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Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow

Mavady Estate, Vagamon 686580 India
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#1 of 70 Speciality lodging in Vagamon
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Vanilla County is an authentic and enchanting plantation house , in close proximity to the orgin of the Meenachil river at Mavady Hills near Vagamon, Kerala sheltered by rubber trees , various spices, trees and plants. The area comes under the Western Ghats Or Sahyadri Mountain ranges, a proclaimed ' UNESCO ' World Heritage site and is one of the eight hottest hot spots of biological diversity of the world. Vanilla County is two and half hours drive from Cochin international airport and its unique destination helps travelers understand the true meaning of responsible eco- tourism. Vanilla County is the perfect take off point for visits to Periyar Wild life Sanctuary, Munnar hill station, Alleppey back waters and Marari beach.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Air purifier
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Tamil
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Stuart W wrote a review May 2020
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What a wonderful relaxing few days spent up in the hills away from the bustling city of Cochin. We saw lots of exotic herbs and spices growing, witnessed the latex being collected from the rubber trees, sampled the 'palm toddy' at the local toddy shop. Ate marvellous home cooked food , swam in a couple of beautiful natural pools and generally had the most relaxing few days after being on the go for a solid month of sightseeing trips throughout India. Highly recommended!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: Just relax and enjoy the ambience, good food and friendly family and staff
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Andy T wrote a review Mar 2020
47 contributions14 helpful votes
Baby Mathew, his wife Rani and assistant Maju made our stay here truly memorable. The food is the best we have tasted in South India - quite a feat. The warmth of their hospitality meant that nothing was too much trouble. Trip to an ATM. Trip to the Toddy Shop (hic!). Trip to the barber, the rockpool, coffee factory, sunset walk in rubber plantation etc. Rooms are gorgeously authentic with mahogany floors and antique furniture. We cannot recommend Vanilla County highly enough. Many, many thanks
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
philippe g wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
In this location, you feel your hosts are friends. Meals are different every days and clearly premium level. Whatever your needs, they want to help and make you rest. A strongly recommended address to stay in Kerala
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Anna-Dolph wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa36 contributions21 helpful votes
Vanilla County is a great place to spend a couple of nights in rural Kerala - it was one of the highlights of our trip to Kerala. It is located in the lower Western Ghats not far from Kochi – a nice break on the way to or from Thekkady or Munnar. This homestay has several rooms in the main heritage (70 year old) house – renovated but keeping with the traditional style – plus a couple more located a minute walk away across their garden. (We stayed in one of the two rooms on the top floor of the heritage house – both were very nice.) The owners, Baby Mathew and Rani, are gracious hosts, very easy to talk with and to hear of their lives and the history of their home. Vanilla County is located in a less touristed part of the Ghats, surrounded by rubber trees, various spice trees and plants, and nature. We took the long walk (3-4 km?) along a small dirt road up to a small nearby village, and then were picked up to go another couple km to an isolated rock pool for swimming. We were also taken about 25 minutes away to a high hilltop with a small Hindu temple (which you cannot visit) and a church, to watch the sun set. Meals were quite good and we ate in their outside courtyard – a great place to meet with a fellow travelers. They do not have an alcohol license, but if you bring wine or beer you can drink it with your meal.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: The two upper floor rooms in the heritage house are great
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CKmehbp wrote a review Feb 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand4 contributions
We felt so welcomed from the moment we arrived, this is a superbly maintained homestead with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Baby Matthew and Rani are such gracious hosts, with a truly wonderful team who made our stay the highlight of our travels. The trips to the rock pools were a firm favourite with the kids(and adults alike), and it was wonderful to walk through learning about the plantations, spices and various fruits grown in the area, incredible to see so much in such a relatively small area! The food was superb, we were spoilt for choice and all beautifully prepared meals with a great variety to our groups varying tastes. I genuinely will be looking to return one day, and highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing break away in a beautiful setting with wonderful hosts.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
IndiaKeralaIdukki DistrictVagamon
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow
Which popular attractions are close to Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Nearby attractions include Barren Hills (7.4 km), Vagamon Kurisumala (3.9 km), and Thangal Hill (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vanilla County Heritage Plantation Bungalow?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Tamil.