Top 11 Treehouse Stays in Kerala
A trip to Kerala can be as exotic or as rustic as you want to it to be. Either way, it remains incomplete until you spend some tranquil time amidst the lush foliage of Kerala’s tropical forests. Feast your eyes on verdant sceneries, disconnect yourself from the din and chaos of urban life and rediscover peace in the lap of nature. If you are really in for the experience, nothing matches the child-like thrill and adventure of shacking up in a tree house high above the ground. Made of eco-friendly materials like bamboo, coir and hay, tree houses have been capturing the fancy of nature enthusiasts since ages and there are plenty of options to accommodate every preference and budget. Here are some of my top picks.
Exotic and Indulgent
Vythiri Resorts: Surrounded by tea plantations, rocks, gushing waterfalls and dense thickets, Vythiri offers a delightful mix of beautiful landscapes. Add to that a Jacuzzi, candlelit dinner and an ayurvedic spa, and you’re all set for luxury.
Tariff: Upwards of Rs.15000/- for a couple, inclusive of 3 buffet meals.
Shola Periyar Treehouse: Nested atop a hauntingly beautiful Banyan tree, Shola Periyan is the perfect antidote to a hectic and stressful urban routine. Soak in the greenery, take a quiet walk or get engrossed in a book without any interruptions from TV, internet or phones.
Tarriff: Rs. 15,000 (Single Night Package)
Tranquil Plantations: With its serene surroundings, meditative walks, well-maintained swimming pool, home-cooked food, and heartwarming service, Tranquil Plantations is a perennial favorite among romantics. Walk through the meandering pathways through the sprawling coffee estate and spice gardens, or get seriously pampered at the Ayurvedic massage center.
Tariffs: Rs.14000 onwards for a couple
Green Woods Resort (Vanya Tree House): A stone’s throw away from the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Green Woods introduces you to the beauty of nature in its rawest form. With no access to television or internet, all you can do is admire the breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills and the gorgeous sunsets. On a good day, you may even spot a tiger or two strolling around your tree house.
Tariff: Rs.12500/- onwards
Green Magic Nature Resort: Touted as one of the best tree house experience in Kerala, Green Magic Nature Resort has found a place on the Lonely Planet’s List of Top Ten Eco Lodges. Camp it out like Tarzan, but with gravity-assisted water lifts and flushable toilets. Tariff: Rs. 9500/- for a couple inclusive of meals.
Nature Zone Jungle Park: How would you like an enormous tree trunk jutting through the your room? An enchanting resort that boasts of magnificent views and aesthetically done-up interiors, Nature Zone Jungle Park offers a truly organic experience without compromising on luxury. Tarriff: Rs. 7700 (excluding taxes)
Jungle Park Resort and Tree Houses: Secluded, yet not completely disconnected from basic facilities, Jungle Park Resort takes you in with its ethnic ambience. Sample Kerala’s rich culture and cuisine while you bask in the beauty of the tropical rainforests. Truly a pleasurable eco-tourism experience with a cultural twist.
Tariff: Rs. 8000 for a couple
Tariff: Rs. 8000 for a couple
Adventure on a Budget
Eletaria Resort: Truly a nature-lover’s delight, Eletaria Resort and its surrounding areas abound in rare flora and fauna. Set off on a nature trail to watch the various species of birds or just admire the picturesque scenery from your balcony.
Tariff: Rs.5000/- onwards per couple.
Carmelia Havens Resort: Tucked away in the middle of a family-owned tea plantation, Carmelia Haven is one of the few resorts that offers an authentic tree house experience, with modern comforts and amenities thoughtfully blended in. A multicuisine restaurant, indoor games, barbeques, nature hikes, plantation tours and a swimming pool – there is plenty to keep you busy. When you’re all spent, treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage at their in-house massage center.
Tariffs: Rs.4000/per night for a couple
Canaan Valley Homestay: Tree house stays need not always burn a hole in your pocket. Surrounded by acres of spice plantations, Canaan Valley Homestay has earned a reputation for its budget-friendly hospitality and tasty home-cooked food. The “Spice Tour” makes for a memorable experience and the spice store stocks fresh spices at very reasonable prices.
Tariffs: Rs.1500 onwards
B-Six Holiday Resort – Tree House: A perfect haven for those who want to experience the beauty of nature without missing out on modern comforts, B-Six Holiday Resort comes packed with a gym, yoga center, library, barbeque facilities and a full-fledged multi-cuisine restaurant. Tariff: Rs.2000 for double occupancy
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