Beena Homestay Review – Fort Kochi, Kerala

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Homestays are a wonderful way to explore Kerala, as you get the opportunity to meet local people and eat authentic home-cooked food, all for reasonable prices. Beena Homestay in Fort Kochi is a favourite of mine, and is highly recommended for those looking for good value accommodation in Cochin. Here are the reasons why:

1) Great central location – It’s located at a walkable distance (10-15 minutes) from all the main sites in Fort Kochi, but is far enough away from the touristy heart of the city to feel authentic.

2) Wonderful friendly family –
Beena and her family are very warm, welcoming and make you feel part of the family. They are genuinely interested in meeting travellers from around the world, and go out of their way to help you. They can assist you in booking a range of activities or transport to your next destination.

3) Delicious food – As always in Keralan homestays the food is a highlight. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price and is delicous and very generously portioned (your plate will keep getting filled!). The family aren’t vegetarians but did a very good job of providing us with a range of vegetable dishes.

4) Comfortable rooms – The rooms are simple, but comfortable and clean, and come with ensuite bathrooms and a choice of fan or a/c. Beena is a health inspector and rooms are suitably immaculate.

5) Sociable atmosphere – As meals are eaten communally with the other guests it’s a great way to meet other people. The family are always around for a chat too.

The homestay is very popular with everyone who stays there and has 5 out of 5 reviews on Trip Advisor.

How to Book

You can book your stay at Beena Homestay by visiting their website which has full details. Or you can email or call +91 484 2215458.

Prices range from Rs 600-800 (£8-10 or US$13-17) for a double fan room, to Rs 1500 (£20 or $32) for an a/c double.

If you are interested in staying in homestays in Kerala you can also see our review of Community Greenpalm Homes in the Kerala backwaters.

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7 Responses to “Beena Homestay Review – Fort Kochi, Kerala”

  1. Chippy says:

    Hi Erin,

    Many thanks for his fab resource!

    Can I draw on yur help please. Going to s.India Feb 16th for 3 weeks. Thinking of starting in Trivandrum- bus to Varkala (2 days)boat or bus to Kollam (is there much to see here) boat to Alleppey (stay at homestay rec by you) travel via boat to Cochain 2 day stay at Beena home stay. Not sure what to do from this point as I would like to see Munnar but I also want to see Wayanand.

    Please could you advice on itinerary I have outlined, have I allowed enough days to see all.

    I want a more activity holiday. P.S where are the best places to get Ayurvedic treatments?

    Many thanks in advance!


  2. Erin says:

    Hi Chippy,
    That sounds like a great itinerary, and I think you have enough time everywhere. I would allow at least 3 nights if possible at the homestay near Alleppey, as it is wonderful and there’s lots of activities there.

    You’ll need to take the bus or train from Varkala to Kollam as there isn’t a boat. There isn’t much to do in Kollam but we liked it as it was untouristy, and we did a great canoe trip.

    You’ll also need to get a bus or train from Alleppey to Cochin as there’s no boat. You will need to get the local ferry from the homestay to Alleppey though.

    After Cochin Wayanad would be a great option if you would like to get more off the beaten track and see some wildlife as well as hiking. Munnar is great for walks too, but is more touristy. If you decided to go to Munnar it would be better to go Alleppey-Munnar-Cochin to save travel time.

    Ayurvedic treatments are available everywhere- definitely in Varkala, backwaters and Cochin. I can’t advise on any particular places though.

    Have a great trip.

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  6. firoz says:

    if you want to go munnar u have to pass through cochin

    better stay in cochin and go to alleppey
    or stay in cochin and to go munnar

    becoz alleppey is south of cochin and munnar is on east


    adams homestay cochin

  7. Emelia Paul says:

    Another really great hotel in Cochin, Fort Kochi is Vedanta Wake up!….its a must for anyone who’s been backpacking in India. I highly recommend staying at Vedanta Wake up!, a fantastically fun and clean chain of backpacking hostels.
    I think they might have a booking engine link through hostelworld or you can try their website

    Cheers & safe travels,