A romantic getaway with Pepper Trail Resorts, Wayanad

When I was looking for a short getaway from Bangalore with my husband, as I was in need of a relaxing break after all my wedding celebration, I came across this beautiful resort and found that it was exactly what I was looking for (perfect for a newly weds I say ;)).  Tucked in the tropical rainforests of Western Ghats in Wayanad, India, this resort was surrounded by the invigorating wilderness and we felt like we were in a place, which was totally untouched.

Pepper Trail Pepper TrailThe Pepper Trail resort is just a Kilometer from the Sultan Battery town and is set amidst the colonial coffee plantation which is spread across 200 acres of area with only three guest rooms. We had a hard choice to make, as we had to choose between the tree house and a colonial bungalow. Finally, I had to go for the colonial bungalow, as the tree house was unavailable for the dates we were planning to stay.

A perfect shot to enjoy the morning coffee!
A perfect spot to enjoy the morning coffee!

The heritage bungalow, which we stayed in, is a 140 year old colonial bungalow called the “Pazhey Bungalaav”, which was built by Colin Auley Mackenzie, who was the founder of this estate in 1800s. Decorated with some of the finest handpicked antiques and heirlooms, the interior of the bungalow boast simplicity and gives you a feeling of being at home rather than a hotel room. The cozy bedroom had an adjoining living area, a spacious bathroom and a balcony with a view, where I spent hours reading, watching rain and getting lost in my thoughts.

The living area of the Malabar suite
The living area of the Malabar suite
The Bedroom, Malabar suite
The Bedroom, Malabar suite
Bathroom, Malabar suite
Bathroom, Malabar suite

Pepper TrailTo our delight we were welcomed by early monsoon shower, which lasted for few minutes, giving us a glimpse how beautiful this little paradise is after getting drenched.

The beauty after the shower!
The beauty after the shower!
The Woodpecker tree house!
The Woodpecker tree house!
The Woodpecker tree house!
The Woodpecker tree house!
The bedroom, Woodpecker
The bedroom, Woodpecker
A romantic dining place up in the tree house!
A romantic dining place up in the tree house!
The bedroom, Mackenzie suite!
The bedroom, Mackenzie suite!

Pepper TrailPepper TrailHere comes the second best part of our stay at The Pepper Trails, we were served scrumptious, authentic Kerala three course meal through out our stay which was prepared and customized according to our needs.

Our first meal was the lunch, as we arrived here early afternoon and it consisted of boiled rice, Mambazha Pulissery (sweet and tangy ripe mango curry), Cheera Thoran (Spinach stir fry), chutney, Vendakka Theeyal (Lady Finger curry) and Payasam for dessert.

Pepper TrailFor dinner that night we were served Banana leaf Kizihi as a starter, local coconut and rice rotis with ladyfinger curry and Ela Ada with ice cream. Having eaten every bite of these we retired to bed early as we had started quite early from Bangalore that morning.

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Banana leaf Kizihi
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Coconut and rice rotis
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Ela Ada with ice cream

Our second day was filled with activities, as we were tempted to try everything what the resort was offering. We started off with a delicious breakfast, our favorite Idiyappam and vegetable stew was served.

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Idiyappam and veg stew

Hoping that it wont shower we hopped on an open jeep on which we were riding to the Thovarimala hills. The drive was absolutely fun but a bumpy ride. The view from the top of Thovarimala hill was absolutely mesmerizing, from where we could catch a glimpse of Nilgiri mountains in the far south. We then drove back to the resort through reserve forest of Wayand, which is yet again an adventurous drive as we passed through dense forest and our friendly driver cum guide enlightened us about the local vegetation.

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Vantage point to view The Nilgiris from
Vantage point to view The Nilgiris from Thovarimala
The majestic Nilagiri hills
The majestic Nilgiri hills
View during our drive through the reserve forrest
View during our drive through the reserve forrest

As I loved the mango curry from our previous lunch, I had requested the staff to serve us again the same and they obliged to do so. After a relaxing siesta, we next planned to walk around the plantation and their herb garden, go for coracle ride in spring water reservoir.

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The 2000 year old grave we found during our walk in the estate!
The 2000 year old grave we found during our walk in the estate!

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The tea estate
The tea estate
View of spring water reservior
View of spring water reservoir

The highlight of our dinner on second night here was the Watermelon and tender coconut soufflé, which was something we both were having for the first time and it was utterly delicious.

Pepper TrailAfter binging here for two days we were highly anticipating on what they were go to serve us on our last day for breakfast. And I must say we were not disappointed when our breakfast arrived on our table.  We enjoyed on caramelized Nendran Banana (Local banana) and Puttu with Kadala curry (Chickpea curry).

Caramelized Nendran Banana and Puttu with Kadala curry
Caramelized Nendran Banana and Puttu with Kadala curry

After relishing on our breakfast we bid our goodbyes to this beautiful resort, hoping to return here soon. We have to confess one thing that even though the green forest and the ancient caves of Edakkal was the must visit in Wayand we opted to stay inside the resort and spend our whole trip just relaxing as we never felt like stepping out of our room.

Pepper TrailWe totally loved the hospitality and friendly nature of the staff, who were willing to go extra lengths to ensure our comfort. Apart from the pure solitude ambiance of this resort, The Pepper Trail is a must visit for the warm welcome and courtesy shown by its staff towards their customers.

To know more about Pepper Trail click here.

Pepper Trail Heritage Plantation Retreat

Mangalam Carp Estate

Chulliyode, Sulthan Bathery

Wayanad, Kerala 673 592, India.

Contact: +91 95 62 277 000

Email: reservations@peppertrail.in

Tariff: Malabar Suite: Rs. 9,250/night, Mackenzie Suite: Rs. 11,750/night and Woodpecker treehouse: Rs. 12,999/night

TOTS were the guests at Pepper Trail, these are our opinions based on the stay experience. 



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