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Sundara Mahal Homestay
Ranked #9 of 82 Kalpetta B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 reviews
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“home away from home”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed in sundar mahal during the Christmas weekend. Its just awesome experience. Prabha nad Muarali are such good hosts. Being pure vegitarians, this place was perfect with the delicious food prepared by Prabha herself with all the care. Murali Sir is wonderfully versed with almost all the topics that you can think of !! This place is for someone who enjoys company and homely enviornment rather than stick to separate rooms. We are already looking forward to visit again just to stay here and relax.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Hai, I am Murali Mohan working as Scientist at DRDL, Hyderabad and would like to share my experiences at Sundara Mahal Home Stay, Kalpetta. I have recently stayed at Sundara Mahal Home Stay, Kalpetta, Wayanad, for 2 days from 30th November to 1st December, 2012 along with my Wife & 2 years old Kid. The moment I decided to visit Kalpetta, I have gone though the TRIPADVISOR.COM website for selecting a good hotel. Since, I want to know more about the local traditions as well as to taste the local food, I have preferred to Home Stays rather than any Hotels. Interestingly, I found Sundara Mahal Home Stay the ONLY VEGETARIAN HOME STAY in Kalpetta with all the 31 reviews saying Excellent. Since, we are pure vegetarians travelling with small kid, my first preference is obviously given to Sundara Mahal. At Sundara Mahal, we felt that we are really at a Home away from our Home. WE felt that the Owners of the Sundara Mahal Mrs. Prabha & Mr. Murali (also known as Narayana Swami) are really Fantastic and Charming Hosts. We are overwhelmed with their Excellent Hospitality, Care, and Affection. Our Kid enjoyed like anything at their home and they have taken lot of care about my kid in terms of food. The Vegetarian Food prepared by Mrs. Prabha was really delicious. Especially items like Idiappam, Idli, Sambar, Dates Pickle, Garlic Powder, etc etc are very very tasty. I would like to visit Sundara Mahal once again for the Tasty Food prepared by Mrs. Prabha. Mrs. Prabha has arranged a good vehicle for our Wayanad Sightseeing for 2 days. We visited Kuruva Islands, Tholpetty (Wayanad) Wildlife Sanctuary, Tirnuely Temple, Banasura Sagar Dam, Pookot Lake and Lakkidi View Points during our tour. Really, It was a very very nice experience by staying with Mrs. Prabha & Mr. Murali. WE had very good chatings with Mr. Murali & Mrs.Prabha on various topics during our Breakfast & Dinner timings. I can never forget their caring, affections and hospitality. I strongly recommend Sundara Mahal Home Stay to all the Vegetarian families who are travelling with Kids to Wayanad tour. Thank You Mrs. Prabha & Mr. Murali for making our Wayanad Trip, a very memorable. We would like to visit you once again in future. Those who want to stay at Sundara Mahal can contact Mrs. Prabha on her mobile number: +91-9446407234. Thanks.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I got to know about Sundar Mahal through a relative who stayed there and shared his wonderful experience and said it is truely a home away from home. That's when we decided to visit this place and finally made it in Nov 12. We stayed there for a day and spent most of time with Prabha and Murali and the time just flew off. Enjoyed the traditional food prepared by Prabha. Upkeep of the rooms is excellent. The road is good except for some part and one can thoroguhly enjoy the drive through the forest. Overall it was great stay and I am looking forward to visit again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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prabha66, Owner at Sundara Mahal Homestay, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Thanx Sunanda, want you to know that it was a pleasure having you and Sunil and Sushma too at Sundara Mahal. Great to know that you had a wonderful time too with us.
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Tiruvalla, Kerala, India
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

My first homestay decision was based on tripadvisor ratings. Truely, our trip and stay was made wonderful by prabha madam and her family. She is the CEO, home minister as well as external affairs minister in terms of managing activities at home, cooking authentic kerala veg. food and arranging outdoor activities. Murali sir, prabha madam, their daughter veda and other guests during our stay were very friendly and we had long discussions about every subject during breakfast and dinner time. Wayanad has everything to offer for hill tourism, but our second visit to this place will be for prabha madam's homestay.

I really recommend this place for any family with young sons and daughters, who love to talk and eat veg. food.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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prabha66, Owner at Sundara Mahal Homestay, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Dear Doctor, You have been more than generous in your reviews about Sundara Mahal and us.
Guess we just reciprocated the warmth you and Dr. Archana showered on us. Having the little dolls, Gauri and Arya was an added pleasure.
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Bangalore
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

From the time one makes the first call to book a stay with them, you begin to experience the warmth of the hosts of Sundara Mahal in subtle ways. Prabha helped us plan our itinerary as soon as we confirmed. On our drive to Kalpetta, Wayanad she called to find out whether we were ok, whether we had found something to eat along the way. We had a beautiful drive via Bandipur and stopped to see the Muthangana wild life sanctuary that made the drive worthwhile.

