One of the most thrilling and exciting experiences in Munnar in the Western Ghats is staying in a treehouse. There are plenty of hotels and resorts that have quaint treehouse stay options dotted in and around Munnar located amidst scenic plantations and forest valleys.
Providing not only the exposure to the wilderness but also luxury in the wild, these resorts have constructed tree houses in unique spots that give you beautiful views of the undulating tea gardens as well as dense forests with their wild inhabitants. The treehouses of Munnar are called Erumadam in the local dialect of Malayalam and they give a glimpse of the way the tribals of the area lived.
Each cabin among the trees has a well-appointed bedroom with all amenities including Wi-Fi and TV, bathroom with 24 hours hot and cold water supply and a lookout balcony. The treehouses are constructed out of bamboo, coir, and hay and have bamboo steps leading up to the living level. The locations of these treehouses on various properties are usually at the conjunction of a group of tall, strong trees with wide-spreading branches. So safety is not an issue. There are also treehouses set on stilt construction.
What is thrilling about a treehouse stay at Munnar? Well, you have to experience it to know quite how wonderful it is. For one thing, the night sounds of the forest echo around you making you feel a part of the wild, wild wilderness. For another, it is also an amazing experience when you switch off the lights and merge with the darkness. Herds of deer and if you are lucky, elephants come to graze below the treehouses. One can actually be among the wild creatures and watch them while in the relative safety of the treehouse in the wild.
The resorts provide sumptuous multi-cuisine meals during your stay, maybe a bonfire in the chilly evenings if there is no rain. Specialist guides well versed in the wildlife of the region can be arranged to take you on a guided safari in the jungles and if you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of leopards, tigers, bears, and elephants. Early mornings are fantastic. The early morning mist covers the surroundings and you will wake up to the chirping of hundreds of birds, a couple of squirrels playing and jumping from branch to branch.
The lush foliage surrounding the treehouses takes you into the world of Tarzan. Some resorts have treehouses overlooking the water holes where wild animals come to quench their thirst as do seasonal birds.
The Dream Catcher Plantation Resort, Vanya Tree Resort, and North Zone Resort are the top three resorts with tree houses and set in picturesque locales. The Dream Catcher Plantation Resort is a health retreat with health spas and yoga as well as organic meals. The resort is located in a plantation surrounded by tea gardens, rose garden, spice plantations, and cardamom and spice plantations. Amenities include campfire, yoga and farming experience. The resort arranges for camping, trekking, hiking, a nature photographer and bird watching. Located on Bison Valley road in Moolakada, Pallivasal in Munnar, the resort has a multi-cuisine menu, a vegetable garden, and a nursery.
Vanya Tree Resort is located at the 66th mile at Spring Valley, Kumily. They have a wonderful signature line that says “Where man goes back to his roots”, an apt slogan for their scenic resort. The 7 spring’s plantation Resorts is a 3-star resort set in the backdrop of cardamom plantations. Lovely waterfalls and springs add beauty to this idyllic retreat. Atop a lofty mountain, the resort overlooks a lovely landscape including the Idukki Arch dam.
Ela Eco land Nature Resort, Jungle Jive Tree House in Munnar, Kaivalyam retreat tree house, Munnar, Nature Zone Resort and Doubletree resort are other 3 star properties in and around Munnar where you can stay in a treehouse.
When you choose your Munnar package, make sure you opt for a treehouse to stay and enjoy the thrills that come with it!