Hill Stations are a gift of the Mother Nature. Wayanad in North-East Kerala is a typical green meadow left by Mother Nature. It is best enjoyed by those who have the time to stay and feel the deep magic of nature; precisely it’s yet another day in paradise.
Aloha!! Drive through 9 hair pin bends is like a road to Eden, sprinkled with greenery on either side. The landscapes are treasured in an emerald blanket.
We spent three days at Vythiri resort when we were in Wayanad last week. Spread over 150 acres, the resort is located a little away of 2 hours’ drive from Kozhikode. Vythiri resort gives a mystical charm that instantly pulls you towards nature!! On our arrival, a traditional warm welcome with Chandan and flowers at the resort brightened our spirit. It’s so blissful and different owing to our ancestral origins which we have never experienced it anywhere before!
Though the place looks secluded amidst the dense rainforest, it’s safe and we felt so romantic! There are five distinct types of cottages & villas including the tree houses throughout the resort and they all have amazing vintage wood furnishings with unique lights creating a warm ambience. The rooms are so spacious and elegant which made our stay comfortable.
Cottages, we stayed all had balconies which offered a splendid view of natural water streams with gushing water waves and heavenly hums of fluttering birds… There was no Wi-Fi, no TV in the rooms. I loved it! Eventually, you’ll have time to spend with family and loved ones. Wi-Fi is restricted to the reception area and games room. There’s no need for AC’s as Wayanad has breezy cold weather which helps you to stay cool. Carry warm clothes or layering might help you as nights get colder. December – February is the perfect season which offers cold weather to enjoy the place.
Both honeymoon pool villa and pool villa has private swimming pool whereas honeymoon villa has a plunge pool with a Jacuzzi. Pool waters are non-heated and it was so cold for us to swim! It would have been great, if the water temperature had been set in accordance to the weather.
Vythiri Haven is a spacious cottage with a fitted bath tub. The balcony overlooking dense trees is impressive and they are fenced to prevent any animal intrusion!!
Apart from villas and cottages, I loved tree houses. Ever wondered building a tree house at your backyard? A day in the tree house was so thrilling as to live in harmony with nature amidst the rain forest. This has fulfilled childhood dream and fantasy of fairy-tale houses perched at the top of the tree.
A compact bedroom with attached bath hovered beautifully on the top of banyan tree. They have a balcony overlooking the dense forest and you can enjoy watching birds in the woods. During nights, the sounds of bird and the cries of monkey will give a nightmare. Nevertheless, the place is much safer and will let you sleep peacefully.
You could see Malabar Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Langur, Owl, lot more birds and monkeys in and around the resort.
The personnel at Vythiri are friendly and courteous! They always check if you need anything and greet you with a smile. This was something that really made us to feel at home! When Lazz was swimming in the pool, personnel named Rajesh came with a towel. Hush!! That reminded us, we forgot to carry one to the pool!
They have a spa and Ayurveda center to rejuvenate your soul. Soothing Adam and Eve relaxing head massage comes as a complement along with the package helps to unwind stress. Besides, they have a gym for fitness aficionados. When boredom hits you hard, do indulge in games! They do have indoor and outdoor games.
The restaurant offers a multi-cuisine eatery, including authentic Kerala recipes. Olan was our favorite! Fresh salads, varied main courses with delicious desserts give a delighted meal for the day. All meals are included in the stay at Vythiri, inclusive of snacks and tea in the evening.
Walking down the resort, taking in the scenic beauty of natural falls and streams, more than exquisiteness you’ll feel the tranquility of nature. I loved the stay at The Vythiri Resort! If you need to be in Wayanad for a special occasion, go for it.. It makes you feel at home.
How to get there: By Air: Flights from Chennai to Calicut are available. By Train: Trains from Chennai Central to Kozhikode / Calicut are available. From Calicut, hire a cab to reach the resort at Wayanad.