Nestled in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, the beautiful district of Wayand in Kerala offers a plethora of options for every kind of traveler. Whether you choose wild life spotting at the Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary or trek 4000 feet up the mysterious Edakkal caves or marvel at the Banasura Sagar Dam which is the largest earth dam in India, the destination offers options aplenty for the discerning traveler. With three municipal towns of Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery, Chembra Peak, Neelimala, Meenmutty waterfalls and Pookote Lake are some of the other key attractions in the district.
However, if you are just looking to take a quick break and rejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings of the district, then head to Amaryllis which is a luxury homestay located after Sultan Bathery in Wayanad. Setting a whole new standard among home stays, Amaryllis is truly a class apart.
With stunning view of the Western ghats and the backwaters of the Karapuzha Reservoir, what struck me was the sheer beauty of the place in terms of the aesthetics and impeccable maintenance. Coupled with the graciousness of the hosts Ranjini and Victor Dey, the stay promises to be an experience like none other.
With a total of 5 tastefully decorated rooms and 2 luxury tree houses, the place has been done up from scratch by the couple. The creative yet functional coffee wood interiors, vintage furniture, artefacts collected from all over the worlds and an exquisite garden add to the magnificence of the place.
The garden is gorgeous with scores of exotic flowering plants; in fact each room is named after a unique flower that blossoms in their garden.
True to the symbol of Amaryllis that signifies strength, longevity, determination and radiant beauty, the place has been built with utmost attention to detail and it is hard to believe that the land was once an abandoned rubber plantation!
While in Amaryllis there is a whole lot you can do including bird watching and swimming in the glistening blue pool while enjoying the peace and quiet of the ambience. In fact, the rich variety of fruit bearing trees interspersed with coffee in the garden attracts over 50 varieties of exotic birds. The tree houses in particular offer some panoramic views of the green environs and also some spectacular sunsets.
You can enjoy all your meals with the family in the dining area that is partly open amidst some insightful and friendly conversations with Victor. Garden swings, cozy reading spaces coupled with open verandahs and terraces only compliment the wonderful setting.
Wayanad is located in the state of Kerala and well connected by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode. Wayanad is about 270 km from Bangalore.