I booked two rooms (really, they ended up being two huge bungalows attached to the house) at this plantation house because of the great reviews and photos. Although, photos don't do it justice. The views, the house, the host, the grounds, the wildlife, and the cleanliness are all outstanding. Make sure you take the plantation tour with Joseph and plan to eat your dinner there too (for less than $10 for dinner, it's a huge home-cooked meal with locally sourced Kerala ingredients). Go to Kerala, it's beautiful and fully recovered from the monsoon of 2018. And stay at this property (if a sister property is offered, decline the offer, this is where you want to stay) you won't regret it!!
We stayed 2 nights at the Kollenkeril plantation Homestay. The room was so comfortable and the views were fantastic. It was wonderful to be woken in the morning by the Malabar Whistling Thrush and the other birds just outside the window. The plantation is large and it’s so interesting to take a walk around and see all the different spices being grown here. The food was delicious and the staff friendly.
We had a wonderful two days here. We were made to feel very welcome by Joseph, who arranged a driver to show us the tea plantations and several other of the many beauty spots in the local area. Our tour of the farm with Joseph was one of the highlights; it produces so many spices and is beautifully situated; the homegrown coffee is very good. Joseph's brother, James, prepared delicious Keralan food for us. Kind and charming staff and a really good stay.
We spent a night as a family of 2 adults and 3 children and stayed in the family room. We really enjoyed the unique view of the mountains and being surrounded by the green nature. The host, Joseph was also very hospitable and offered us a tour of the plantation, the food was really delicious and the place was really peaceful and perfect to relax. We wished we could have stayed longer.
We stayed here for 3 days, far too short, and can only recommend this amazing halt far from the madding crowd. First of all, you meet Benny in the village before moving up to the bungalow, a very professional reception... the rooms are comfortable (and some), the view is breathtaking. The caretaker family are absolutely fantastic, welcoming and friendly and on hand for anything you need - and do take advantage of a tour around the plantation, it is fascinating. The breakfast and evening meals were perfect and delicious too. In short, an ideal landing point for visiting Munnar and the surrounding area.