Hundred kilometers east of Cochin, towards the mighty Western Ghats is Munnar – popularly referred to as the tea country in Kerala and the most sought after destination for the Indian Honeymooner. Nestled within these mountain ranges is Ela Ecoland Nature Retreat and small nature resort located at Kallar, fifteen kilometers before the Munnar town. Ela Ecoland is a destination by itself and has a lot of ingredients that would attract the discerning free independent traveler. It’s been a wonderful place for the honeymooners as well with its scenic location, flowing by river, the plantation, the people around all make Ela Ecoland and hide out into nature and one of the most exquisite specialty lodging in Munnar.
The Tree House is what made Ela Ecoland popular among visitors to Munnar. Ela Ecoland features a Tree House, a couple of Luxury tents and a two bed room rock house. The Concept is about merging the creature comforts very much along with nature and its beings. You truly feel like you are suspended 20m in the air communing with nature – said chow a guest from the United Kingdom. The mornings are just amazingly beautiful with a treat to your mind, body and soul. The chirping of birds never end and the variety will amaze you. The Tree House has the best of the views in the property, then comes the tents and finally the rock house. The Tents are independent cottages with the walls covered with canvas giving it the name “Luxury tent”. Its got a balcony and a tiled bathroom as well. The Rock house which is ideal for families is two bedroom cluster elevated on a single rock. All the rooms have basic amenities, running hot and cold water, tea coffee maker kettles, and basic furniture.
The plantation tour organized at the property every day is a one of the most exciting program for any guest who is excited about agriculture and plantations. With around 20 different varieties of crops, at the end of the tour, your pockets are going get filled with fruits and seeds. Apart from that most young guests venture into the waterfall that brings the Kallar River to Ela Ecoland. The short list of activities offered at Ela Ecoland includes Tea planation hikes at the Viripara waterfalls. Shola forest trek to the viewpoints, birding tours by Kuttan, a dip in the Kallar river and much more. The Jeep trek to the kuruthikudi tribal settlement through the forest track and finally reaching Annakulam is a fantastic option to explore the forests close by. Annakulam is a village neighboring with the river acting as the border. Elephants from the nearby forests come down to the river at Annakulam to drink water. The bubbles that pop up from the river are considered to have some special element that Elephants love to drink. This is one different side of wild Munnar.
“It’s a genuine treehouse (unlike many other places on offer) set in the most tranquil setting; friendly and helpful staff. Clambering around the river/stream was a highlight but honestly, nothing beats the view and sounds from the Tree House in the morning”
A different aspect that the Tree House in Munnar Ela Ecoland possess is the exclusivity and the privacy it offers. It is because of these reasons that the Tree House is a honeymooners paradise in Munnar. Erected among four large virgin trees with a tree going through the house, makes it one of the best Tree House in Munnar. The Balcony is just amazing with a couple of recliners giving you ample space to relax and enjoy nature to the core. The Tree House is approached through a wooden staircase from the rear, a safe a secure way to approach the Tree top doors. Apart from these, setting up a romantic candle light dinner beside the Kallar river is another interesting setup that honeymooners love to experience.
On the other side, Ela Ecoland Nature Retreat is not an elderly friendly property as the rooms are located on a hill top, which makes it difficult for the elderly to climb up. It is also not a disabled friendly resort as well. Putting up rest of the facets of Ela Ecoland, this nature retreat makes it a nature lover’s paradise, a birders paradise, a honeymooner’s paradise in Munnar and for some fun filled family holiday. Click on the link to know more about Ela Ecoland Nature Retreat