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. 

28 Comments

  1. September 20, 2016    

    Wow it looks like a truly beautiful place! Guess what? I would be heading that way in October (if all goes to plan) for a blogging trip. Thanks to your post I will have high expectations!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 23, 2016    

      Enjoy your time in Kerala!! Will be waiting to read about it!! 🙂

  2. September 20, 2016    

    Beautiful pictures! They clearly reveal the wonderful ambiance the place has to offer! 🙂 …

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 23, 2016    

      Thank you Maniparna!! 🙂

  3. September 21, 2016    

    High end stuff, but the experience too seems that good!
    Great choice of stay !
    Wayanad is truly mesmerizing!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 23, 2016    

      Thank you Indrani! 🙂

  4. September 21, 2016    

    Amazing, Beautiful pics.

  5. September 22, 2016    

    Looks like home away from home. The food looks mouthwatering! And the house located deep within the forest is enticing. Paradise! Thanks for sharing this!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 23, 2016    

      True! Even for a second we dint feel like we were staying in a resort! 🙂

  6. September 23, 2016    

    The bungalow truly looks steeped in natural settings, perfect for some ‘us’ time 🙂

    I too would have preferred tree house over it, but then this was a great experience for you!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 23, 2016    

      Ha ha! Couldn’t agree with you more! 🙂

  7. September 24, 2016    

    This is a really informative article. Thanks for your efforts 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Your welcome Omniya Fareed 🙂

  8. September 24, 2016    

    The local cuisine looks scrumptious, but you sold me on the room! Love the perfect balance of bungalow feel mixed with some modern touches. I will definitely be checking out this romantic place to stay!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Yes do check it out, its perfect for couples 😉

  9. September 24, 2016    

    My Indian friends from school are warning me up and down about visiting India – saying you need at least a month, since you’re going to get sick your first week. The bacterial flora is apparently very different, and you also must have access to a trust local or else you face scam after scam. It looks like your getaway was as serene as such an experience can be, however.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Well, the scam and falling sick bit is not entirely true. If you are careful about where and what you eat, we can assure you there will be no issues. As for the scamming, it is just some of the street hustlers in crowded tourist places, just stay cautious with whom you deal and bargain :).

  10. September 24, 2016    

    A truly great resort and the only thing I saw that was missing were photos of birds and wildlife . I would have chosen the bungalow that you opted for until I saw the photos of the tree house. We are going back to India next spring and I will have to book that for a couple of days. I can wait until it is available just to enjoy that experience. The food is probably the top part of your visit. Every meal you had looked really good and we just love all of the food in India.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Yes do visit the resort, we are you will love every bit of your stay.

  11. September 24, 2016    

    Oh wow what a special looking place, I love the tree in the bedroom too – nice touch! 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Thanks for the love Becky :).

  12. September 24, 2016    

    What a beautiful place to stay. I absolutely adore the rooms! Looks like you had a lovely and relaxing time there. Were there a lot of people staying there? Because by the photos, it looks like you had the place to yourself!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      The resort did not have many people staying as it was still getting developed. Hence we got a additional bonus of having the place to ourselves ;).

  13. September 25, 2016    

    Such a lovely property. There is so much nature surrounding the lodging so it would surely be a delight to wander around and enjoy it. Looks like a peaceful place to relax. And the food looks amazing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Thank you Christine, the place is indeed blissful :).

  14. September 26, 2016    

    Awesome! Some lovely views and some lovely food! I’d visit here for sure! Hope you had a great time!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 14, 2016    

      Thank you Suzannah 🙂

  15. November 25, 2016    

    Beautiful pictures! In spite of being a Keralite, I haven’t visited Wayanad yet. I am not done exploring my own hometown 😀 Will be going to Wayanad soon. A suggestion: If you are a fan of Non-veg food, that is a must try in Kerala. 🙂

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