We stayed there two nights. Rooms are spacious, clean with a balcony overlooking the river and very well maintained. Breakfast was good but we did get the feeling of it being a little limited. Our host was very kind to have a quick breakfast of omlets and juice ready even by 6:30 am as we wanted to leave early.
The river behind had enough water for my child to enjoy. We went for a walk on the lane to the immediate left on facing the property to walk by the river. We found a cosy spot by the river and spent two hours in the water. The water level goes up in the evening so do have a word with your host before you leave.
We had lunch and dinner at shaji hotel in the town right beside on turning left when exiting the property about 200m away. Food was very good and sumptuous.
The river from the lane beside is attached
It was an incredible experience just staying at this home-stay. The location, the property and the view are unparalleled. The owner of the place is such a friendly and helpful man. The food is great and you can ask for any local cuisine you want and it'll be prepared. The property is on the riverside and has its very own spice garden. You can enjoy coffee fresh from the trees. I'd recommend to everyone going to visit Munnar!
Beautiful location and very well maintained room.
The food cooked by uncle was yum and very clean place.
The rooms are very clean and an balcony .
Early morning view from the balcony is mesmerising.
Very peaceful .
Perfect for families and couples
River Rock Homestay was recommended to me by Saj from Sajhome in Fort Kochi. Please check out Sajhome in Fort Kochi to find out more about the magical Mr. Saj.
Overall I was happy with the choice.
The owner is a sweet man who speaks English reasonably well and prepares wonderful breakfasts and dinners. His wife, daughter and grandchild are currently living in Australia. His garden is amazing. Please see the pictures.
The rooms are luxurious, clean and comfortable. This is a lot more luxury than l typically seek out. But the price was more than fair considering this fact and the uniquely beautiful location.
The rooms are elevated about 30 meters above a river and garden and have breath-taking balconies. You can descend into the garden and walk to the river via a stone stairway. The garden offers nearly every type of local fruit and vegetation (bananas, cocao plants, pepper plants, passion fruit, coconuts, beech nuts, bamboo, spices and natural medicines). The river is home to a wide array of bird species and a type of tropical squirrel. There is less life *in* the water, the only small trace of the environmental issues that come from the more elevated and more polluted neighboring towns.
Kunchithanny lies in a valley below the surrounding mountains. It is a small village with a decent, albeit simple restaurant and a shopping area. You're not likely to find other tourists here. The town is about a 20-minute tuktuk ride to the larger, more popular, more lively and much more polluted town of Munnar. The tuktuk ride to Munnar is *suprisingly expensive*. The bus route between Kunchithanny requires a bit more planning but is much less expensive. For budget travelers, I strongly recommend taking the bus.
For those who crave action and chaos, Kunchithanny may be too quiet. But the majority of travelers will find this quiet, unspoiled "nature zone" to be far superior to Munnar.
Beware when hiring guides for day tours to enquire about the guide's level of spoken English. I was informed that my guide spoke English and was disappointed to find that his English level was extremely basic (vocabulary of about 100 English words, could understand only simple sentences of three or four words). As such, I could not ask any complex questions or learn a whole lot about the area. I decided to see it as a chance to learn Malayalam. My guide was nevertheless very patient and did his best under the less than optimal circumstances.
Munnar and Kunchithanny are in the mountains. This makes for ideal temperatures. Comfortably warm days. Cool nights that make for great sleeping.
The bus ride to Munnar involves about two hours of steep, winding roadways and lots of jolting Indian-style driving. As such, it is poorly suited for those with serious motion sickness issues.
This homestay is on a farm of cocoa, coffee and pepper situated on a really peaceful river. It's a short walk to the local village where there is an off licence if you'd like to pick up some beers.
The food at this homestay was fantastic, all home cooked and delicious. The host is really chilled and very welcoming.