Camelot Resort :
We reached Munnar by 3pm and since this place was around 11km from Munnar, finished the lunch in East End Hotel in town and left to the resort. Road was narrow and goes through the tea plantations. The view on the way was beautiful but I was a bit impatient as it took some time to reach the resort. The last 1.5kms is not tarred and for sure a bit scary for inexperienced drivers. Though the owners have taken every effort to maintain the road, I was worried as the ground clearance of my sedan was quite low ! Finally the board came which said the resort was 600m and then the fun started. It was an uphill almost 30+ degrees with some turns. They have the boards which say to use first gear only !! Even after so many years of driving, I was scared for a moment in the last 150m as it was quite steep. At last reached the resort without any surprises(using first gear:)).
The location of the resort is very good. It is on top of a hill. I would call it a home-stay rather than a resort. The owners also stay there in a separate house. Place is clean and neat. Weather was also nice as it had rained couple of hours before. The owners were quite friendly and were taking care of all the guests. The temp was quite low around 15 or so that night. The room was in a good location and the view of the tea estate outside was nice. Was a bit disappointed with the size of the room. Ventilation was very poor. For the price paid, I expected slightly bigger room with better ventilation. For longer duration it could be a problem but since our stay was only 2 nights, we managed. The deluxe room in the website looks quite spacious but actually a lot smaller. There was a small indoor games area and there was carrom, foosball and TT. I think it is good enough for kids to spend time.
The buffet breakfast next morning was good. There were around 3 to 4 options and that should be sufficient for a south Indian :) Taste was fine. Went for a small trek to the hill top next to the home-stay with the hosts. View was awesome from the top of the hill. Hosts were again friendly and did their best to manage 3 to 4 different families. There was an echo point nearby and we went there as well with their guidance. It was a perfect trek for families. After that we went to see some places around Munnar. It did not take long to realize that we had chosen the wrong dates for the visit. There were lot of people in the town and every place was crowded due to the long weekend. Roads were narrow and vehicles were parked on the road which resulted in traffic jam in most of the places. Though we wanted to go to top station but We decided to go back to the resort and relax because of the traffic jam. Also felt that the view on the way to the resort was better than most of the tourist places ! Came back to the town and had lunch in Silver Tips hotel around 1km from Munnar town. Good buffet lunch and Was surprised at the price as it was very reasonable for a tourist place.
Came back to the resort and this time drive was not that tough :) Stopped at many places near the resort and took some photos. No traffic jams or people around to disturb. Relaxed in the room watching TV and also spent some time outside. I enjoyed sitting in nature with no disturbance of any sort. It was calm and the view of hills covered by cloud was superb. Food at night was average and service was as usual very good. Food prices were slightly more I felt, but the drinks were definitely on the higher side. May be this is how they discourage people from drinking :)
Overall a good place with nice people, service and an excellent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awesome view point and echo point inside the property, wonderful trekking trails inside tea and coffee plantations. Situated amidst nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Organic fruits and vegetables farming, shuttle badminton court, free parking and accommodation & food for drivers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camelot Hotel Munnar