Travellers usually seek accommodation only to earn some rest between visiting the attractions of destination. But there are some places of stay which are so unique that even planning an entire trip just to spend some time there would be worthwhile. Let us check out these accommodations.
Meesappulimala – Rhodo Mansion
The name of the place itself draws travellers to this spot in Munnar. It is the highest peak in Kerala that is accessible to ordinary tourists who can walk to the summit along the grasslands.
Before attempting the climb, travellers can stay at Rhodo Mansion, a house which is considered the highest accommodation facility for tourists in Kerala. Cold weather would welcome you here during day and night. A stay at the mansion is included in the Meesappulimala package arranged by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. Double rooms with all modern facilities are available at the Rhodo Mansion. Stunning views of the trekking paths present themselves before visitors from the Mansion.
Attractions: Stay at high altitude, trekking facilities.
Things to remember: The package includes food, but snacks and drinks would cost extra.
Make all preparations for a stay in cold weather. Check your health before deciding to undertake the trek
Route: Ernakulam – Munnar 132 km
Munnar – Mattuppetty 13 km
Mattuppetty – Rhodo Valley 15 km
Parambikulam – The Island Nest
If you wish to be the owner of an entire island, plan a trip to the Veettikkunnu in Thrissur, under the Forest Department. Book the island where bamboo grows in abundance and you can spend day and night surrounded by a lake. Amazing sights like bathing wild elephants and sunbathing crocodiles are among the attractions.
The island is located in the reservoir of the Parambikulam dam and can be reached in half hour on a row boat. Sandalwood trees grow near the accommodation facility. Guides will take travellers around the island. Some time can be spent in the 'erumadam' (tree house) also.
Attraction: Stay on secluded island, boating in the lake.
Things to remember: Food and drinks have to be brought from outside. Services of a cook will be available. Carry all essential items with you as the island is not easily accessible.
Route: Ernakulam – Wadakkanchery 100 km
Wadakkanchery – Sethumada 62 km
Sethumada – Parambikulam 31 km
Panamaram – Traditional house
This is a 'Naalukettu' where Pazhassi Raja is believed to have lived. The Keloth Tharavadu is located at Panamaram in Wayanad. The wooden walls and antique architecture are retained but modern facilities are arranged for tourists. There is a river nearby where a dip is possible. Large groups can also stay here. Long corridors and large compound can host musical evenings also. There is farmland belonging to the 'tharavadu.'
Attraction: Stay in historic mansion, bath in Panamaram river
Things to remember: Food can be ordered at the place. Produce from the farmland will be used. But enter the river under supervision.
Route: Ernakulam – Kozhikode 173 km
Kozhikode – Kalpetta 73 km
Kalpetta – Panamaram 18 km
Twin houses of Munnar
The twin log house of the Forest Department at Pambadumchola give an unforgettable stay to travellers. In front is the Bandarmala with shola forest and front of the house is the grassland where wild bison graze. It is pleasantly cold inside and the sounds of the forest can be enjoyed. The twin house is considered the best accommodation provided by the Forest Department in Munnar.
The facility has been recently renamed as Bison Log House.
Attractions: Log house near forest.
Website: http://booking.munnarwildlife .com
Things to remember: Vegetarian food is included in the package. A cook is available to cook meat dishes. Never pollute the place by dumping waste as the stay is right beside virgin forest.
Route: Ernakulam – Kothamangalam 55 km
Kothamangalam – Munnar 78 km
Munnar – Pambadumchola 38 km