Hostels in Tamil Nadu Hostels in Tamil Nadu

You are looking for hostels in Tamil Nadu? 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 Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu.

All Cities in Tamil Nadu

We list every single hostel in Tamil Nadu and the world. In total, we have 11 cities in Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu. 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 Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is one of India’s twenty-nine states. It is located at the southern tip of the country. With its classical arts, beach resorts, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this state draws tourists from around the world; hostels abound in this ancient, culturally rich region. Although most natives speak Tamil, you will find that English is spoken (and written) throughout the area.

The number one place to find a Tamil Nadu hostel is in the capital, Chennai (formerly known as Madras). This city has one of the state’s four international airports, making it ideal for beginning your travel itinerary. Along the Bay of Bengal, Marina Beach stretches 8 miles long. This is the perfect place to escape Chennai’s humidity. It is also an idyllic spot to take a stroll along the water.

A second international airport is located in the city of Madurai where you will find more Tamil Nadu hostels. It you stay in a hostel here, you will have plenty of Tamil architecture to admire. This city contains the architectural wonders of the six Murugan temples, including Pazhamudhir Solai, Sri Meenakshi Temple, and Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine. You can also marvel at the ancient 1000 pillars of Meenakshi Temple’s Aayiram Kaal Mandapam as well as the grandiose pillars of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

More hostels in Tamil Nadu are situated in the city of Ooty. Here you can take in the sights of rolling hills of Eucalyptus flowers. To breathe in more flowery scents, you can pay a visit to the Ooty Botanical Gardens. For a little more action, you might want to make a reservation to ride the Nilgiri Mountain Railway which will take you on a scenic drive over bridges and through tunnels. One final sight to take in are the many bodies of water, including Upper Bhavani Lake and Avalanche Lake, which decorate Ooty’s beautiful countryside. After all that fresh air, you will look forward to returning to the comforts of your hostel.

For one more popular place to find a hostel in Tamil Nadu, you can visit Kanyakumari. Here you can take a ferry across the Laccadive Sea to reach the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. It is a sight to behold, especially when it is lit at night. Right next to it you will see the immense Thiruvallular Statue. This majestic statue of a Tamil poet and philosopher can be seen from any point within the city.

Tamil Nadu is a culturally rich state full of marvelous sites. You can find plenty of lodgings within many of its cities, enabling you to take in the variety of wonders found in this southern part of India. Just look for the word “inn” most often used to name the affordable accommodations akin to western hostels.

expert for Tamil Nadu hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Tamil Nadu hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Tamil Nadu - 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 Tamil Nadu. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Tamil Nadu. 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 Tamil Nadu

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 Tamil Nadu?

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 Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu 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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