The Shelter is a large and spacious mountain home, situated at a height of 7000 feet above sea level. It is located 52 kms from the degraded concrete jungle of Munnar, spoilt over the last decade due to mass tourism. Set in splendid isolation with stunning views of the Western Ghat mountains, the property shares its border with the pristine Anamudi Shola national park. It makes for excellent opportunities to trek into untouched shola forests with splendid bird and animal sighting opportunities. Formerly a Eucalyptus plantation, the property has been painstakingly self-designed and self-built by the hosts over five years, using discarded timber from the property’s plantation. Originally built as a retirement home, the hosts decided to open up their property to intrepid travelers soon after. The setting is truly in a fairy tale land, with jaw-dropping views and incredible skies. If you want to experience wild Kerala, this is it.
The Shelter, built entirely of wood and stone property comes with three spacious rooms, each with an occupancy of up to 5 adults. The rooms boast of comfortable bedding and duvets to keep the warmth in. All rooms come with ensuite western bathrooms and an indoor fireplace with rock work chimney. A huge attraction is the panoramic views of the great outdoors as well as access to the kitchen for coffee, tea etc. The main entrance and patio overlooks the orchards and the misty valleys of Idukki.
All meals are home cooked with locally sourced vegetables and meat. All meals are typically of South Indian cuisine prepared by the hosts. Cabbage, potatoes and herbs are sourced straight out of the property’s garden. Barbecues can be arranged on request.
The space is ideal for people who like to stay away from the typical hill stations and enjoy a quiet time. Great option for families, friends and couples. It is a naturalist’s dream with scores of endemic birds, moths and butterflies. Over 200 species of avian life has been spotted in and around the property. Those who like to hike in pristine natural surroundings don’t need to look any further. This is prime tiger territory and large mammals such a elephants, gaurs, langurs, leopards and wild boar can be spotted.
The property is located in a beautiful farming village lying on the eastern side of the Western Ghats , 50 kms north of Munnar. Accurate details will be given at the time of confirmation.
things to do
The western ghats offer some of the world’s best birdwatching and the property is no exception, with many endemic species that can be spotted and photographed from the surrounding areas. A number of extremely wild trekking routes can be found at short distance from the property, leading through thick shola forest and ending in spectacular panoramic views. Night Safaris for wildlife spotting and opportunities to see deer, Bison, and Wild Boar can be arranged on request. A farm visit to local strawberry farms or Fruit orchards can be arranged upon request. Several national parks are located within 15 to 30 km radius and is ideal for a day trip to enjoy the abundant wildlife.
Prices start at Rs. 5600 for double occupancy inclusive of all meals.
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