Sundara Mahal is extremely well kept and has a positive vibe. There are enough and more books in every nook and corner to keep you occupied but chances are you might not have to resort to it. The beauty of the estate is a perfect backdrop for enjoying never ending conversations with Prabha and Murali which is what we enjoyed the most along with excellent, simple home made food that Prabha meticulously prepares herself.

My husband suddenly took ill towards the end of our stay and without hesitation - they helped us get the right medical help, packed some home-made food for us and even arranged for a driver to drive us back. Not for a minute did we feel we are in a new place, away from home. They took such good care of us - that it did not at all feel like any other weekend trip. It was like visiting family!

Thank you Prabha and Murali. We will come back soon to catch up on more conversations with you :)

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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prabha66, Owner at Sundara Mahal Homestay, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Reshma, never for a moment did you make us feel that we are seeing you for the first time. It felt like having a little sis at home. Thanx for coming into our life. And thanx for still keeping in touch.
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Bangalore
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We travlled as a family with 2 kids to Sundara Mahal in Kalpetta in August 2011.
I must say I have never felt more at home in any other homestay.

We took the train to Mysore and the hosts had arranged for a cab to pick us up from the Mysore station, we had a very comfortable 3hr journey to Kalpetta. As soon as we entered the homestay the stunning greenry and the vintage home stuck us. The Sundara Mahal home is a heritage home dating back to several decades and this adds a ethereal charm and warmth to the whole place. The hosts Prabha, Murali and Prabha's mother made us feel absolutely at home.

The home made food was just incredible and we enjoyed every single session with exotic South Indian vegeterian delicacies. The Kerala style food with its distinct flavors is truly a delight to the taste buds. The old style kitchen and the store room by itself is an attraction as they are rare to see these days.The hosts were very accommodative with the needs for kids as well. The housekeeping was very good, the rooms cleaned everyday, restrooms were in excellent condition.

We enjoyed the long chats with the host Murali in the verandah/swing and caught up on just about every topic under the sun. There was also a dog which kept the kids amused. The hosts provided us a whole lot of entertainment like board games, air guns etc. On the sightseeing front we visited the famed tea plantations, Soochipara falls, Lakidi pass, Banasura Sagar Dam, Pookot lake. The homestay provides a charming view of the Chembra peak which is the tallest in the region.

We would like to thank Murali and Prabha for providing us with such a memorable vacation. I would say this homestay is a must visit in Kalpetta.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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prabha66, Owner at Sundara Mahal Homestay, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Karthik, the pleasure was mutual, I guess. Having you, Janaki and the little ones Megha and Aakash. The endless chats were indeed enlivening.:)
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We felt like we were coming home even on the way to Sundar Mahal. Prabha madam stayed in touch with us over the phone along the way, guiding us to local coffee shops and sights (even while we were arriving at Sundar Mahal). Not to mention the spectacular cuisine she prepared for us and local delights that were prepared with each meal. While we had a really short trip, every moment was memorable and this was one trip, we did not mind repeating.

No matter how many stars you give any place, hospitality like Sundar Mahal will be unparalleled.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sundara Mahal Homestay
Address: P.B. No. 64, | Wayanad, Kalpetta, India
Location: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Kalpetta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sundara Mahal is situated at Kalpetta in Wayanad District of Kerala - India. Set in acres of a Progeny Orchard and Garden this private bungalow now extended the lifestyle and hospitality as a Kerala Govt approved home stay. Sundara Mahal is an exclusive getaway. Cuisine is pure vegetarian. We cook and serve some of the traditional dishes peculiar to Kerala as well as those specialties of Tamil Brahmins.Facilities include large car parks, indoor board games, cricket nets, shuttle badminton, football, air rifles for target shooting, dartboard, big screen TV with DTH, internet, workstation with music and video collection & library.Transport, experienced Guides & Masseurs and Doctors are on call.Sundara Mahal lives up to its name, in its splendid Garden. There is more to this Garden than the manicured Lawns and abundant greenery that meets the eyes on first sight. It is home to a lot more species that its human occupants. The garden is ideal for relaxing with hammocks, garden chairs and swings strategically sited.Sundara Mahal has retained its original architectural features, mostly in teak, mahogany, Malabar rosewood, antique furniture and ambience of a bygone era. Your family will share a gracious life style long forgotten. Through solar panels and energy efficient lighting the carbon footprints our guests leave behind will be minimal. Guests can enjoy the myriad attractions of Wayand. Trekking at Chembra peak or Brahmagiri hills, speed boating at Banasura Dam, picnics at Meenmutty, Soochipara or Kanthanpara water falls, rafting at Kuruva islands, or examine the New Stone Age pictorial scripts at Eddakkal and savour the wildlife at Tholpetty and Muthanga wildlife sanctuaries.You may also enjoy interactions with the owners on lifestyle, history, culture, cuisine, plantations and crafts in the area. ... more   less 
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