Come Back to Your Roots
The Vanya experience gives you an opportunity to feel what it’s like to be back in the cradle of Mother Nature. Every single aspect of Vanya will remind you of an era gone by. A time when people and things were much simple, where man’s greed did not dilute his purpose in life.
Your journey begins with a jeep ride from Greenwoods Resort to a ‘MannanKudi’, a traditional mud hut made by the indigenous Mannan tribes of this region.. Everything about this hut will show you how these tribes lived in such harmony with nature. This hut truly signifies what living off of the land means. The very principle that the MannanKudi represents is that the earth has plenty to offer to satisfy man’s needs but not his greed.
From this point on you will begin your one km long trek to the tree house of Vanya.Before you begin your trek to the tree house, you will be handed a basic survival kit. This consists of a pair of leach socks, a compass, a rope and a pair of binoculars.
A Truly Wild Welcome
Along this one km long trail you can see many of the unique flora and fauna of this region. If you are lucky enough you can experience a truly jungle like welcome can be often witnessed as you begin your trek, in the form of the lion tailed monkey who signifies your arrival to other creatures by wailing from the tree tops. It would be wise to heed this welcome as a reminder that you are entering their territory, a territory that demands the utmost respect and care.
A Love Nest in the Trees
The tree house where you will spend the night is akin to a nest on a tree. Safely nestled among the branches with the trunk at the centre of the structure and made purely out of materials sourced from nature. As you arrive, you will be served tender coconut water and a traditional snack as part of your welcome. This will be served using clay utensils. All the meals are prepared by the butler at Vanya and you will be served food just below the tree house, under a thatched roof shade on a table and bench made of bamboo and cane.
Where Austerity is a Virtue
Inside the tree house, you will find a bed and single reclining traditional chair, which serves as the perfect spot for your reading hobby. You can sometimes feel the tree house gently sway to the lullaby of the cool breeze that blows over from the nearby hills. There is a small balcony with chairs for two, so that you and your loved one can take in the magical view that Vanya’s tree house has to offer.Your breath will be simply taken away as you see the beautiful valley that the tree house overlooks from a distance. It is as if you are plucked away from the earth and made to watch it from space. It is an experience that cannot be described in words.
On the Nature Trail
In the evening when the sun has tempered down, you can indulge in alight trekking activity where our friendly guide will take you on a guided tour of the surrounding area. You will first make your way to the hill on the other side of the tree house and you can spend some time on top of this hill with your loved one as you watch the entire valley and take in its natural beauty. On your way back to the tree house, there is a watering hole where the animals come to drink water just on top of the hill where the tree house.
Listen to the Lullaby of the Wild
Day light declines rapidly at Vanya and you can watch the sky turn grey and black as the sun goes down over the valley. Nights at the tree house are magical and you can feel completely detached from this world and its burdens. The silence of the wild gives you a sense of how wonderful this earth of our truly is and you beginto develop a better appreciation for the ways of Mother Nature. A traditional vegetarian dinner is served in a romantic setting under lantern lights below the tree house.