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Grassroots Wayanad
Ranked #9 of 87 Kalpetta B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

My wife and I spent a longish weekend at Grassroots. One of the days spent there marked our second wedding anniversary.

Firstly, landing in Calicut and the drive up to Grassroots was very pleasant. And then, at the back of the your mind, you are thinking "this IS a tent, this is what I signed up for. But God, let the rooms be as good as the picture". Aditya was there to receive us and we were showed to our tent. The first moment of truth is when you enter the tent - "Wow". The second moment of truth is when you walk into the bathroom - "Wow". And then Aditya left us to ourselves and there were many moments of truth to follow. It is almost like someone at Grassroots has got into the customer's mind and figured out every detail. For example, when I thought "the AC is great but a fan would be great too" and there was a fan. Many such Wow moments.

The room is plush with awesome beds, TV (for those interested), AC (for summer trips), a fridge with some free goodies, a lovely sit-out, a spacious bathroom with an awesome shower, water heater for tea/coffee, this and that, knick and knack.

The common area which contains a small dining room and an open area with some chairs, coffee tables and hammocks is really friendly. The dining table is a last supper type set up with chairs on either side of a long table. Initially it looks like you may lose your privacy but it was all good. People come and ate at their convenient time and so the dining hall is never crowded. If you walk-in with your spouse and there are others at the table, you can make eye contact, smile and move on or you can say Hi and start a conversation if you feel that they are willing, or you can just choose a place, act like the rest of the world did not exist and just concentrate on your own company. At different times we adopted different strategies based on our mood and it looked like the others kind of understood the options as well.

It is not a buffet, you do not have a menu but every meal is prepared by the Chief Adventurist, yeah Aditya, with his own little twists and every meal was great. After or during the meal, Aditya may come in to check on you and may stay a few minutes to chat and you get just a little more insight into the plantations.

Post meal, you can string yourself up on a hammock or sit on one of the chairs and contemplate life with accompaniments, if you so feel inclined.

The plantation itself is beautiful with numerous varieties of trees and flowers about which I am clueless but about which my wife, a botanical artist, was thrilled. I'll let her tell her own story.

We went to the bazaar, my wife shopped a little (again, I'll let her tell her own story) and then we went for an ayurvedic message. This was as traditional as it comes. They put me in a little langote, if that's the right spelling, and I've never had male hands that close to my family jewels. Once you get past that discomfort it is actually a great massage, the effects of which do stay with you for the entire stay. Do not expect luxury or sensitivity to your vulnerable condition but the staff are friendly and well, what the heck, you're on vacation!

There weather was great to walk around after about 5 pm, the sky did some awesome show of colours, the weather was great and we were not bothered by mosquitoes, insects and creatures.

Finally the best part! The day after we arrived was our anniversary and I wanted it to be special. In between various meals and conversations, I would pull Aditya aside and explain to him that I wanted special arrangements for the following night's dinner with no clue to what was available in that area. Aditya went all out and put together a nice surprise meal in our sit-out with candle light and some fire flies (the latter was luck) and my wife did not have a clue until the moment arrived. And no extra charge even though it involved a lot of work and an anniversary cake. For your effort, commitment and enthusiasm, I thank you Aditya!

I didn't intend for this post to be this long but I say, Go!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Nestled amongst the hills and tea estates of Wayanad is Grassroots. Defining it within the confines of a 'resort' or 'hotel' would be limiting - rather it should be called an experience - and a beautifully memorable one at that!

We stayed at Grassroots Wayanad for 5 days during April end (2013). Everything about the property oozes elegance and rustic charm, be it the luxury tents (clean, excellently maintained, great interiors and sit-outs) or the common dining room which welcomes guests with jazz music and delectible aromas from the adjoining kitchen.

Every meal we had at Grassroots was delicious. Loved the concept of a fixed menu which just adds to the overall experience and the food never disappoints. However, specific meals can be requested if absolutely necessary. I especially loved the tea that was served which was infused with ginger and local spices.

There is no better place than Grassroots to just chill and relax. However, there are also a number of activities to keep you busy - from a walk around a nearby tea estate , trekking, bamboo rafting at a nearby dam to visiting caves and other sights around the area.

Kudos to Aditya, the managing director and chief adventurist, who makes sure that every single guest at Grassroots is given personal attention and that they have a wonderfully memorable experience during their stay.

All in all, Grassroots is a perfect getaway from the humdrum of daily life and is truly a jewel nestled in the hills. We made this place our home away from home for 5 days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A must visit!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank vishakhaacharya
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Visited during March 2013
Place is an estate. Around 10 mins from Kalpetta town.
Accommodation- 5 Luxury tents (comfortable for 2 persons). Big bathroom.
Fridge- useful to keep your drinks. You need to carry from outside.
Hot water is not regular.
AC in tents, but power cut could cause a problem.
Not many activities. You could just relax or take walks in the plantation.
Rafting is organized at additional cost in the backwaters of Banasura Dam, not much exciting. May as well skip this.
Food- Limited Menu but very tasty and good.
Aditya- owner and excellent chef. Very friendly.
Overall a little pricey for the facilities but a good place to relax and enjoy nature.
Best time to visit this place would be between October-Jan/Feb. Any other time is not worth the money spent.

