easily. Hoping to go

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Chakor Iyengar

06 December 2015

It was a trip planned by my college friends and it turned out to be really amazing,spent a grt time trekking and exploring the ancient caves,everything was well planned and very well organized .Had a g...

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vinod gopalkrishnan

21 November 2017

One of the best places in Wayanad to detox from busy urban life!, Amalgamated with nature An amazing family holiday and very good memories, Great hospitality I highly recommend this place for pe...

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bala

18 October 2016

Excellent , seren , awesome & beautiful location & property- Oxy form resort This property - surrounded with beautiful hills and the view is breath taking Well maintained ,Best hospitality & ...

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Prashansa Bhuwania

19 June 2017

"Firstly, I'd like to mention how we were pleasantly surprised by how good the service is. You wouldn't believe it if you haven't been there. The three guys assisting us were very considerate. We were ...

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Atmananda Bharadwaj

05 August 2015

Our group of 4 friends went here for our summer break, and it was a perfect choice for a short weekend to get away from the city and all its heat. The climate here is so soothing; you do not want to ge...

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Girindra Sethi

03 July 2015

Beautiful tea plantation stays in Wayanad. We came here for our summer holidays and almost immediately fell in love with the perfect weather and lush plantations around us. The resort is scenic and has...

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Gitanjali Devar

05 February 2016

Enjoyed our stay here at the Bamboo house and spent quite the relaxing holiday with our loved ones, making our summer vacation perfect. We got to explore the magical Edakkal caves and believe me, these...