10 beautiful hotels and homestays in Coonoor | Condé Nast Traveller India


The hills are shrouded in mist. There’s a nip in the air. And if you’re in Coonoor, there’s definitely a steaming cuppa to go along with it. Could there be a better time to visit the hill station in Tamil Nadu than now? If you’re looking for places to stay, here’s a handy list:

Top hotels and homestays in Coonoor

Wallwood Garden

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About a two-hour drive from Coimbatore lies this 19th-century bungalow set amid the tea plantations of Tamil Nadu. It was built by a Scottish Major General, later sold to a British couple who ran it as a boarding house until World War II. Now run by Neemrana, the property has a splendid garden of its own, but it is also a stone’s throw from Coonoor’s famous Sim’s Garden, which is home to nearly 1,200 species of plants and many rare trees such as and rudraksha, as well as Pomological Station, a garden where hundreds of fruit-bearing trees are grown for research purposes. You’ll never run out of place to go on a leisurely walk here. Doubles from Rs4,230, inclusive of breakfast. Website

The Xanadu

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What started off as a vacation home where the Bharatans spent a few days to relax, has now been opened up to guests. The Xanadu is a beautiful Scandinavian-style, three-bedroom home that sits on a cliff’s edge with nothing but views of the rolling Nilgiris in sight. It has floor-to-ceiling windows, so the beauty never goes out of sight and a cosy living room to spend some quality time with family and friends. Borrow a book from the library, unwind in the jacuzzi or curl up in the lawns under Coonoor’s star-spangled skies. Starts from Rs21,000 for six people for the full villa and Rs6,499 for a room, inclusive of breakfast. Website

Gateway Coonoor-IHCL SeleQtions

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When your city-weary soul needs a break, head to the Gateway Coonoor, a pet-friendly property that offers luxury and privacy in equal measure. The 32 rooms, some with fireplaces, are perfect for winter nights. Borrow a cycle to explore the surroundings, go birdwatching, or relax your body, mind and soul with a yoga class, while the children keep busy at the kid’s club. Doubles from Rs5,950, inclusive of breakfast. Website

Erin Villa 

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This 150-year-old, two-bedroom bungalow offers the best of both worlds—solitude in the Nilgiris, while being in close proximity to the touristy spots in Coonoor. Sim’s Park and Dolphin’s Nose, a vantage point, are just a 10-minute drive. But you might not want to step out at all. Erin Villa is surrounded by six acres of lush tea estate, where you can spend hours bird watching, with at least 40 species visible from here. You can expect a Malabar giant squirrel to pop in and say hello. Starts from Rs12,000 for the entire home. Website 

Teanest

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Everything at this property revolves around tea. Wake up and sip your steaming cuppa looking out at the estates it was grown on. Stay in a room named after the leaves-Jasmine, Chamomile, Silver Tips and Golden Tips. Ride a horse along the plantations or learn all about the making of the beverage on a guided tour at Highfield Tea Factory. Savour a meal made with the brew, from tea braised chicken brochette to custard topped with chamomile tea compote. It’s a tea-cation! Doubles from Rs3,229. Website

Fairy Glen 

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Just five minutes from the city centre lies this colonial-style, two-bedroom bungalow that, true to its name, looks straight out of a fairytale. Run by Uzma Irfan, the best part of the homestay is that it offers an extensive menu of home-cooked meals, from mutton kofta biryani to fish curry. Doubles from Rs8,500, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. Website 

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Big families or a group of friends will appreciate this stay that accommodates a party of 12 people. The rooms are spartan, but they come with creature comforts, from Wi-Fi to a television. Read a book under the shade of guava trees, feast on food fresh off the grill and curl up by the bonfire. Doubles from Rs2,500, inclusive of breakfast. Website

Alipinia Coonoor 

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If a workation in Coonoor is on your mind, head to this three-bedroom bungalow. Kitted out with desks with a view indoors and vintage-style benches and tables outdoors, you’ll be able to find a new spot for inspiration every day. And should you want to take a break, attractions such as Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose and Wellington Lake are just a few minutes drive away. Doubles from Rs11,500. Website

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Built in the 1900s, this beautiful bungalow was once a stay for British officers during the Raj era. Although it has been restored, the old-world charm of the home remains intact. It comes with six bedrooms, some with four-poster beds, a multi-cuisine restaurant, a library, and a sprawling lawn and a bonfire to soak in the emerald expanse that is Coonoor. Doubles from Rs4,000, inclusive of breakfast. Website

O’Land Plantation Stay

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This 120-acre retreat in the Nilgiris is home to tea, coffee, pepper and clove plantations. So, you can watch the tea-making process, lend a hand, or taste the different kinds of brews grown here. For your stay, pick from one of the three cottages that cater to different needs and groups. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all eco-friendly. Built from reclaimed wood and arrayed with bamboo furniture, the room uses solar lighting, biomass water heaters, eco paints and low-energy appliances for a guilt-free vacation. Doubles from Rs6,160. Website



Updated: February 9, 2021 — 6:23 am

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