The heart and soul of Kerala is far removed from the much frequented tourist destinations.

Sundale Vacations offers the discerning traveller, a choice of home stays where one can sample local fare, customs, cultural activities and the leisurely pace of the life in pastoral Kerala. In short, an opportunity to become one of the " locals". Set in picturesque surroundings on the coast, the midlands and tea and rubber estate, these homes offer an intresting holiday, with traditional home - cooked food, which is as varied and diverse as the peoples and cultures of this state.

Location : Kannadi village near Palakad town.
Access : By road enroute from Cochin / Thrissur to Calicut.
By rail : Palakad station
Airport : Nearest airport - Cochin International airport.
Hosts : Mrs. & Mr. Bagwaldas.
Rooms : 2 Non A/C bath attached rooms.
Cuisine : Kerala style cuisine both non vegetarian and vegetarian.
Guest may carry their own Beer and other Alcohol and this can also be arranged for on prior request.

Location : Anakkara village near Kuttipuram, Palakkad district.
Access : By road enroute from Cochin / Thrissur to Calicut or vice versa.
By rail : Kuttipuram station
Airport : Nearest airport - Calicut & Cochin International airport.
Host : Mrs. G. Susheela.
Rooms : 2 Non A/C bath attached rooms & 2 with a common bathroom.
Cuisine : Only vegetarian Kerala style cuisine.
Guests may carry their own Beer, but other Alcohol is not welcome.

Location : Athoor Village, Tamilnadu, South India
Cardamom House is owned and managed by a retired British physician who lives there much of the year.
Cardamom Houses is the perfect place for those seeking a quiet holiday in that most alluring of countries, INDIA.
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Location :North Malabar Coastline.
Access : By road enroute from Calicut / Coorg / Mysore.
By rail : Tellichery station
Airport : Nearest airport - Calicut & Cochin International airport.
Hosts : Mr. C. P. Moosa & his wife Faiza.
Rooms : 5 A/C rooms furnished with antiques.
Cuisine : North Malabar - Traditional Muslim specialities with emphasis being on the fresh seafood.
Guests may carry their own Beer or can be arranged on request.

Front Elevation

Location : Carolina Tea Estate, Coonoor, Nilgiris, Tamilnadu.
Hosts : Dr. M.S. Rao & Ann
Guests may carry their own Beer but other alcohol is not welcome.

Location : Vechoor village near Cherthala town.
Access : By road enroute from Cochin /Alleppey to Kumarakom.
By rail : Cherthala & Cochin
Airport : Cochin International airport.
Hosts : Mr. Vinod & his wife Anu.
Rooms : 1 private, waterfront cottage.
Cuisine : Kerala style Syrian Christian cuisine.
Guests may carry their own Beer but other alcohol is not welcome.

ALOHA HOLIDAY HOME An exclusive home nestling in the serene beauty of the Blue Mountains, away from the bustle of the city, overlooking the Mudumalai Game Sanctuary. Peaceful haven in rustic surroundings, with limited accommodation to preserve privacy. Wholesome, healthy home-cooking, made with fresh farm produce.

Secluded rural setting at 1600 metres (MSL) with uniform moderate climate (100C-260 C) in the rain shadow of the southwest monsoon. Rich flora and fauna, forest paths to mountain streams.
Wild life
10 km from Ooty Golf Course
Local sights include
  Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary on Elephant back
 Kalhatty Waterfalls
  Bison Point
Places of interest in and around Ooty include,
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
Ooty Downs
Three double bedrooms with sheltered patio overlooking Bison Valley.

Entering the evergreen boundaries of Coorg is an unforgettable experience and as your journey into Coorg progresses you are getting deeper into coffee country. Evergreen plantations, acres of paddy fields, a dazzling display of flora and fauna and the unpolluted atmosphere is a feast for the senses.

The warm and hospitable people of Coorg have their own customs and traditions. They are a clan of warriors who speak Kodava Thak and have traditional attire for special occasions. The men wear Kupia and the women wear Saris (Pleated at the back). Married women wear a scarf called a Vastra.

Alath-Cad meaning a forest with a Banyan tree is where the Alath-cad estate bungalow a century old cozy little Coorg house is located. The bungalow has 5 bedrooms with attached dressing and modern bathrooms and is surrounded by a lush green coffee plantation.

Location : Alath Cad Estate Bungalow is 230 km. from Bangalore. 100 km. from Mysore, 160 km. from Mangalore. 3500 ft. above sea level.
Access : By road from Tellicherry, Mysore & Ooty.
Hosts : Ms. Kannu Muddaiah and Mr. Muddaiah
Rooms : 5 bedrooms.
Cuisine : Continental + local specialities.

Back to nature and simple things
Gramam is the home of Byju & Lyma and located on the banks of the scenic backwaters in Kumbalanghy village. This charming home is about 11 kms. South of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry - the heritage zone of Cochin, Kerala.

