Review of Munnar Tea Country Resort: An experience to remember


During our recent trip to Munnar, we stayed in Munnar Tea Country Resort for one night and one day. It was one of the best resorts we ever stayed and we really enjoyed our stay there. Read this review to learn more about what we liked at Tea Country Resort.

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say we enjoyed every moment of our stay in Munnar Tea Country Resort. From the time we sighted the security staff in the gate of the resort, to the time we waved our hands to bid goodbye to the resort manager who escorted us till the gate while leaving the place, it was a true vacation experience.

Tea Country Resort Name Board

The security person greeted us with a warm, lively smile and not just a formal salute you get everywhere. He politely guided us half way to the reception. Since we had called them a few minutes ago from the bus stop, the front office manager was awaiting us in the reception. We were greeted with a warm towel to wipe the face and hands and were also offered a cup of fresh juice. Room keys were ready and it took less than a minute to complete the paperwork and head to our rooms.

Munnar Tea Country Resort
Reception area of the resort

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How to reach Munnar Tea Country Resort


Munnar Tea Country Resort is located near Anachal Junction in the Adimali-Anachal-Munnar route. From Adimali, there are two routes to Munnar and make sure you are taking the Anachal route. If you are a backpacker and coming by bus to Munnar, get down at the "Thattathi Mukku" bus stop and walk about 100 meters towards Munnar direction. Then take the concrete road on the left to reach the resort. You have to go about 150 meters in the concrete road which is pretty steep. If you are walking, be prepared to burn a few calories! There are houses on both sides of the road, giving you an impression that the resort is in a residential area. However, after you pass the 3 or 4 houses, you will reach the gorgeous resort, with an almost 360-degree divine view of hills, mountains, valleys and tea estates. Once you enter the resort, all you can see is the natural beauty of Munnar and you will feel like you are in another world.

I was overwhelmed with the chirping sounds of birds all around the resort. We even noticed a bird's nest with few eggs on a small bush in front of our cottage. While trying to take the photos, one of the staff members came and told us he can show much more such nests in the creepers on the fences around the resort but he didn't want us to go too close to them since that may disturb the chicks.

Munnar Tea Country Resort

View Point


They have built a beautiful sitting area above the restaurant. From this place, you can get an amazing view of the mountains, valleys and tea estates. This was my favorite part of the Tea Country Resort since one could spend any hours here, enjoying the weather and nature. This was a newly built area and I was told they are adding some greenery to this sitting area to make it more beautiful.

Family resort


More than anything else, in my opinion, Tea Country is a family resort. The family cottages are in a two storey, nature-friendly building, stretched from the entrance to almost till the end of the property. I stayed in the first floor but due to the way it is built on a hillside, you won't feel you are on a first floor. There are trees, bushes, creepers and lawns at both the levels.

There are few cottages overlooking the valley with the kind of privacy the honeymoon couples would expect. These cottages have an excellent ambiance in the evenings – a marvelous view of the sunset and chirping music of the birds, which have built their nests on the creepers behind the cottages. Once you enter the cottage and lock the doors, the world is yours! These cottages are built with privacy in mind, I was told by the resort manager when I checked those rooms before I decided to settle with the family rooms.

All the rooms in Tea Country have 2 levels inside. You will enter into the living room first and then go up or down to access the bedroom. It's kind of nice setup and not seen in many other places. If you are traveling with kids, you will get a nice separation for the bedroom from the living area. You can arrange the extra beds in the living room and go to sleep in the other room if the kids choose to watch TV until the midnight!

Sunset view - Munnar Tea Country Resort

Every cottage is equipped with a small kitchenette with a coffee maker, a mini-refrigerator and plenty of coffee/tea/sugar packets. I tried at least 4 different types of Tea during my stay there!

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Nearby tourist attractions


Even though you can walk to very scenic tea-plantations, other popular tourist destinations like Anayirangal dam, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Honey Bee Tree, Rose garden etc are a bit far. If you don't have your own car, you may have to hire a cab to go to the tourist attractions. Unfortunately, there are no Uber and Ola cabs in Munnar. If you like, you may hire a bike and go around the places yourself. If you are looking for night life, you will need to go to the town, which is bit far from this Tea Country resort.