Room Tip: Tent 5 is at a height. Good view. Tents 3 and 4 are near to each other. You can choose these if you...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We spent a day at Grassroots with friends after our wedding in February. The resort was stunning and oozes charm. We could not have felt more welcome. The vibes of Nora Jones floating out across the patio when we arrived set the scene. We were treated to beers and local drinks, as well as tea & cakes by our wonderful host. The only pity was we couldn't stay longer. If you want relaxation and to get back to nature, this is the place for you.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank ShwetaandAlex
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife had been to Wayanad & stayed at grassroots Resorts from 29-3-2013 to 31-3-2013.the stay in the luxuriously furnished tents was very comfortable.There are totally 5 tents & during our stay all the tents were occupied.The owner Mr. Aditya Raman who prefers to call himself Chief adventurist informed that eventhough there is adequate space & also the demand he does not want to increase the no. of tents since he wants to give personal attention to his guests.The resort is located in a Coffee/ Tea estate & provides a calm,serene atmosphere.It is near Pinnangode near Kalpetta on Mysore-Kozhikode road.
Though the menu is comparatively limited the food served was tasty & sumptuous.In fact being a good host he tends to overfeeds his guests.
He also arranges for trips to nearby places & also for rafting in the backwaters of Banasura Dam.
Interestingly the route from bangalore/Mysore passes through Bandipur Sanctuary.On the way to Resort we could see wild tusker on the roadside.While most of the passerbys were sitting in side their vehicles & taking photos,one idiot got down from his car & threw a water melon at the elephant which fortunately for us got frightned & ran away rather than charging at its attackers.
On our return also we could see a herd of elephants including a baby elephant was drinking water from a small pond.As a proof of peaceful co-existance a deer was also nearby the herd.
Overall we enjoyed our stay

Room Tip: All the tents were good but our tent No. 5 was on a higher plane giving a better view
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank HemanthPai
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Okay, driving directions first! Around 8 kms from Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad lies a small town called Pinangode. Ask the auto drivers there, for Koilery kunnu. Grassroots approximately is 1.5 kms from Pinangode, in Koilery kunnu . You will not find a single sign board along the route, nor is there a board for the resort (and the owner of the place, Mr.Aditya, doesn't have a very valid explanation for this!).
Grassroots is set on a coffee property that overlooks a very beautiful tea plantation!

Everything about the place was so excellent! The views, the food, the hospitality, the tents, the tranquility, you will love them all!!
The tents are perfectly crafted, with just the right amount of luxury and rusticity. The tents overlook unending 'hills' of tea, the resort itself being set in a coffee plantation! You can sit in the balcony all day long and JUST stare at the nature, and let the nature stare back at you!! The food needs a special mention. Be it the Kerala dishes they served, or north Indian, or any other cuisine, were just so FINE! And the dining area - the photographs, the music, the books on wildlife, PERFECT! Mr.Aditya personally looks into everything and the hospitality he extends is outstanding. Yes, you will love everything here!!

Lack of proper directions to the place is the only drawback!

Pros:
Excellent tents
Splendid views
Amazing food
Superb host

Cons:
No sign boards along the route to the resort
The place just 'wont let you go'!

Room Tip: As everybody mentions, tents 4 and 5, for the best views!
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Channa_Ch
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Had a wonderful and homely stay at grassroots. this place had a homely touch, mostly because of the host Aditya Raman who makes a point to gives his guests best he can, must appreciate his taste of jazz which ads to the serenity of the hills. He also makes a point to make the stay really fruitful by customizing the itinerary according to the guests needs. I wish him luck for future.

Liked-everything

Disliked- leaving

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pradhyuman
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Address: Koilery Kunnu via Pinangode | Pozhuthana Post, Kalpetta 673575, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 87 B&Bs / Inns in Kalpetta
Price Range: $46 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grassroots Wayanad 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grassroots is at the foothills of the Vythiri ranges with the majestic Chembra peak to the left and the Banasura/Kuruchermala to the right. The property straddles a tea estate and has a swift flowing river with a Pannia (a tribe found in Kerala & Tamil Nadu) colony at the edge of the river. Set on a three acre slope of coffee, areca nut and pepper, Grassroots overlooks the tea plantations planted during the colonial era. A quaint stream below forms a general area of activity for the scattered population of tribals and other residents. The Banasura range of mountains beyond completes the picture, making it truly magical. Accommodation is in Luxury Swiss tents, spacious and plush with every amenity that the discerning traveler would want. ... more   less 
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