11 India accommodations ideas for Kerala, Varanasi, Rajasthan & Delhi

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We have put together a list of 11 India accommodations that stood out for us and that we would recommend if you are planning a trip around the colourful and diverse country. After spending more than seven weeks trailing through India, we started at the beaches in the South and slowly headed to the deserts and Himalayas in the North.

It turned out to be an adventure we will never forget. India holds so many memories for us now (both good and not so good) and we were lucky enough to experience some phenomenal things. We were stranded in the Kerala Floods, slept in the desert under the stars on a camel safari, got the selfie in front of the famous Taj Mahal, watched the sunset along the Ghats of Varanasi, spent a night on a houseboat along the Kerala backwaters and even visited the Dhali Lama’s temple just to mention a few.

India is a country in which every great religion finds a home – Annie Besant

In this list, you will find some of our favourite places to stay in India that we would recommend after our 7-week adventure. India is a huge country but in this list, we included places in Kerala, Rajasthan, Varanasi and Delhi.

Here is a breakdown of some of our favourite places to stay that we discovered during our 3rd trip to India:

1. Palan Beach resort (Kerala)

“Perfect location along Varkala Cliff”

Palan Beach Retort is a small hotel along the Varkala Cliff. The hotel offers 7 rooms all with private balconies and ocean views. As we walked out of the hotel we couldn’t help notice the ocean which is just a few meters away with a gorgeous view. The location is ideal as we were on the main cliff pathway. Along the path, there are a variety of restaurants and shops selling art, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs. Just below the cliff is the beach and a temple to explore.

The rooms are bright, airy, spacious, tastefully designed and modern. The bathrooms have a shower with hot water and complimentary toiletries. All rooms are air-conditioned, have a fridge, kettle, tea and coffee confectioneries.

Just a few meters from the hotel along the road is a tuk-tuk stand where it is easy to catch a ride into town. We also recommend checking out The Darjeeling cafe next door… they make the best Paneer Butter Masala that we had anywhere in India.

What made our stay exceed our expectations were the staff, they were friendly and always willing to help with travel plans, car hire or laundry.

What we loved most about Palan Beach resort?

The location, staff is always willing to assist and the fantastic views!

Recommended for?

Anyone that wants the views along Varkala cliff, Couples, friends travelling together and even solo travellers.

Making a booking?

If you would like to make a booking or check availability for Palan beach resort then click here

2. Palm Grove Lake Resort (Kerala)

“Lazy backwater vibes”

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Palm Grove is a hidden gem set in a natural surrounding of greenery and beautiful gardens.  It is right on the banks of the beautiful Punnamada Lake which is located near the mesmerising backwaters of Alappuzha.  The family-owned estate is homely, welcoming and the owner Mr Philip is really a wonderful guy. The resort has a private entrance creating a peaceful atmosphere free from noise and hustle. The resort is in close proximity to the town, beaches and local attractions.

There is nothing more beautiful than waking up and heading down to the open dining hall. We loved admiring the views of the beautiful gardens and backwaters with boats floating by while enjoying breakfast. Staying on a houseboat is a must while in Kerala!

The estate offers Superior luxury rooms, Deluxe Villas and Garden Villas. The variety of rooms suit different types of travellers, whether you looking for a luxury stay or a family vacation. All rooms have an air conditioner and modern amenities including T.V, Wi-fi and transport to and from the resort can be arranged. With a swing, hammock and benches in the garden, you are forced to relax and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. (We sure did!)

The resort offers it’s own unique backwater experience, the love nest is a residential banana shaped boat fitting 4-6 people, it is hand-paddled and the guide has excellent knowledge of the area. Discovering the Alleppey backwaters on this unique little hand paddled boat was one of our Alleppey highlights! You can get a local perspective cruising through the backwater canals where the larger boats cannot go, at a very relaxed pace. Besides getting up close to the local village life we got a tour of the rice paddy’s and learnt a bit about the area. The price of the boat is charged per hour, included are coffee and biscuits and you have a choice to go in the morning or afternoon. The photo opportunities are fantastic!

What we loved most about Palm Grove Lake Resort?

