We stayed at Parvathi Biungalow, Tea Sanctuary, Munnar in the last week of December. The cottage looks pretty, set in a lovely garden with flowers and vegetables and even a strawberry patch! The cottage offers a panoramic view of the surrounding tea estates. The plus side is the natural beauty that you are surrounded with, being just 3km away from Munnar town. We had the whole bungalow to ourselves making it a home away from home. The children aged 9 to 17 had a free run of the place and played soccer on the lawns to their hearts' content. The staff were polite and accommodating even if not very efficient. They were able to accommodate our driver on the premises too. You feel completely cut-off from the rest of the world and lost in another time.
I had called the previous day and informed the person in charge that we would be arriving in time for lunch and gave him our menu. We arrived at about 12:30 pm and were served lunch at 3pm!! The food was hot and homely with rotis, rice, dhal sambhar, rasam, vegetable and a non-veg dish. You must tell the cook in advance whether you'll be in for a meal and give him the menu. Since there is no printed menu, one has to ask the cook what he can put together.
The rooms were threadbare, like some genteel family had fallen on hard times and had to sell anything that was of value. The place was reasonably clean but not spotless. There are fireplaces in the rooms but they don't light them as the rooms were painted recently. Since it was December we asked for room heaters but they had only one and that too could not do much of a job in such a large room, with warping windows letting cold air seep in.
As far recreation on the property is concerned, there is TV, you can play in the garden provided you bring your own gear, and there is a carrom board. If you want to anything else that is promised on their site, make sure you have it spelled out clearly when you book. If you want to fish they will get you permission at Rs.2000/- per head but you need to arrange for gear and transport. If you want a bonfire you must pay Rs. 1000/-, you need to carry your golf gear and check which facility you can use. If they have a VIP visit on their property then you will not have access to most of these spots.
The alternative is to stay at the cottages (not rooms) at the High Range Club if you have a reciprocal membership from some other club. The rates are reasonable, the food homely but more variety, there are more facilities on the grounds for children and adults. Of course you won't have that "away from the world" feeling.
It is also useful if you know some tea estate manager, who can make arrangements to make your experience in Munnar substantially better and different from the usual tourist routine.
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