While roughing it out is OK for some, living with a hint of luxury, whilst still experiencing the ruggedness of the great outdoors, is another option. And one we'll take over and over if it’ll land us at Wayanad Wild. Set in the thick of the rainforests in the Lakkidi region, this property is almost a secret. Since they offer only 12 rooms, you’ll do well to book in advance, as this is one hot property! Each of the rooms has a lovely balcony to enjoy the sounds of nature, and while they don’t have air-conditioning, you’ll be surprised how cool it is. Leave the balcony door open, switch on the fans, and it’s like you’re on a tropical island! Bring on the deck chairs, Bloody Marys, sunglasses and wallow in the infinity pool.
What we especially love about this property is that they make every effort to get you to experience the beauty of the rainforests. And it isn’t just the usual trekking. These guys have lovely guided walks along the streams, more strenuous hikes up the hills of the Western Ghats and if you have little ones, then leisurely strolls with a picnic will happily be organised. I usually get my fix of zip-lining (mention this in advance) as well as cycling here. Oh, you can even bob down the river on a bamboo raft for added excitement. For all you ‘tea-totallers’, nip off to the tea factory nearby for a quick tour and tasting. Rooms start at INR 8,000 per night.