crown of the ghats
Set amidst sylvan surroundings and lush greenery over 150 acres, this 75+-year-old heritage estate bungalow promises unpolluted and rustic countryside living with its slow ambling pace. The property is an authentic and enchanting plantation house, in close proximity to the origin of one of the majestic rivers of Kerala sheltered by rubber trees, various spice trees, and indigenous plants. The property falls under the Western Ghats of Sahyadri Mountain ranges, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is one of the eight hotspots of biological diversity of the world. The hosts ensure that all the local communities benefit socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally from their guest visits, it is a promise that they seek to keep.
The property has eight tastefully furnished, spacious rooms, with attached baths. The rooms are gorgeously authentic with mahogany floors and antique furniture. Four rooms are in the main house, while two are located in a house in the garden. Two more rooms are located a short walk away in the woods, ideal for those who’d like more privacy. All rooms come with attached bathrooms, western toilets, and solar-powered hot water (there are geysers available as backup for the days when the sun don’t shine!). The property is functional all year.
The food here, or might we call it, the feast here is legendary! A variety of traditional Keralan delicacies and Indian dishes are served. The spices and vegetables used are organically grown on the estate or sourced from the surrounding villages. The fresh coffee served comes from the estate’s plantations is the perfect brew. The water is sourced from the natural springs of the surrounding mountains, filtered in-house before offering to guests.
The property is ideal for people who appreciate natural surroundings and estate living; the place is quiet, serene and perfect for reading, painting, bird watching, etc. Guests who want to explore a non-touristy and rural region of Kerala will appreciate the surroundings, the organic farms, and the countryside.
The property is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Kochi International airport. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
The hosts offer the opportunity for a plantation and spice tour, giving one a glimpse into the different aspects of the cultivation of rubber, coffee, vanilla, and spices like cardamom and pepper. It is also possible to mingle with the locals, facilitated by the hosts. One can bathe in natural pools created by mountain streams that pass through the property as well as nature walks on the several trails available. Additionally, one can explore a hill station nearby, where there are options to trek, paraglide and rock climb. There are also waterfalls close by that allow one to view spectacular sunsets.
Prices start at Rs. 3,500 for the cottage rooms and Rs. 5,500 for the heritage rooms. Prices are on twin sharing basis inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
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