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Reviewed 6 December 2020

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.

Date of stay: November 2020
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sam mathew, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 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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Reviewed 18 March 2020 via mobile

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

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at the property. We look forward to hosting you again.

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Reviewed 3 March 2020

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.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2020

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your feedback!
Looking forward to host you and your family soon

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Reviewed 2 March 2020

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.

Room tip: Go for the villa deep inside the plantation if one enjoys solitude in the midst of nature.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 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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Reviewed 21 February 2020 via mobile

We had an amazing 2 night stay here during our tour of Kerala.
Really enjoyed our tour of the plantation on our 1st day and enjoyed a fun BBQ on our 2nd night.
Were made to feel very welcome and taken care of by a fabulous host who really did everything to make our visit a very memorable one.
Were even given a gift of Cardamom and pepper grown on the plantation which we have enjoyed since retiring home.
Totally recommend

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Merin George, Owner at Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow, Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2020

Dear Guest,

We appreciate your feedback about your stay at the property.Really happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday.We look forward to host you again

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