Getaways from Bangalore which are quiet and lovely for this Valentine’s day? Yes, with Valentine’s day round the corner why not gift a quiet trip in the hills for your loved one?
We thought of sharing some delightful places in the hills in South India. We chose them because they are not big. Not more than 3 to 6 rooms at the maximum. This means quietude. These are small little places with excellent location, amenities and great food. Some of them have been stayed in by us and some recommended by like-minded friends who have been there.
One of the lovely getaways from Bangalore in the middle of 300 acre coffee estate in rolling hills of Western ghats. Three large lovely rooms and a cottage. Excellent food. A beautiful lake in the middle of the state where you can go for lazy boating. Go for long walks inside the estate. If you are little adventurous then you can go for a small trek to the top of the hill. If you are a coffee lover, you can’t get better coffee than this place who have been awarded by Elly of Italy!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.bettadamalali.com/
Even at the cost of repeating it, we wanted to enter it here. Because we were there few weeks back and we just loved it. A beautifully designed country English home by Captain Gopinath of Air Deccan fame! Three beautiful rooms. A lovely deck – notice the right corner of picture above with white fence – where you sit and count stars! And of ‘course, excellent food and lovely staff! Don’t miss out on browsing excellent collection of books by Captain while sipping freshly brewed coffee!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.thecaptainsbungalow.com/
If you like to stay in a place which Army couple Pearl and Bharat call their home, then head to Casa Coorg! Next to the lovely golf course, three lovely rooms with excellent food is all yours. Plus, Bharat will help you hone your Golfing skills and outdoor stuff as well! As Bharat rightly says ” Come and spend some quality time in the quiet corner!”
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.casacoorghomestay.in/index.html
Parisons Plantation experiences
We remember reading about these lovely British bungalows in a coffee table book on South India tea plantations in Sinnadorai Bungalow, Valparai. In a place which is crowded with resorts and homestays, Parisons stands apart. Imagine staying in a beautifully refurbished British bungalow amidst 4000 acres of green tea estate! Add to it impeccable “Tea estate” service, you have the best in class! Stay in any of the two bungalows – Cherkkara or Talapoya. And of course, don’t forget to drink some nice cups of tea!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.plantationexperiences.com/index.ph
Bala and Vasu’s is a house with organic garden around! Peaceful gardens well planted with fruit trees surround this unique Kodaikanal house in lovely Kodai hills. Everything you eat here is grown in the farm. Away from the hustle bustle of Kodai town, this is the place you will love to relax and spend some lovely moments ! As Bala says, the tagline -“Where you feel like a friend, not just a guest” – is the credo of the place.
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.cinnabar.in/index.html
2 Red Lynch bungalow
The fact that we are partial to heritage bungalows is known if you see this list! It is nice to see the families preserving it for future generations to experience it. Red Lynch is one of them. Situated close to Kodai lake but still away from it, this English home of more than 100 years with beautiful garden is a place to be! It also has another interesting trivia. It is the house of famous Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.redlynchkodai.com/index.php
1 Tea Nest
We have stayed in their excellent larger resort – Kurumba village – much before it became hugely popular. Tea Nest is small & cosy. The rooms are named after the tea grown on the estate! Having heard rave review from friends, we had to include them here!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.natureresorts.in/teanest/
2 Strathearn Bungalow
Do you want to stay in a bungalow built by a Scottish planter in quiet Coonoor? Then head to Strathearn which derives its name from Scottish district which means “Valley of the river”. Mrs Leenu Kurien and family have ensured the old heritage home lives up to its name and make sure you have a romantic time!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://strathearn.in/home
When we looked at their website, we instantly fell in love with it! A friend of ours suggested this place when we told her that we are writing this post. Her first response was “Take a look at their website”. We did it and we named it! Your turn to read about them and plan a stay!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://www.neelakurunji.com/
2 Talayar valley bungalow
Munnar has many British Bungalows which makes the place as one of the lovely getaways from Bangalore. Thanks to Briar group which has taken interest to restore and throw open them we have a chance to stay in Talayar Bungalow. It is as British as it can get! Go and stay like a planter for once!
Here is the website of the getaway – http://teabungalows.com/talayar-valley-bungalow-munnar/
These are few getaways from Bangalore we thought of sharing with you.
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