5 Best Offbeat Resorts In The South

Planning a summer holiday in southern India? Here are five places for a tranquil holiday, far from the crowd and noise.

Anuradha Sengupta
May 22, 2023
5 Best Offbeat Resorts In The South

Looking for a relaxing holiday designed to help you unwind and de-stress? From a languid river cruise to a tea garden stay in the Eastern Himalayas, we have put together some dreamy vacation ideas that offer tranquility, immersive experiences, and connections with local culture.



Gravityville, Udhagamandalam 

This 1936 bungalow in the middle of a landscaped garden has luxurious theme-based rooms. Many antique pieces and upcycled objects are scattered throughout the atmospheric interiors. The purple-and-white colour palette reflects the flower which grows here once in 12 years—the Neelakurinji.

Address: 264, Fingerpost, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643006

Website: http://www.gravityville.in/


Anugraha, Aymanam 

Step back in time at this restored heritage villa in Kottayam district, Kerala. Spread over 7.5 acres, the property includes tropical fruit and hardwood trees, bamboo, a vegetable garden, ponds and canals. Relax and rejuvenate with a choice of Kerala’s famous therapeutic massages.

Address: Anugraha Puthenpurayil Prapuzha Kadavu Pulikkuttissery, Aymanam, Kerala 686015

Website: https://anugrahakerala.com/


Laika Heritage Stay, Mysuru 

Housed in a 108-year-old building, this boutique bed and breakfast has a huge garden. You can relax here or go bird-watching. If you feel like it, take a yoga class and therapeutic massages. They also have star-gazing sessions after sunset. Located in Laxmipuram, you can easily reach some of the top attractions of Mysuru (Mysore), such as Kukkarahalli Lake, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace, and more.

Where: 942, Second Main Rd, NR Mohalla, Lakshmipuram, Mysuru, Karnataka 570004

Website: https://laika.in/mysore/


Varikatt Heritage, Trivandrum 

One of the most charming places to stay in Trivandrum, the Varikatt Heritage homestay lies in the city’s heart. The Indo-Sarcenic villa is over 150 years old and beautifully restored. It has been an important meeting point for politicians during India’s freedom struggle. Today, it is managed by Colonel Kuncheria and his wife, who are members of the present generation of the Varikatt family. The high-ceilinged airy rooms and tiled roof are perfect for beating the tropical heat. The spacious verandahs are ideal for catching the breeze or reading a book. The homestay is close to various temples, museums, and handicraft shops.

Address: Poonnen Road, Trivandrum, Kerala. Phone: +91 4712336057, 09895239055.

Website: https://www.varikattheritage.com/

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