Mr Phillips wonderful hospitality, location next to the backwaters, love boat and of course the relaxing atmosphere of the gardens.

Recommended for?

Honeymooners, couples and families.

Making a booking?

If you would like to make a booking or check availability for Palm Grove Lake resort then click here

3. Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort (Kerala)

“Luxury and rejuvenation”

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Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort really stuck out for us when it came to luxury and rejuvenation. The grounds in this resort is nothing but stunning. The villas are set among beautiful lush gardens with an abundance of butterflies and exotic flowers which ends onto a white stretch of a beautiful beach.

The villas are exquisitely furnished and we had our own private pool and outside garden. The rooms are nothing but luxury with lavish bathrooms, walk-in dressers, toiletries and everything you need that will make you feel right at home. There is also a full-size Olympic pool if you would like to swim a few laps or just relax in the loungers with a good book. Carnoustie also offers a luxury furnished houseboat that will take you along the backwaters of Kerala.

The resort offers its guests holistic treatments, combining practices of Ayurveda as Carnoustie’s Signature Ayurveda program’s. Some of the treatments offered are Naturopathy, weight loss, detox, anti ageing, Kalari and sports medicine programs. Besides all that you can join early morning Yoga sessions, ride bicycles around the local villages, walks on the beach and visit a few sacred temples in the area just to name a few.

The multi-cuisine restaurant is set in a beautiful bamboo boma in the gardens. Everything on the menu was delicious, fresh and healthy. The ingredients are fresh from the organic garden and they prepare their very own health drinks. From the time you arrive until the time you leave you get treated like royalty from the professional staff, we wish we had more than two days there.

What we loved most about Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort?

Health shakes, yoga, best Ayurveda treatments, beautiful beach, private pool and signature dishes from the multi-cuisine restaurant.

Recommended for?

Honeymooners, Anyone looking for a reliable wellness program or retreat, families and couples.

Making a booking?

If you would like to make a booking or check availability for Carnoustie Ayurved & Wellness resort then  click here

4. Ginger Museum Hotel (Kerala)

“The ever-changing hotel”

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The Ginger house museum hotel was certainly one of the most unique hotels that we have stayed in. The hotel is known for its old world charm & world class service.

One of the things among many others that makes this hotel so unique is that the antique furniture that make up the rooms, reception, hallways, restaurant and lobby. Everything in the hotel is for sale, so the room’s furnishings keep rotating.

The Ginger House Museum Hotel has 9 rooms, the king’s chamber, Lotus sea view, Moon and honey sea view, Crown of queen deluxe, Art deco deluxe, Chettinad mansion deluxe, Rhythm of Malabar deluxe and Travancore palace. Each room is inspired by India’s early history and they are each richly decorated to the theme. The hotel provides nothing but luxury and comfort even down to the last detail. Make sure you keep 1 night open to going to watch a traditional Kathakali dance show if you enjoy the culture.

We stayed in the magnificent King’s room. The bathroom was plated with real gold and at the time of our stay, we slept in a 4 poster bed that is over 100 years old. The furniture had incredible details and decorations throughout the room. The hotel really made us feel like royalty!

Each room includes a flat screen T.V, a minibar, king size beds, Wif-Fi and air conditioning. All rooms come with a private bathroom and for your comfort, there are bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Room service is provided and each morning we had a bowl of fresh fruit is brought to our room. On the first level, there is a charming garden and infinity pool.

The award-winning in house restaurant serves outstanding South Indian cuisine. Every morning we enjoyed a generous & delicious breakfast out on the terrace watching the boats along the water of the Vembanad Lake. If you enjoy ginger, the restaurant won’t disappoint, they offer an interesting collection of ginger dishes & refreshments, from prawns and chicken to tea and lime soda. Make sure you don’t miss the ginger ice cream… it was a real win for the 2 of us!

The Ginger house is a well-known landmark around the world selling antiques, unique pieces, arts and crafts. The owners are avid collectors and a popular agent with antique hunters around the world.

The owners and staff of this luxurious wonder are the most down to earth people. We were stuck in Cochin during the Kerela floods and they did everything they could to make us comfortable, contact our travel insurance and helped us get a Uber to the airport safely. Staying at Ginger house should be on everyone’s bucket list.