Accommodation : One spacious bedroom with ensuite bathroom with a private entry & verandah.
Hosts : Mr. Jos Byju & family
Climate : Open all around the year-stay - peak season (September - March).
Tariff : On request.
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In the beautiful waterways and backwaters tucked away on a delightful island 12 kms from Alleppey, our Heritage Villa Emerald Isle set in 7 acres of secluded grounds is your Retreat on the Backwaters.

By Boat:1 hour from Alleppy
By Road:
12 kms from Alleppy town.
40 kms from Kottayam.
95 kms from Cochin International Airport.
160 kms from Trivandrum International Airport.
Getting there : Arrive by road to our boat pick-up spots, we will be there to receive and transfer you to Emerald Isle.
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Fort Cochin is a reminder of a golden era in trade and culture. Medieval churches, magnificent ruins and Chinese fishing nets dot this ancient town. Cochin's famous Antiques and Spices market are also located here.

THE BRUNTON BOAT YARD Located near the Fort Cochin boat jetty commands fantastic views of the Arabian sea. This is a period hotel built to the Dutch and Portuguese architectural principles of early 16th and 17th century. All the rooms overlook the confluence of the backwaters with the Arabian sea and are furnished with beautiful period furniture. There is a good swimming pool and seafood restaurant on location.

THE MALABAR HOUSE RESIDENCY A 300yr old Heritage home which has been beautifully remodelled into a small luxury hotel. Facing the Parade Ground and across to the St. Francis Portuguese Church, the hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Chinese fishing nets on the beach. Centrally air-conditioned, all twelve rooms have been furnished with select antique furniture and have all the modern facilities. Has a swimming pool and two speciality restaurants.

Fort HeritageFORT HERITAGE Set amidst historic splendour, this is a 17th century, " Heritage" Hotel with ten luxurious rooms. Beautifully restored, retaining every feature of the original structure, it is a short stroll away from the Fort Cochin beach dotted with the gossamer silhouettes of the Chinese Fishing nets.

STERLING, SWAMI MALAI India's unique heritage hotel is a beautiful home built around late 1800's. The house radiates harmony and South Indian lifestyle accurately. The house has the magical property to rejuvenate by its sheer simplicity and tranquillity.

The evergreen forests of Kerala never fail to inspire and excite travellers from far- off lands. These forests are situated in the long line of mountains called the Western ghats that run parallel to the western coastline.

The Western Ghats is home to some of the world's most exotic tropical wildlife such the majestic Asiatic elephant, bison, deer, tiger, leopard etc. There are many wildlife reserves such as Periyar Tiger Reserve(Thekkady), Eravikulam National Park (Munnar), and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctury (Marayoor) situated in the High Ranges where one can observe many of these animals. For the Bird-watchers, there is the Thattekkad Bird Sanctury located en route to Munnar. This sanctury boasts of more than 200 species of exotic birds such as the Malabar Grey Horn Bill, Rose Winged Parakeets and the Ceylon Frog mouth. Up north, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctury and the Silent Valley National Park are reserves rich in biodiversity. The Silent Valley Park is so known for the total absence of the chattering cicadas.

NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK - One of the best managed National Parks in India, Nagarhole National Park is the pride of the Karnataka Forest Department. Straddled by a huge swath of water - the Kabini River, the park stretches 662 sq km. in all. This is the only National Park in India that is approachable by land and water. A model of conservation management for the country, Nagarhole is home to the tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), elephant, bear, deer, wild dog, wild boar and myriad species of birds. The park has some 3,000 elephants making sightings quite common. Here, one has the best chance of spotting a tiger in India! Nagarhole abounds in water holes and small lakes that are seasonally fed by the lashing monsoons. Indeed, Nagarhole is a 'must do' for the sometime or serious wildlife lover and conservationist.

WATER WOODS - This private guest house is situated at Karapur about 220 kms from Bangalore and 80 kms from Mysore on the Mysore - Mananthavadi Road.

Waterwoods nestles on the banks of the Kabini River. All rooms have magnificent views of the river and the surrounding mountains. testimony to what luxury living in the wilds is all about. The rooms are appointed to the highest standards of luxury. Clearly, rusticity is set aside here. Considerable attention is devoted to the quality of food of the chef provides varied and imaginative meals.

Kabini River Lodge Kabini River Lodge, a unique Wildlife Resort at Karapur, nestles on the Southern fringes of Karnataka's Nagarhole National Park. Here amidst the tranquil green and the quiet flowing Kabini River, the holiday experience is unhurried and unspoilt by man, promising all the comforts, adventure and excitement of visiting wildlife in their natural habitat. The colonial styled lodges at the Resort houses visitors in fourteen well appointed private rooms with the best of modern amenities. Overlooking the river are six twin bedded cottages with attached bath.
Cuisine: - The Resort takes special care to cater to the varied tastes of an international clientele. The buffet meals include Indian and Continental menus.

The forest is home for herds and Elephants, Gaur, Chital, Sambar and Barking Deer, Sloth Bears and Langur. Crocodiles and over a hundred species of birds. And the elusive Cats - the leopard and the Tiger.
Season: - All year round - best between September and May.

