A 60 year old stately estate bungalow, Vanilla County offers spacious suites in its 5000 square feet interiors. Set amidst 150 acres of rubber and other spices gardens, the bungalow has serene environs, that are clean, hygienic and free from mosquitoes. Furnished tastefully the spacious interiors can accommodate three families at a time to offer maximum comfort. A variety of typical Kerala delicacies and other Indian dishes are served.
Meenachil River, made famous by Arundhati Roy in her masterpiece "God of Small Things", originates near Vanilla County. The river or rather the stream is of ravenous beauty as it gushes and gurgles forth through the rocks and creates baby waterfalls and little pools on the way down. The crystal clear water allows you to see the pebbles underneath.
Illikal Peak at 6000 ft., is the origin of the River Meenachil and many other rivers. The natural menhirs atop the mountain take on a mystical meaning to those who view it from afar. A 3 hour climb to the top is a rewarding experience to trekkers as well as to those who wish to see the origin of one of Kerala's life giving rivers.
Maramala Waterfalls, a scenic stream and its breathtaking waterfalls are together referred to as "Enchantress of the Jungle" in the local lore. Sliding down 200mts. from the numerous hillocks, this gushing water has etched out over the years, a deep natural pond amongst the rocks.
Poonjar Palace, the seat of the ancient Poonjar kingdom still draws the crowds to marvel at an era long past. It is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. The present day Munnar was a small principality under these rajahs till they were leased to the British tea companies two centuries ago.
Ayyampara, or Five Rocks, a 20-acre rock formation is a favourite haunt for those who wish to see some spectacular sunsets. It is really fascinating to witness the Moon rising as the orange red Sun sets on the horizon. The Five rocks are said to represent the five Pandava brothers of the Indian epic Mahabharata. A cave nearby is big enough for 15 people to live in.