What we loved most about Ginger Museum Hotel?

The way the rooms keep changing and never the same, luxurious comfort of the rooms, ginger speciality at the restaurant and wonderful staff.

Recommended for?

Honeymooners, couples and anyone that want to be spoiled with luxury & comfort.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking the Ginger House Museum hotel then click here

5. Suryauday Haveli Hotel (Varanasi)

“The Ganges with a view”

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Surauday Haveli Hotel has one of the best hotels alongside the Ganges at the Shivala Ghat in Varanasi. It is just 15 min walk from the famous Kashi Viswanath Temple. The Haveli traces back to the 20 century, it was built by the Royal family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged.

The staff were wonderful, they welcomed us with welcome drinks and a Khata (which is a Nepali tradition where a scarf is offered with greetings and well wishes)  They were very friendly and helpful with advice and answered all the questions we had.

The Haveli Hotel has 14 individually decorated spacious rooms all with memory foam beds. Each room has wifi, mini bar, air con, fan and a coffee/tea maker. Daily housekeeping is available on request. The bathrooms are spacious with hot water, towels and toiletries are provided.

There is a small vegetarian restaurant on the premises. They serve a delicious buffet breakfast every morning with a wide range of both Indian and western options. During our stay, a three-piece Indian band played music in the courtyard in the evenings. The music created a very authentic experience while we ate dinner. You can also request for your meals to be sent up to the rooftop terrace which has amazing views of the Ganges and Ghats. There is also Complementary Yoga classes on the rooftop in the mornings.  We made the most of the rooftop, relaxing on the lounger and relaxing with a good book and a cuppa coffee.

The hotel offers a complimentary evening boat ride to go watch the famous Aarti ceremony from the river. I suggest you take full advantage of this, it was a unique evening out and an incredible atmosphere. If you want to do something out of the ordinary then why not go on a private Akhada wrestling tour? It is a form of Indian wrestling and very entertaining to watch.

What we loved most about Suryauday Halevi Hotel?

Helpful staff, evening boat ride, view of the Ganges from the rooftop and comfortable beds.

Recommended for?

Couples, Adventure travellers, Spiritual seekers and families.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking to stay at Suryauday Halevi, then click here


6. Seventh Heaven Inn (Pushkar)

“Peace, Love and Relaxation”

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This is a beautiful hundred-year-old traditional haveli centrally located in Pushkar close to the lake and buzzing street market. Stepping inside the haveli you leave the busy world behind and enter a peaceful, harmonic atmosphere.

There are 15 unique rooms spread over three floors, centred around a marble mosaic floor courtyard.  All rooms have twin beds joined up so can be twin or double beds, all rooms also have attached spacious bathrooms. There are also 5 family rooms available to accommodate groups or families.

All the common areas on each floor create a homely atmosphere where you can rest or read on one of the sofas or swing chairs. If you practice meditation then you will love taking advantage of their meditation room.

The best part is upstairs on the rooftop, the sixth sense restaurant has one of the best views in the city. While you enjoy divine food varieties from their a la carte menu, ambient music plays in the background. All vegetarian meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients and you can taste the love in every bite. The sixth sense restaurant comes highly recommended and is a favourite among locals and visitors.

The hotel offers its guests some wonderful optional extras. You can have a massage by a local masseur in the comfort of your own room. Go on a sunset or overnight camel safari. There is even a three-hour village tour if you wish you see local life in Pushkar. We got our hands painted with Henna by the local grocer’s daughter which the hotel arranged for us. We also took advantage of their taxi service which was affordable and can take you to your next Rajasthan destination with safe reliable drivers that are known by the Hotel.

The staff and service were amazing from the beginning to the end of our stay and from the lobby to the rooftop restaurant. They arranged a few activities for us, were friendly and outspoken.

What we loved most about Seventh Heaven Inn?

The centre courtyard, decor, rooftop views, food and feel good vibes.

Recommended for?

Solo traveller, friends, families and adventurers.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking for Seventh Heaven Inn, then click here.


