This Heritage Homestay In Kerala Takes You On A Sustainable Tryst With Nature

by Tejashee Kashyap
This Heritage Homestay In Kerala Takes You On A Sustainable Tryst With Nature

In between the hills of Kottayam and Idukki in Kerala, transport yourself to Vagamon. The place is known for its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere amidst lush green tea and coffee plantations. And there in the hills of Kottayam is a vintage two-storey heritage home of a Vallikappen family, Vanilla County.

Tales Of Vanilla County

Built in 1947, this family home of the Vallikappens is set amidst plantations and the utmost greenery. Now, managed by the third generation in the family, this Dutch-style bungalow has been a homestay for almost 25 years, welcoming guests from all over the world. The colonial-style bungalow is now run by  Mathew Vallikappen and his wife, Silu.

Located in a picturesque locale, Vanilla County is a place to relax and unwind. And there are a lot of activities that you can take part in.  Hike to one of the natural rock pools, go on an offroading experience or enjoy a guided nature walk through the plantation. Visitors can take a stroll through the bungalow’s expansive gardens, filled with exotic flora and fauna, or relax on its sprawling verandas and soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

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Staying Here

The bungalow’s interior is equally impressive, with its spacious rooms, high ceilings, and antique furniture.  There are eight rooms, divided into heritage bungalow rooms and cottage rooms. The decor has a classic and vintage old-world charm. You can still see all the original teak and rosewood furniture, which are still in use when the bungalow was first made.  The furniture in the house is as old as the estate.

The rooms come minimally furnished with double beds, a dresser, a wardrobe and a work desk. However, when you open up the windows, you are assisted with the best views. They take you to the views of the lush green hills and gardens. Moreover, there’s a sprawling lawn with hammocks and a large terrace where you can lie down and enjoy the starry sky above.

When it comes to food, expect homemade fresh food. Most of the spices and ingredients are sourced from their own plantation or from farmers in the region. Vanilla County also has an in-house chef who prepares all meals, and menus for each day. If you are out there to explore regional dishes from Kerala, the menu doesn’t disappoint.  From puttu-kadala and appams to bacon, and sausages, there’s something for everyone.

Vanilla County with its elegant architecture and beautiful surroundings make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and conservation. It’s definitely a place you do not want to miss!

When would be heading to Vanilla County?

Where: Vagamon, Kerala
Cost: ₹6,500 onwards/night (approx.)

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Cover image credits: Facebook/Vanilla County