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

1. Shades of Spring Homestay, Pahalgam – Kashmir


This beautiful cottage is located in a peaceful village Laripora, with mountains on both sides and the Lidder river flowing right next to it. Pahalgam Golf course is just at 5 min walking distance. Sleep to the soothing flowing water sound and wake up to the song of birds, it is a perfect place in Kashmir to relax amidst nature away from the tourist crowds. 
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2. Charming Riverside Heritage Homestay, Shergaon – Arunachal Pradesh

Family time-Charming Riverside Heritage Homestay-Shergaon

The homestay is located just beside the stream – Doblo Kho. The backyard of the homestay has a lovely view of the stream and has a small staircase that leads to the stream down below. The river has around 6-7 species of cold water fish, especially trout. The house has an aura of an old vintage bungalow, with the view of the mountains from the window and the calming sound of the stream rolling just behind it.
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3. Happy Soul Homestay, Uttarkashi – Uttarakhand 

Riverside-sitting-Happy Soul Riverside Homestay-Uttarkashi

Just 8km from the Uttarkashi city on Gangotri NH, this peaceful homestay is located on the edge of Bhagirathi River. 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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4. Baspa Homestay, Sangla Himachal

Surrounding-Baspa Riverside Homestay-Rakcham-Sangla

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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5. Wet Feet Homestay, Idukki – Kerala

Exterior-2-Wet Feet Homestay-Ellakal, Idukki

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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6. Chapora Homestay – North Goa

Balcony-view-Chapora Homestay-North Goa

This traditional yet modern homestay is located in a small village Uddem in Siolim, North Goa next to beautiful Chapora river and 1 kilometer away from the secluded and practically unknown Uddo Beach. You can swim and lounge on this beach without being disturbed by noisy tourists and annoying vendors. It is a peaceful location away from the maddening crowd yet within a few minutes drivable distance to all popular places like Morjim, Ashvem, Mandrem,  Aramblol, Anjuna, Vagator and more.
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7. Stream of Joy Homestay, Reshikhola – Sikkim

Reshi River-Stream of Joy Homestay-Reshikhola-Sikkim

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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8. Hanu Homestay-Aryan Valley, Ladakh

Dokpo River-Hanu Riverside Homestay-Aryan Valley

Around 160 kms from Leh, Hanu village has a river flowing across the valley on which the local population depends for its daily uses. The house is situated right in front of the river and is the only homestay in the village. Staying here can be a very different experience as the village has its own culture and language which is quite unique from the rest of Ladakh. The area also has unique flora and fauna that you can explore.
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9. Raavi Riverside Homestay, Sherpur – Himachal


Just a 100 meters away from the bank of Raavi river, this lovely homesty has a splendid view of the surrounding green forests and the hills.. 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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10. Comfy Cottage, Shnongpdeng, Dawki – Meghalaya

View-Comfy Cottage, Shnongpdeng-Dawki

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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