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How To Travel Kerala On Budget

Kerala’s landscape consists of serene palm-lined beaches, backwaters, fresh springs, waterfalls, plantation covered hills and forests, exotic flora and fauna, and has lured visitors into its boundaries since biblical times. Today, Kerala opens its doors for local, national as well as international travellers who have come to get rejuvenated amidst the pristine ambiance and picturesque backdrop of the state. This resulted in the emergence of a thriving tourism and hospitality industry in the state offering all kinds of luxury services and amenities. Luxury resorts and destinations are definitely considered as an extravagant experience and even though they enhance the magic of your trip through the state, it can be a little hard on the pocket.

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However, all the bloggers, young travellers, students and bag packers planning a trip to this enigmatic state can equally enjoy the state, even when on a tight budget. When one is travelling, most of the expenditure in incurred on the accommodation, food, visiting monument, buying tickets to the best of destinations and travelling within the city. If one prepares carefully and does a little research and planning before the trip, all these hurdles can be easily cracked you would be free to have the time of your life in this perfect getaway destination.

Getting affordable accommodation in Kerala

Beginning with the first, cheap and budget accommodations in Kerala are easy to find in almost every city. These range from bag packer’s hostels, single rooms, dormitories and guest houses. Most of these accommodations are simple yet elegant and are built as close to nature as their luxurious counterparts. The accommodation can be anything from simple cottages that are constructed from natural materials to guest rooms that have a balconies and ocean views. The rooms wear a simple, yet stylish outfit and offer other services like pools, massage parlours, gardens and a restaurant.

Spice Routes Houseboat

Spice Routes Houseboat

Save on food by hopping on local restaurants offering low cost traditional food

When it comes to food, Kerala offers the best of both worlds. On one hand, one can find luxurious fine dining restaurants and on the other, street vendors selling all kinds of national and international cuisines. One can find street vendors and roadside local restaurants selling some of the most flavoursome cuisines that are not harsh on your pocket at all. One can find Dosas and Idlis, the most authentic dish from Kerala, Chola Bhatura, a famous North Indian delicacy and Chana Chaat, a sour and spicy mixture of the gram, tomato, onion, coriander, lemon and various spices and the price of everything is below or amounts to a maximum of INR 100.

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Best attractions in Kerala doesn’t have tickets!

While one is planning to visit some of the best destinations in Kerala, one must not forget that the state was given the title of ‘God’s Own Country’ due to its scenic beauty and the exposure to the wild that it provides. The state is full of white sand beaches looking into the infinity of the horizon like Marari Beach, Cherai Beach and Varkala Beach. The state is renowned internationally for its temples (like the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple) and architectural sites of historical importance (like the Anjuthengu Fort, Bekal Fort and the Jewish Synagogue) which can be experienced with little to no money being spent of these locations as they are open to all. One of the most iconic experiences of Kerala is the cruise through the backwaters on a houseboat. However, as luxurious as the houseboats might be, they charge a huge sum for their services. If you do not want to miss a cruise through the backwaters, you can forget the overnight backwaters boat tours. Instead, you can go for local ferry tour from Kollam to Alleppey which would allow you to enjoy the backwaters equally but in a fraction of the price of renting a houseboat.

Pocket-friendly transportation

When it comes to inter-city or intra-city commutation in Kerala, you will have no problems in finding the most affordable and readily available means of transportation. There is absolutely no dearth of local transport in Kerala. One can find taxis and cabs all over the state and they are a cheap and reliable means of transportation. One can also hire a self-driven vehicle and go around the city. Auto rickshaws or ‘Autos’ are available in abundance and usually, charge by metre. The network of state buses is good and most places are connected through local buses plying from one place to another at low prices. Despite varied geographical features that include hills, backwaters and cliffs, Kerala has a decent service of railways connecting important towns and cities with each other. Due to the long coastline, boats and ships have been used a means of local transport since old times and the tradition is still alive. In addition to this, Kerala also has three major airports namely, Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut airport where the first to caters to domestic and international flights whereas Calicut caters only to domestic flights.

