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Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady

off State Highway 19 near Thekkady Puliyanmala town, Kattapana village, Idukki 685515 India
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The Bungalow is almost a 100 years old and is situated off Thekkady-Munnar State highway-19, 30 kms from Thekkady and 70 kms from Munnar, Kerala. Surrounded by cardamom plantations, this homestay is a perfect getaway to get closer to nature. A walk in the cardamom plantation with the host,fishing at a nearby pond and bonfire are activities that can be arranged on request.Idukki Dam, Periyar Wildlife reserve, Munnar are some of the tourist attractions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Game room
Kids stay free
Children's playground
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Taxi service
Conference facilities
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Tamil
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Jitendra A wrote a review Jun 2021
Mumbai, India4 contributions
If you are looking for a large expanse of greenery, amazing home style food, mist in your room and extremely warm hosts then this is the place to be! Visited last week there with my family and a few friends! It’s a large estate with cardamom and pepper plantation! One can relax in their well appointed rooms in the midst of greenery, trek within the plantation, catch fish for dinner in the water bodies within the plantation or engage in indoor and outdoor sports available at the estate! Day trips can be made to Thekkady as well as Munnar. Overall a very relaxing experience and that too at an amazing price! An ideal place to take a break.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ample parking
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Dilip Kurian wrote a review Dec 2020
Kottayam, India10 contributions9 helpful votes
Sam’s Kalarickal Heritage is a 70 acres property at a fantastic location a few km from the Puliyanmala town near thekkady. The weather was pleasant when we reached in Mid November around noon time. Sam had assured us that enough hygiene safeguards were in place for our stay. The property has a caretaker who took care of our needs. The lunch was the traditional Kerala meals with an excellent fish fry and curry on the side. After our lunch, the caretaker showed us around the property which has been primarily growing cardamom spices for decades. He showed us around the old bungalow and the adjoining buildings and the history behind it. (The bungalow was built in 1929 by Sam’s great grandfather). He showed us the inside of the vast cardamom store where the cardamom seeds were dried with hot air dryer and stored. The rooms were quite spacious especially the bathrooms with hot water( Usually the bathrooms of hotel/resort are very small) and were quite well furnished. WiFi is also available. The cook mentioned that we can have a barbecue grill setup in the night. They have a decent portable music system on which we could play songs and barbeque the chicken in the open grill. The weather in the night is quite pleasant maybe a bit cold but nothing a nice sweater can’t fix. We also played table tennis, Jenga and chess. Cycles are available for kids. The caretaker took us around the estate and showed us the cardamom plants with their enormous leaves which are more than 6ft tall. We also saw ripe cardamom growing at the bottom of the plants. While walking around, the caretaker mentioned to us to look at the wild boar diggings all around the property. While we didn’t see any wild boars, we could imagine that the estate must be full of them just by looking at the number of diggings we saw around the property. Breakfast was delicious with tasty dosas and chutney. We left the property after our lunch which was also exceptional.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Response from sam mathew, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady
Responded 7 Dec 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an extensive review. It was indeed a pleasure to host you and your family. We certainly hope you will be back soon to enjoy the Kalarickal hospitality!!
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Rebecca H wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed here as part of a planned 2 week tour of Kerala. Such a beautiful place to stay. The rooms are spacious, light, clean and well looked after & the setting with the surrounding plantation, garden with flowers & beehives is idyllic. I spent a lovely couple of hours sitting watching the peppercorns drying and then being raked and packed away. The food both for breakfast and in the evening was delicious with traditional Keralan on offer alongside other choices. The tour of the plantation and an explanation of the cardamom process was really interesting and informative. We could have stayed here much longer than our 2 nights and were really sad that we had to leave, cut short by the Corona pandemic, if we had to have got stuck somewhere this would have been the perfect place to do it. The manager of the bungalow was really helpful, welcoming, reassuring and funny. It was a pleasure to stay here and we will definitely be back once the world is not so toosy turvy. Thank you & we hope that you stay safe and well during this challenging time for everyone. Becky & Toby x
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Steve Haws wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
The place is superb. The rooms are well kitted out. Mine host could not do enough for you. Very helpful and a great conversationalist. We had very interesting discussions about various things. It was a pleasure to meet this guy. Dinner and Breakfast can be accommodated around you plans for the day. We were on a tight schedule so he met are needs accordingly. Top Mark's for service and hospitality. Thanks Stevs and Debbie.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your feedback! Looking forward to host you and your family soon
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knc nair wrote a review Mar 2020
Kochi (Cochin), India19 contributions2 helpful votes
The stay is inside a well maintained cardamom plantation off Munnar Kumily road. The host is a wonderful person who takes extra care of all the needs of the guests to make the stay an unforgettable experience. The rooms are large, very clean and well maintained. The factory and plantation visits are highly enjoyable. Food is prepared inhouse in very heigenic conditions. Ideally a couple of days would need to see around and relax but one day also okay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Go for the villa deep inside the plantation if one enjoys solitude in the midst of nature.
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Response from Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, We are happy to hear about your stay at the property.Thank you for writing back ! Looking forward to host you soon.
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US$55 - US$82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaKeralaIdukki DistrictIdukki
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady
Which popular attractions are close to Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Nearby attractions include Anchuruli Waterfalls (8.0 km), Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam (3.4 km), and Jjk Spices (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
Yes, guests have access to a yoga room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Tamil.