"AYURVEDA" is the ancient, traditional system of Indian medicine. This system was developed centuries ago and can be traced back to the sages of yore. Ayurveda has different therapies for the ailing as well as for preserving the vigour and well being of the healthy. Kerala has several renowned centers where Ayurveda is practised.

These 'Vaidyasalas' (clinics) have attracted people from all over the world because of the efficacy of their treatments. These facilities are offered in various Ayurvedic Spas located in serene, sylvan surroundings and others located on the beaches.

On checking in the client has a check up in depth consultation with the resident physician. The Ayurvedic therapies prescribed are customised to suit the individual's constitution and requirements and there is no general mode of treatment. All the treatments supervised by the physician are carried out by trained staff in hygienic surroundings and the duration of the therapies range from 7 - 21 days.

Yoga teaching courses / Workshops for specific ailments and daily sessions are offered at Kappad, Nilayoram and Sree Sankara. They are supervised by well-known Yogacharyas and can be included as part of your Ayurveda Holiday in Kerala.

KAPPAD AYURVEDA & YOGA BEACH RESORT Located only 15 mtrs away from the sea line is spread over 3 acres of well landscaped gardens and is set in a quaint, tranquil fishing village, where time seems to stand still. An ideal place for a quiet, relaxed holiday. Accommodation offered is in well furnished, spacious A/c or Non A/c rooms. and there is good swimming pool and Ayurvedic Centre on location. The Ayurvedic Health Centre is managed by qualified personnel of the Kerala Ayurveda Pharmacy, an institution known for its pioneering work in the field of research and in the propagation of rare medical herbs.

Therapies Offered :

Weight Loss
Poorna - Panchakarma therapy

Yoga therapy and sessions are personally supervised by Yogacharya Vijayraghavan on the verdant and serene gardens. The Guru is also well versed in Naturopathy, Pranic healing and Reiki and has written an acclaimed book on Yoga.

SREE SANKARA GARDENS This Ayurvedic resort is located in Kumily near Thekkady and is built in the typical Kerala style. The 10 apartments are spacious and boast individual treatment rooms. Set in a secluded, rural location., this resort offers workshops on Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Study of herbs used in Ayuveda and Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking for health, and at a time only small groups are accommodated to ensure that the peaceful ambience of this spa is not disturbed.

Therapies Offered :

Weight Loss
Poorna - Panchakarma therapy

Small Getaways

NILAYORAM Set in 2 acres of idyllic, peaceful, sylvan surroundings, Nilayoram offers 8 well appointed rooms with all modern facilities. Located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha this resort offers Yoga therapy private facilities for Ayurveda. Ideally located to visit to the Kalamandalam, arts academy, explore the scenic Bharathapuzha river.

Therapies Offered :

Weight Loss
Poorna - Panchakarma therapy

AYURPRASTHA "Ayurprastha" the abode of life is a very special and exclusive hermitage for people who would like to undergo Ayurveda therapy in total privacy in the peaceful and tranquil silence of the healing mountains.

Located in the sylvan Nilgris hills Ayurprastha offers four rooms done up in different styles. Ayurprastha is open only to those who seek genuine exposure to the healing process of Ayurveda and her ancient wisdom. All therapies provided are based on individual analysis and are supervised by qualified, trained personnel from the Aryavaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore).

ASHLEY BUNGALOW Built in 1868 by the Baker family is the oldest surviving planters bungalow in Peermedu. The orignal ambience and decor has been carefully preserved to reflect the life style of the early British planter.

This cozy remote getaway is located 2 Km. from Kuttikanam amidst the plantations of the renowned AVG group of companies. Situated at 4000ft. above sea level among the tea plantations. The famous Periyar Tiger reserve is just an hour drive away.

WILD PALMS is a guest house located in Trivandrum City - 2 kms from rail and road terminals & 6 kms from airport. Set in a quiet residential area in a small well landscaped garden.

MOTTY'S COTTAGE These small one bedroom beachfront self catering cottages are located right on the Mararikulam beach next door to the well known "Marari Beach Resort"

Walking Holidays


Far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities there is a Hidden Kerala, where one can lose oneself in the ethereal, verdant and picturesque country side of green patterns of rice paddies, thatched ochre huts, serpentine backwaters, scenic rivers and misty mountains. To see it all and enjoy the sublime peace of a quiet country -side dozing in the sun - take a camping holiday with Sundale.

Our outdoor holidays are combined with soft treks under the supervision of a well experienced mountaineer. Trek routes offered are in select areas of the Western ghats and the High ranges in central Kerala. The camping holidays can be combined with a stay in a village home.

Outdoor holiday options at :-
The Western ghats near Palghat.
Munnar and Thekkady in the High ranges.

Bookings open to groups of minimum 4 - 6 pax. & 2 nights/3 days minimum.
Tariff on request.
Cost includes food and all other facilities for camping out.
Transportation to and from campsite extra.
Longer trekking/camping holidays available on request.