The tongue-in-cheek offer came as the Karnataka verdict threw up a hung assembly, leaving political parties scrambling to make up numbers for a majority.
Soon after the declaration of Assembly election results in Karnataka, the Tourism Department of Kerala on Tuesday invited MLAs from the neighbouring state for a "safe stay" in its handsome resorts.
Even as all eyes stayed glued to the twists and turns in the counting of votes and political parleys in Karnataka on Tuesday evening, a tweet by Kerala Tourism seemingly stole the limelight.
The Congress party in Karnataka too had previously taken independent MLA candidates to a hotel in Mumbai in 2016 to keep them from defecting to the BJP before the Rajya Sabha polls, though the candidates were brought back after much condemnation of the same.
Before Kerala Tourism withdrew the tweet, it had been retweeted nearly 5,500 times and liked by nearly 9,000 people, Press Trust of India reported. The tweet went viral in a matter of hours as Karnataka is familiar with the term "resort politics", in which the BJP had kept its around 80 legislators in a luxury resort on the outskirts of Bangalore in 2010 in an effort to keep its flock together ahead of the floor test scheduled.
Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat previous year, the Congress flew its MLAs from the state to a five-star resort in Karnataka capital Bengaluru.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka with the Congress coming second and the JD (S) a distant third.
The tweet form Kerala Tourism comes after high voltage drama unfolded with both the BJP and the JD (S)-Congress alliance claiming their right to form the government after Karnataka gave a fractured verdict in the Assembly elections. "Now the all is in the Governor's court", he said.