Mickey Homestay

The first authentic homestay in Thekkady

Welcome to Mickey Homestay

We, Murali and Sujatha, have welcomed tourists into our home since 1995. Our house is made of brick with a traditional terracotta roof. Two of our guest rooms are on the top floor of this building. Later we added a cottage behind the main building which has an additional two guest rooms.

Murali, the grandson of Mr. Appu who was the first boat driver of Periyar Lake, has lived and worked in Kumily all his life. Sujatha is also a local, from nearby Anakkara Village. Our many years of experience in running Mickey Homestay, and local knowledge and contacts, means that you are in safe hands when staying with us; we should be able to advise and help you with almost anything related to the Thekkady area. Mickey Homestay has been recommended by Rough Guides and Lonely Planet for many years. In addition, we are listed on Tripadvisor.

Murali and Sujatha Sujatha and Murali on their front veranda


We have four rooms available for tourists. The rooms are simple and clean. All rooms have private sitouts or balconies, private bathrooms with western toilets, mosquito nets for the beds, bed linen, extra blankets, towels, 24 hour hot and cold water, and a ceiling fan. The climate in Kumily is comparatively cool so A/C is definitely not required and therefore not available. Three of the rooms have a television.

Room price is Rs. 950 per night. One extra mattress is provided for Rs. 200. Children below the age of 10 stay for free. Please ask us for our special rates for extended stays. The tariff is excluding meals, but as Kumily is a thriving Indian town, there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

Check-out is before 10.00 and check-in time is after 12.00.

Please refer to Tripadvisor for a photo gallery of Mickey Homestay.

Guests in the cottage Some of our guests relaxing on the cottage veranda


There a many activities for tourists and travellers in the Thekkady area. Information about activities in Periyar Tiger Reserve can be found on Periyar Tiger Reserve's website. You can book these activities directly at the Forest Department Office at Ambadi Junction in Kumily, or you can do it through us if you prefer.

In Kumily Town, the traditional Kerala martial art Kalaripayattu and dance drama Kathakali are performed every night. It is also possible to get a relaxing ayurvedic massage. Outside Kumily there are a number of interesting walks, for instance along the mountain ridge between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

At Mickey Homestay we offer cooking demonstration/class, a 4 day trek from the highlands to the lowlands, and we can also arrange a complete tour of Kerala if you wish.

The hills around Thekkady are the main growing area for the spices of Kerala making Kumily the centre for spice shopping. Murali's day job is in Mickey Tex where you can get cotton and linen cloth, cotton and silk sarees, and many other articles.

Bamboo rafting in Periyar Tiger Reserve Bamboo rafting in Periyar Tiger Reserve


Mickey Homestay is located in Kumily Town, 1 kilometre from the entrance to Thekkady Forest, the home of Periyar Tiger Reserve. If you arrive by taxi, the driver should know how to find us. If you are travelling by bus, please follow the directions below and/or use Google Maps. You can also take a rickshaw from the bus station.

Directions from Kumily bus station: exit the bus station onto Bypass Road. Turn left and continue for 400 metres until you reach a small junction. Turn right and continue for 400 metres, and you will find Mickey Homestay on the right.

Directions from Tamil Nadu: cross through the border check post and continue for 200 metres until you reach Bypass Road on the left just after the post office. Turn left and continue for 450 metres until you reach a small junction. Turn right and continue for 400 metres, and you will find Mickey Homestay on the right.

We can be contacted by post at Mickey Homestay, Bypass Road, Thekkady P.O, Kumily 685536, Idukki District, Kerala, India, via email on mail (at) mickeyhomestay (dot) com, and on telephone at +91 48 69 22 31 96 (landline) and +91 94 47 28 41 60 (mobile). You can also, which is very convenient for us, use our eform which guarantees that we receive all the required information for booking purposes.