We stayed two night at this gorgeous spot and could have stayed much longer! It's a bit remote, but it's beautiful and quiet.
First we took a look at the two tree huts, which the owners built by hand and are incredible -- everything is made of wood, and the sides of the hut that face the view of the mountains are basically all glass. So you can wake up in the morning, sit up and bed, and stare at one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen, haha.
We decided to stay in a room in the main building, though, because neither of us were feeling well, and we wanted as many creature comforts as possible. The rooms in the main building are beautiful -- spacious, hand-painted tile floors, high ceilings, an awesome wrap-around porch on the first and second floors, and they're 20 yards from the dining area.
I got pretty sick the first night we were there, and there happened to be a doctor also staying there (the only other guest), so he came in and "diagnosed" me, then the kitchen prepared some tea and toast for me. The next morning, they offered to change the sheets on our bed even though we were staying another night, which was very thoughtful given the rough night we'd had.
Our hosts, the owners, were very friendly and gracious. In addition to offering me some medicine to help with my stomach, the wife (I can't remember her name) was very happy to sit and talk with us when we had tea in the mornings/afternoons, and we ended up talking about all kinds of things -- the Indian school system, the politics in that area of Wayanad surrounding the Islamic call to prayer, language differences -- we even chatted with her daughter a bit. It was really enjoyable!
The second night, I was able to eat dinner, and it was delicious! Breakfast was also way more food than we could ever eat, and equally as delicious. The wife gave us great tips on things to do the area, drawing us a map with directions and distances.
We needed train tickets for our continuing journey, and the husband actually went into town to buy them for us -- talk about service!
I can't recommend this place highly enough. I would stay here again in a heartbeat, as a budget-conscious 20-something, and I would also send my parents here, who are in their 60s and like a few extra comforts. It's just a great spot with good people behind it.
- Also Known As:
- Aranyakam Hotel Kalpetta
- Aranyakam Kalpetta, Kerala, India