It's hard to not picture lush tea estates when thinking of one of India's most popular travel destinations - Munnar. While the hill station is dotted with attractive resorts, a step up is to experience the planters' life by enjoying a plush stay at a tea estate bungalow. IHCL's ama Stays & Trails portfolio, which is a new concept of homestays across Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, recently launched a collection of seven heritage tea estate bungalows in Munnar. With the growing demand for private stays, travellers may find this offering ideal to enjoy an exclusive stay while soaking in Munnar's picturesque landscape.
With these bungalows, ama gives you the best views of the rolling hills and emerald-green tea plantations. Located in the famous Kanan Devan Hills, on an estate spanning over 58,000 acres of lush plantations and thick forests, the seven original tea planters' bungalows offer an experience like no other. Breath-taking landscapes, pristine lakes, unending expanses of tea plantations, and blankets of mist - these are some of many reasons that make Munnar look like a picture-perfect postcard.
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From trout fishing on the estate, hot air balloon rides, rounds of golf, or a visit to the tea factories and the Tata Tea Museum, guests can immerse themselves in the local culture. The cuisine at the bungalows reflect Kerala, Tamil and British influences through traditional family recipes passed down generations. A scenic drive from Kochi or a helicopter ride to the exclusive helipads located on the estate, the ama bungalows in Munnar is the ideal holiday destination for family, nature lovers and adventure seekers.
The brand currently has a portfolio of 44 bungalows and villas with 14 under development.