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Luxury Resorts In Kerala

Top 10 Luxury Resorts In Kerala

The south Indian state of Kerala is one of the most popular destinations and is known for its picturesque locations and scenic beauty. Referred to as ‘God’s own country,’ the state boasts its serene backwaters, lush green forests as hills of the Western Ghats, rich flora and fauna, white sand beaches, ancient temples, adventure activities, Ayurveda massages, a rich culture and a sumptuous local cuisine. To add to the list of itinerates that the state has to offer, there has been a huge development in the field of tourism infrastructure to cater to the vast influx of tourists. One can have a complete and rather elevated experience of exploring the state while enjoying the luxuries of some of the best luxury hotels in Kerala.

1. Lalit Resort and Spa, Bekal:

Lalit Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in Bekal, Kerala and is known for offering some ultimate royal treatment, unparalleled luxury, impeccable hospitality and contemporary comforts. The resort is spread across an area of 26 acres and is bounded by Nombili River on 3 sides. The resort also consists of an internal lagoon that offers a spectacular view of the coastline. The resort has world-renowned Rejuve Spa offering excellent Ayurveda and modern spa therapies. The resort comprises of 37 rooms, ranging from Deluxe, Luxury, Spa and Presidential, depending upon the budget and the needs. It also offers a restaurant, a bar, business spaces and a houseboat. It is one of the best places to experience Kerala and rejuvenate yourself in the process.

2. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom:

Located on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Lake Resort is one of the most popular luxury resorts that that lies on a picturesque location offering some stunning views. The five-star luxury resort is also a heritage resort and 4- time winner of the ‘World Travel Award’ as a leading resort for its fine hospitality services. The resort is spread on a 25-acre lush green area and consists of 59 guest rooms, houseboats, suites and villas that are spacious and well-equipped. In addition to this, the resort offers other services such as Indoor and outdoor activities, world-class Ayurveda and Spa services, outdoor Jacuzzi and business centre. The hotel in conveniently located near various attractions like the famous Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Vaikom Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Pathiramanal Island.

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3. The Zuri Kumarakom Resort, Kumarakom:

The Zuri Kumarakom Resort in known for its flawless hospitality services as well as world-class comforts. Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, it offers some of the finest 5-star luxury services like spacious and beautifully decked bedrooms with all amenities in place, private gardens and private plunge pools, multi-cuisine restaurant serving mouth-watering Kerala food along with other cuisines like oriental and Mughlai and the Trunk Call Bar with some of the best exotic cocktails in the state. The resort is also home to the Maya Spa which is the largest spa in South India. The resort has won plenty of awards for service and quality of services offered and it is an idyllic location for relaxation.

4. SpiceTree, Munnar:

SpiceTree is a rare premium boutique luxury resort at Munnar and offers an ultimate blend of nature, infrastructural excellence, service and operations. Nestled among the most pristine mountain ranges of the western Ghats, it is a perfect mountain retreat with incredible views of the verdant below. The resort is an ideal destination for adrenaline junkies from all across the world as the resort offers exhilarating activities like trekking and hiking in the nearby mountains of the Western Ghats and pristine nature walks through the plantations. To top it all, the resort offers special honeymoon spa suites, classic rooms with jacuzzi and private pool villas along with a solar heated swimming, a book bar, yoga and meditation facility, family dining hall and a spa located in the heart of the mountains. The resort will surely reduce and transform any tense mind and body to that of genuine bliss.

5. Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom:

The Coconut Lagoon, located in the Kuttanad district of Kerala, amidst a tranquil coconut grove, is one of the most amazing resorts in Kerala. Engulfed by the palm trees the resort offers a panoramic view of the Lake Vembanad. The resort is located in close proximity of the Kavanar River and the very popular Kovalam Beach. The resort offers Pool Villas, Heritage Bungalows and the Heritage Mansions that are remodelled with well-equipped contemporary comforts and a graceful décor. In addition, the resort also a spa specialising in Ayurvedic therapies and massages, a restaurant cum bar, a swimming pool, a library, a souvenir shop, outdoor and indoor activities, internet facility and traditional music concerts and the Kathakali dance performances which would allow you to admire the culture of Kerala closely.

