Our family stayed at the Mattupetty Bungalow, KDHP in April 2012. It is a beautiful bungalow that sits very quietly in its environment, allowing nature and history to speak through our eyes and senses. The beauty of this bungalow gives you immense hope (because it's heritage continues) in a context where you see so many ugly buildings in Kerala and India, all screaming for attention - "I'm here, I'm here - look at me!!"
The staff, the location and the Mattupetty bungalow itself really make this place very very special. It has the potential to let families discover nature - you are in the midst of so much of plants, trees, flowers, fruits, water that you develop a relationship with your environment - and it slows you down, to become more aware of everything around you. You can go on many long walks with your family or alone and the staff from the bungalow have suggestions for trails and are also willing to accompany you on the walks,
The distance away from Munnar is just right - allowing you to be away from the noise of the town and at the same time there is easy and quick access if you have a vehicle at your disposal. Dharmaraj the manager at KDHP, Radhakrishnan the Chef at the bungalow, Vincent the housekeeper and other staff service you in a way that they know best: it helps to interact with them, open conversations, let them know your preferences and find out what they do well.
KDHP has around 22 to 24 bungalows on their estates but only 3 or 4 are on their website as the rest seem to be outsourced to other agencies.
There are many things that KDHP can do to take the experience to another level: from maintaining the furniture to many other things that will bring in more people and increase value for money. The tea museum in Munnar is also a fun place to visit to know the history of Munnar and its heritage.
It is certainly a lovely place for family reunions and for people who wish to read, go for long walks and tell stories. Alcohol is difficult to procure in Munnar
- Also Known As:
- The Tea Sanctuary Hotel Munnar