Your hosts throughout your stay will be Victor & Gini Dey who are always on hand to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The main bungalow dates from the 1930s and has been restored and updated to a very comfortable standard, yet keeping the ambience of a plantation retreat. The rooms are large, and offer modern amenities.
Rooms are spacious with gorgeous wooden floors, ceilings and panelling and feature a TV, DVD, satellite receiver, mini fridge, electronic safe and a tea/coffee maker. Suites have their own private garden but for the ultimate in peace and tranquility book yourself into the Tree Villa suspended 35 ft above the coffee plantation.
Days can be spent relaxing by the pool, or wandering through the plantation learning how the coffee is produced – the advantages of having this wonderful area to yourself. Those guests who want to go exploring, there are a number of different walks from Tranquil, same for the gentle ambler and a few for the less faint hearted. Outside of the plantation you can visit the Muthanga National Park, or the Eddakal Caves where there are some superb cave paintings dating from 3000 BC. In essence, Tranquil offers the chance to get away from it all and relax in a wonderful natural setting. Highly Recommended.
Tranquil offers guests 10 Rooms split between Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, the Suite, the Tree House and the Tree Villa. All the rooms at Tranquil have on offer a TV, Satellite receiver, electronic safe and a Tea/Coffee maker. The rooms continue the family feel of the resort which is defined by the meal times spent in a communal eating area enjoying a range of food cooked in the traditional style the way it has been for generations using home grown ingredients. There is a pool and a tree house overlooking the pool with hammocks and comfortable seating.
The six Standard rooms are housed in the annexe built by the then owners to accommodate friends and family. The building has been extensively renovated, retaining the ambience of a colonial planter’s bungalow. The rooms open out onto a large shared verandah overlooking the lush tropical gardens.
Located in the west wing of the main bungalow, the Deluxe room adjoins the patio and looks down over the swimming pool from a private verandah. The room is large, airy and has wooden floors, ceiling and paneling. For the convenience of guests, there are two individual bathrooms and dressing room ensuite.
Nestled under the beauty of a Gul Mohr Tree, our luxury TreeHouse rests on three trees. At a height of 35 feet from the ground level and overlooking a valley facing north, comprising of a bedroom, a bathroom with a six point shower and a north facing verandah offering a panoramic view of the estate. Modern amenities include a TV, DVD, Satellite receiver, mini fridge, electronic safe and a Tea/Coffee maker. Adequate light and ventilation has been provided with insect screens on all openings. Approach is from an inclined walkway with railings, ensuring easy access for even the elderly. “Tranquilitree” is a stone’s throw from the main house and is connected by intercom.
Set close to the swimming pool, the Suite is tucked away below the Deluxe room. The Suite offers both space and privacy with the added luxury of a private garden offering the perfect hideaway. The suite has a large lounge room with seating all around leading into the main bedroom.
Standing elegantly on stilts, encompassing two trees at a height of 35 feet over the Coffee plantation, the TreeVilla offers you your own personal and private sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. The TreeVilla is spacious, child friendly and completely insect-proofed. Designed to accommodate upto four people, it has 8 feet verandahs on two sides and two bathrooms – one, with a panoramic view of the estate. Other features include a TV, DVD, Satellite receiver, mini fridge, electronic safe and Tea/Coffee maker.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities.
Facilities at Tranquil include a restaurant, swimming pool and a 40 acre vanilla bean plantation.
Integral to the homestay experience is dining at the family's table, as part of the extended family, where each meal is an occasion to sit down and enjoy a few hours together. At Tranquil, meals are enjoyed in a common dining area. They serve a mixture of continental fare, regional Indian favourites, traditional Keralan cuisine and “Grandmother’s” secret formulas. Along with some home grown vegetables and fruits, you can enjoy bread fresh from our ovens and home-made jams, preserves and relishes. Finish your meal with a steaming cup of hand-picked Arabica/Robusta coffee beans from the estate, roasted and ground to perfection. Garden fresh tea with a dash of milk or high grown teas with a twist of lemon are also great ways to end a sumptuous meal.
Aside from taking a dip in the swimming pool, or enjoying a relaxing massage you can take walks through the plantation or go bird watching to spot over 100 species of birds. You can also visit the Muthanga National Park which is home to wildlife such as Gaur, sloth bears, sambar, elephants, reptiles, tigers, spotted deer, monkeys, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, wild dogs, bison, lizards, bears, wild pigs, leopards and among others.
When to travel
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite the warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore this Indian land of mystery.
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Location and directions
Sultan’s Battery, India
Tranquil is nestled amidst a 400-acre coffee and vanilla estate near Wayanad, in northern Kerala and around 7km from the town of Sultan's Battery.
How to get there
Fly to Bangalore International Airport (10-hours), from where it's a 5.5-hour drive via Mysore to Tranquil.