Coonoor: Tranquili-tea in the Nilgiris

My journey to Coonoor was a result of a very spontaneous decision. Thanks to the various airline flash sales, I found an amazing deal for flights to Coimbatore. Although I didn't know anything about Coimbatore at that time, I knew that beauty is never hard to find wherever you go. So I booked my tickets, did some research and made my way to Coonoor - the land of lush tea estates.


I arrived in Coonoor on a fresh, rainy day. My first stop on this journey was an eco-resort nestled deep in the heart of the Nilgiris – Kurumba Village Resort. It is located 15 kilometers before Coonoor and it's entrance is through a narrow lane cutting right through the forest. From the minute you exit the main road and take that turn, your Kurumba jungle experience begins. The scent of fresh vanilla and nutmeg fills the air and you feel one with the majestic Nilgiris around you!

Once I reached the resort, the helpful staff led me to my room for the next 3 days – the luxurious Jacuzzi suite. A plush four-poster bed, a living room with wifi and television, a nice balcony and of course the grand jacuzzi...in other words 'pure bliss' :)
 

I'll let these pictures give you a look into the next three days at Kurumba


The bedroom of the Jacuzzi suite was a really charming space. From the lighting to the colors of the drapes, everything seemed to be in perfect harmony with the natural world outside. From the balcony you could smell the fragrance of fresh pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon growing all around the resort. 

The bedroom of the Jacuzzi suite was a really charming space. From the lighting to the colors of the drapes, everything seemed to be in perfect harmony with the natural world outside. From the balcony you could smell the fragrance of fresh pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon growing all around the resort. 

My favorite hang out spot. I got lucky sometimes and could catch wifi all the way till that window. Became my inspiring work space for the next 3 days :)

My favorite hang out spot. I got lucky sometimes and could catch wifi all the way till that window. Became my inspiring work space for the next 3 days :)

The dining area at the resort is an experience in itself. What makes the setup really charming is the fact that you might spot some elephant families on their daily walk, or some giant squirrels jumping from one tree to another. A few exotic birds might come and join you at breakfast as well :) 

The dining area at the resort is an experience in itself. What makes the setup really charming is the fact that you might spot some elephant families on their daily walk, or some giant squirrels jumping from one tree to another. A few exotic birds might come and join you at breakfast as well :) 


coonoor tea plantation stay

Before I knew it, my time at Kurumba was over and new places beckoned. I bid adieu to the beautiful resort and made my way deep into the tea plantations of Coonoor. 

My home for the next few days was a charming cottage on a tea estate that produces some of the finest teas in the world. The best part of the house was the living room - an airy space with huge glass windows and spectacular views of rolling tea plantations. 

My hosts at the estate were extremely kind and hospitable and ensured that I got a real taste of Coonoor life during my stay. 

 

This is Wellington Golf Course, a sprawling green piece of land. You need to be a member of the club to play here, but there is no restriction on walking around the course and enjoying the beautiful landscape it has to offer. I spent hours wandering here :)

This is Wellington Golf Course, a sprawling green piece of land. You need to be a member of the club to play here, but there is no restriction on walking around the course and enjoying the beautiful landscape it has to offer. I spent hours wandering here :)

Finding tranquili-tea in the Nilgiris

Finding tranquili-tea in the Nilgiris


My journey through the Nilgiris was an absolute delight. I am really appreciative of all my hosts for their hospitality and kindness. Thank you for sharing your charming spaces with me and helping me discover such beautiful secrets of India.


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