Hostels in Kerala Hostels in Kerala

You are looking for hostels in Kerala? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Kerala hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Kerala.

All Cities in Kerala

We list every single hostel in Kerala and the world. In total, we have 15 cities in Kerala for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Kerala hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Kerala. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Kerala

Kerala is a tropical state in South India. Founded in 1956, this region of diverse landscapes calls out to travelers from near and far who like to enjoy languid days on the beach, explore exotic locales, or seek thrills provided by the many adventure parks. Wherever your heart leads you, there is an abundance of budget-friendly hostels in all areas of Kerala so that you can settle into a hostel bed wherever your sightseeing takes you.

Kerala’s hostels not only are well dispersed throughout the state, but also tend to be conveniently located close to attractions and points of interest. On average, the hostels earn very high marks from guests due to clean rooms and facilities, included breakfasts as well as wifi, helpful staff members, and a friendly ambiance. If you prefer other types of lodgings, there is also a large selection of B&B’s and inns for you to stay in. Whichever hostel you prefer to make your temporary home, you are sure to find plenty of sites to explore in the vicinity.

There are about 600 kilometers (370 miles) of enticing Malabar Coast along the Arabian Sea’s palm tree-lined shore beckoning all the beach lovers. Then there are the backwaters with their houseboats calling out for visitors to spend a relaxing day on the lake. Acres of tea and spice plantations will seduce those who are in search of exotic flavors. Forests and nature reserves such as Gavi Forest and Silent Valley National Park have elephants and monkeys that will attract animal lovers from all over the world. Finally, kids and kids-at-heart will feel drawn to the promise of thrills and adrenaline rushes offered by adventure parks such as Magic Planet, Vismaya Water Park, and Wonderland Amusement Park. If that is not enough, there are plenty of museums, islands, churches, and temples to explore all over the Kerala region.

Wherever your day takes you, be sure to take a bit of time to stop by one of the many lookout points within Kerala in order to take in the overall beauty of this tropical paradise. Ponmudi, or The Golden Peak, is one such hill station. Part of the Western Ghats mountain range, this lookout point requires you to travel through lush forests along winding trails past streams and waterfalls until you reach the point where you are rewarded with breathtaking views of nature all around. Be sure to have some sandwiches and water with you to enjoy a picnic amid the soft hilltop breeze. Once you are ready to head back down, you will be looking forward to sinking into your hostel bed and getting some hours of restful sleep before the next’s day’s adventures.

expert for Kerala hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Kerala hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Kerala - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Kerala. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Kerala. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Kerala

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Kerala?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Kerala here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Kerala safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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