The reason you’re reading this piece is because you may have a case of wanderlust. The travel bone within you is tickling you to pack up and explore Kerala. But, hey, if you’re travelling under a budget, we’ve listed down a couple of cool hostels in Kerala that may suit your travel needs. These places offer some of the most stunning views you’ll ever come across. They’re sure nicer than most hotels. Have a look!
Location: North Helipad Cliff, Varkala
Formerly known as Short Giraffe, this place brings a whole new meaning to ‘hostels’. It’s a quiet and soulful place to come back to after a day of adventuring around Varkala. Apart from the dorms, there are even suite rooms available. Piggy’s only aim is to make you feel like you’re couped up in a blanket, warm and cosy while serving you an affordable, luxurious ambience on a silver platter.
Hostel By The Sea
Location: S & T Ultra Tourist Complex, opp. Boat Jetty, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Planning to explore Fort Kochi? We’d suggest you make Hostel By The Sea your home for a couple of days. If not for the dorm rooms, you’d have no idea this place was even a hostel. The accommodation is quite affordable, therefore, highly booked. The best part of the stay is that it’s connected to other parts of the city, making your Fort Kochi adventure convenient.
Share Hostel By TreeMonks
Location: Meencut, Chithirapuram, Munnar
If you are into trekking and other adventurous activities, staying at TreeMonks would be ideal. There are many trekking points close by; the host will guide you through it all. Head over there for the hippie, happy-to-go vibes, enough to charge you up for the next day.
Cliff & Coral
Location: Varkala Helipad Road, Varkala
One look at this place, and you’ll immediately fall in love. Cliff & Coral has to be one of the best accommodating and friendly backpacking hostels in Kerala. The wooden aesthetic of the interiors will make you feel like you’re in another place altogether. The co-owners of the hostel, Kishmita and Nikhil, are nature enthusiasts. They chose Varakala to create their little travellers’ paradise because it’s a place where the sea and mountains amalgamate. Their travel stories are etched in the walls of their home so that you too can experience it.
Lost Monk’s Hostel
Location: Near Louis Mount mental health hospital, Chennalode, Padinjarathara
There’s only one reason why you should spend a night at the Lost Monk’s hostel – The natural aesthetics of the place. Not only do you get to live in the middle of the forest, but you also get to experience nature around you. They provide trekking, camping, and lantern lighting activities, which is the perfect choice for backpackers.
Location: Beach Rd, near Vijaya Beach Park, Padinjare Kurisadi, Sea View Ward, Alappuzha
Trippr is a chain of backpacker hostels for free-spirited travellers. The one in Alleppey is uber-cool with its chill ambience, hot water showers (that come with great pressure, btw), sexy rooftop space, and a common area where new friendships are made. Travellers who’ve experienced Trippr in Alleppy speak highly about the beautiful sunset hues.
Location: KVJ Homes, Sengulam PO, Anachal Rd, Munnar
Who would even call this a hostel? The place looks as beautiful as in the pictures. Many budget travellers exploring Munnar end up staying here. By the end of your stay, we promise you will make new friends.
Pagan’s Surf Hostel
Location: Temple Rd, Varkala
They call themselves the ‘coolest backpacker / Surf hostel’. As the name suggests, this particular hostel specialises in Surfing. You don’t have to be a pro to stay here. All you need is the enthusiasm to try out the sport. Rest assured, you will have tons of fun. This place definitely is among the top-rated hostels in Kerala.
Location: Punnamada, Starting Point, Alappuzha
What better way to vacation than by living by the backwaters of Kerala? Nomads Hostel oozes traditional elegance with simple rooms and dorms. Breakfast is on the house, btw! The river views from here are to die for.
It’s no secret that Zostel is top-notch when it comes to their accommodation for backpackers. In Kerala, you’ll find their properties in Kochi, Vagamon, Wayanad, Varkala, and Alleppey, all prime tourist spots. The stays are so beautiful that you will think twice before leaving your room. Each location has properties that are Instagram worthy. But, do you know what’s better? You’ll meet like-minded people and cherish every moment of your stay. Pro-tip: Befriend the cook for early-bird access to food.
There’s nothing better than getting access to budget-friendly accommodations with exquisite facilities. Hope you like our list of kickass hostels in Kerala. If you have any more to add, comment below.