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8 Apr 2011 Homestays…..and more…
Homestays are an upcoming and unusual way of travel. Accommodations where the owners live on the premises as well are called homestays. Homestays can be a very rewarding experience and leave you with memories that you would cherish forever.
People in several holiday destinations with large homes invite travellers to stay in their homes as their guests for the duration of their travel. What travellers can expect at a homestay is a comfortable homely stay, homemade food (definitely the best way to experience local cuisine), local culture (unlike typical hotel accommodations) while having your privacy as well. Another added bonus would be the wonderful people you meet who are not only extremely warm and hospitable hosts but also the best source of local information.
Most property owners do this as a hobby simply because they enjoy hosting people. And who knows, you might end up with friends for life!!
Homestays have a number of exciting options. You can book yourself into a Heritage Bungalow and closely experience part of our history. Staying at a Heritage house can truly take you back in time; right from the knowledge of the owner who may have lived there for generations to the antique furniture, artefacts and collectibles that are part of the house and its history.
One can experience and stay at such heritage houses across India like the colonial English bungalows of Ooty to the typical Kerala architecture "Tharavadus" or restored rural homes like in Hampi.