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 we do like about them is that they have panoramic windows. Just draw the curtains and it’s like you’re in the great outdoors — our favourite feeling. There’s also a patio you can just relax and watch the sunset. 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 the season and safe. You can even try your hand at tea plucking that the homestay will happily organise if you’re keen.
Adventurers, 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.