Plantation resorts in Kerala offer better experiences in terms of understanding culture and local traditions when compared to regular resorts. But, sadly most of the travelers prefer resorts for the sake of security and comfort levels. There are many plantation resorts that offer unmatched hospitality and uniqueness. Here are the list of six plantation resorts in Kerala which you should consider to stay when you are on your next trip.
1 Planter’s Retreat
Have you ever wondered how slow the life is in a plantation? Planter’s Retreat is a great place to slowdown and enjoy the nature at its best. Located 40 kilometers away from Palakkad town, this 100 acre plantation home stay is a great example for how good can a home stay be. The 75 year old home stay is led by Mr. Mathew who is a retired doctor.
The famous Silent Valley National Park is just 90 minutes ride from here. Siruvani dam is again an hour drive from this home stay. If you love to melt into the nature, proceed to Meenvallam, a small waterfall 30 kms away from the homestay.
The home stay offers three luxury ac rooms overlooking the mountains. If you are a book lover, you may go to the home library. It has a large number of books. This home stay has all the creature comfort you look for.
2 Philipkutty’s Farm
We all love to stay in a backwater resort. But, how about staying in an island surrounded by azure backwaters? Philipkutty’s farm is a 35 acres of property with a history of 70 years. This is away from the maddening crowd and pollution.
Unlike most of the home stays in Kerala, this one offers separate cottage with all the facilities built on the shores of Vembanad Lake. Each cottage has a spacious veranda, sleep room and a luxurious bath area. The most exciting aspect of the farm is that one has to go on a country boat to reach here.
You can experience solitude at its best. As per the host Ms. Anu, people come there to do nothing.
If you are a foodie, Philipkutty’s farm is a right choice. Each meal has 6-9 courses with local varieties to satisfy the taste buds. The host offer cooking classes as well.
3 Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Nestled in the lap of Western Ghats, this 24 acre property is an hour drive away from Pariyar wildlife sanctuary. The best part is that it is away from civilization and its chaos. Overlooking the mountains, the resort has cottages made in Keralan style. The cottages, perched on the hill side and the view of the distant hills makes Paradisa distinguish itself from other plantation resorts in Kerala.
The resort does not offer, TV, WiFi etc and that turn to out to be the best part of the stay. Sitting on the hill side and chatting with the nature nothing else can compare the sheer joy of being in Paradisa( Paradise).
Come monsoon, the valley is blanketed with the floating mist and occasional drizzling makes the place more romantic. Panchalimedu, a local sightseeing place is little away from the resort. This is an ideal place for a mesmerizing Kerala Honeymoon trip
4 Deep Woods Munnar
Deep Woods is a plantation resort surrounded by 30 acres of plantation. Imagine spending your dream vacation here! The resort is 15 minutes’ drive from Munnar through the dense forest. Unlike most of the plantation resorts, this is a pocket friendly budget resort which is clean and fabulous.
The resort has 45 rooms with 10 cottages. This is an ideal place for groups as it offers Bungalows for the group. The resort may not offer you the best available luxury, but you will always feel that you got a value for money deal. Deep woods is a most preferred resort in most of the Munnar Tour Packages
5 Carmelia Haven
The fresh aromas of coffee, cardamom, pepper and clove surround you in Carmelia Haven, a 55 acres of plantation resort. This is a resort where luxury blends with nature. Here, tree houses are the main attraction. Carmelia Haven is one of the leading plantation resorts in Kerala.
If you are looking for a luxury Kerala tour, this is the resort for you. You get pampered with all the luxuries we can expect. More over the resort is 27 kms away from the crowded Thekkady. If you are little adventurous, you can go for a guided Jeep safari into a much larger plantation of 1500 acres where you can do trekking and fishing.
6 Silver Oak Plantation Bungalow
A sister concern of Carmelia Haven, Silver Oak Plantation Bungalow is an ideal spot for nature lovers who would like to add some activities into their stay. Ringed by the mountains and rivulets, this plantation grows pepper, cardamom, clove etc.
Boating can be arranged in the small lake knitted around the stay. Pedal boats are available for those who love a slow pace. Fishing can also be arranged in the nearby pond. What a way to enjoy the vacation! Guest can also go for a guided cardamom processing tour.
7 Ammana Plantation Resort
If you are visiting Thekkady to do lot of activities, Amaana may not be the place for you. Instead your intention is to relax and unwind, Amaana offers you almost everything you could ask for!!!
Tucked inside a beautiful cardamom plantation, this picturesque plantation stay is 8 kms away from crowded Thekkady. A home for squires, horn bill & kingfishers the place is an ideal option for nature lovers. A big lake in front of the resort offer you a chance for fishing and have the catch fried at the restaurant. A small tree house is present in side the plantation and is a good place to get some snaps.
The best part is that the resort is an owner operated one and that makes the entire experience a better one.