7. Green Park Haveli Hotel (Pushkar)

“Decor from another century”

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Located just 1km from Pushkar lake and the centre of town, Green Park Haveli is in a peaceful location yet walking distance to all the main attractions. The hotel has great views of the mountains and beautiful green hills and gardens. The sun terrace and rooftop restaurant is a great place to take in all these surroundings while enjoying some really excellent food.

The hotel is run by one of the owners who manage everything personally so you get a direct touch to your service. Not only was he was very helpful but assisted us with arranging transport to our next location. There is a 24 hr front desk service which also provides services such as horse riding, bike hire and a masseur for an Ayurveda massage. The staff were friendly, chatty and always willing to help.

There are 14 rooms in total and you can select from a superior room, corner or deluxe room. Our room and bathroom were bright and spacious and all the amenities worked perfectly. We had free wi-fi and a TV with cable channels. It was wonderful to come back after a day of exploring and enjoy the rooftop vibes or relax on the balcony.

The Haveli is a heritage hotel with a unique architectural design. Besides upstairs on the terrace, it has an open common area on the first floor where you can sit, relax and swap stories with other travellers. The hotel is perfect for a long or short term stay in Pushkar and is ideal if you are in town for the famous Pushkar Fair.

What we loved most about Green Park Halevi?

Peaceful location, beautiful decor and having breakfast on the rooftop.

Recommended for?

Solo travellers, budget travellers and friends.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking for Green Park Halevi, then click here

8. The Almond Tree (Jodhpur)

“Homestay with a glorious view”

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The Almond Tree is a Luxurious 8 bedroom homestay. The mansion is set in a quiet neighbourhood in the heart of Jodhpur. With the bustling city, just a few km away the Almond Tree is close proximity to all the cities local tourist attractions.

The rooftop terrace was the centre of attention for us with its glorious views of the Unamid Bhawan Palace. Its the perfect spot to sit after a day of exploring and unwind with a glass of wine. You can enjoy the golden sunsets sitting in the Jacuzzi or in the beautiful garden. Dinner can be arranged on the terrace under the famous Rajasthani sky which was the highlight of our stay. The chef prepared a home-style curry dish which was packed with flavours that had never hit our palettes before. The setting was stunning, everything was arranged perfectly and the staff & owners made us feel like royalty.

The rooms are luxurious and spacious. Our room was beautifully decorated with everything we needed providing comfort and privacy. We had air con, flat screen T.V, kettle to make tea or coffee and complimentary WiFi. All bathrooms are on suite with hot water and all toiletries are provided.

To start your day you are invited to enjoy a continental, a la carte or American breakfast in the dining room. Lunch or snacks can be ordered throughout the day with room service and everything on the menu was delicious. The omelettes are the best that we had while travelling, we ended up ordering one every morning while we were there.

The Almond tree has complimentary bikes available for their guests to enjoy a ride around the neighbourhood or if you prefer you can take an afternoon stroll. There is a small Hindu temple and a step well close by to go explore. Our stay as the Almond tree was fantastic, the staff and owners receive you like family and their hands on approach makes your stay an unforgettable one.

What we loved most about The Almond Tree?

The rooftop Jacuzzi & garden, dinner under the Rajasthani sky, complimentary bike service and the warmth and friendliness of the staff and owners.

Recommended for?

Honeymooners, adventurers, couples, family and friends.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking for The Almond Tree, then click here

9. Hotel Helinski (Jaisalmer)

“Traditional Halevi in Rajasthan”

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Hotel Helenski is a beautiful traditional designed hotel giving it such a historic character. The sandstone walls blend in with the desert sands that you can see for miles. The facade of the hotel has been hand carved by local artisans adding royal character to your Rajasthan experience.

The hotel has a great location situated on the edge of the Gadisar Lake, walking distance from the fort and close proximity from the train station.

Each room is individually decorated and some have bay windows where you can sit, relax and take in the views. Modern amenities are provided in each room including air-con, Wifi, heater, TV with cable and a kettle for tea or coffee. The beds were the best we had slept in during our trip throughout India. There are private bathrooms that have shower towels and complimentary toiletries. An extra bed can be provided on request for guests with families.

