Vacationing is all about getting the feel of a new place; what better way to that than a homestay at a local’s house? Rather than spending a vacation in an impersonal hotel room, many people are now seeking the comfort of a homestay accommodation when vacationing because it gives them a feel of belongingness and also helps them to actually explore the traditions, customs, cuisines, culture, and language first-hand and at close quarters.

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Homestay resorts are typically housed in old, renovated, residential buildings that once housed a prominent family or still does! Cobbled walkways, a kitchen garden, a Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant in the courtyard, a flower garden, a traditional kitchen with old-fashioned utensils and contraptions, the smell of freshly ground spices in the kitchen, colourful rangolis at the entrance- these are all reminders of a bygone era where people lived a certain lifestyle. A homestay resort gives you a glimpse of all these and much more!

These days, homestay owners are offering much more than a place to stay! They have contacts that will get you a ride into the mango orchards or help you camp right within a coffee plantation. They can get you permits to go into a tea factory or a room in a houseboat even in the busiest of seasons. Many also have their own game rooms and libraries so you can relax with a cup of traditionally made coffee or tea and munch on bajjis (fritters) while watching the rain.

We have researched some of the best homestays in India where you can get a feel of the local culture and traditions:

  • Glenora Homestay, Wayanad

  • Nelpura, Alappuzha, Kerala

  • Evergreen Estate Bunglow, Mundakayam, Kerala

  • Glenora Homestay, Wayanad, Kerala

  • Olavipe, Kerala

  • Rock Haven Hermitage, Kalpetta, Kerala

  • Nature’s Treat Homestay, Munnar

  • Anna Homestay, Munnar

  • Estate Residency, Munnar

  • Pepper Country, Thekkady

  • Cardamom House, Dindigul

  • Dalethorpe, Kodaikanal

  • Thippanahallli Homestay, Chikmagalur

  • Hidden Valley, Chikmagalur

  • Silver Oaks Homestay, Coorg

  • Sirohi House, Old Delhi

  • Colonel’s Retreat, Delhi

  • Saubagh Bed & Breakfast, Delhi

  • Vikram and Paaro Ranawat's home, Jaipur

  • Mr. and Mrs. Mehra’s Home, Dehradun

  • Capella, North Goa

  • Era Villa, Goa

  • La Villa Bethany, Garhwal, Uttrakhand

  • Yang Sum Heritage Farm, West Sikkim

  • Jeolikot’s Cottage, Nainital

  • Kuflon Basic’s House, Garhwal, Uttrakhand

  • The Dak Bungalow, Kumaon, Uttrakhand

  • The Retreat, Kumaon

  • Innisfree Farm, Kumaon

  • The Taras, Ladakh

  • Ramgarh Heritage Villa, Manali

  • Aira Holme, Shimla

  • Darang Tea Estate, Palampur

  • Spiti Homestays, Himachal Pradesh

  • Nandan Farms, Savantwadi, Maharashtra

  • Chanoud Garh, Chanoud, Rajasthan

  • Castle Bera, Pali, Rajasthan

  • The Homestead, Corbett National Park
  • There are many more popular homestays in all parts of the country which will give you a glimpse of the life in those regions. Get in touch with Xenia Cities for the best Tour Packages of India.

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