An Abode in the Midst of Tea Gardens – Imperial Heights, Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

William Wordsworth was inspired to write one of the most famous poems in the English language, “Daffodils“, after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of the enchanting Lake Ullswater in  England. The French painter Claude Monet captured the changing light and seasons of the French countryside inspired by scenes that he saw in Giverny.

Nature and solitude are catalysts that propel the creative mind to go beyond the ordinary and push frontiers beyond the realms of imagination.

My own creative spirit though of course nowhere near the league of the greats mentioned above always dreamt of a place tucked away in the hills where the only sounds to be heard were those of nature. I had not found such a place all these years.

As it usually happens in life, dreams come true when least expected and from unknown quarters. We were planning our annual vacation which we generally take in the month of November and were looking up places where we could get away for a quiet and rejuvenating stay. This time around we wanted to head somewhere other than the usual luxury resorts and hotels. While browsing the internet we stumbled upon a property simply titled, “Imperial Heights”, that was situated in a small town called Vythiri in the district of Wayanad in the southern Indian state of Kerala which is also known as God’s own Country owing to its mesmerizing natural beauty.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

So off we went on a road trip covering 316 kilometers to our destination, Imperial Heights. On the way, we drove through the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and were lucky to sight some graceful deer grazing by the side of the road.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

Of course on our return, we were rewarded with the sight of a gentle giant – an elephant by the side of the road.

Imperial Heights Wayanad


Villa Review: Imperial Heights Wayanad, Kerala, India

The Imperial Heights Wayanad Property

Imperial Heights Wayanad

We arrived at a fork in the road and left the main road to take a narrow road that angled towards the left. Soon we found ourselves right in the midst of a tea garden. The road wound around the tea plantation like a necklace and we followed the winding road, as we ascended up a slope gradually.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

Soon we were at our destination. We were smitten at first sight. The house that would be our home for the next couple of days perched high above the road with a small garden and an enchanting sit-out. It looked down upon sloping tea plantations and in the distance could be seen the grey shapes of the peaks of the Western Ghats.

The Facilities at Imperial Heights Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

The property is a stand-alone villa with car parking and a small garden that has trees like Jack Fruit, Pepper, and flowering plants like roses. There is a delightful Verandah which overlooks the western horizon and is an ideal theatre to catch a spectacular sunset.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

There are two bedrooms each with a double bed and attached bathroom.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

A living cum dining room is in the center of the bungalow and it is equipped with a television. A neat and compact kitchen equipped with a gas stove and necessary utensils and accessories bring up the rear of the bungalow. In short, a self-contained dwelling unit where one could do their own cooking. The bungalow is well maintained and sparklingly clean and a person comes in to do the cleaning three times a day.

Food at Imperial Heights Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

Long solitary walks amidst the tea gardens, the enchanting smile of a tea worker, the fresh and invigorating air is enough to give you a sense of fulfillment and leave your soul satiated, but one has to think of baser instincts like hunger. You can choose to do your own cooking by buying groceries from the town. But we opted otherwise and hence our breakfast, lunch, and dinner were supplied to us from the local restaurants based on our preferences. This was very well coordinated by Arul who took great pains to ensure we were well fed. We relished some of the local vegetarian delicacies that included the famous Puttu and Kadala curry which is a cylindrical shaped steamed rice cake served with Chickpeas curry, Appam which is a rice pancake served with vegetable stew, idiyappam which consists of thin strands of interwoven rice flour. We also savored different varieties of Payasam or desserts which are authentic to the region.

Our Recommendation

Imperial Heights Wayanad

We found that Imperial Heights Vythiry Villa is a serene getaway from the chaos of our home city Bangalore. A place where we could listen in peace to the chirping of birds, hear the melodious ring of a church bell in the distance, and sit back and relax on an armchair watching the sunset and just do nothing.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

If you are looking for this sort of a place then Imperial Heights Wayanad is a perfect vacation home and is definitely for you.

We would not recommend Imperial Heights Vythiri Villa to you if you are looking for a place to party and have a roaring time, as we feel this would impinge on the sanctity of its beautiful surroundings. This place is for those who want to reconnect with nature.

We would not recommend this place to anyone looking for room service and everything at their beck and call, remember this is not your luxury resort, though it is much more than that! In fact, we can say that Imperial Heights Wayanad is one of the best places to stay in Wayanad.

Imperial Heights Wayanad

We would highly recommend Imperial Heights Wayanad for couples looking for exclusivity, families looking for some peaceful and quality bonding time and anyone who wants to lose themselves in the myriad beauty of nature.