Head up to the rooftop for breakfast with a breathtaking view of the fort on the hill. We have had some delicious Indian food from this little kitchen. If you prefer in-room dining you can call your order through from your room and eat in.

There is a 24 hours desk for your convenience where one of the friendly staff will assist you. Some of the facilities they offer include a ticket service, a tour desk, luggage storage, currency exchange, car rental and free parking. There is also a complimentary pickup and drop off in Jaisalmer on request. This was a great help for us as we arrived at the train station at 11 pm at night, the manager came himself to pick us up.

Make sure you go on a camel safari. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Jaisalmer and we highly recommend it.

What we loved most about Hotel Helinski?

The decor of the room, rooftop views, camel safari arranged by the hotel and the food was delicious.

Recommended for?

Couples, friends and adventurers.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking at Hotel Helinski, then click here


10. GG B&B (Delhi)

“Peaceful stay close to the airport”

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This bed and breakfast are set in the heart of New Delhi. Our entire stay from beginning to end was first class. The B&B is cosy and comfortable in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by green parks and heritage sites. You would never say you were in the capital of India! The hotel is easily accessible from the city, its ideal location promises you a serene getaway to unwind and relax.

The owners and staff are from Northeast India, the warmth of the Naga people and culture plays a huge part in what makes you feel welcome and at home. The staff did not hesitate to get up with us at 4 am in the morning to help us arrange a Uber to the airport.

There are five rooms and each with a story to tell. They are named and designed after the five seasons as followed by the Nagas. Si is winter, Mayo is Spring, Lum is Summer, Zur is Monsoon and Maha is Autumn. The attention to detail is meticulous.  We stayed in Mayo, the Spring room and it was beautifully decorated. The colour was cool and relaxing, with an en-suite bathtub and shower in the bathroom. There was a balcony facing the quiet neighbourhood we even had a baby owl pay us a visit. Each room has air con, Wi-fi, bar fridge, T.V and a kettle to make coffee or tea at your convenience.

The kitchen serves delicious meals that you can enjoy in the comfort of your room or in the dining area downstairs. Be sure to try their cakes they are mouth watering delish.

We would also recommend visiting  Alwar, which is a great weekend getaway from Delhi if you have enough time.

What we loved most about GG B&B?

Excellent hospitality, balcony views, en suite bathtub and comfortable beds

Recommended for?

Friends, Couples, Families and anyone that wants to stay close to the airport.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking at GG B&B, then click here

11. Tara Niwas Hotel (Jaipur)

“Home away from home”

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Set in an upmarket and quiet neighbourhood of Jaipur is Tara Niwas, a beautiful and homely family managed house hotel. The hotel’s great location is close to the old city, the railway and the central bus station.

The charming guesthouse has 24 rooms and is set around a beautiful garden. There are chairs on the balcony and garden to sit, relax and listen to the birds in the garden. The guest house rabbits come out in the mornings around the garden, among all the flowers and its just magical. The rooms are very comfortable with free Wi-Fi, electronic safe, Tea/Coffee maker, fridge and T.V.

The guest house offers extra services like same day laundry, doctor on call, driver accommodation and travel services. The friendly staff helped us get bus tickets to our next destination with no problems at all.

The little restaurant was such a blessing for us, the setting was peaceful overlooking a small garden. The service was spot on and the food was delicious and inexpensive. We especially loved the biscuits. Highly recommend this place if you looking for a homely atmosphere.

What we loved most about Tara Niwas?

Homely atmosphere, the delicious meals, comfortable beds and kind staff

Recommended for?

Families, friends, couples and even solo travellers will feel at home.

Making a booking?

If you would like to check availability or make a booking at Tara Niwas, then click here


We found Booking.com and AirBNB to be the best booking sites while looking for India hotels and places to stay. By reading reviews of other peoples experiences, considering all the available amenities and comparing the overall value for money, we discovered some pretty cool and wonderful places.

Have you stayed in any of these unique India hotels or accommodation? Know of any other out of the ordinary places to stay? Let us know your thoughts and comments on this post below.


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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

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