Sinna Dorai`s Bungalow, Anamallais
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SinnaDorai Bungalow, Tamil Nadu, India
For meditative views of grassy peaks
Sinna Dorai`s Bungalow, Anamallais

The Anamalai Hills is a mountain range in the Western Ghats that extends into Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It translates into Elephant Hill, from the Tamil/Malayalam word 'Ana' meaning elephant and 'mallai' meaning hill. This Sinna Dorai bungalow in Valparai is rife with 1940’s vintage charm. The six-bedroom bungalow stands amidst acres of organic tea fields overlooking the Roti Kadai (literally Bread Shop) valley, the location of the first bakery in the district. It dates back to 1896, when Britisher G.A. Carver Marsh arrived in the region to explore cultivation of cardamom and coffee, cinchona, and rubber before settling on tea, which was most suited to the altitude and cool weather. Apart from the economic opportunity, the cool environs provided respite from the hot plains of Coimbatore. Carver Marsh was part of a group that cultivated the first 50 acre patch of tea here, creating a legacy that still thrives. The tea estate is expansive and cultivates 555 acres of organic tea and 1,215 acres of conventional tea.

The six-roomed characterful bungalow sits atop a verdant hill top. Watch clouds trailing through the tangled tea shrub of the valley, go for long walks in the estate, know how tea is grown and processed, but most of all just take in the incredibly serene setting.

Perfectly Rare

Leave all the trappings of urban life behind as you journey in to the heart of tea country. With every winding turn and hairpin bend, your breath slows down. The fresh air is soothing as is the view of lush scenery in myriad shades of green. An overall sense of calm engulfs you as you are humbled...

Know Your Host

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, vast areas of the Western Ghats were identified for planting. Forests were cleared to make way initially for spices & coffee and eventually tea. And this led to the building of colonial styled bungalows intended for planters, their managers and...

The architecture and design of Sinna Dorai in Valparai emulates the planters’ homes in the late 19th century. Stone walls, airy verandas, high ceilings and a decidedly vintage charm define the ambience of the bungalow. Books, artefacts and décor is reminiscent of the times when British planters had made the town their home. A grassy, well-manicured patch in front of the bungalow has a bench at the edge that overlooks the valleys below. The sophisticated ambience of a planter’s home is a window into a once popular world of refinement with polished silver, bone china and mahogany four-poster beds.  Only marginally renovated to add new bathrooms, the main house still has the original wooden flooring intact, working fireplaces, a typewriter, and gramophone and other memorabilia from a century ago.

Choose from one of the six rooms that are all part of the main bungalow, each overlooking natural green surrounds. The rooms hold onto their charm with four poster beds, vintage furniture and understated and sophisticated décor, but have all the modern comforts – an ensuite modern bathroom, toiletries, a reading desk in the room and more. But the allure lies in being in the comfort of the room and yet connected to the outdoors at all times. Keep your eyes peeled for herds of Indian Gaur, deer and an elephant family – all regulars to the estate.

Dining

Elaborate three-course meals from an assortment of South Indian, Continental, and Punjabi cuisine are excellent – the right combination of feeling familiar like home-food and special enough with new flavours and incredible cooking expertise behind them. The common dining room is where everyone meets for meals. Top up the conversations on meals with delicious desserts like tender coconut soufflé and apple cake.

There is plenty to see and do around Valparai. The Anamalai’s are home to an abundance of wildlife and a safari can be a rewarding experience with the chance of seeing panthers, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar, Malabar squirrels, hornbills, scarlet minivets and notably the lion-tailed macaque. A night drive under the spectacular starry skies offers a great contrast. Make your own tea in one of the tea factories on the estate, learning the process of picking the leaves by hand and the method of CTC: crush, tear and curl. Walks, picnics and drives to see local sites like the Monkey falls, Balaji temple, Sholayar dam, Chinna Kallar, and Grass hills can be arranged locally.

Do as little or as much as you want to. Sit and watch the rain. Pick up a book from the well-stocked library. Play board games. Sunrise and Sunsets are glorious events in themselves, watch as they paint the skies in hues of pink and yellow and inky blue. Retire for a restful night’s sleep in one of the elegantly appointed rooms in these heritage homes.

Perfect For

Absolute rejuvenation of the mind, with a thousand shades of green all around and waking up to the valley views. With no TV in the rooms, here’s a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself.

Operational status
Sinna Dorai's Anamallis Bungalow is open all year.

The fact that you are smack-dab in the middle of nature is one thing; this is topped by strict policies of garbage disposal and use of plastic. The bungalow hires only local staff from the community and has maintained 1200 plus acres of a lush tea plantation with mindfulness.

Low Impact Tourism Local Community Engagement Heritage Preservation The Human Touch Sensitive Destination Discovery
RARE Tip
A rare, off the beaten track opportunity to spend time amidst a flourish of green, only a short drive from Coimbatore and Pollachi. Stay in the six-roomed century old planter’s bungalow for some serious R&R.
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One Fantastic Home away from Home
by audant on 07/18/2022

Though we have been a few times there, it never gets bored. This time we took our niece over. We had to share time between Munnar and Valparai. Thinking the young girl would get bored in Valparai...

Serene place to unwind
by premwilson on 05/26/2022

Sinnadorai bungalow is a well maintained property at a very beautiful and serene location. The drive from the main road to the bungalow itself was quite an experience with greener all around and...

Peace and serenity
by shoma65 on 04/27/2022

This is a lovely, well maintained property with 6 cottages/rooms with fabulous views. Courteous Staff, long walks, and extremely fresh and mouth watering food has been our experience. The drive is...

Nearest Airport : Coimbatore - 114 km
Nearest Railway Station : Coimbatore

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