How to get to Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

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How to get to Imperial Heights Wayanad

Imperial Heights Wayanad

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  • Imperial Heights Villa is situated near the town of Vythiri in Wayanad District of Kerala, India
  • The nearest airport is at Kozhikode which is situated around 75 kilometers away
  • Bangalore airport is at a distance of about 357 kilometers
  • The city of Mysore is situated at a distance of about 185 kilometers

In and Around-Places of Interest

Click here to book some things to do in Wayanad.

  • Trek to Chembra Peak
  • Soochippara Falls
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Kabini River
  • Wayanad Heritage Museum
  • Town of Sulthan Bathery which was earlier known as Sulthan Battery
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Meenmutty falls
  • Pookot Lake/ Pookode Lake
  • Lakkidi View Point, Kalpetta
  • Kuruvadweep, Kalpetta
  • Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Kalpetta

Tips: What to carry/pack  

  • Be sure you have the right footwear, hiking shoes or boots are a must
  • Rain is always round the corner, hence be prepared with a raincoat
  • Don’t say no to a walking stick, it is going to be quite useful for Chembra Peak trek
  • Do not forget your camera, you will end up taking plenty of photos
  • Keep additional memory cards, batteries, power banks handy as you are likely to run out of memory and charge as you are sure to go on a clicking spree

Be sure to buy all essentials.


How to book Imperial Heights, Vythiri, Wayanad Villa

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Have you stayed in a place that exceeded your wildest dreams in terms of seclusion and connect with nature? Do share with us your thoughts and experiences, as always we eagerly await your feedback.


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50 thoughts on “An Abode in the Midst of Tea Gardens – Imperial Heights, Wayanad

  1. robin rue Reply

    What an amazing experience to get to visit a place like that. Those deer though – absolutely beautiful.

  2. candy Reply

    The surrounding area looks so pretty and restful just looking at it. Love the spots on the deer. Falls, river and hiking and everything else looks awesome.

  3. Jeanette Reply

    That looks like a perfect place for a vacation! I would love to have seen those deer, and seeing that elephant had to of been just amazing!

  4. Doria Reply

    Wow, this looks like such an amazing place to experience! India is on our bucket list, we’ll have to make note of this place!

  5. Tomi C Reply

    This looks like a beautiful spot to visit. Being so close to nature and capturing those shots will make for memories for years to come. The accommodations looked pretty comfortable also.

  6. Heather Reply

    What a beautiful places! I’d love to see elephants out in nature where fences don’t contain them. They are such majestic creatures. Anyway what a beautiful place to vacation to!

  7. Angelic Sinova Reply

    What an amazing experience this must have been! Such beauty scenery and I love that you were any to get so up close and personal with animals.

  8. Sapphire Kharyzma Reply

    This sounds like the ultimate experience. I definitely have India on my bucket list. I will be checking out the Imperial Heights as my resort for sure!

  9. Pam Reply

    This looks like a beautiful getaway. I would love to see an elephant up close like that.

  10. Claudia Krusch Reply

    I would love to go to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It would be amazing to book a trip to Imperial Heights Wayanad.

  11. Terri Beavers Reply

    What a beautiful place to visit. I love being able to watch wildlife as well. Having a quiet restful place that is beautiful as well is my kind to vacation.

  12. Meagan Reply

    As one half of a travel couple, this looks like a wonderful, romantic escape. Thank you for all the recommendations and the review!

  13. Bharat & Supriya Reply

    Wow that Puttu and Kadala curry sounds delicious- never had them and now craving it, lol. We went to Kerala a few years back but never made it to Wayanad. Something that we ‘d love to do again!

  14. Brianna Reply

    I can see why Kerala uggs called God’s Country, your photos aste stunning and I’m amazed that you saw an elephant on the side of the road. I like that Imperial Heights keeps their rooms simple to allow nature to be the star.

  15. Linh Reply

    This place is now on my must-visit list. It looks so beautiful though. Thanks for sharing such interesting experience!

  16. Patricia Reply

    This reminds me so much about our trip around Mannar, in Kerala. The scenery, the tea plantations, the mountain feel… So much to see and explore in this part of India!

  17. Divyakshi Gupta Reply

    This looks like my kind of place! A place that inspires writing, poetry and lets you bond with nature and be one with nature! 🙂 Love those winding roads and the sweet fragrances of the tea estates! It reminded me of my stay in one such property which wasn’t all that fancy but still one of my best memories are made there. The food spread looks delicious! 🙂 Never been to Wayanad. Hope to visit it soon! 🙂

  18. Abhinav Singh Reply

    I have never been to Waynad. But heard great things about it. You are really lucky with that sighting of elephant. The property looks amazing. The food looks tempting. Do they serve jackfruit curry too?

