Homestay market is dominated by well-to-do Kerala families with beautiful old country mansions. Most of them tend to be not known as hotels.
You're welcomed as part of the family by your hosts, who'll chat with you at meal times and show you around their estate or local village-all of which can make for a very memorable and rewarding time, particularly if you have children in tow.
The big surprise here, though, is the cost, which is very high by Indian standards. It is usual for the more reputed homestays, in particularly lovely properties and locations. You are, of course, paying not merely for the accommodation, so much as the all-round experience of staying somewhere unique, often with original antiques and a traditional Kerala atmosphere, and for the time and attention of hosts.
A large number of homestays are available in Kerala. Fort Cochin has the biggest homestay concentration in entire India. Many others are there in the banks of scenic backwaters. You can find a number of homestays in the beaches and hill stations.
These homestays offer visitors a chance to experience Kerala in all its glory, up close and personal. Choosing the right homestay for you is not very easy. A reliable source is the classification of Kerala Tourism. The classification of homestay unit is by a committee appointed by the Government.
The house has to meet a number of criteria to get the classification.
After evaluating all these things they score the house out 100. Based on the score there are three kinds of houses.
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