Munnar, Kerala, India
Located in the Western Ghats, Windermere Estate is a perfect retreat to explore the beautiful green tea hills of Munnar. This 18-room boutique hotel is well positioned for fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.
At a Glance
Perched 1600m above sea level does mean that clouds and rain are more common than the rest of India
Surrounded by beautiful scenery
Warmly greeted by Dr Simon and his wife who bought the 60-acre cardomon plantation in 1990s and live on the estate
Ideal retreat for walkers and nature-lovers
A lovely swimming pool
After a walk through the spice plantations I enjoyed relaxing on my private terrace taking in the fantastic views.Scott Dunn team
Make sure to go to the View Point – the highest point on the estate - where you get incredible views across the surrounding plantations.Charlotte Winter
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Sitting on Observatory Hill, high in the Palni Hills, Windermere Estate is perched on a hilltop, surrounded by a cardamom estate. The 360 degree views from this wonderful little retreat are truly awe-inspiring and you often find yourself looking down on the clouds below you, but when the clouds disperse, the Western Ghats open up before you.
Windermere, famous for its unique ambience and charm was established in the 19th Century. With rooms in the farmhouse and separate cottages which look over the valley below, Windermere Estate consciously avoids anything hotel-like. There is no reception, and home-cooked meals are served in a dining room with kitchen at the far end. The owning family live in the old planters bungalow and their friendly staff will take you off on long walks in the hills or private cardamom estate. It is very much a place to experience the hills at their best as the peace and solitude up here is second to none.
Local sites and attractions include the Eravikulam National Park which is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and the Anamudi peak located in the southern region of the park. There is also the Tea Museum in Munnar where you can experience the art of tea making and Marayoor where you can visit the caves (muniyaras) with murals and relics from the New Stone Age. Thoovanam waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Windermere Estate offers guests 18 rooms including three cottages. There are four Garden rooms set in verdant gardens with a typical plantation home interior and a spacious verandah offering stunning views of the Chithirapuram valley below. The Estate Rooms accommodate a further six rooms with king size beds and spacious bathrooms. Finally the Planter's Villa Rooms with their gorgeous French windows feature private balconies, sitting and dining areas, and a bathroom which opens into a courtyard.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Windermere Estate. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.
There is no reception and home-cooked meals are served in a dining room with kitchen at the far end. There is also a bright, airy library, a beautiful swimming pool and yoga space as well as an open-sided thatched tea hut and an Alpine restaurant for private dining.
There is plenty of walking to be done around the hotel and beyond however guided walks of tea and spice estates and golf will be charged additionally. Local sites and attractions include the Eravikulam National Park, the Tea Museum in Munnar and the Thoovanam waterfall to name a few. The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is also nearby. With its rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls, the park is home to a healthy population of tiger, Indian bison, and elephant.
Location & Directions
Munnar, Kerala, India
Windemere Estate is set in Munnar, part of the Kerala Hill Country in southern India, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala in the Western Ghats.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.