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A Unique Heritage Homestay in Thekkady

Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow is more than 100 years old. The current owner's grandfather, K K Kurian Kalarickal, settled in this area in the early 1900s when the hills were still thick with forests and wildlife. He was among a few pioneers to make his way into the mountains and begin cultivating them. Even forty to fifty years ago, it was not unusual for herds of elephants to make their way into the plantations and hunting for game was a favored sport among many estate owners. Today, though the area retains its untouched beauty; its history only adds to its charm. Under the care of Dr. Mathew Samuel Kalarickal and his son, Sam Mathew Kalarickal, the estate harks back to a quieter, slower time when some of Kerala's greatest entrepreneurs were adventurers and sportsmen who recognized the fertility of the Idukki soil, and fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle they promised. These men planted the seeds for the first crops of cardamom and pepper in the area, and began in their families, an industry that has turned into tradition. K K Kurian built this bungalow in 1918; for many years it was a landmark in Idukki, doubling up as a village office for planters and visitors who came to seek advice. Up to five generations of local families have been employed in the estate. The bungalow was built using clay instead of cement and a section of the wall, has been left open so that visitors can see how clay was put to use in these old buildings. Renovations to the building include a new teak roof and modern amenities in all rooms.

Room Types



Classic rooms are approximately 225 square feet of living space. Our classic room features a Double Bed and the rooms all have a small balcony overlooking our back garden. All our Classic rooms have an attached modern, fully equipped bathroom with 24 hour hot water facility. We have 2 Classic rooms.



Premium rooms are approximately 400 square feet of living space. These oversized yet cozy rooms features a flat-screen TV with international TV channels, a comfortable Queen size bed and a spacious wardrobe. The Premium rooms also have a seating area with couches and individually controlled air conditioning. All our rooms have an attached modern, fully equipped bathroom with 24 hour hot water facility. We have a total of 7 Premium Rooms, out of which 4 rooms are premium suites while the remaining 3 are bungalow suites.




Lovely surroundings

We spent four days here after Christmas 2016. When we arrived we were surprised to find that the property was located right off a road since we we were under the impression from the Eco Trails Kerala tourist agency that booked it that the property was "surrounded by a cardamon plantation" where we'd be able to walk and explore in peace.

Robyn M

Beautiful historic Bungalow

We stayed at the Kalarickal Heritage Bungalow while cycle touring for 3 weeks through Kerala. We found the information on a blog written by other cycle tourists and experienced the same amazing service, beautiful rooms and property, and wonderful welcome by the hosts Joseph and Maria. They cooked us the most amazing meals with fresh ingredients and perfect to our tastes.

Satish C

20 years of reunion with 6 Engineering friends along with spouses and children

We where a group of 20 people , 6 Engineering friends along with families drove by road from Chennai to Kalarickal heritage bungalow, I suppose this was the most best memories which we would retain through our life for our 20 years reunion as the property was beyond imagination and apt for friends and families for a great gathering...

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