A holiday is not always about 5 star hotels, sumptuous seven course meals and impeccable housekeeping! You may have to step out of your comfort zone to experience what your destination has to offer – to explore the secret treasures and tales that lay hidden in the history and culture of the natives, the culinary traditions and the threads that weave the magical fabric of their rich heritage. Some of the best travel experiences often unfold during an unassuming nature trek, a fishing trip, a culinary expedition or at a quiet, tranquil corner of a warm home stay! Read on to find out what some of these wonderful hosts from God’s own country have to offer this holiday season!
Text: RIYA SONNY DATSON
Windermere Estate At Munnar
Windermere Retreats was started by Dr.Simon John a practising ophthalmic surgeon as a part of his hobby. The family owned enterprise offers an honest and refreshing experience of Munnar with its thoughtful, uniquely curated experiences. It indeed feels like an extension of home, urging you to sit back and savour each moment with its simple pleasures. This beautiful property that sits at the heart of 3 acres of land, is adjacent to a working estate of coffee and cardamom plantation, surrounded by lush tea gardens spread across 55 acres. It charms its guests with an old world minimalism that will surely make you want to return to this quiet estate time and again. The family also has another property called Windermere Riverhouse in Neriamangalam which is equally fascinating.
Rooms: Eighteen rooms around the Planter’s Bungalow, which serves as the owner’s residence.
Things to do: Indoor and Outdoor Games, Barbeque and bonfire under the property’s famous boulder, grab a hot cup of tea and snack from the warm Tea Shack or the ‘Chai Kada’, relax with a book in the quiet library, take a dip in the pool, go bird watching, sightseeing tours, cycling, plantation treks and experience the picturesque sunrise and sunset view from the Vantage point!
Facilities Available: Car parking space, Rooms with attached bathrooms, library, swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, fridge, 24hr water supply and heater, dining area that offers tasty local cuisine.
Contact: 0484 2425237 Listed on tripadvisor.com, booking.com, expedia.com
Instagram: @windermereretreats/ windermereretreats