The adventure of a stay at Tamara Kodai starts with the drive up to the property, which is dotted with magnificent views of mountains, hairpin bends and steep narrow climbs. This luxurious colonial bungalow that dates back to the 1840s used to be owned by the British District Judge, Baynes. Now a century-and-a-half later it continues to dazzle with its colonial-era décor and views of the hills and valleys of Kodaikanal. It almost feels like you’ve stepped into a fairytale.
What to expect: All the 53 suites have an expert mix of rustic and luxury with wooden flooring, charming colonial style furniture, 49-inch LED television and a king-sized bed. The piece de résistance is the balcony with lounge chairs — perfect to savour the view of the Kodai hills with a glass of vino or mocha. Whichever way you tilt the experience is simply unforgettable. If it gets uncomfortably cold just walk to the fireplace in the lobby with a cup of home brewed coffee.
There are two restaurants on the property — a French style café with a high ceiling and carved wooden chairs, and a restaurant with tables set under a tree. The romantic vibe is full on at the latter, especially if you choose to sit by the bonfire at the deck. Relax at the resort’s spa, and relish the treatments that use the fresh waters of the region believed to have healing powers. Water babies can explore the temperature-controlled pool (the only one in Kodaikanal) with beautiful view of
In and Around: Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, the Tamara Kodai comes with plenty of activities from trekking to boating. Just 30 minutes from the property is the picturesque Silver Cascade Falls perfect for a picnic.
Where: #22, La Providence,
St. Mary’s Road, Kodaikanal,
Tamil Nadu; 08071 077 701.
Tariff: Rs 39,680 for couple / for 2 nights.
How to get there: Travellers from Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai can take flight/train to Bengaluru. By road The Tamara Kodai is a 6-hour drive by road from Bengaluru via Mysore; 310km from international airport.