If you are into Homestays - or if you are keen to try one out - you probably can't do better than to stay with Anil and Jeeva in their house near Munnar. They are the most charming hosts you could hope to meet and their two children, Nitsin and Neha are delightful. We truly felt like part of the family.
Their house is in a nice village, 10km from Munnar. There are three guest rooms up some steps above the family house. They are quite small and basic, but clean and well thought out. Luckily for us, one room was vacant, so Anil suggested that we leave our mountains of luggage in the spare room (we were in the middle of an extended trip to India). Each room has a fan, which seemed to do the trick, even though it was mid March when we arrived.
Breakfast and dinner is served on the terrace shared by the three rooms. We met a very nice French couple, so sharing was no problem. Jeeva is a very good cook and you can choose vegetarian or non vegetarian. We only thought of it on the last night, but if you are a couple and you order one of each, there is plenty to share!
Anil drove us to the beginning of a lovely walk through the beautiful tea plantation, and picked us up at the end. A big treat was that we got to have a ride in his Tata Nova, the new Indian car that only costs £1,500! It is amazingly spacious and looks good too!
Nothing is too much trouble for Anil and Jeeva and we were sad to say goodbye.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Mist Hotel Munnar
- Royal Mist Hotel
- Royal Mist Munnar, Kerala
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 10km from Munnar town, down winding hilltop roads with spectacular views, Royal Mist Homestay is owned by Mr. Anil and his family. This particularly close knit family with two children aged 10and 15 are incredibly hospitable, welcoming guests as part of the family, whilst allowing them as much independence as they desire. The separate area of the guests’ rooms occupies the top floor of this modern house with an upstairs terrace, which looks out onto the valley and hills extending into the distance. ... more less