Parisons have two bunglows namely; Talapoya and Cherekara. We stayed at Talapoya bunglow this Feb for 3 nights and just loved every bit of it. Actually we had booked a room at Cherekara bungalow but got upgraded to Talapoya bunglow free of cost. Cherekara bunglow is located a bit interior in the estate as compared to Talapoya bunglow. Talapoya is a bit modern with bigger rooms and newly renovated as compared to Cherekara. But after seeing Cherekara, I must say that stay at Cherekara would be as good as staying at Talapoya.
Coming back to Talapoya, as mentioned rooms are spacious and well maintained. The landscaping too is beautiful. The dinning area has gorgeous view of tea plantations. Ali (the property manager), Shaad, Krishna, Zubi and the Chef (sorry to forget his name) are all very courteous and helpful. Ali took us for a small trip inside the estate and to factory where he explained us tea making process. In fact Ali was very helpful in explaining us the route that we should take from Coorg to Wayanad and places that we could cover on our way to Wayanad.
The best part of the stay was food. Since we were the only at bunglow, they prepared food as per our request. They prepared some south indian food like, idiyappam, puttu, rasam, malabari paratha, local style chickpeas and chicken gravy, banana pudding, bisibele bath, lemon rice, etc, which were DELICIOUS to the CORE!! Since our package was inclusive of all meals, they also packed food on the day that we went for site seing.
The only negative about this place is that it's quite far from various tourist attractions, but if you have time and vehicle, then it's not much of a hassle. Secondly since the property is small, they don't have full time masseuse. So if you really want some spa treatment, you need to intimate them in advance.
As a nice gesture they gifted is pack of CTC and Orthodox Tea at the time of checkout.
I would really recommend this place for nice peaceful holidays and definitely will love to come back to Parisons.
Of all nice places we visited in Kerala, Parisons Plantation was the most charming. Big rooms with antique furniture and comfortable beds. Lovely staff and good food. The visit to the tea plantation and the tea factory was fantastic. Like being in a movie. And the tea tastes excellent!
Parisons Plantation offers traditional colonial accommodation in two bungalows. We stayed in the larger, Talapoya, which was the old Plantation Manager's home and has six bedrooms. The other, Cherakara, was the original guest Bungalow with four bedrooms.
Talapoya is by far the most impressive of the two and has the advantage of a lovely swimming pool and fitness centre. Our bedroom was huge (if a little dark - could do with better lighting in both bedroom and enormous bathroom) with a lovely outside terrace area and amazing views over the tea plantation to the mountains beyond.
The friendly Manager, Ali, also took us to see Cherakara, a few minutes walk away. This is also delightful and feels lighter and brighter but less impressive. The garden here is lovely with shade from a huge Rain Tree. The vegetables for consumption at both properties are grown here and it is interesting to see the vegetable garden and meet the gardener.
You need to book the full board option as there is really nowhere else to go to eat apart from the small plantation village which is a 10-15 minute walk away. The food is very good if a bit repetitive. There is no choice, but there is plenty of it. The Indian breads served with every meal are wonderful. The staff are very good and politely attentive. The rather stilted and hushed atmosphere in the dining room meant that once dinner was over there was little other option than to retire to our bedroom. Breakfast is served on the terrace, again with fabulous views.
The original tea factory is still operational on site but well out of view and is very interesting to look around. We went Ali, who also took us for a walk round the estate for a couple of hours and was very informative about the history and workings of the plantation.
This part of northern Kerala called Wayanad is in the mountains of the Western Ghat and is off the beaten track (an 8 hour drive from Kochi) but we would definitely recommend this rather special property to anyone wanting to explore a different side to India's southern state.
Please note that Kerala is an alcohol free zone and there is no alcohol served at this property.
We stayed here two nights at the end of January and arrived the worse for wear as I had an upset stomach and my husband a debilitating cold. This was the perfect place to rest and recuperate and we were shown every consideration through our stay. Mr Ali the manager was very charming and efficient as were all the staff who gathered at the front door to wave us off as we left feeling a whole lot better. Our room was beautifully furnished with a huge and comfortable 4 poster bed, sofa, easy chairs, wardrobe and dressing table. The bathroom was enormous and had a walk in shower and a roll top bath big enough for two. The veranda outside our room provided us with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding hills and the air was clean and crystal clear. The food was delicious Indian gently spiced and not too hot and breakfast on the terrace overlooking the tea plantation and mountains was magical.
This is really a homestay rather than a resort and was one of the most relaxing parts of our 6 week trip. It was also one of our highlights. Most of the other reviews have given great reviews of the place all of which I totally agree with. On arrival we were met by Ali and given a tour of the bungalow. We made good use of the sauna, steam room and pool area. We had personal attention the first night as we were the only guests! The next day we had a 3 hour walk and tour of the tea factory. We probably took longer than normal but at no point did we feel rushed. The rooms were well equipped. The gardens are well maintained plus there are watch towers to further enjoy the stunning views of the area. I would totally totally recommend a stay here. It is about 50 mins drive from one of the nature reserves.