Travel + Leisure India & South Asia brings you #TLFinds, a weekly series that gives you a sneak peek into new and interesting places and experiences across the country and overseas. The next in the series is The Mudhouse, an experiential nature stay nestled amidst the rural landscape of Marayoor in Kerala. Text and Photographs by Srushti Kulkarni
What is it?
A property experimenting with sustainable eco-living in the town of Marayoor in Idukki district of Kerala. The property offers complete nature immersion, healthy regional food, and soft hiking spots with endless views of the Western Ghats.
Nature lovers, bird watchers, and conscious travellers.
Review of The Mudhouse:
It takes a four-hour drive from Coimbatore to reach The Mudhouse in Marayoor, Kerala, but the destination is worth the wait. The winding drive through the jungles of Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sandalwood Forest along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border sets the mood for the nature holiday. Treasured amidst the rural landscape of Marayoor and the wilderness of the Western Ghats, The Mudhouse is a boutique property with four mud cottages and a treehouse.
It is not the only property with clay cottages lining the hillside, but The Mudhouse stands out with its aesthetically pleasing traditional architecture reminiscent of ancestral houses in Kerala. Surrounded by gardens blooming with local flowers, mini terrace farms, and numerous lounging areas, the four Earth cottages offer a taste of the barefoot way of life. The gorgeous treehouse comes with a serene patio offering views of the greenery around from a vantage point.
The boutique stay has been crafted using locally sourced natural materials including mud, wood, bamboo, coconut palm leaves, and grass. The homes adorn Warli paintings and minimal decor. The luxury of open-air bathing spaces, unfettered views of nature, a river flowing close by, and unpolluted fresh air makes my time here truly memorable.
For the first night, I choose the Mountain View Cottage, featuring a living room, a bedroom with a lounge bed by the window, and an al fresco bathing area. The Treehouse inevitably becomes home for the next couple of nights. It stands on wooden pillars carved out of Eucalyptus grandis trees, commonly known as the flooded gum or rose gum trees, that shoot up even when cut down, unless uprooted. The room at the treehouse has a staircase that ascends to a balcony which diverts to a corridor leading to the tropical-themed bathroom on one end, and a rustic bedroom on the other.
As a history buff, nature lover, and adventure enthusiast, my holiday plans usually revolve around properties within driving distance of places of historical significance, hiking spots, water-sports, and/or vantage points. The Mudhouse, Marayoor surprisingly checked all the boxes.
From exploring the dolmen caves dating back to 5000 BC, enjoying treks to the cascades nearby, spotting deer, tuskers, and bison, to staying put in the balcony with my book and tea, The Mudhouse, Marayoor offers a complete package to relax, rewind, and rejuvenate. The eco-retreat is the perfect escape from urban concrete jungles to the simple pleasures of life.
No. 382, Channelmedu, Anakkalpetty, Off Munnar Udumalpet Road, Marayoor, Kerala 685620
Starts from INR 7,000 (plus taxes) for two.
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