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“Extraordinary food, charming hosts, amazing plantation, dated interiors”

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Mundackal Plantation Home Stay
Ranked #47 of 198 Munnar B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 13, 2011

In a 16 day family holiday to Kerala we spent only 2 nights at a homestay, the rest at good hotels and in retrospect the contrast was excellent.
We particularly loved going to a less travelled part of Kerala which was more rural. The bird walk gave us the opportunity of actually having a decent walk in the countryside to offset the collosal amount of food Daisy serves ! I had a swim in the Periyar river one afternoon which was set in the most stunning countryside and we travelled through little villages that rarely see tourists to get there. The elephant excursion is not that close but well worth the visit.

Jose is a charming host who bewitched our children particularly on the fascinating plantation tour - he is a very natural host who clearly loves to be sociable.
However there are a few downsides which travellers ought to be aware of:
- the interior is quite tired and kitsch and there are not a huge number of places to sit, the dining room is very dark and a bit depressing.
Bedrooms are a decent size but not attractive.
- Meals are superb, but you do feel a bit rushed at times
- in April its too hot to just wander around during the heat of the day so unless you are on a day trip there's not a great deal to do.
- there were at least 3 powercuts leaving us all without light./air-con for an hour or so - this is all part of the experience but paying guests deserve a generator back-up. its not that cheap. Clearly some people are better suited to homestays than others. We were delighted to spend 2 days in this one as it felt very authentic. I agree with another guest who says that a pool would be a great addition.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

We spent two nights with Jose and Daisy at Mundackal and we loved it. It was an opportunity to sample wonderful food and to watch Daisy prepare and cook it in the traditional way. We had some fascinating conversation at mealtimes and enjoyed exploring the plantation with Jose or spending the afternoons lying in the hammocks and sleeping off the enormous lunches.

Jose arranged for us to visit the Salem Ali bird sanctuary with a guide and Daisy prepared a huge packed breakfast for us all. The sanctuary was well worth a visit and our guide was excellent, leading us off the path into the trees to within an arm's length of a Sri Lanka frogmouth which was practically completely camouflaged.

If you want to gain some insight into life in a Kerala plantation, then go and stay with Jose and Daisy and you will be welcomed with great warmth and friendliness.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

We stayed here for our last 3 nights in India. It is a charming place and our hosts Jose and Daisy could not have been more friendly and welcoming. They were extremely attentive and looked after us like kings. The food was magnificent. We had 3 very early morning starts and a delicious packed breakfast with coffee beforehand was provided for us on each occasion. The bedrooms were very comfortable with a/c. Jose gave us a fascinating tour of the plantation and a detailed explanation on how rubber is produced. We also visited the elephant orphanage and the nearby bird sanctuary. All were excellent. We would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

Mundackal Plantation Home Stay is wrongly listed as being in Munnar, its position is ideally placed as being mid way between Cochin airport and Munnar, and is very close to Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, this home is set in a large plantation and nature is on the door step. It is an ideal base to start your tour of Kerala and relax after travelling, Jose and Daisy are excellent hosts and very welcoming. Jose is full of local information and enjoys sharing his experiences with guests, he will offer a guided tour of the plantation and give an explanation of the produce grown, much of which is used in Daisy's tasty cooking. All meals are provided here and each meal consists of many different dishes, Daisy also shares her expertise and gives cooking lessons.
Their home is beautifully kept and offers superb accommodation, but as important their hospitality would be difficult to match.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

We stayed with the very lovely Jose and Daisy for two days ... were totally blown by their hospitality and warmth ! We had intended to familiarize the kids with kerela , which is why we decided on a homestay to begin with ... have to say, i couldn't have picked a better place. Jose is wonderful with kids, he had my 9 yr old son totally enthralled with his knowledge and charm ! The trip around the plantation was wonderful and very informative. Am sure my kids would love to go there again. Daisy is an awesome cook and she seems to , absolutely effortlessly, put 10 dishes on the table for every meal. Most of the ingredients are homegrown .. from the butter to the preserves ! Lovely homestay, totally enjoyed it. Thank you so much Jose and Daisy.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

We spent 2 nights at the Mundackal Plantation with Jose and Daisy. They made us feel very welcome and very much at home. The house and gardens are very attractive and it was lovely to just sit and relax on their verandah overlooking the gardens and plantation. Jose gave us a very informative and interesting tour of his plantation including the process for making rubber. The undoubted highlight of our stay was the fantastic food, much of which was grown on the estate, and prepared by Daisy. The meals were excellent and of extremely high quality and variety. It is a great place to relax either in comfortable chairs on the verandah or in one of the hammocks. It is very convenient for the Bird Reserve, less than 30 minutes by car and Jose is able to make arrangements to visit the reserve, if desired. Jose is a most interesting person and very knowledgeable about Indian society and culture and the local area. An excellent home stay.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

This was our first ‘homestay’ experience in Kerala and it far exceeded expectations. The larger than life Jose and his charming wife Daisy spoke excellent English and made us so welcome in their lovely house and beautiful garden. We immediately felt part of their family. Daisy’s lavish delicious meals and explanations of Kerala cooking styles were fascinating and memorable, as was the masterclass in her kitchen. In the evening when it’s cooler, Jose takes guests for a stroll around his multicrop plantation estate. He proudly tapped his rubber trees, showing how the rubber is collected and prepared, demonstrated his spice plants (we sniffed all the aromas) and fed his fish. Nothing can prepare you for your first sight and aroma of bright red mace around a nutmeg that has just been opened.

There are local visits: a nearby bird sanctuary is apparently best seen in the morning when it is cooler and the birds more plentiful. Our guide was excellent but his eyesight was better than ours and we were grateful for the binoculars Jose lent to us. Also nearby is the Kodanad elephant sanctuary; getting close to elephants of all ages being bathed in the river was a highlight of our entire stay in India.

On hearing that it was my wife's birthday, a decorated cake was immediately organised by our hosts and enjoyed by all.

There's an early evening half-hour power shutdown in the area to save electricity. Jose organises torches if needed but most people just sit outside, sip fresh juice, and admire the stars.

Mundackal is all about Jose and Daisy in their unique home and no guest will be disappointed after enjoying their company.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mundackal Plantation Home Stay

Address: Munnar | Kathamangalam, Munnar 686698, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Munnar
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #47 of 198 B&Bs / Inns in Munnar
Price Range: $138 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5

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