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Fireflies, Bamboo Rafts & River Views: This Resort In Munnar Is Like The Enchanted Forest

    What Makes It Awesome

    Twenty acres of a hillside just outside Munnar, looks different. It’s hidden under a canopy of trees, but green roofs peek out from under that, and low and behold, as you wind your way around the bends of trees, flowers and cobbled paths, you’ll arrive at Rivulet. Not convinced by the pictures (because it looks too good to be true), I was pleasantly surprised by the resort.

    Pick from the suites — premium or royal, or deluxe rooms, each with their own plus points. My recommendation is that you pick the suites although they are a wee bit more expensive than the rooms. Why? Because you get to fall asleep to the gushing of the river and wake up to the sunbeams dancing on the water. With a balcony overlooking the mountains and the river for a view, it’s such bliss. You’ll want to get up early and head off on a trek or a less strenuous nature walk.

    The entire resort is terraced, so expect to walk around on the cobbled paths that meander on the hillside, across other cottages, flower beds, passing avocados, peaches, plums, oranges, apples, mangosteen and jackfruit trees. Especially through misty morning, and cloudy afternoons — a walk in the clouds for real! Go here during the monsoons, just for the enchanted atmosphere. 

    Pro-Tip

    This place is stellar for the adventurous. Just make sure to pack them gumboots and hoodies, because it’s almost always rainy in Munnar. Oh, and birdwatchers, this place is paradise — from the Malabar Whistling Thrush and the Yellow-browed Bulbul to the Scarlet Minivet and the Rufous Babbler. If you want to ride the rapids, hop onto a bamboo raft and bob downstream. Careful during monsoon as the river will be in full swing then.