Offering a real ‘Home’stay Experience


Wayanad: Tucked away in a silent nook in the heart of the ever-charming Wayanad, Olives Homestay gives a first-hand experience of the enigmatic beauty and sublime solitude of the wilderness. Set amidst the captivating greenery of coffee plantations at Kalpetta, Olives’ rooms will change your attitude towards homestays forever. The exotic rooms provide privacy combined with luxury, which suit well with the needs and moods of the tourist.

When I went knocking on the doors of Olives early in the morning at 4, an hour before the scheduled arrival, all I was expecting was just another homestay. But, when a lungi-clad Biju Thomas, the owner of the property, answered my call and showed me my room upstairs, I was cursing myself for being apprehensive about the facilities at the property. Well spaced ethnic wood furnished rooms, a very cosy bed and a spacious bathroom with rain showers (yes, you heard it right) give you the ambience and feel of a five star property.

And in the morning I was joined by one Pratheesh, a software engineer based in London, and his wife who were staying at Olives for the past two days. He was very earnestly telling me about the care and attention given to them by Biju and his wife Raji. Biju, who has a vast experience in hospitality industry, has done all the detailing of the rooms and the property by himself. Lot of passion has gone into the interiors, and every nook and corner of Olives has that personal touch.

The best part is the tree house and the small library next to the dining area. The dedicated dining area serves you the best of Kerala food. Biju will also assist you book a ride to take you around and they are more than happy to help you by suggesting exotic, unseen, best-kept secret places in Wayanad.

When you return to the realities of life, you are not just taking back an experience or the misty memories but the warmth of the family as well. And, there they stand special!

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