Kalaketty Estate Bungalow My status
A Homestay Vagamon A Ancestral Home

Kanjirapally, Kalaketty – 686508, Kerala, India. Phone: +91 487 2420556,  Mobile: +91 98471 78455, +44 70 3183 6701 (UK) Send us an inquiry
Kalaketty Estate Bungalow was built in 1930 on a property granted, with title deed dated 1926 and handed down to his legacies and now painstakingly well kept by the present owner Mr. V.P Kurian. The building is situated amidst a lush green 150 acre estate of mixed plantation of rubber, coffee, cocoa, tapioca, pepper, vanilla and paddy.
Kalaketty Estate Bungalow is built on a small plot riveted up with the western side overlooking the fields where paddy, banana, tapioca and seasonal vegetables are raised and harvested. The field is bordered by a stream further west. The rotating cultivation makes the field emerald green all the year around.
The steeply pitched, tile roofed, double storied house has front balconies and tiny verandahs which runs the full front of the south east facing bungalow. The building is a typical blend of early Syrian Christian home architecture with the traditional spacious Keralite style of numerous cross ventilated doors and windows which let in lots of air and sunlight.
Old and huge Mahogany, Mango, Mangos tine, and Nutmeg and Clove trees shade the home. On the first floor a small part of the hall is set as a library with fairly good collection of books to read and relax. From the library one can step into the balcony offering a panoramic view of the cultivated fields below, swaying to the tunes of the mild breeze.
The single large bedroom with heavily timbered doors and windows has red oxide polished floors and are spacious and richly furnished. The walls plastered with lime stone stucco added with egg white are neatly finished and kept impeccably white to this day without much losing the mirror like shine.
The open windowed bathrooms are a specialty which gives a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings without hindering the privacy of the guests.

Apart from one large double bedroom offered at the old section, elderly guests coming on twin sharing basis can be accommodated in the new bungalow which has convenient modern amenities. The host also offers the opportunity to interact with their family and experience life as they do.
In and Arround

The property is situated in the middle of the highly prosperous rubber growing belt of Kanjirapally. Being a multi crop plantation the estate itself offers numerous sight of cultivation, procurement and process of various crops.

Mild walks through the s banks of the stream and through the paddy fields to have a close encounter with nature. The guests can watch the ethnic folk art ‘Pulikali’-a play in which a hunter and the Puli(tiger or leopard) try to outwit each other.
This programme which is full of fun and frolic is performed by a localy popular artist. A visit to the school of the blind which is just a few minutes walk from the bungalow. A visit to the Vermi composting yard to get a first hand knowledge of the process.
Visit to a monastery by the Order of the Benedictine Fathers where they run a farm. There is also a chapel which harmoniously blend the contrasting architecture of different faiths. Day trip to Vagamon or Teekoy to visit the Marmala waterfalls. A visit to the Green fields -the cardamom estate owned by the host, at Vandanmedu, on the way to Munnar. Fresh cardamom and pepper can be purchased from here.

Here on can experience the real flavour of typical Syrian Christian cuisine and Coorgi delicacies with the culninery skills at it's best of the hosts Anuja Kurian. For the tourist from Kochi, bound to Thekkady and Periyar this is an ideal spot, to stop and have their lunch break which can be arranged on prior notice.
Rs 12000 / 2 pax with all meals.

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