There are basically 2 hostels in Alleppey that I think you should consider taking a look at.
And then there’s one more guesthouse that I think you should also consider for a nice experience in Alleppey – kind of a hostel in the sense that there’s a shared sleeping space and common area, so it’s basically an oceanside rooftop hostel!
If you choose any of the listed places to stay in Alleppey, there’s a good chance you’ll leave Alleppey with happy feelings!
What hostels to stay at in Alleppey?!
The quick list of best places to consider when you’re backpacking Alleppey on a budget.
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1. Zostel Alleppey hostel
Zostel is a chain of backpacker’s hostels in India, and there are a couple of Zostel hostels in Kerala.
It’s located on a small road, and once you cross that road, you’re on sand!
There’s also Cafe Catamaran that’s just a 10 second walk from Zostel where you can go for a tea, smoothie, or meal.
They sometimes have live music at this cafe in the evenings. So when you get in to Alleppey, check to see if there’s anything going on when you’ll be there.
At this hostel, you can also get ocean views from the rooftop and lay in a hammock for some rest too.
There’s a common area on the ground floor that makes for a good way to meet people.
There’s also a kitchen so you can make your own food.
The room with the dorm beds comes with AC, and they have private rooms too. This can make it nice if you want to meet people but still have the privacy of your own room.
Whether you go for the dorm beds or the private room, you have the sunset on the ocean that’s just seconds away from where you’re staying!
See prices and reviews for Zostel Alleppey.
2. Artpackers hostel
Artpackers is another hostel in Alleppey worth considering.
This isn’t as close to Alleppey Beach as Zostel is, so if you’re going for beach vibes, Zostel would be better.
But Artpackers is still pretty close to the beach, maybe about a 5 minute walk.
This will get you to the main part of Alleppey Beach which means that there’s also more of a variety of restaurants and places to eat near you. (The beach area near Zostel is further away from the main part.)
Artpackers is also good for overall vibes and has a nice common area that also makes it a good place to meet people.
This hostel has both dorm beds and private rooms as well.
If it’s your first time booking on airbnb, use my referral link to sign up, and you’ll get up to US$40 off a future airbnb booking. There’s a minimum requirement in order to use the discount, so unless you’re staying at Artpackers for over a week you won’t be able to use it when you stay here. But you’ll be able to use it on another booking later!
See prices and reviews for Artpackers.
Guesthouse: Funky Art Beach House
Funky Art Beach House is another place that you should totally consider if you’re traveling Alleppey on a budget.
There are private rooms here, as well as a shared sleeping area.
It’s not a hostel in the traditional sense that you may typically think of, but there’s a shared space on the rooftop, and an outdoor common area down below.
This is located right by the beach.
By staying here, you can basically sleep outdoors on a rooftop and wake up to ocean views!
Consider it a bit of outdoor living in India!
See prices and reviews for Funky Art Beach House.
Tip: It says female-only dorm is available, but it actually means it’s for travelers (not locals), so if you’re a foreigner guy you can still reserve a bed!
HAPPY HOSTEL STAY IN ALLEPPEY!
The need-to-know India travel tips!If it's your first trip to India, be sure to see these tips for getting around India on a budget, and more! You might wait until India to buy this mosquito repellent that works for many foreigners! Also be sure to see how to spend one month in South India and 2 weeks in North India, as well as tips for the Golden Triangle. And, overnight sleeper bus travel isn't so bad, and neither is traveling in general class on the train! Also see the easy way to get an e-visa. And this is the easy way to book train tickets online as a foreigner. I've used it, and it's simple! You can just show the e-ticket on your phone.
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Hostels in KeralaFor a hostel with international standards in Kerala, try Zostel!
More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
Retreats in KeralaFor relaxation and rejuvenation for health and wellness, also see:
- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
How to book India train tickets online as a foreignerIf you don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up an IRCTC Indian railways account as a foreigner...
Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!