Special Places to Stay in Teekoy
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Vanilla County ($)
Vanilla County is is a colonial bungalow with sloping roofs and belongs to the very warm couple Rani and Baby Mathew. They provide a wonderful homestay right in the centre of a working plantation of vanilla, coffee and rubber.
Things to see and do in Teekoy
Vanilla County is a world in itself. A working plantation, producing rubber, vanilla, cardamom, coffee and many other spices, this homestay allows guests every opportunity to watch and at times even taking part in, the many activities related to the plantation.
The star attraction here is the elephant, is often seen working at the farm. In the evening the elephant is led to the rock pool for his well-deserved bath. For children especially, this is a magical experience.
The Meenachil River, made famous by Arundhati Roy in her masterpiece "God of Small Things", originates near Vanilla County. The river gushes and gurgles forth through the rocks and creates baby waterfalls and little pools on the way down.
Illikal Peak at 6000 ft., is the origin of the River Meenachil and many other rivers. Natural menhirs dot the mountain tops. A three 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.