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 - CGH Earth
Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel, Business Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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.
Parakkat Nature Resort
Resort, Eco Hotel, Independent Hotel
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.
Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel, Resort
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 hotel faces the ocean, where dolphins can be seen, if you’re lucky | © Charishma Thankappan
The Zuri Kumarakom
Resort, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Suite Hotel
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
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Independent Hotel, Garden Hotel
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.
Hills and Hues Resort - Thekkady
Resort, Eco Hotel
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.
The hotel also offers easy treks to the surrounding mountain peaks | Courtesy of Hills & Hues
Vythiri Village Resort
Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
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
Resort, Spa Hotel, Eco Hotel
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 Munnar
Resort, Spa Hotel, Eco Hotel
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 Kovalam
Resort, Spa Hotel, Eco Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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.
Niraamaya is recognized as one of the best Ayurveda Resorts in India | Courtesy of Niraamaya Retreats Kovalam