After being through a series of family crisis, never ending work pressure, travelling between 3 Indian metros,,,,we were longing for a good vacation to "chill" (our kids would use that term a lot, :-)..)...
We considered many getaway places..nothing seemed to really draw our attention except when a friend who had been recently trekking to Munnar suggested it to us... enquirers were made, search engines were busy, until Ripples N Rocks Homestay popped up!! Bags were packed n we set out.... settling into the wonderful Homestay where we were welcomed with an abundance of warmth was the beginning of a much valued and cherished HOLIDAY and also the will of providence in gifting us a wonderful pair of friends in Mr JK and Madam Priya and their adorable son, Parameswaran!!
It was truly a serendipitous experience, the gushing Muthirapuzha river, the cascading chanting of water, chirping of birds, the greeny green landscapes, sublime mountains, all from our window facing the river!! Oh!! I had to pinch myself!! We couldn't have picked up a better place to stay and laze around, go for long walks, treks, swimming, bike and car rides to near by enchanting Munnar with its amazing Tea estates, waterfalls, animals, and much more....
What actually made our holiday most homely and "HAPPY" was the tender care - looking into our every need, ensuring unbelievable comfort in the rooms, timely services, clean and tidy premises, attentive staff- Our charming hosts, always with a warm smile, looking after us, and the awesome food prepared by Priya ji!! South Indian, North Indian,Continental; mouth watering Kerala delicacies, like an array of chutneys served with Idlis that melts in the mouth, crispy brown dosas, perfectly made vegetable dishes in soft and tender coconut gravy, fish curries and fries that tantalizes your taste buds & the sumptuous Thali Meals, all served with such care,poise and grace!!
On one hand we felt like royalty and on the other hand, we were touched so deeply and naturally noticed, acknowledged and reciprocated the warmth and love of this beautiful family!!
Our host JK was always ready to give us guidance to the whole trip, organising the logistics, and ensuring we were safe and making the best of our time in Munnar at Ripples N Rocks Homestay. He is well read, widely traveled and shared valuable insight into the geo-socio-cultural history of the place in his eloquent mode of articulation.
We were never so pampered in our entire lives, such was the experience at RnR!!!
We left on the 4th day feeling rejuvenated from the sublime experience, with much love and joy shared with the place and our unique hosts.
And, for SURE we have already made arrangements for our next trip during the DIWALI holidays!!!!