Windermere Estate

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Windermere Munnar is a charming boutique hotel in the Keralan hill station of Munnar, with accommodations spread across colonial-style bungalows. A centre for tea for over a century, you’ll feel  like you’ve stepped back in time to the days of the Raj as you sit enjoying a brew and gazing out over the Western Ghats mountains and the three rivers which give Munnar its name.
Perfect forStaying in a beautiful Keralan hill town surrounded by forested mountains
In the know
  • Tea producing region for over a century
  • Colonial-style bungalow accommodation
  • Traditional cuisine served in rustic restaurants

Recommended for...

  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Munnar translates as ‘three rivers’, and the mountain waterways of Muthipuzha, Nallathani and Kundala are responsible for the astonishing greenery of this verdant hill region.

Rooms at Windermere Estate

Rooms at Windermere have a cosy, homely feel, with exposed red cedar beams and beds handmade from local teak and maple. They are set in high-ceilinged bungalows, with hardwood and terracotta-tiled floors and linen furnishings embroidered by women from the planter’s family. Garden rooms feature views over the garden or the valley, the colonial estate rooms are in the style of old plantation houses, and the spacious Planters Rooms afford stunning views of the mountains.

Food and drink

A range of continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine is on offer at the Windermere Estate’s restaurants, with delicious delicacies handed down through generations of Syrian Christian Malayali cooks. A range of ingredients are grown on site, including bananas, passion fruit and guavas; honey from the plantation’s beehives is a delicious treat. The Barn dining room, with its wooden beams and pillars and library of books on the natural world, has a rustic, old-world charm. The Hut takes things even further, with its eucalyptus stump stools and oak tables, and is a great place to enjoy a complimentary cup of home-grown tea.

Facilities

Windermere’s library is a beautiful place to relax and get lost in a good book, with its hardwood knotted floors, teak ceilings, wrought iron lamps and cost armchairs creating an old-world, colonial atmosphere. You can choose from a rich and varied collection of fiction and non-fiction in a variety of languages, as well as a range of magazines. The green, landscaped gardens, meanwhile, are a beautiful place for a stroll and recognised as one of the best places in Kerala to spot butterflies.

Activities at Windermere Estate

In Munnar, as in other Indian hill stations, life revolves around tea. In the centre of town there’s a Tea Museum, where pictures, machinery, tea brewing equipment and literature outline the history of production in this region over the last century. Christ Church, built by the British in 1910, is another legacy of colonial rule, and the even older Mount Carmel Church, dating from 1898, was the first Roman Catholic church in the High Ranges. Eravikulam National Park is a great place to spot elephants, mongoose and a variety of bird life, with the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary home to the endangered grizzled giant squirrel.

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The nearest airport is Nedumbaserry International Airport in Kochi, around three hours’ scenic drive through paddy fields, coconut groves and rubber platations.

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