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6. Marari Beach Resort:

Located in the fishing town of Mararikulam, Marari Beach Resort lies near the Malabar Coast and unlike other resorts, it has access to the sea and wonderful surroundings. The rustic and tranquil ambience of the resort surely promises to give a memorable holiday experience. The resort offers 52 luxurious and spacious villas ranging from categories like Garden Villas, Garden Pool Villas and Deluxe Pool Villas, offering world-class comforts. In addition, there is an outdoor swimming pool, open grounds for joyful activities, Ayurveda therapies at the spa and multi cuisine delicacies at the in-house restaurant. The resort is one of the best in Kerala with lush green vistas that are hypnotic and a treat for the eyes.

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7. Samsara Harmony Beach Resort, Varkala:

Samsara Harmony Beach Resort is located on the northern shores of pretty Odayam beach of Varkala and is sure to give you a memorable and ravishing experience. This resort is an ideal destination to relax and rejuvenate. The resort offers accommodations that are categorised into Deluxe Cottages, Deluxe Room with Kitchen and Super-Deluxe two -bedroom Suite that is sure to offer a pleasant stay amidst modern comforts. The resort is also equipped with facilities like Wi-fi connectivity, swimming pool, travel desk, round the clock room service and currency exchange. The in-house Mermaid Restaurant serves tasty dishes of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines. Samsara Harmony Beach Resort is the perfect destination to take a break from the hectic schedule and spend some quality time with your family and friends.

8. The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort, Thrissur:

Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort is a luxurious Resort situated on the shores of the exquisite Nattika Beach in Thrissur, Kerala. It is one of the best places to rejuvenate all your senses and brighten up your mood. The resort features 52 air-conditioned that are divided into 4 categories Superior Deluxe Villa, Deluxe Villa, Deluxe Twin Villa and Twin Villa. One is guaranteed to have a comfortable stay amidst the luxuries like swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a huge library, Wi-Fi, indoor games, different dining, bar, travel desk, outdoor activities and cultural programs. The highlight of the resort are the trained therapists and masseurs at the resort’s Spa offer Ayurveda therapies and beauty services. The resort also features an Ayurveda shop and an Ayurveda restaurant.

9. The Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam:

The Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is one of the few resorts in India that is flanked by secluded beaches and is recognised as one of the Best Ayurveda Resorts in the country. The resort is built in such a way that it is guaranteed to offer the stillness and charm of a peaceful retreat. Bounded by the sprawling Arabian Sea and verdant green surroundings, the resort features 31 heritage cottages styled as Kerala houses clubbed with contemporary facilities. Some other attractions of the resort include e lush gardens, open air bathrooms, swimming pool and some outstanding views of the sea. The resort also houses the world-renowned Niraamaya Spa that has expert masseurs and therapists offering timeless therapeutic traditions of Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation therapies and treatment. The resort has 2 restaurants and a bar to meet all your dining needs.

10. Leela Kovalam, Kovalam:

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The Leela Kovalam beach resort is placed on the top of a cliff, from where it overlooks the enigmatic beach. The resort is internationally recognised for its flawless hospitality, unmatched luxury, huge well-adorned accommodations, contemporary comforts and world-class fine dining experiences. The accommodations at the resort have been distributed among two categories: – The Club which includes Presidential Suite, Duplex Suite, Club Suite, Club Room and Guest Rooms which include Beach View and Garden View, each equipped with elegant décor and luxury facilities. In addition, the resort offers the Club to laze around in the lounge whilst enjoying a drink, personalised butlers and the spa. The highlight of the resort is the yoga space that is a rooftop pavilion and a greenhouse facility that grown medicinal plants used in treatments.