Fairytales do exist as The Stylish Dish discovers a secret garden cottage in the hills of Kodaikanal, along with a travel guide of things to do.
The misty mountains of Kodaikanal, are a perfect winter escape with its fabulous view points, hearty dhabas, lakes and woodland trekking paths. It’s a simple life, with a handful of restaurants, cafes, shops and cheerful locals. While there are things to do, in Kodaikanal is a destination where it is all about where you choose to stay and your tryst with nature.
A home away from home
Kodaikanal hides a heritage gem – The Kurinji Estate, which is tucked away in its winding roads; a space where nature takes the spotlight and your photos require no filters. The property is managed by SaffronStays, a boutique venture that connects you to heritage homestays across the country.
There is something about sipping warm filter coffee while you are wrapped up in a shawl, with the view of the distant mountains. The estate is filled with beautiful spots for tea and coffee. From pretty little corners, a tree deck to a table by the lotus pond and patios – one is compelled to lounge about while you admire nature. Here we introduce our favourite tea spots in no particular order, with a photo collage.
Things to do in Kodaikanal
When you manage to pull yourself away from the garden paradise of Kurinji Estate, Kodaikanal is famed for its many view points. The streets by the Kodaikanal Lake have plenty of little eateries, while the stalls cook some delicious street food that go perfectly well with the weather.
Coakers Walk is a scenic trail, that takes your breath away.
Scenes of everyday life, this little savvy sales guy knows how to market his merchandise.