Hotel Villa Retreat
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In South India the spectacular Western Ghats stretch from Goa through Kerala and over to Tamil Nadu. This picturesque mountain range used to provide some high altitude respite to the British Colonialists when India became too hot for their delicate sensitivities. We too were in some serious need of some heat relief by now after surviving …
... we stopped for a cup of tea in The Tredis Tea Room, a lovely peaceful wooden wig wam shaped building with a beautiful garden and clean western toilets :) I had an Assam tea and Ollie a Darjeeling tea and we just sat and read our books for a while drinking local tea ,lovely! Earlier in the day we jumped in a taxi and went to a place about 4km away from Kodai named Vatterkanal. Our taxi dropped us at the top of what is described as "an unpaved track" which ...
... went out on to it to get a photo and got some serious vertigo. After the picture was taken we couldn't get off that rock quick enough. After our 5 hour trek we were exhausted and sat and had lunch in a local shack/restaurant. we wandered down to the Sunday Market where all the locals get there veg for the week, there was some aggressive haggling going on and it was nice to see an Indian market stripped down to what it should be. After eating curry nearly non-stop for 8 weeks we ...
... views and were already happy that we had chosen to take the trip in an auto rather than a taxi, it was so easy to jump out at all the different stops. Manesh told us that the tea grows a metre every two years and that the top leaves are harvested every week.
We kept moving upwards and stopped at a natural sweet honey tree which hung a across the road dominating the full corner of the mountain. Along its branches ...
... were so high up on the hill in Tamil Nadu but the valley was covered in the blanket of mist and fog hence we didn't see much :o( It was a good exercise to walk up and down.
In the evening we sat on the balcony with a French Canadian couple who were playing on a guitar and bass. The guy composed songs as the pair travelled around... they were very good. Later on another French guy "Nikola" joined us on the balcony... he said ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Villa Retreat Kodaikanal
Great main building, really idyllic setting. Great food, the best in Kodaikanal. The room were ok, but a bit overpriced for what they were. A bit scruffy around the corners. No heating in room. Heater can be provided, but you have to pay extra. However, it is in my opinion the only place to stay in Kodaikanal unless you want to go out side the village.
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