The 10 Best Hotels in Kerala, India

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1 February 2018

Recognized as “God’s Own Country,” Kerala is renowned the world over for its warmth, which is instrumental in the place being consistently ranked among the all-time top tourist destinations in the world. With the philosophy of “Athithi Devo Bhava,” meaning “the guest is equivalent to God,” the hospitality industry of Kerala delivers on all fronts. So, while on a trip to the bounteous state of South India, choose from among these ten best hotels around Kerala.

Brunton Boatyard Hotel - CGH Earth, Kochi

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Reminiscent of the colonial period, Brunton Boatyard – CGH Earth has preserved the remnants of the past. A five-star hotel in the midst of bustling Fort Kochi, the ambiance of the place is done up with the influences of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British. The artifacts, curios, hanging fans, and high ceilings are symbolic of the mixture of cultures that have left their mark on Fort Kochi.

About this place:

Beach, Stylish, Relaxed, Traditional, Outdoors, Eco friendly, Fine Dining

Parakkat Nature Resorts, Pallivasal

Resort, Independent Hotel, Eco Hotel
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This splendid hotel in the lap of Munnar is built to serve casual travelers as well as business travelers. One of the best features of Parakkat Nature Resort are the stunning views it offers of the verdant rolling hills and tea plantations that surround it. The hotel is popular for its breakfast. The service at the premises is also renowned for the courteous behavior of the staff.

About this place:

Countryside, Romantic, Remote, Relaxed, Outdoors, Eco friendly, Family Friendly, Cosy

Xandari Harbour, Mattancherry

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The hotel faces the ocean, where dolphins can be sighted if you are lucky
The hotel faces the ocean, where dolphins can be sighted if you are lucky | © Xandari Harbour/own work

Steeped in history, Xandari Harbour at Fort Kochi is a walk into the past. Housed in a building that is nearly 300 years old, the hotel is rustic at its best, with unpainted walls and the original roof tiles still in existence, lending a quaint charm to the place. A superb natural water pool in the campus of the hotel is a hot favorite with the patrons. The hotel is located on the aromatic Spice Bazar road of Mattancherry.

The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa, Kumarakom

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa | The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa

Nestled in the wonderful backwaters of Kumarakom, The Zuri Kumarakom is a five-star property located on the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kerala. The unending admirable lagoons, the crisp winds wafting from the sea, and the dancing coconut trees lend a picture-perfect view of the place, combining nature with luxury. An experience at The Zuri Kumarakom is replete with a taste of history, culture, authentic cuisine, and sights of the rich flora and fauna that surround the place.

Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel, Kochi

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Located in the chief tourist spot of Fort Kochi, Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel provides scenic vistas of the sea. Their food is favored for its modern take on classic delicacies. The place is a recipient of the Travellers’ Choice Awards by Trip Advisor in 2016. The precinct of the hotel houses the old lighthouse mast that dates back to 1927.

About this place:

Arty, Traditional, Stylish, Romantic, Relaxed, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Cosy, Beach, Boutique

Hills & Hues Resort, Periyar

Resort, Eco Hotel
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The hotel also offers easy treks to the surrounding mountain peaks
The hotel also offers easy treks to the surrounding mountain peaks | © Hills & Hues - Thekkady/own work

Nuzzled in the heart of nature, Hills and Hues Resort is where you can wake up to the chirping of birds, the sight of mists rolling down the valleys, and be enveloped in the fragrances of ripe tropical fruits and wildflowers. Customers can indulge in a range of activities, such as receiving cooking lessons from the in-house chef and walking through their spice, fruit, and vegetable garden.

About this place:

Adventure, Romantic, Remote, Eco friendly, Outdoors, Modern

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  • Vythiri Village Resort, Vythiri

    Hotel, Resort
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    A beauteous jungle retreat, Vythiri Village Resort offers an exclusive experience in the wild heart of Wayanad. Surrounded by a dense tropical rainforest, enjoy the sights and sounds of the enticing flora and fauna that inhabit the raw nature. Treat your senses, body, mind, and soul to a heavenly experience at this hotel. Tree houses, pool villas, and honeymoon villas are the resplendent offerings from the hotel.

    Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam

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    Coveted as a family holiday and honeymoon getaway, Turtle on The Beach is a fashionable five-star boutique property that gives the best of Kovalam to the tenants. Combining the peaceful identity of Kerala with the bohemian spirit of the beach, the resort is located facing Eve’s Beach. The focal point of the property is that each of their rooms are sea facing.

    The Fog Resort and Spa, Munnar

    Resort, Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    Valued for their award-winning hospitality, The Fog Munnar is the rage for their infinity swimming pool, spa, and cuisine. Located in a secluded nook, tucked away amid the rich fauna and flora of Munnar, the resort offers divine vistas of the surroundings covered in fog. The resort boasts of their amicable services provided in the most friendly yet professional manner.

    Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra Kovalam, Mullur

    Boutique Hotel, Resort, Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Niraamaya is recognised as one of the best Ayurveda Resorts in India
    Niraamaya is recognised as one of the best Ayurveda Resorts in India | © Niraamaya Retreats Kovlam/own work

    A private boutique property, Niraamaya Retreats Kovalam ensures a getaway that is fun, enjoyable, relaxing, as well as healthy. Prominent for their wellness retreats and spa therapies, the resort aims to offer guests a sense of the personal space in the lap of luxury. Yoga and Ayurveda are a highlight at the resort.