Whether you are a young couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family seeking a relaxing vacation, Kerala is the best place to be! Famously known as the “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is blessed with natures’ best gifts. Tucked amidst the splendid Arabian Sea on the west and the verdant Western Ghats on the east, it encapsulates many waterfalls, exotic forests, an intense network of lagoons and rivers, serene beaches and backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad which makes it a traveller’s paradise with such a wide range of geographical features. This is not it, Kerala is also home to exotic wildlife and remarkable bird species as well.

This time when you visit this enchanting land, instead of staying in a concrete hotel and experiencing Kerala as a tourist, explore Kerala as a traveller!

Top 5 alternatives to stay when visiting Kerala

1.  The Alluring Houseboat of Alappuzha

Alappuzha has earned the title ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its enthralling beauty which comprises of the famous backwaters, tranquil lakes and picturesque ponds. To discover the authenticity of the captivating Kerala, one must experience the backwaters through the lens of a houseboat once in a lifetime.

A cruise on the houseboats – which are traditional rice barges called Kettuvalloms – is an experience that is a fine blend of tradition and modern luxury, making your backwater holidays a unique Kerala experience.

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Experience serenity while residing at this Kerala houseboat which takes you to isolated churches, small villages, coir making units, picturesque neighbourhoods of Alleppey and Kumarakom and even the lighthouse on Munroe Island. Feel the aromatic flavours of the typical Kerala kitchen overtaking your senses. Admire the changing sceneries from the deck of the houseboat while the cool wind caresses your face.

Price – Rs. 25,000

Best suited for– Groups

2. The Enchanting Homestay of Kochi

Kochi, rightly called ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, exhibits the presence of the cultural mix of British, Portuguese and Chinese influences. As a centre for Keralan Arts, it is one of the best places to witness the hypnotising Kathakali and Kalarippayattu art forms.

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Take a break from your daily chores and let yourself loose in this entrancing homestay. The house is beautifully carved out of rocks giving it a very rustic and inviting look. Located on the banks of Muvattupuzha river- with striking goldfish- this place will soothe your senses with the tranquillity of the environment and peace flows in the bountiful. The owner of the house, Mr Joy makes it his first priority to take care of the guests. The natural swimming pool in front is a perfect place to unwind and de-stress. Take a refreshing swim in the natural swimming pool outside for a rejuvenating experience.

Price – Rs. 2500

Best suited for– Groups//Couples

3. A Luxurious Villa in Wayanad

Comprising of lush green countryside, pristine waterfalls, wildlife, lakes and tea plantations, Wayanad is a must-visit place in Kerala. If you are the type who wants to stay away from the urban humdrum then you should pack your bag right away and head to this place. Let the peaceful town of Wayanad, captivate your senses with its unadulterated beauty while you take a break from the boredom of daily life.

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This curiously charming two-bedroom villa offers you the luxury of urban facilities in close proximity to the nature. Apart from its architecture being the alluring factor, the soul-satisfying experience in it will win you over. Absorb the vast expanse of natural beauty all around you making you forget the trap of time and leave you completely rejuvenated.

Price – Rs. 8000

Best suited for– Groups./Couple

4. A Charming Treehouse in Kalpetta Offering Solace

Nestled amid dense coffee plantations and placid mountains, Kalpetta is one of the most-loved tourist destination due to its central location. Away from the crowded hill stations of Madikeri and Ooty – which are in close proximity to the town – Kalpetta is yet another peaceful spot for a weekend getaway in Kerala.

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For those who have dreamt of escaping to a calm countryside in a small wooden treehouse surrounded by emerald palm trees and calmness of a simple life, then this amazingly constructed treehouse is the place for you!

Surrounded by acres of coffee plantations, this treehouse with a tinge of rustic architecture amalgamated with contemporary luxuries aims to offer you the impeccable escape disconnecting you from technology and helping you to rediscover your roots. Here you and also your furry friends will be welcomed.

Price – Rs. 12,000

Best suited for– Groups

5. Exuberant Cottages in Thekkady

Thekaddy is one of the major attractions of God’s own country owing to the sanctuary of Periyar National Park. Exhibiting a variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat, it makes for an ideal destination when you are seeking respite in nature.

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Re-energizing your very spirit, experience its beauty by residing in these exuberant cottages of Kumily. Make the most of the opportunity to tour the spice plantation or go on a boat ride through the lake of spring waters in a 100-year-old single log traditional Vallam.

Price – Rs. 8,250

Best suited for– Groups

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags this festive season and head to any one of these prolific destinations for a soul-soothing experience!