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.
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.
Of course on our return, we were rewarded with the sight of a gentle giant – an elephant by the side of the road.
Villa Review: Imperial Heights Wayanad, Kerala, India
The Imperial Heights Wayanad Property
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.
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
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.
There are two bedrooms each with a double bed and attached bathroom.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
How to get to Imperial Heights Wayanad
- 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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