After the long drive (including a shopping break!) we took an extra 20 minutes to find Greenwoods Resort even though we were right next to the rear entrance!! Greenwoods was closing for some renovation tomorrow and hence our stay would be for one night only. They had carried over our payment from our previous cancelled booking and hence we didn’t spend anything extra.
We received a warm welcome with a “spice” necklace and a drink and had an easy check in. We were allotted one of the Kanana (Deluxe) rooms and quickly dumped all our luggage. The room was spacious and very clean. Although Greenwoods is in the middle of the city, it is such a large property with plenty of greenery and you don’t feel you are in a city or town. The room overlooks a lot of their trees and greenery.
We quickly made our way to the restaurant to have a late lunch. The restaurant is huge and the decor is excellent. We ordered very simple dishes, but they were served well and were tasty. Even though there was a large group of foreigners, we were well attended to! After lounging around the room for a while we set out to explore the resort. There are some interesting trees and shrubbery and a small section with birds and animals which my son enjoyed a lot. The highlight of the resort is the treetop tea shop. We loved climbing
the ladder and then crossing the rope bridge to enter the shack on top of the trees. It has an olden village vibe. We loved relaxing on the side and sipping hot tea. They even brought some fresh juice for my little son.
They also had a good looking swimming pool which we unfortunately did not use as it was too cold.
The morning was also well spent. The water pressure in the shower was terrific. The breakfast buffet was awesome and very filling. As we checked out and looked forward to going to the Periyar Reserve, we were given an umbrella which they trusted us to return.
Overall, this was one of the most professional stays we had had. The hospitality was great and the rooms were clean. I can certainly understand why this is one of the top rated resorts in the Thekkady Region!