Sometimes managing a full-time job in IT can be very stressful. Some of the obvious reasons being late night calls, the pressure to meet release schedules etc. So, whenever we get an opportunity we just escape from the monotonous city life to some exotic place and spend our weekend doing nothing. So, our destination for the long weekend was Munnar because of its tea estates, lush greenery, and its stunning vistas.
The drive from Bangalore to Munnar is about 460 KM, dotted with beautiful waterfalls, national parks and windmills (You can read: Road Trip Diary – Bangalore To Munnar ). It took us around 8 hours to reach Munnar with multiple pit stops, but the drive was completely worth it because of the amazing road and the views it offered.
We booked our stay at Nature Zone Resort which offers Tree Houses and Tents as accommodations which are fully equipped with all necessities. Our first choice was a Treehouse but it was completely sold out for the weekend so we ended up with valley view tent.
( You can also Read: Top Tree House Stays in India Part 1 & Part 2)
THE JOURNEY :
By the time we reached Munnar, it had started to rain heavily. To our surprise the GPS showed that we had reached our destination but the resort was nowhere in sight. When we called up the resort, we were told that there was a jeep waiting for us near the KSRTC bus stop, which would take us to the resort. It was almost a 6 K.M. ride on muddy humpy roads, we kept jumping and praying that we reach the resort safely. One helluva drive.
While in the morning, when we had to be back to the town we were little skeptical to take the route again but instead of getting scared, we actually enjoyed our journey through the winding roads lush green tea estate, not a single soul around and scenic view all around as far as the eye could see.
As soon as we arrived at the resort we were offered a welcome drink, which was a special preparation of coffee local to the region. It had a hint of jaggery and cinnamon and it tasted awesome.
The tent was spacious and had an attached toilet with a 24-hour supply of hot water. The view of the valley from the tent was breathtaking. One can hear the gurgling sound of the water flowing in the brook nearby. The tent had a double bed, a dresser, and two side tables. There was also an intercom in the room. The rooms were a little damp because of the fact that the resort gets covered with clouds most of the times.
THE VIEW :
The resort is mostly for people who want to spend time with nature away from the maddening hustle and bustle of the city with ample of open space for some quality photography and enjoying solitude and tranquility.
The resort has a small library from where you can borrow a book and find your own little corner in the resort to read, we are sure the bibliophile in you would definitely be interested in this. Our favorite corner was the hammock amidst the clouds and trees.
The resort being on top a hill, there is little scope to explore local delicacies other than the resort itself. The restaurant was small and the food was OK nothing exceptional and less variety. The restaurant was a two-storied structure with the kitchen at the lower level. One could see the kitchen through the gaps between the wooden floors of the restaurant overlooking the entire valley. The view was surreal.
- The bed was a bit damp due to the onset of monsoon and there were lots of insects.
- There was no spa, which was a disappointment.
- No bar at the resort, so you need to order at the reception or bring your own liquor from the city.
- Roads to the resorts were muddy and narrow which can be maintained by the resort. But they wanted it to keep it as close to nature as possible. Can’t complain about that but still, we won’t recommend taking toddlers.
- Choice of food was limited.
- Network Connectivity is very poor.
- If you are planning to visit during monsoon, wear comfortable shoes as there would be a lot of walking to be done and quite slippery too.
Do we recommend?
DEPENDS on your interest if you want to escape to the lap of nature, go on nature trails and spend your weekend lazing around or indulge in adventure activities, then you might love the place.
Tariff (per night ) :
African Tent – Rs.7500 + 19.92% Tax
Tree House – Rs.10000 + 19.92% Tax
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Maniparna Sengupta MajumderNovember 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm
The ‘floating clouds’ rekindled my memories of Munnar…great account and pics… 🙂
AnitaNovember 9, 2014 at 5:24 am
I loved Munnar too.
Ah! Close the eyes & think of the miles of green- tea & coffee plantations.
You have shared great pics. The resort looks cool 🙂
RajeshNovember 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm
This resort sure looks a great place for lovely holiday.
NaginiNaginiNovember 10, 2014 at 7:04 am
I love Munnar..Thanks for bringing back my memories..:)
desi TravelerNovember 10, 2014 at 11:27 am
Looks like a cool place to visit
Seema ChauhanNovember 20, 2014 at 7:36 am
It will be perfect for winter trip as I admitted of reading entire content!!
Raj GroupsNovember 25, 2014 at 11:36 am
ripple4itJanuary 9, 2015 at 3:49 am
“Sometimes managing a full time job in IT can be very stressful.” – agree and you suggest a good solution as well 🙂 … The good part is that most of us have 2 days off and plan good outings. Liked going through your post. I also plan to visit Munnar soon. I may need your help in near future.
Tales of a TravelerJanuary 9, 2015 at 4:12 am
We make sure that the 2 days are also well utilized 😉 and adding 1-2 days of sick leaves 😀 … any help needed in planning, you are always welcome 🙂
Sri Kumaran CastleApril 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm
The views are breathtaking totally; but the stay could have been even better for such a tariff. But, glad that you had a great trip. Planning a trip of my own and this is definitely helpful.
The Tales of a TravelerApril 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm
I do agree with you … Enjoy your trip 🙂