After winding up the small dirt road, climbing higher and higher we emerged into the trees and opened up to the beautiful Tranquil Resort. The hosts for our few days Victor, Ranjini, Ajay and Nisha were there to welcome us and would be incredible throughout our stay.
The home stay is set on a huge coffee plantation (approx 400 acres) which originated in the late 1800s and they’ve been taking guests in for at least 14 years when they realised the house was too big for just their family.
They have the wonderful setting of about 8 rooms and a couple of exquisite tree houses which we were lucky to stay in one ourselves!
The tree house comes complete with tree trunk through the bathroom with shower head attached and you can hear the monkeys running across the roof, incredible setting and will always remember.
On your arrival you’re provided with a map of various walks on the estate, Lawrence pretty much pushed me out the door on our first day and we did a few of the gentler walks.
The food was a great treat and we were seated on communal tables to allow you to talk with the rest of the guests and hear about their journeys so far through India. Many had been to Tranquil before and just couldn’t stop coming back, I can see why!
The next day we were more adventurous and took on the challenge of the ‘Braveheart’ walk which gave us incredible views from the top point.
We had been warned about leeches and snakes along the way so managed to bring one of the resident dogs, Shadow with us who definitely knew his way around!
On the way back Lawrence suggested trying the Cliffhanger, which as the name suggests was a very steep incline up some rocks under bushes but then you emerge to an even higher point – well worth the effort!
We treated ourselves in the afternoon to a massage (after a relaxing swim in the pool), which was very different to what we’ve had before. Involved being pummelled by hot bags of herbs which you felt the benefits afterwards but during was a little interesting!
Tranquil was a little piece of heaven after the busy cities, but at the same time still being active with the walks. Our hosts were incredible and made you feel at ease throughout but at the same time great to get everyone together by fairy light with nibbles and gin and tonic in hand!