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Karma Kerala Hotels Directory

We like to think that the Karma Kerala directory of hotels, guesthouses, homestays and resorts is the most comprehensive and exhaustive anywhere on the web. Unlike most such directories we have actually slogged around all the properties, slept in as many as we can and generally nosed around to see what's good, bad and different.

You can contact us for advice or ask us to arrange things for you. We have some more advice on hotel booking for you, lower down the page.

Our Featured, Fave Kerala Hotels

Mayapott Hideaway

Jungle Hideaway with 2 bedrooms built on its own rock.

A unique plantation hideout features two fully furnished bedrooms and one villa suite room, a two bed private spa, dining area on a covered bridge, common fire-place and a reading room and 100 acres of lush green cardamom plantation.

Aanavilasam Plantation Resort

Sumptuous, stylish and we want stay again and again

After a long drive up through the spectacular Western Ghats you will feel yourself relaxing in seconds. Boutique rooms, well furnished, very luxurious and Pirkko is the perfect host. Lie back... relax... enjoy!

Sui House

A quiet and stylish homestay in Fort Cochin!

Do you like the splendor of staying in a homestay? Well, here you go! Sui House in Fort Kochin, Kerala is a quiet and stylish homestay. This huge old house is owned by an antique dealer and his wife.

Spice Village

Tranquil and jungle like with focus on comfort & enviroment.

Spice Village is Periyar's most charming resort with lush gardens, individual cabins and a passionate attachment to ecological methods. Probably the best hotel in the Thekkady area.

The Tower House

Tasteful Boutique Hotel facing the waters in Fort Kochi

Very carefully renewed ancient house in colonial style next to the chinese fishing nets. Tower House Hotel is the best deal in Fort Cochin.

Casa Del Fauno

Boutique Homestay in the Hills among the cardamoms of Munnar

A country home situated amidst a working cardamom plantation. The plantation is spread across hundred of acres and the home is located on a clearing dating back to 1880.

Marari Beach Resort

50 acres hidden beside the beach. Kerala best beach resort

Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam, Alappuzha is the original and still the best among other Beach Hotels in the area. If you fancy a few days beside the sea, very close to Cochin, then this is the one. This beach resort at Marari is spacious, unpretentious and refined. The resort spans across 55 acres of beachside property and offer the best service and comfort along with a beach bar shack!

Kalari Kovilakom

Gorgeous in every way. The most refined ayurveda imaginable

Kalari Kovilakam is an ancient palace turned into a wonderful, almost paradise like ayurveda centre. The mood is tranquility, the care is solicitous without being fawning and the whole atmosphere induces the most wonderful calm. Not cheap, but worth every penny in our view!

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Heritage Hotel considered a benchmark in hospitality and beauty

Kumarakom Lake Resort is a luxurious property on the shores of the Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom. The resort is considered one of the best in India and has received a number of global awards for service.

Vembanad House Homestay

Best and most friendly homestay on Backwaters

A really charming heritage house with 800 meter of waterfront along the Vembanad lake. This ancestral house traces its history back over 8 decades. Excellent traditional Kerala food. 

Kalari Rasayana Venad

Ayurveda resort along the lake in Kollam

If Ayurvedic wellness is your goal, Kalari Rasayana walks the talk and follows the ancient practice to the 'T'. While Kalari Kovilakam takes the visitor into a traditional palace, its sister Kalari Rasayana takes things outdoors and onto palm-fringed lakes of beautiful rural Kerala.

Coconut Lagoon Resort

The Model of Backwater hospitality - ancient Kerala finds new uses

Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom is the first resort of its kind in Kerala. It is still renowned for service, ambiance and for a thrilling sense of Kerala. Beautiful rooms, food, canals and gardens make this many people's favourite Kerala hotel.

Vanya Tree House Thekkady

The most captivating way to experience the forest life of Thekkady! Single tree house in totally isolated location with double room and small shower room. There are no other habitations for miles or even in view.

Chittoor Kottaram

Private palace for 4 people hidden in central Kochi. Fab!!!

Chittoor Kottaram is a single key hotel, which means there are no guests but you and your companions. Together, you will be transported back to the time when Kerala was still the Kingdom of Travancore, a fuedal land of nobles and princes.

Kaits home

Kaits home is situated on the banks of the river Pamba in Champakulam, resplendent in green paddy fields, coconut groves, organic vegetables and water fowl.

Booking Rates for Kerala Hotels

Hotel rooms in Kerala generally are priced per room per night with small savings for single persons and supplements for extra beds or children. Young children generally travel free.

Bird in the Hand

Reservations staff often seem to operate on the principle of the bird in the hand is worth more than a bird in the bush. This means that if you reserve rooms without any payment, your reservation is likely to get bounced off if a better offer comes into them. Likewise, without any form of deposit the booking may be noted on paper but not in the system. This can and does lead to some anxious moments when you arrive and discover that they know nothing about you at all!

Hotel Industry Jargon Explained

Hotels like to bemuse customers with curious acronyms for their different offers. Here below, these secret acronyms are revealed:

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Online Booking Opportunities

More and more Kerala hotels offer online booking directly or through 3rd parties like Bookings.com, or Make My Trip, etc. This is just like the rest of the world; however, Indian hoteliers being a wily bunch don't offer rooms during better season and also treat those customers as third class citizens which means that they may or may not honour bookings depending on time of day, cycle of the month or simply their absence from the property when you arrive. They also do see why these lazy online geeks should get the best rates, so frequently their online published rates are really quite poor. Beware.

Why Prebook My Kerala Hotel anyway?

Frequently, travellers feel that it is better to hang around and see what comes up, which is fair enough. If you have a lot of time on your hands, that is quite fun, but if this is your precious two week holiday, then spending your stay feverishly trying to find your next abode feels like an awful waste of time. Worst of all, the best is gone so you end up staying in places you would not have chosen given the choice. 

Kerala Hotel Style Explained

Like every destination, Kerala has its own indigenous accommodation styles worth being aware of

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