Okay, firstly, this place isn't necessarily for luxury seekers, its for a combination of good living and a bit of activity. They have a 'Chief Adventurist' who's responsible for planning & organizing hikes, walks, rides etc. So if you're going during the monsoons like i did, don't expect a lot of that to happen because hiking/trekking in a tropical rain-forest during the monsoons is not. .well, sane! Expect to spend a lot of time during this season inside the resort. Now though the website says 'luxury tents' (they are. .in the sense of proportion, cleanliness and amenities) please understand the context, which is well, 'tents'! You should expect a fair share of insects and the occasional rodent (it's a plantation after all!).
If you're willing to rough it out in that sense, you're in for a treat comprising of:-
Beautiful views from your veranda of the rains over the hills with tea estates, the Banasura mountains shrouded in mist in the distance and quiet walks down the road to the backwaters that flow past!
A collection of Asterix comics to read through while listening to the rain
Watching noisy, happy and colorful birds that visit the property. .
Hearty Indian food, with the occasional experimental non-Indian dish (cooked well, mind you) thrown in for good measure. Good music in the restaurant too!
A basket of papadams with every meal. .not the flat Tamil variety (which are called appalams by the way), but the puffed up, oil guzzling Kerala versions!!
Warm & quiet staff (perfect combination in my view)
I had a great weekend getaway and came back rejuvenated & fatter although (read because) I did nothing! Carry a Calvin & Hobbes collection if you go, I wouldn't recommend heavy reading. . .
I'm definitely going back!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grassroots Wayanad Kalpetta, Kerala, India