  19. Renata Green Reply

    India is on top of my bucket list and Kerala sounds very majestic – of course you’ve put it in a very poetic way, too, so that helps ;-). I would like to visit since it sounds so different from everything that India is known for – the big city chaos, masses of people etc. This region looks very…cool indeed.

  20. Elaine Reply

    It looks like a wonderful place. I would love to see the elephants and deer. To me, tea plantations hugging hillsides are one of the most stunning landscapes.
    Your intro paragraphs of this article are beautiful and poetic.

  21. Joanna Reply

    What a beautiful and serene place to get away from the hustle and the noise of the city. I would love to visit a tea plantation and spend the night there. Your room looks basic but very cosy and the views from the house are spectacular!

  22. Adelina Reply

    What a beautiful place to stay! So lush and green. This is definitely something people don’t think of when conjuring up images of India. And to see an elephant too. How cool.

  23. Jenn Reply

    That’s amazing you saw an elephant just on the side of the rode! I’m the type of traveler who loves to be in nature so the Imperial Heights looks like a nice getaway for me.

  24. Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats Reply

    I love how you framed this in your introduction — the way you are inspired by the beauty of this special place, just as our great poets were similarly smitten with their own special places. The environment looks beautiful, as are the accommodations and the food!

  25. amit Reply

    Just from reading through this post and looking at your pictures I could feel the serenity of imperial heights. I’ve never been to a tea plantation before but I can imagine it to be a place to open up a few creative senses, and it must have been incredible to see the Elephant by the side of the road 😀 – This was a lovely read.

  26. Helene Reply

    I have not been to Wayanand but I did experience Munnar. The Nilgiris are definitely refreshing for the mind with the foggy landscape and the green tea gardens. 🙂

  27. Carol Colborn Reply

    What tremendous luck! You definitely found one place where you could escape the chaos of an Indian city!

  28. Silke Reply

    I so agree that solitude and beauty can help trigger that creative flow! These days, there is a constant distraction by electronics and social media and noise, it’s great when you can find a quiet spot where you can sort your thoughts and find some peace. Your stay in Kerala sounds magical. Thanks for the accommodation recommendation.

  29. Tom Reply

    Nature always inspired great poets and when I see such pictures, I can also understand why. I hope you had a good mixtape for the 316 km long road trip 😀 Long solitary walks amidst the tea gardens definitely sounds relaxing. I love places that are not like resorts as I really don’t like the party vibes 😀

  30. Jennifer Reply

    I don’t think I would want to leave this place! Quiet walks and sipping tea sounds like paradise to me (I drink a lot of tea:). And elephants to boot!

  31. Lance Reply

    I long for places like this. I love the peacefulness of nature and the solitude. What a fantastic find. Privacy with your accommodations, but also someone who comes in to clean the room three times a day!

  32. Paige Wunder Reply

    This place looks like the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and get to explore some amazing natural beauty! Great tip to bring those hiking shoes – looks like the perfect place for some hiking. Plus, the food sounds wonderful as well!

  33. Ami Reply

    Glad that you put that out – if one is looking at a party, this is really not the place for them. I can so imagine a peaceful weekend here with the birds and lush green fields. The misty mornings look so amazing in the pictures. Wayanad is always beautiful – in any season.

  34. Lucy Reply

    I love how close you were to the wildlife, that must of been amazing to experience. Where you stayed looked nice and relaxing away from everything and you could really enjoy the peace.

  35. Florence Reply

    I was impressed by the sunset pictures ! Sunset is my favorite time of the day 🙂 I’d love to visit Kerala, I heard so much about it when I was in India !

  36. Iuliana Marchian Reply

    It is so interesting for me to read an article about Wayanad. A few years ago when I was in Dubai, I met an Indian that had created a flower garden for a German woman that he had fallen in love with. She turned him down, but he created this garden for her in Wayanad, and later on he dedicated her even an NGO for charity in Africa. That what I knew about Wayanad until reading this comprehensive article. Thanks for sharing

  37. Geneva Reply

    My 12 months Indian Visa was just granted two days ago. I leave at the end of the month and plan to say some time in Kerala.

    Thank you so much for this post I will definitely have to visit these locations and try some of the activities!

  38. Matt Reply

    This looks like an amazing place and thanks for your honest review of it. I will be visiting India at some point and this looks like just the kind of place I’d love to spend some time in. I have bookmarked it for future planning. Happy travels!

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