Orange villa Homestay is the ancestral farm of Vellara family belonging to the ancient Chetty family of Kerala. The farm is a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed vacation away from the hum-drum of busy city life. Apart from the beautiful building standing on the farm, it has a number of unusual plants and trees. In fact, the name Orange villa has been derived from the famous Kudak Orange trees found on the farm.

    The coffee plantation surrounding the farm is an added treat for the eyes. As one travels from Coorg to Wayanad, a very short walk from the highway can lead one to this beautiful heaven of peace and comfort. The place is a delight for nature lovers. The amazing flora and fauna of the area is a delightful sight in itself. A variety of colorful butterflies and bird species can be spotted flying abundantly in the farm. Several medicinal plants are also found there.

    The place has been transformed into a homestay to offer visitors the chance to enjoy the beauty of this peaceful abode. The hosts at the homestay are very particular about the comfort of their visitors. They ensure prompt service and extend all help to their visitors to make their holiday a memorable one.

The Hosts

Orange villa Homestay is the home of Mr. Purushothan, his wife Lathika and his son Akash. The family is the host of the villa. They are the descendants of the EdanadanChetty community, a small community of around 2500 people living in the Thirunelli, Tholpetty and Pulpallyareas in Wayanad district of Karnataka.

The roots of the lineage can be traced back to around 600 years back and it is believed that they are originally from Karnataka. However, there is a dispute regarding the exact place of their origin. One idea suggests that the family originally belonged from Manglore (Mangalapuram). It is believed that the family name EdanadanChetty was derived from EdandanKotta, a place that exists in Mangalore.

Due to a dispute there the family moved out of Mangalore and settled down in Wayanad. The second idea suggests that the family migrated from Hampi in Karnataka. They belonged to the VijayaNagara Kingdom and came to Wayanad due to the invasion of Tipu Sultan. Though there is no proper evidence supporting this theory, the idea was derived from the rituals and songs followed by the family that has a strong resemblance to the same followed at Hampi. This small community is a group of peace loving people who follow vivid culture, customs and language. The main occupation of the community is farming and they mainly cultivate coffee, pepper, orange, ginger and Gandhakashala rice.