My husband and I stayed in the Vanya Treehouse for one night last December; it’s part of the Greenwoods hotel in Thekkady. It’s located around 7-8 km from the main Greenwoods hotel and you go by jeep to the forest area, and then trek up about 1 km to reach the treehouse — and you will NOT be disappointed ☺ Imagine a huge tree with a charming wooden cabin sitting on top of it! The cabin itself is comfortable and the view is lovely with greenery all around. You’ll be the only guests there; the only other folks around are the cook and the driver who have a small room some way down from the treehouse. The food is simple and wholesome and the service is warm. A short walk from the treehouse is a beautiful view of the mountains; also, since the treehouse is located at the edge of the Periyar sanctuary, you can see some bison footprints around, and even hear some bisons at night though (thankfully ☺) we didn’t see any. There isn’t any TV in the treehouse so bring all some books. Since you’ll be trekking up some to each the treehouse, remember to wear comfortable shoes. The treehouse is a charming little place to spend some quality time with your significant other, generally unwind, and feel close to nature. It’s definitely a unique experience and we’d highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vanya, means `Wild' and the name in itself portrays the location of our standalone Tree house. This is dedicated to those who are adventurous and would love to be up, close and personal with Mother Nature. It is located in a 10 acre hillside filled with organic plantation and gigantic trees ,adjacent to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, in Thekkady, and is the best place from where you can get a glimpse of the variety of wild animals roaming in their natural habitat. Accessible only by an uphill trek for the last kilometer, guests are taken on a 4 X 4 vehicle till the base camp. From the base camp you need to trek uphill for a kilometer to reach the drawbridge which takes you to the Tree House base. Every evening this drawbridge is folded back and then you are safe there.There are places for rest and refreshments en route for those who find the Trek tiresome. Further uphill from the tree house, you arrive at the top of the hill, which provides you a panoramic view of forests, ridges and mountains which are part of the expansive 777 sq.km. Periyar Tiger Reserve.The Tree House has a bedroom, a wash and toilet and a sit out to look out for animals that pass by. A simple, back to basics experience but with a location that rests alongside the forest cover, in a terrain about 2000 feet height from sea level. Two house staff that stays at base camp, accessible by intercom, who make and deliver your food. Please do note food served is Kerala cuisine and in home cooked style.Bookings for Vanya need to be done in advance due to the high demand from niche travelers. ... more less
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