In The Lap Of Nature: The Best Homestays In Kodaikanal

From the properties resting in the lush landscape near Kodai Lake to the ones with a distinct architectural history, find out the best homestays in Kodaikanal to make your trip memorable
A view of the Kodai Lake
A view of the Kodai LakeShutterstock

Kodaikanal, a quaint hill station in Tamil Nadu, is situated in the picturesque Palani Hills in the UNESCO site of the Western Ghats. The hill station attracts tourists with its old-world charm rendered in its hills and mountains, wildlife, lakes, parks, old houses and more. In your pursuit to explore the unique charming treats of Kodaikanal, you can chooose to lodge in a homestay which can always bring your closer to the local folks and give you a chance to learn about their culture and traditions. Choosing homestays is also smart travelling as it adds to the local businesses and ensures a lower carbon footprint. Check out these top homestays which you can book for a wholesome exploration in Kodaikanal.

Whispering Waters

A view inside Whispering Waters
A view inside Whispering Waterswhisperingwaters.kodai/instagram

Whispering Waters is a tranquil 4-acre pear orchard in the serene mountainside of Chinnapallam, where you can head for a perfect escape from daily life. The property boasts ten cottages blending rustic charm with modern amenities, each offering a captivating view of the valley. Visitors can immerse themselves in the natural beauty surrounding the orchard through leisurely strolls along forest trails to the farm-to-table experience that takes centre stage. Just a short drive from the renowned Kodai Lake, a manmade lake that covers around 60 acres. At the site, you will find yourself among the whispers of the waters, and the majesty of the mountains beckon you to unwind and embrace the beauty of the moment.

Tariff: INR 1,500 per person per night

Address: Chinnapalam, Tamil Nadu 624103

Maruti Villa

Maruti Villa is a peaceful and beautiful retreat in Kodaikanal, just 1.6 km from Kodaikanal Lake. The place offers stunning mountain views and is equipped with free WiFi and private parking. It's conveniently located just 1.8 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Stand and offers various amenities like an airport shuttle and bike rentals. The units have private entrances, desks, and outdoor furniture. Some rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, minibars, and soundproofing. The property also features a picnic area where guests can unwind and relax. Guests can explore nearby attractions like Bear Shola Falls and Kodaikanal Solar Observatory. The closest airport, Madurai Airport, is located 131 km away. Maruti Villa is a great place to stay for those seeking tranquillity and a chance to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Tariff: INR 3,918 per night

Address: Old Upper Lake Rd, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Kurinji Estate

Kurinji Estate
Kurinji EstateSaee Bhurke

Kurinji Estate is a picturesque stone cottage located in the lush foothills of Kodaikanal. Built in the 1930s, it features traditional Thanjavur-style architecture and six cosy bedrooms with individual fireplaces. The estate is spread over nine acres and provides ample spaces to relax and rejuvenate. Guests can enjoy delicious homemade Tamil cuisine and breathtaking views of the Kodai Valley from Kurinji's elevated vantage point. Every moment at Kurinji Estate is infused with warmth, beauty and timeless allure.

Tariff: INR 5000 to 60,000 per night

Address: Kurinji Temple Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Mount Chalet

A view of Mount Chalet
A view of Mount ChaletMount Chalet/facebook

Experience luxury and comfort at this Kodaikanal homestay, nestled amidst the breathtaking vistas of the Western Ghats. Mount Chalet can host up to 12 guests and features numerous amenities like a pool table, home theatre, gym, sauna, jacuzzi baths, table tennis, badminton and complimentary bonfire. You can enjoy the tranquillity of nature, indulge in leisurely activities, or embark on exhilarating adventures at this remarkable retreat, conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from Kodaikanal Lake.

Tariff: INR 24,000 per night

Address: Green crest,chinnapallam, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Salora Kodai

Salora Kodai is a beautiful homestay in Kodaikanal, offering stunning mountain and garden views. It's just 4.9 km from Silver Cascade Falls and Kodai International Business School. The property features a Chinese cuisine restaurant, free private parking and units with flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and private bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a vegetarian breakfast and sightseeing tours from the property. Salora Kodai also has a sun terrace and outdoor fireplace for relaxation. Madurai Airport is the nearest airport, 128 km away. The property also offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Tariff: Starts at INR 3,276 per night

Address: Prakasapuram, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

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