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“An oasis in the mountains”
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Royal Mist
Ranked #2 of 207 Munnar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 14, 2012

A lovely place, and lovely people. This offers perfect relaxation and / or plenty of activity depending on how much time you have. Anil and Jeeva have the balance just right on being attentive hosts and offering you perfect tranquillity and the ability to make the most of beautiful surroundings. Alfonsa also deserves a special mention for her beaming smiles and keeping us topped up with tea, chapatis and pancakes. We only had 2 nights here but could easily have stayed longer. Our room had a TV with many channels on offer but we were way too busy to watch it of course, I thought I’d mention this though as it was the only place out of 5 we stayed in with this on offer – could be useful if someone is bed ridden with a troubled tummy. It’s also the only place we stayed where we took up the offer of evening meals and they were utterly delicious. If we could have stayed longer, maybe we would have been able to go in the kitchen and learn a bit about Keralan cuisine. Breakfast offered different exotic fruits on both mornings, very interesting and appetising. No wonder they’re getting such good reviews all the time, the only thing wrong with this place is that we didn’t stay long enough. Even though when you’re there, you feel as though you’re miles from civilization, we had our driver and there was a nearby village 10 minutes away where we saw the Kathakali and an incredible martial arts display. Plenty of the attractions of Munnar on the 2nd day as well (speedboating / dams, lakes, tea factory not to mention spectacular scenery) and in the evening Anil and his lovely daughter took us for a very interesting short walk in the tea fields. Two words for this place. First class!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Anil and Jeeva are so sweet and kind, we really felt taken care of. The place is indeed basic, but also modern and very clean. We had a wonderful stay and would recommend this place to anyone. Munnar is a beautiful place -- not what one would typically think of as "classic kerala" but well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We had previously stayed at Royal Mist in October 2010. That year, the monsoon was running a bit behind schedule. However, the welcome and kindness given by Anil and Jeeva more than made up for any shortcomings of the weather of the time.
Fast forward to November 2012 - no late monsoon this time! We were VERY eager to return and indeed, spent a whole week this time. Yes, we had the same wonderful warm reception by Anil and Jeeva who we had kept in contact with since our first visit. The quality of the stay was much enhanced by the attitude of the hosts, something that is not present in a hotel. This house has a wonderful warm family feel which in turn leads to spiritual relaxation. The wonderful food and in particular, the vegetarian meals were always something we looked forward to as soon as the scent of spices left the kitchen! There were no problems whatsoever, full stop, period!!! I would take issue with those reviewers who only rated Royal Mist as 'average'. These people have missed the whole point of the value of what is so great about well run Homestays in India
Expect us (the Jamaican/ English couple from Devon, UK) to return!!!

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The rooms and the facilities are excellent as is the food and hospitality of the hosts. Anyone staying here should take Anil up on his offer to take an evening walk around the area where he will explain the wonderful area in which they live. You are just far enough outside of Munnar to get away from the swarms of other travellers which was a relief for us having just come down from northern India. You are also close enough to reach the other attractions with relative ease. We would highly recommend Royal Mist to our family and friends and would definitely stay there again. Thank you Anil and Jeeva. Btw, Lynsey says hi to the guinea pigs...

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Not much to say that hasn't already been said by hundreds of others! But for what it's worth, Royal Mist is an excellent choice. Munnar was our favourite place we visited during our India trip and Royal Mist was our favourite accommodation. Tick!

The rooms and bathrooms are very clean and modern for India, guaranteed hot water (our first hot water for about a fortnight!).

Tea, coffee and biscuits are thrust upon you at every opportunity. Breakfasts are huuuuge and very enjoyable out on the balcony. I also enjoyed the food at dinner, although my partner found it a little bland.

Anil and Jeeva are extremely hospitable and Anil is one of the jolliest people you will ever meet! They go out of your way to help you.

Location-wise, you will need transport to get into Munnar town, up to Top Station, to Aranya, Tea Museum, etc etc. Royal Mist is located halfway up a mountain in a 'residential' area. The good news is, their 'go-to' auto driver is a really lovely man, and you know if Anil and Jeeva trust him, then you can too!

Anil will arrange a car and driver to/from Kochi (well that's where we were coming from) and all those arrangements are very smooth.

Would love to go back one day!

Room Tip: The three rooms are arranged in an 'L' shape - the middle room has the best views.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I highly recommend this homestay, above all for the warmest and kindest hosts, Jeeva and Anil. From the moment we arrived, we felt we were being treated like family members. They were both extremely resourceful and knowledgeable in helping us plan our stay in Munnar and arranging for car/guide, etc. The food was tasty, the rooms were spotless and the terrace was the perfect place for taking in the view and sharing a meal with new friends. We had a lovely stay!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

What a wonderful time we had in our 3 days in Munnar! Anil and Jeeva are the warmest and happiest hosts and made our time there that much better. The food was truly the best we had in India, and we also stayed at a Taj resort afterward. Anil does a walk near the home every evening, on which we saw tea plantations, wild coffee, peppercorn plants, cardomom plantations, mango, papaya, etc. Truly a wonderful part of the world. Home was clean and the Treasures of Munnar package was well worth it. Cannot recommend Royal Mist high enough for anyone visiting Kerala.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Chithirapuram P.O., Munnar 685565, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Munnar
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 207 B&Bs / Inns in Munnar
Price Range: $94 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
10km from Munnar town, down winding hilltop roads with spectacular views, Royal Mist Homestay is owned by Mr. Anil and his family. This particularly close knit family with two children aged 14 and 19 are incredibly hospitable, welcoming guests as part of the family, whilst allowing them as much independence as they desire. The separate area of the guests' rooms occupies the top floor of this modern house with an upstairs terrace, which looks out onto the valley and hills extending into the distance. ... more   less 
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Royal Mist Hotel Munnar

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