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 newlyweds I say ;)). Tucked in the tropical rainforests of the 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.
The 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 choose the colonial bungalow, as the tree house was unavailable for the dates we were planning to stay.
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 the 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 the rain and getting lost in my thoughts.
To 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.
Here comes the second best part of our stay at The Pepper Trails, we were served scrumptious, authentic Kerala three course meal throughout 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.
For 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.
Our second day was filled with activities, as we were tempted to try everything the resort was offering. We started off with a delicious breakfast, our favorite Idiyappam and vegetable stew was served.
Hoping that it won’t 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 the reserve forest of Wayanad, which is yet again an adventurous drive as we passed through the dense forest and our friendly driver cum guide enlightened us about the local vegetation.
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 a coracle ride in 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.
After binging here for two days we were highly anticipating on what they were going to serve us on our last day for breakfast. And I must say we were not disappointed when our breakfast arrived at our table. We enjoyed on caramelized Nendran Banana (Local banana) and Puttu with Kadala curry (Chickpea 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 were the must visit in Wayanad we opted to stay inside the resort and spend our whole trip just relaxing as we never felt like stepping out of our room.
We 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.
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Pepper Trail Heritage Plantation Retreat
Mangalam Carp Estate
Chulliyode, Sulthan Bathery
Wayanad, Kerala 673 592, India.
Contact: +91 95 62 277 000
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.