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Advantages of Tea Country


The primary advantage of this place is its exotic location with an almost 360-degree view of beautiful nature. I don't know if any other resort in Munnar has a better location than this one. I have visited Munnar many times before and each time I stayed in different places. I could never find a better location than this one.

It has got a new building and every nook and corner of the resort are well made and is extremely clean. Usually, the backsides of the hotels are not well maintained in many properties and you won't even have access to such areas. However, I could walk around all areas of this resort, which is well maintained with trees, lawns and creepers. Behind the cottages, I could find a water treatment plant, which purifies the drinking water. There is an amphitheater right behind the restaurant kitchen. The amphitheater is well maintained with a lot of greenery and lights and has an excellent view of the mountains and valleys. You will get a view of the amphitheater from some of the cottages but not all.

Evening view of Tea Country Resort
All rooms have private balconies overlooking the beautiful view of the nature

Staff


Every single person I met in the resort, including the security staff who greeted us in the front gate, the cleaning ladies who were taking care of the garden, the room service guys – everyone there had a smile on their face, which gives some positive energy to the guests.

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Rates


The rates here are somewhere in the mid-range. If you look at TripAdvisor or other travel sites, you may find many resorts with cheaper rates, but I would warn you a few things – some of those resorts you find in such deal sites are not really resorts. They are just hotels which are labeled as resorts. Also, some of them are located deep inside the wild and unless you enjoy off-road driving and are ready to take some challenges, you may not want to take that risk.

Food


Their food menu doesn't have all fancy choices but has all common choices we expect in an authentic restaurant. We ordered some Fried Rice, Chilly Chicken and Chicken Manchurian along with some fresh juice. The food was tasty and well served. I wish they had more choices on the fish items but I was told they don't get too many choices on the fish in Munnar since it has to come from very far.

I forgot to check if they have a beer and wine parlor. I didn't see any "Bar" signboard anywhere, so I guess you won't get alcoholic beverages there.

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Other amenities


I saw a driver washing the car in a washing area and it looks like the resort offers the car washing facilities in case you choose to give some freshness to your car. Also, I was told they give good facilities for the drivers. In case you have a driver, you don't need to bother about food and accommodation for the driver, it will be taken care of.

Bedroom in Munnar Tea Country Resort
Our cottage had premium quality, comfortable bed.

Complaints


Usually, I am very good at finding something to complain about in any place I visit. Let me point out few things you should know before you book a room in Munnar Tea Country resort:

1. This is a privately owned resort and is not same as the KTDC owned "Tea County" resort. As far as I know, this resort is far better than the KTDC Tea County resort, but be aware that they are two different properties.
2. There are no air conditioners in any of the rooms and cottages. (I don't think it is actually required in the chilly weather in Munnar)
3. There is no swimming pool.

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Contact Information


Address:

Munnar Tea Country Resort,
Thattathimukku,
Chithirapuram PO,
Munnar, Idukki District. 685565
Kerala. India

Tel: +91 4865 263060/90
+91 94977 17353

Email: bookings@greenearthhotels.com

Website: http://www.munnarteacountryresort.com

Overall Review


Even though I pointed out a few things, I would give a 5-star rating for Munnar Tea Country Resort for its excellent location, well-maintained buildings and the amazing view of the Mother Nature. If you have stayed in this place, please share your experience below as a comment.


Munnar Tea Country Resort Photos

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Comments

Guest Author: Prasad20 Mar 2015

How to reach Munnar from Ernakulam? We are a group of friends from Goa. Next week we are planning to Munnar but we booking train tickets from Goa to Ernakulam. We want luxurious hotel for stay and give some tourist places to see near Munnar.

Guest Author: Hitesh Jambhulkar03 Jun 2016

This is a good budget resort. The booze shop is also close to (in case) and definitely the staff are courteous enough. However, transporation to Munnar is a problem. Chinnakanal needs good frequency of buses to Munnar.

Also,Club Mahindra is the most luxurious resort in Munnar?



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