We wanted to spent a weekend in Thekkady, as usual most of the hotels are full or overcharging, then one of our friend working with ICICI referred Harithavanam, it just 13 to 14kms from Thekkady in Vandiperiyar. This is no frill place and looks like a typical farmers property in this part of the world. Located in the banks of Periyar river, it got almost all the seasonal spices, fruits and vegetables famous in the region are available on the property itself. Even the drive from Vandiperiyar to the resort through the tea garden itself is a nice experience.
Food was one of the best things in Harithavanam, prepared by ‘achayan’ and ‘ammichi’(our cooks), one of the best I had recently. Everything they prepared was so tastee. Beef stew was the best thing. And they had a very very special item in the menu. ‘pazham kanji’, I ordered the same for my second day breakfast – pazham kanji normally served in the morning in kerala- it prepared by socking the last night’s boiled rice in curd and mixer of ginger and small onions and ‘Kanthai’(small kerala chillies)- prepare this mixer in night and you have it for your breakfast- I tell you there in nothing like it, its heaven- best hangover food in the world.
We went to thekkady and had boating in the morning and came back to resort for the achayan’s kerala lunch chicken and fish curry. After noon we went for the river trekking and fishing, we were not very sure about it but it turns out to be the best experience in our recent travels. Resort arranged for a fisher man, we walked through the river, jumping from one rock to another, some time through the water, as it is not deep in most of the part, we got couple of KGs of various fish, we came back for tea and the snack specialty was tapioca and chilly chutney and achayan fired some of the fish from our catch itself immediately served to us. For the dinner achayan prepared Rabit masala – sad/good thing is that we can choose the rabit from the farm itself.
We had memorable weekend and a different one, we enjoyed the river trekking and fishing and the food, more than the thekkady boat ride. We were bit apprehensive initially as this resort is situated remotely, only a small home near this resort(blessing in disguise – other than our noise there in no sound from anywhere) , no great views from the resort, but had the river in the back yard, we had a bath in the river as if it is a private property. Accessibility – 4 kms from the main road (KK road) from vandiperiyar, tarred road though the tea garden to the resort made the travel hassle free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An offbeat destination with eco-friendly cottages in the tranquil countryside, in Vandiperiyar, Thekkady, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing a wholesome farmer experience. Wake up to the symphony of avian chorus, inhale your fill of pristine air and discover the tranquil countryside. Preoccupy yourself with farm activities, walk through the woods, view the canopy of tall trees above, listen to the river gushing down, try some fishing, trekking, and more. A rejuvenating experience awaits you as you partake in the farmer life amidst the mist shrouded plantations and the unadulterated beauty of Mother Nature. Harithavanam Farmer Resort is located in Vandiperiyar, about 14 kms from Thekkady, and 40 kms from Gavi, in Kerala, South India. The drive to the resort is in itself fascinating, with a 6 km stretch of tea plantations on either side.lots of activities here fullday trkking programe ,night fishing, cycling, bike safari, jeep safari, water falls trekking,tending etc... An idyllic holiday destination like none else! ... more less
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