Top 5 budget resorts and homestays in Wayanad

Are you looking for the best budget resorts and homestays in Wayanad? I have compiled a list of small resorts and homestays that offer decent facilies and value for your money.

I'm not the kind of person who would thrown away a huge amount of money just to sleep overnight in a tourist destination. I'm a travel blogger and travel often to various tourist destinations. If I am on official trip, I usually go for a budget lodging facility. But if I travel with my family which include small kids, I would prefer a small resort or a holiday home that has ample space for the children to run around and play. In Thekkady, once I stayed in a 5 star resort called "The Elephant Court", which is pretty expensive but we all enjoyed our stay. However, this is always not an option for us due to the cost involved, especially if it is a long trip with multiple days of travel.

In this post, I have compiled a list of budget resorts and homestays in Wayanad. The reason I combined the budget resorts and homestays into a single article is when it comes to budget resorts, they are more like a homestay with a couple of cottages and some plantation around them. For example, consider the first one in my list - "Pappy's Nest", which is considered as one of the best budget resorts in Wayanad. I'm not sure whether to call it a resort or a homestay. They have 4 cottages and a bunglaw and each of them look like a "holiday home" or a "homestay". But they don't function like a homestay where the owner and family lives in the same property. It's run more like a resort. Also, they do have a lot of "resort-like" amenities all around. Since it is hard to distinguish the small resorts and homestays, I have combined them into a single list.

Budget resorts and homestays in Wayanad
I evaluated a lot of resorts, homestays and holiday homes in Wayanad. I also went through a lot of reviews in websites like TripAdvisor. Consider all the factors, I have shortlisted the best budget resorts in Wayanad.

Pappy's Nest Budget Resort

Rated "Superb 9.1" in and 5-star rating in TripAdvisor, Pappy's Nest is one of the hot properties in Wayanad. It is located a bit off the road, staying in this plantation resort is an experience to remember. Located in a small jungle and surrounded by a lot of trees and plantation, this is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The have 4 cottages and a bunglaw and can accommodate a total of 9 families here. If you are a big group, their 5 bed room bunglaw is the best option for you.

Pappys Budget Resort

Highlights of Pappy's Nest:

- Small lake in the property
- Fishing in the private pond
- Boating in the private pond
- Located close to the forest and in a small jungle/plantation
- Plantation tour and nature walk within the property
- Gives the best experience of a jungle resort
- Informal environment like a homestay
- Lot of place for kids to run around. Perfect place for group and corporate activities
- Complimentary breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- A very beautiful, well maintained property at an affordable cost.

Budget: Rs 3,000/- onwards. (Check TripAdvisor for the best deals)

Location of Pappy's Nest Budget Resort

Vythiri Greens Resort

Located at Vythiri, the gateway of Wayanad, the Vythiri Greens is a good choice for the people who like to stay close to Vythiri area, very close to the highway. With a lot of trees and about 3 acres of land, this small resort is an excellent place to relax and enjoy your vacation. Even though the property is located very close to the highway, be aware that the small road to the resort is very steep and some people may feel it bit uncomfortable to drive such steep road. Highlights of Vythiri Greens:

- Multi Cuisine Restaurant
- Accommodation for Driver
- Barbeque grill
- Cycling
- Campfire
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- 24 hours Hot Water

Budget: Rs 4,500/- onwards.

Location of Vythiri Greens Resort

Planet Green Plantation Resort

Planet Green is another plantation resort in Wayanad where you can stay as close as possible to the nature. Most of the rooms here have an excellent view of the tall mountains in Wayanad. The surrounding plantation makes you feel like you are living in the woods. They have maintained the entire property very clean, hygiene and welcoming. If you look at the pricing, they are not very cheap but I still included in this list of best budget resorts in Wayanad since they are kind of upscale property in the mid-range pricing.

Highlights of Planet Green Plantation Resort

- Excellent view of mountains
- Complimentary breakfast
- Located in the lap of Majestic Chembra Peak. A direct view of the peak from the rooms
- Nestled in a valley of coffee, tea and pepper plantations
- See and feed farm animals – Rabbits, geese, ducks, love birds, pigeons etc
- A natural stream adjacent to the property. Take a bath in the natural stream, a rejuvenating experience


Location of Planet Green Plantation Resort

Hiliya Resort

Hiliya is another budget resort in Wayanad area and is located close to the famous Pappy's Nest resort. One of the key attractions of Hiliya resort is the tree house cottage. Built on a tall mango tree at about 40 feet height, the tree house cottage is the hot property at Hiliya. You can enjoy the fabulous view of tropical forest and coffee plantation from the tree house.

This budget resort is equipped with a children's play area, a massage centre, a tour desk and a games and activities room. While the tree house is on a higher side of the cost, you can book one of the standard rooms at a budget price.

Hiliya Tree House
Tree house in Hiliya

Highlights of Hiliya:

- They have an organic farm. Enjoy a free farm visit in the morning. A guide from the resort will explain you various trees, herbs and plants there. Plantation include coffee, cardamom, pepper, areca nut, fruit trees, rubber, coconut, ginger, vegetables etc.
- Get a taste of the rural life with rubber tapping, coffee plucking, pruning, manuring, weed clearing etc.
- Sit and relax in the river shore
- Fishing facilities are available on request
- Badminton court
- Indoor games
- Rooms include Heritage Bungalow, Cottages, Deluxe Rooms, Standard Rooms, Treehouse, Dormitory

Cost: Rs 3,000/- to Rs 6,000/-

Location of Hiliya resort, Wayanad

Wayanad Nature Resort

Wayanad Nature Resort is an upscale property at an affordable rate. Those who are looking for a budget resort in Wayanad at reasonable rates may look into this one. They do have excellent rating in TripAdvisor as well. Spread across about 1 acre land, this property has a small plantation around it. The entire property is very well maintained. They do have a multi-cuisine restaurant but traditional Kerala food is their speciality. The property is constructed as individual cottages, giving ample privacy for the guests. The property is located at about 25 km from Sultan Batery towards Mysore. If you are coming with a large group of friends or relatives, it is an excellent place to have a lot of fun. Be prepared to drive a bit of off-road to reach this place. You will get a beautiful view of paddy fields from some of the rooms.

Cost: Rates start from Rs 4,500/-

Which is the best budget resort in Wayanad?

It is really hard for us to choose one among the many good properties in Wayanad. Considering various factors, we have recommended "Pappy's Nest" as the best choice among the budget properties. However, be aware that everyone would have their own criteria and expectations from a vacation property. If you are looking for a star rated hotel type of accommodation, this is definitely not the choice for you. Pappy's is more like a plantation resort at an affordable cost, a paradise for nature lovers. But if you expect a well furnished hotel room, I would suggest you look for Vythiri resort (a premium resort in Wayanad) or Hotel Pepper Wayanad Gate, which is along the highway. You can read my review of Pepper Wayanad Gate.


Author: mytravelshanti21 Oct 2016 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

Very Informative for Tour and travel

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