My wife, son and I had the good fortune to chance upon Panicker's Home in Marayoor for a weekend getaway.
Mr. Unnikrishna Panicker and his wife Ms. Rema have built a wonderfully hospitable abode in the middle of fields overlooked by mountain ranges on all sides. We would highly recommend that you try out this clean and well-maintained home run by warm, generous hosts, with scenic attractions all around, nourished by delicious Kerala cooking.
The couple are excellent gardeners and we were welcomed by the sight of dozens of blooming flowers in their front yard including a rare purple lotus budding in a tub. There are passion fruits, papayas, bananas and other fruit growing right in the front yard. The hosts were very kind in sharing the bounty of their gardens with us -- the passion fruits were a rare treat! A hummingbird hovered right outside the bedroom window attracted by the wild blooms, making for many cool photo ops.
The rooms are spacious with plenty of bedding and well maintained bathrooms attached. Mr. Panicker was generous enough to give us use of an extra room that was not occupied at the time of our arrival. These are not delux hotel accommodations, but are are the level of a well maintained upper middle-class Indian home.
Ms Rema is an excellent cook, kind and capable enough to work around specific requests for lactose/gluten free cuisine. We were happy to partake of a variety of local dishes including Kerala style Puttu, Jackfruit kheer, Quail Eggs and Tapioca Upma.
Mr. Rajamani (a friend of the hosts) acted as our tour guide for a day. Having grown up in a local village, he is extremely knowledgeable about local flora and fauna, their medicinal uses, local customs and scenic back-country routes. He walked us through his village and his fields providing running commentary on everything we saw. He speaks Tamil and Malayalam fluently. Other guides are available for different languages.
The best part of the trip was the warm-hearted generosity of the hosts who (just like a favorite uncle and aunt) loaded us with fruits and provisions for our trip out!
We would have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Panicker's Home for a weekend or week. You will not be disappointed.
Superb location,beautiful homestay,amazing surroundings,nice garden. Just Go , relax and enjoy the nature
The location is nice and calm, away from town. the view of the mountains from the terrace with the cool breeze brushing through the hair is amazing in the evening. The home stay itself is well maintained, clean and has all the facilities for having an amazing time. Camp fire and grilling facility is provided. Best thing about this place are the hosts Mr. Unnikrishna Panicker and Mr. Seran. They were very cooperative and helpful. Highly recommended place if your visiting Marayoor.
Truly amazing place to stay and enjoy the beauty of nature with family and friends. Quite a peaceful surrounding with a incredible view of mountains and valleys. The homestay itself has a beautiful garden, plants and trees.clean and spacious rooms meeting all kind of homestay requirements. A Special thanks to Mr. Unnikrishna panicker the owner of the property for his help and cooperation,he was so generous towards us.i highly recommend this place for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday for all,it's worth it in every meaning.
Bit out of the way from other home stays, that's what makes it more amazing.Felt calm and serene througout our 2 days stay.Surrounded by the mountains, One of the best balcony views i have ever enjoyed.Wonderful hospitality especially by the owner Mr. unnikrishna panicker and the local guide Mr. Rajamani as well who took us to the enchanting beuties of marayoor (Mountains, valleys,water falls, FRUIT GARDENS.....). Impressed with the rooms and amenities and moreover with the affordable rate.I highly recommended the panicker's holiday home and am sure that u will enjoy there like nothing.
We stayed at Panickes home stay for one night . It was comfortable and Mr. Panicker is a very helpful person.
Very nice place surrounded by hills nearby. Very hospitable and friendly owner. Food arranged was delicious prepared in kerala style. Has many tourist attractions nearby in the range of 15 kms. Ideal for 10-12 persons to stay here.