Ditch the Hotels and Stay in These Beautiful 10 Luxurious Airbnbs in Southern India

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When I arrived in Munnar, our Airbnb host instructed our cab driver to drop us off at a remote spot on the road. I was puzzled, as there was no sign of the Airbnb on our map in the vicinity. After waiting for about 10 minutes, a jeep emerged from a rugged path. Our host then drove us to the Airbnb and left us pleasantly surprised with a stunning villa overlooking a picturesque tea estate. This is the magic of Airbnb stays, particularly in South India, where you can expect not only a cozy accommodation but also a glimpse into family history, delectable homemade meals, and an abundance of tea or coffee!

If you're eager to explore South India, we've curated a list of 10 luxurious homestays that promise unforgettable experiences for you, your family, and your friends.

Handpicked Luxury Airbnbs in South India:

1. Nandanvan Estate

Nandanvan Estate is situated within a sprawling 35-acre coffee plantation in Kodaikanal. This charming three-bedroom villa is accompanied by three delightful furry companions who frolic throughout the estate. Enjoy a tranquil stay in the villa while sipping on a cup of "kaapi," take leisurely strolls through the lush plantation, savor the flavors of seasonal fruits, and explore scenic riverside pathways.

Tariff: Entire villa from Rs. 25,800; Book here

Address: Pethuparai palani, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India

2. Windermere Estate

Windermere Estate homestay in Munnar boasts an impressive 18-room bungalow with stunning vistas of mountains and valleys. Delight in delectable meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients, take a refreshing dip in the pool, and unwind amidst the lush gardens while indulging in some birdwatching amidst the estate's natural beauty.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.12,000 including breakfast; Book here

Address: Pothamedu Pothamedu, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India

3. Milton Abbott Estate

Milton Abbott Estate is a heritage bungalow nestled within a 4.5-acre forest in Udhagamandalam. Embark on extensive hikes through the woodland, unwind in one of the bungalow's four inviting bedrooms, and savor comforting homemade meals during your stay.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.6,000 with breakfast; Book here

Address: Ador Guest House, No. 17,, Golf Club Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 624006, India

4. The Mudhouse Marayoor

Experience a stay at The Mudhouse Marayoor, situated in Marayoor, Kerala. These charming mud houses provide enchanting views of the Sahyadri mountains and offer all the luxurious amenities essential for your holiday. Enjoy a leisurely riverside stroll or savor the melodious chirping of birds right outside your window at this distinctive hillside retreat.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.8,000, including breakfast; Book here

Address: Building No. 382, Channelmedu, Anakalpetty, Off, Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayoor, Kerala 685620, India

5. The Lilly

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Photo of The Lilly - Stay Vista, Ooty by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

The Lilly is perched on the cliffside of Ooty. This opulent modern bungalow boasts four spacious bedrooms, making it an ideal destination for a getaway with your loved ones. Whether you reserve the entire property for your family or opt for individual rooms with valley views, you can relish barbecues, bonfires, or simply curl up with a good book during your stay.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.10,000; Book here

Address: Welbeck Avenue,Tudor Hall Road, 643001 Ooty, India

6. Fringe Ford Estate

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Photo of Fringe Ford, Thavinhal by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

Fringe Ford Estate in Kerala offers an ideal retreat to disconnect from the fast-paced city life and reconnect with nature. This heritage estate is nestled within the jungles of Mananthavadi, spanning an expansive 520 acres of wilderness. Indulge in delectable meals prepared on a charcoal stove by the waterfall, embark on leisurely forest walks, or embark on a 120-minute trek to discover enchanting natural pools.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.6,384 a night; Book here

Address: Thavinhal, Kerala 670644, India

7. Mistletoe

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Photo of Mistletoe Munnar, Munnar by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

Mistletoe Homestay is conveniently situated just a 2.5-hour drive from Kochi. It offers breathtaking vistas of the majestic Chokramudi Peak, the misty Letchmi Hills, and the verdant Kannan Devan plantations in Munnar. The hospitable hosts operate a traditional bake-oven café where you can savor freshly baked bread, cakes, cookies, and more. You can relish these treats in their delightful café while immersing yourself in a good book from their library.

Tariff: Doubles from Rs.6000 for summer season; Book here

Address: NH 85, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Rd, Iruttukanam, Kerala 685561, India

8. Taurus Homestay

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Photo of Taurus Home Stay, Konakarai by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

Taurus Homestay is nestled within a coffee plantation in Kotagiri, just an hour's drive from Ooty. Surrounded by lush greenery, this property offers a serene escape for a weekend retreat in a charming stone cottage. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the area, where you might have the opportunity to spot barking deer, mouse deer, porcupines, wild boars, and even a bison.

Tariff: Entire place from Rs.13,500 with breakfast; Book here

Address: CV3W+82G, Konakarai, Aracode, Tamil Nadu 643201, India

9. Midsummer Mist

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Photo of StayVista at Midsummer Mist, Kodaikanal by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

Midsummer Mist is a stone villa situated in Kodaikanal, offering an ideal retreat for families, groups of friends, or couples seeking relaxation. You can gather around the fire pit for a cozy evening and enjoy quality time in the lush outdoors during your stay.

Tariff: Entire villa from Rs.31,900; Book here

Address: Midsummer Mis, Kurinji Temple Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India

10. The Dunnottar Bungalow

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Photo of The Dunnottar Bungalow, Kodaikanal by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

Discover another exquisite property in Kodaikanal - the lakeside Dunnottar Bungalow, a charming colonial-era house. During your stay, relish homely South Indian thalis, unwind beneath the soothing shade of eucalyptus trees on garden hammocks, bask in the sun's warmth, and in the evening, cozy up by the fireplaces for a snug experience.

Tariff: Entire bungalow from Rs.80,000 including breakfast; Book here

Address: 6FJQ+C77, Lake Rd, near Bryant Park, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India

So which luxury homestay will you stay at in South India on your next visit. Let us know in the comments which ones your favourite, and if you have any suggestion for us.

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