The 'Munnar' address seems to be used to describe almost half the highlands of Kerala. This home stay is nowhere near Munnar but is located around half way between Kochi and the town of Munnar itself, a couple of hours drive from Fort Kochi.
The bedroom was rather basic but clean and air conditioned. This was more than made up however by the geniality of the hosts and the food. Entering the home stay via a large verandah, there is a small room with seats and table followed by a larger room where meals are eaten. Meals are generally eaten with the other guests, so there were usually 6 of us dining together when we stayed.
A wide range of dishes is offered, with vegetables and spices predominantly grown on the plantation. The dishes are both veggie and non-veggie. You will not go hungry as dishes will be replenished if anyone dares to finish one. A couple of sweet dishes is also offered along with water. Tea and coffee are also readily available. 2 bottles of water are provided daily in the bedrooms. If breakfast is not taken due to an early start, then you will be provided with a packed breakfast, but this is no substitute for the real thing.
In the early evening before sunset the host takes guests on a short tour of the plantation, identifying different vegetables and spices. After this the process of producing raw rubber is demonstrated in a small workshop. The rubber is then sold onto suppliers who apparently regard the rubber from here very highly.
Take a torch, as Kerala has 2 daily 30 minute power cuts to save energy, and there is little background lighting. However, this makes for an atmospheric half hour sat on the verandah in darkness trying to spot fireflies.
During the day if staying on site there are a couple of hammocks and use of the verandah. There is no traffic noise to disturb. Altogether a very relaxing experience.