10 Incredible Riverside Homestays for Summer Holidays


A quiet morning walk by the side of the river; you are sitting on a boulder listening to the gurgling sound of water just when a little bird calls you from the tree nearby; and you forget where you are and start chasing the bird. You are interrupted by a call from your kid that your breakfast is ready. After having crispy stuffed paratha with homemade pickle and fresh curd you decide to go on a short walk by the riverside. The host packs your lunch and you along with your family  and friends start hunting for an ideal spot by the bank of the river for a lunch picnic. Evening is spent singing and dancing around the bonfire that is set by the host. And you cannot stop eating the delicious barbecue served by him. 

Yes, that’s how your summer vacation can look like in one of these hand picked riverside homestays.

River Song Homestay, Sonmarg – Kashmir

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This beautiful cottage is located in a small picturesque village a few kms before Sonmarg on the main Srinagar-Leh highway.  It is just a 3-hours drive from Srinagar Airport. Surrounded by snow covered mountains, it is a perfect place in Kashmir to relax amidst nature away from the tourist crowds. The Sindh River flows right through the property. 
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Kaluropa Homestay, Banjar Tirthan – Himachal


Located just besides Tirthan River, this is a beautiful house located in Kaluropa – a small village in Banjar. It has everything that is required for a perfect mountain holiday—good weather, stunning views, plenty of unexplored nature trails around and a river just at a walking distance. You can listen to the melodious burble of the water from your balcony.
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River Musings Homestay, Kotabagh – Uttarakhand 

Just 280 kms from Delhi, this beautiful house is located on the edge of a river near Corbett in Uttarakhand. Absolutely serene, cut off from noise, the homestay is surrounded by forested mountains and is frequented by birds and butterflies. Enjoy their company while fragrant breezes caress you and the calls of animals from across the river reach you. To add to this all, there’s a lovely open air lounge & swimming pool with fresh river water.
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Baspa Homestay, Sangla Himachal

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This traditional wooden house is nestled amidst a huge apple orchard by the gushing Baspa in the serene surroundings of lush green Rakchham and provides 360 degree views of the snow-clad mountains. With the magical Baspa valley in the south and Shoshala peak in the north, it is a perfect stay option for artists and nature lovers. There are some really nice nature walks close by where you can see the local wildlife.
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Wet Feet Homestay, Idukki – Kerala

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The wet feet homestay is located in Ellakkal, a small village in the Western Ghats, Kerala just 18 km from Munnar. It is surrounded by lush green forests and Muthirapuzha River flows right in front of the homestay. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Western Ghats while enjoying the warm hospitality of a traditional Keralite home.
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River Symphony Homestay – Goa

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Situated by the River Mandovi’s backwater, this is an ideal place to stay in North Goa if you are looking for a calm and peaceful holiday. Set in a beautifully landscaped area, you will get a feeling like you are in a forest surrounded by trees even though it is in a bustling area. A riverside open space makes it very interesting for late night chats, early morning sunbath and bird-watching. You can also experience fishing. If you are lucky you can spot otters as well in the river.
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Comfy Cottage, Shnongpdeng, Dawki – Meghalaya

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This cozy wooden cottage is located in village Shnongpdeng just 8 km from Dawki in Meghalaya. Settled just beside the clear Umngot River, it is a peaceful stay and is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy your meals on the terrace and in the evenings you can gaze at the stars while enjoying the bonfire. Engage in adventure water sports like snorkelling, cliff jumping, scuba diving, kayaking, canyoning etc.
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Stream of Joy Homestay, Reshikhola – Sikkim

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Located on the serene banks of Reshi River, this is a perfect location in Sikkim to spend a few days amidst nature. This cozy little homestay is surrounded by forest that is home to numerous birds and animals. You can bathe in the crystal clear water of the river, hike around the rocky valley and enjoy fishing. Stroll around the banks or just sit all day and hear the river flowing. You can enjoy the fresh air and calm environment.
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Lebong Homestay, Darjeeling – West Bengal

Lebong Riverside Homestay-Darjeeling

This charming homestay  is just half an hour drive from Darjeeling. It is surrounded by hills on all sides. River Rung Dung flows on 2 sides of the homestay and is just a walk away.  The only sound that will reach your ears is music of the spring gushing nearby and the birds chirping. You get a beautiful view of Darjeeling city and Namchi from here. The area is full of greenery and is a heaven for nature lovers. This place is also good for birders and those who have interest in butterfly and bugs. There are chances of spotting deer as well in early morning.
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Baladhi Homestay, Kasol – Himachal 


It is a beautiful homestay right on the banks of River Parvati nestled amidst the apple orchards in Baladhi village near Manikaran in Himachal. Located in the heart of the alpine forest that is famous for seasonal changing colors of forest and snow clad peaks. Its close proximity to Manikaran, Malana, Kasol and Tosh makes it a perfect base to explore these areas.
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Scenic Delight Cottage, Pahalgam – Kashmir

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This lovely cottage located in a peaceful area overlooking the Lidder river is the place you want to be for a rejuvenating vacation in the lap of Himalayas. Enjoy your meals sitting in the lawn overlooking the mountains and the river and relax with your favourite book. For those looking for a more active holiday, there is a range of outdoor activities that you can indulge in. From hiking to cycling, bird watching to fishing, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to keep you busy.
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