Planning to cool off in Munnar this summer? You should try some local fish curry or a home-cooked Kerala sadhya to add that extra zing to your holiday – especially, since you may not get to taste authentic Kerala food in sterile hotels. If you want to taste the local culture, experience the local activities such as picking of tea leaves or harvest the spices with the workers, just opt for a home stay in a Kerala Homestay Tour Package.
A Kerala Homestay Tour package will take you through a network of beautiful family homes all across Kerala, ready to welcome travelers. Homestays offer an opportunity for guests to enjoy an authentic experience: sights, smells, tastes and traditions up close, not through the usual lens of an everyday holidaymaker but with close interaction with families. Stay in a family home and you’ll see and feel the real Kerala which combines the comfort and distinction of a boutique hotel with the hospitality, informality and local knowledge you enjoy when staying with friends & family. In our carefully handlicked homestays in Kerala You’ll get a warm welcome, a relaxing stay and a authentic experiencealong with delicious, home cooked Indian food and chance to learn cooking through cooking classes.
Travellers who are keen on learning the local culture, taste homecooked local cuisine and adding a personal touch to the holiday should opt for homestay. For instance , if the host family owns a bungalow in a tea estate, the host organises an excursion around the estate.The traveller can actually pick tea leaves with the rest of the workers and get a feel of their routine. This way the traveller actually gets an opportunity to get back to grass roots, which is an enriching experience
Homestays, which are most popular in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan offer a plethora of options such as plantation bungalows, historic palatial mansions , remote rural cottages etc. Homestays is a niche holiday phenomena. It is still on the growing phase in India. Homestays are usually opted for, when the holiday go-rs are keen to explore and experience the culture of the region . For instance, a homestay in Leh Ladakh with the host family to experience the Ladakhi culture first hand is an example of a homestay.
It all depends on the locality, nature of the apartment and the package that comes with the apartment. If you opt for a regular homestay with two rooms the daily tariff can be as low as Rs 2,000. But if you opt for a palatial structure or a heritage house, it will be heavier on the pocket. Homestay properties have to be registered with the respective state governments as homestays. Kerala Government has strict rules for registration of Homestays in Kerala , which evaluates the property and checks the authenticity of the family and the property .These registration ensure that even as travellers are keen on adjusting with the host family, the host should know basic etiquette such as ensuring travellers’ privacy, communicating in a common language etc.
If you are looking for a 24×7 service , absolute privacy and lazy holiday, homestays are a no no for you. You rather stay in a hotel, which serves you coffee even in the middle of the night In a homestay , you have to follow a routine, eat at the same time as the host family and have the willingness to learn the local culture.
A lot depends on the communication between the traveller and the host family. If a family will be reaching late in the night to the homestay property then the host should be informed accordingly . If the guests want some milk for their child, again the traveller should place the request in advance with the host family and they will oblige. If you are a vegetarian and prefer a vegetarian homestay, you should look for the right options . There are several homestays which offer only vegetarian food. Each of these homestays has a dedicated website , which furnishes these basic details. Similarly, if you are travelling with your pet you should mention it to the host family before finalising the homestay. There are homestays which have no reservations on pets while some do. Hence, you should choose an appropriate home stay, which meets your requirements .
If you are planning to opt for a homestay, you should ideally book at least six months in advance , given the shortage of inventory . It is still a niche concept with a growing demand. So most exclusive properties get booked several months or even a year in advance, say travel experts. But look at the right options, communicate and choose the right host and a registered property for an enjoyable summer.