Considered as one of the most famous hill stations in the Nilgiris, Ooty is perhaps the best natural splendour you have to explore. Though there are some well known hotels and resorts in the hill station, to really soak in the atmosphere, you’ve to opt for a relaxing homestay.
Let’s take a look at some amazing homestays in the serene valleys of Ooty.
Kurumba Village Resort – This fantastic location is situated at the Upper Burliar area, on the road leading to Mettupalayam, about 32 km from the main city of Ooty. The homestay is named after the local tribes of Kurumba. There are about 15 splendid cottages, built in traditional architecture with thatched roofs for you to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Each of the cottage comes accompanied with private balconies and large windows from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the green valleys of the hill station. If you’re willing to shell out more, there are large suites which comes with king sized beds and even a private jacuzzi. If you’re visiting the hill station for the first time, you can find easily find a taxi from Coimbatore to Ooty.
Tea Nest – The Tea Nest homestay and resorts stands quite true to its name. Surrounded by about 1800 acres of tea estates on all sides, this resort is actually a heritage bungalow consisting of six master bedrooms, with each of them being named after a distinct variety of tea. The resort as constructed in the 19th century, and the mansion was used as an international tea school serving the bureaucrats from the British Raj. The resort offers complimentary breakfasts and has a kitchen offering amazing non-veg and vegetarian dishes. Since, the entire area is tea effected, you’d find few items in the menu which are made using tea leaves.
Tenerife Hill – The Tenerife Hill homestay is situated atop a hilly tea estate and is perfect for visitors looking for a peaceful, private time away from the tourist crowd and noise of the city. There are only two master bedrooms to choose from, both of which offers a mind blowing view of the serene tea estates. The property is run by a family who also own the nearby tea estate called Tranquilitea. Apart from strolling the nearby area, you can accompany the estate owner for a round of tea tasting session. The entire region is highly photogenic, so don’t forget to carry your DSLRs and create an amazing click. The homestay offers fresh, home cooked meals for its guests.
Destiny, The Farmstay – Situated in the mesmerizing Avalanche valley, amongst the clusters of pine trees, Destiny is a farm stay that promises to bring you closer to the nature. There are about 25 cabin type rooms to choose from and if you really like organic farming, this is a great way to pick some skills and also unwind in the lap of nature. The homestay is located few kilometers away from the main centre of the hill station, so might have to trek down to the spot. Adding up to the Coimbatore to Ooty distance, it would roughly take you about 3-4 hours to reach the homestay from the nearest railway station.