So you’ll be traveling around Kerala alone as a solo backpacker in India, and you would like to have at least some level of normal social interaction.
Or, maybe you’re just looking for a cheap place to stay! 😉
There are not as many hostels in Kerala as there are hostels in Rajasthan, but there are a few in Kerala (and Goa) that can give you budget accommodation and a chance to chill for a few days in the company of other travelers.
And, there are many places in Kerala that are perfect for taking a break for a few days, including cities with backpacker hostels!
But other than these chain hostels, you still have options for individually owned hostels.
You also have the option of a place to stay in Kerala that’s not a hostel in the traditional sense, but can still be a nice (and unique!) experience, like staying in a shared sleeping space on a rooftop.
And if you’ll be in North India… how to spend 2 weeks in Rajasthan!
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First, WHY the listed cities are worth visiting in Kerala.
Then, a list of the best hostels in each of these cities.
What are the best cities for hostels in Kerala?!
Where to look for hostels in Kerala?
Have a look to these top cities:
- 🌴 Varkala hostels
- 🌴 Alleppey hostels
- 🌴 Fort Cochin hostels
- 🌴 Munnar hostels
- 🌴 Wayanad hostels
- 🌴 Kovalam hostels
Things to look for in a hostel
None of these things will make or break your stay, but they could be extra things that you may want to look for!
- Common area
- Rooftop access
- Ocean views depending on the city
- Hot water shower
- Filtered water provided
- Breakfast or snacks for purchase on-site
- Private room – meet people but have your own room!
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Varkala is the perfect place to stay in Kerala when you want to take a break for a few days.
This place is famous for Varkala Beach and Varkala Cliff.
You can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner overlooking the ocean.
There are many places to stay that are a short walk from the cliff, which is where you want to be!
Varkala is also known as a place to be able to find lots of places for ayurvedic massages and yoga retreats with ayurveda too.
Go in part by ferry to get to Varkala!
Varkala is one of the backpacker cities to arrive to if you’re flying into Kerala.
Trivandrum Airport is 1 to 1.5 hours from Varkala.
Best hostels in Varkala
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Travel to Alleppey is typically all about the Kerala backwaters.
And this is reason enough to visit Alleppey for a relaxing time on the water.
There’s also Alleppey Beach here.
Best hostels in Alleppey
Funky Art Beach House is the one that’s not primarily a hostel, but a beachside guesthouse that can provide a hostel-like atmosphere with budget accommodation.
You also have the option to basically sleep outdoors on a rooftop and wake up to ocean views!
There’s a shared space on the rooftop, and an outdoor common area down below.
Tip: It says female-only dorm is available at this guesthouse, but it actually means it’s for travelers (not locals), so if you’re a foreigner guy you can still reserve a bed!
See more places to stay in Alleppey
3. Fort Cochin
Fort Cochin is mostly known as an area to see Kerala’s colonial past.
And it’s also known for its fishing nets.
Cochin is another one of the backpacker cities to arrive to if you’re flying into Kerala.
The Cochin airport is outside the main area of Cochin and is 1 to 1.5 hours from Fort Cochin.
Best hostels in Cochin
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Munnar is in the hills of Kerala.
It’s known for its lush landscape and tea plantations, and going on a tea plantation trek is one of the things to do.
You can also opt for the Meesapulimala Trek which takes you to the second highest peak in Kerala and includes overnight camping in the forest.
There really aren’t many hostels in Munnar, but don’t let that stop you from visiting Munnar.
Best hostels in Munnar
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Wayanad is another area that’s in the hills of Kerala.
Once again, this could be a good place to enjoy the lush landscape, along with some wildlife sightings at some nature parks.
The Edakkal Caves are also a top attraction here, where you can see historic rock carvings.
This is further north than Munnar and the rest of the cities on this list, and it can make a good entry point if you’re arriving to Kerala by bus from Bangalore.
And maybe you want to go from Goa to Bangalore to Wayanad when you’re backpacking South India.
There really aren’t many hostels in Wayanad either.
Best hostels in Wayanad
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Kovalam is another one of the popular beach towns in Kerala, with Lighthouse Beach being one of the main beaches.
Like Varkala, you can have every meal with ocean views if you so choose.
There also aren’t very many hostels in Kovalam either.
Best hostel in Kovalam
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Where to stay on the backpacker trail in Kerala
- Fort Cochin: Zostel Kochi
- Alleppey: Zostel Alleppey or Funky Art Beach House for chill beach vibes! (see my pics - zostel / funky) OR Dream Nest to be closer to town // and see how to spend one day in Alleppey
- Alleppey backwaters: cottage right on the waters
- Munroe Island: cottage backwaters homestay right on the waters (and see why you should consider munroe island!)
- Varkala cliff: Seawin or Prashanthi with ocean views