Sinna Dorai`s Bungalow, Mangorange
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Mango range Sinnadorai Bungalow, Pandalur, Tamil Nadu, India
Live the plantation life in the Nilgiris
Sinna Dorai`s Bungalow, Mangorange

The Mangorange plantation in the Nilgiris was born, as others in the region, at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th. It was the era when British officers were exploring the region for cultivation – spices, coffee and finally settling on tea. The English and Scottish Joint Wholesale Society Ltd. acquired tracts of land in the Pandalur and Devala area and began planting tea in 1916. Today the estate is spread over 2,500 acres of tea with two factories. In the middle of the lush green estate lies a sprawling plantation bungalow with three rooms, that can make you time travel over a century back.

Plantations in the Nilgiri-Wayanad district were first opened in 1845 by Mr. James Ouchterlony. Initial attempts at coffee failed due to pest infestation and salvation came in the form of a gold rush in 1874, when as many as 41 companies were floated in England to prospect for gold in the area. This boom was short-lived and the focus shifted back to coffee and by 1916 tea was being exclusively planted in the estate. Not much is known about the origins of why the area is called Mango Range except for the rather large mango tree near the Peria Dorai’s (Manager’s) Bungalow. This Sinna Dorai's Bungalow dates back to 1918 and its three bedrooms stand in its original form in the 2,500 acres Carolyn Estate.

Perfectly Rare

Staying the middle of a plantation has its perks – you get to pluck your own tea leaves, and wither, cut, tear, ferment and dry them for your own cup of chai. That’s apart from living the plantation life.

Know Your Host

The Western Ghats had an enduring footprint of British officers in late 18th century, where they were seeking respite from the hot plains and economic opportunities cultivating spices and coffee. Finally, many of them settled on tea, thanks to the cool climes of the Nilgiris and around. Many plush...

The plantation bungalow is reminiscent of the colonial architecture and decor from the early 19th century, with wide airy verandas, high ceilings, vintage furniture, fireplaces and spacious rooms. The accommodation is plush yet understated, offering restive corners to unwind.

There are three rooms for guests in the sprawling plantation house. The spacious rooms are equipped with vintage furniture, fireplaces, a reading desk and modern comforts. The real charm lies in keeping the connection with nature intact at all times via the large verandas around the bungalow. Since all the rooms are part of the bungalow, it is an excellent option for a large family or group to take up.

Dining

Food is one of the biggest highlights of the stay with International and Indian cuisine cooked to perfection and served in the main dining hall for all guests. The best of homely and nutritious food comes together with some special recipes of the host. Keep ample room for desserts.

Relax on the veranda or the garden and lose yourself to the mountains. Once you have soaked in your picturesque surroundings and explored the tea estate you may fancy an immersion in the natural history of this region in the form of a visit to the nearby Mudumalai and Bandipur National parks. And you may just chance upon a herd of elephant, known to roam freely in this region.

Perfect For

Nature lovers will be immersed immediately in stories of elephants crossing the estate, spotting birds and keeping eyes and ears tuned to the delightful sounds of nature.

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

The bungalow is a case in point for responsible tourism, keeping all dimensions in purview – easy and authentic hospitality, impacting local communities and especially preserving nature.

Low Impact Tourism Local Community Engagement Heritage Preservation The Human Touch Sensitive Destination Discovery
RARE Tip
A holiday that has no tired tropes, this is truly refreshing. Stay amidst vast tracts of green with tea plantations all around and the vintage charm of a colonial plantation home. Keep 3 days at the least to really take in the surrounds and unwind.
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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 - 161 km
Nearest Railway Station : Coimbatore - 160 km

Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellations prior to 48 hours of the booking date will be held back for adjustments against future bookings of the guest for up to 6 months subject to availability.
  • For cancellations within 48 hours of the booking date, the amount will be forfeited.
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