This Homestay In Munnar Has Amazing Vantage Points, Romantic Patios And Perfect Tea
If you’re in Munnar, and want to stay away from the town, but not too far either, Tranquil Valley is your best bet. And true to its name, it’s peaceful and overlooks the unending tea plantations.
Run For The Hills
While Ooty and Kodaikanal are battling it out in the Best Hillstation fight, quietly Munnar lurks in the background, and since it’s still not as commercial as the bigwigs, in my eyes, it actually win silently! And Tranquil Valley Resort only emphasises why.
Home Away From Home
Located in the middle of the tea plantation, and not too far off from the spice gardens or the boathouse, Tranquil Valley is a homestay that is all about ecotourism. So when you get here, expect to really soak in everything that is local — from the food and culture to nature and adventure. A single-storeyed large home on a hill, you can pick from nine rooms here, all facing outward onto the valley. They’re standard and not very different from each other. But what I do like about them is that they have panoramic windows. Just draw the curtains and it’s like you’re in the great outdoors — my favourite feeling. There’s also a patio you can just relax and watch the sun set. With a cup of tea, of course!
Beautiful though the property may be, trekking, boating and exploring the streets and mountains of Munnar should also be on your to-do list. In fact, stroll to the Mettupatty dam for that postcard photograph. Then take a ride on the dam, if it’s season and safe. You can even try your hand at tea plucking that the homestay will happily organise if you’re keen.
I love to hike up to the top of the Anamudi mountain, the highest in Munnar; waterfalls, rolling tea estates, drifting clouds — it’s truly gorgeous. It’s quiet, pretty and that zen mode you’re looking for will come right to you. When you’re done gawking at the scenery, head back to the homestay for some delicious food that ranges from Kerala chicken curry and fish to North Indian aloo parathas and chole.