Valparai is the hidden gem in Tamilnadu (not many know about it) and if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, this place is a must, must visit!
How did we reach?
Valparai is a hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu and approx. 462 Kms from Bangalore. One can go via road or fly to Coimbatore and then hire a cab to Valparai. Looking at the no. of days we had at our disposal, the latter seemed a better option. We wanted to relax and not spend a lot of our time on the road. So basically, it took us a 45 minutes flight from Bangalore (reaching Bangalore airport is another expedition though!) and 3 and a half hours drive from Coimbatore to reach to this tiny, magical town of Valparai.
We rented a zoom car from the Coimbatore airport and the experience was seamless! We opted for a i20 diesel because we knew it takes almost 40 sharp hairpin curves to reach our destination. And boy! Was this journey adventurous? I almost had my heart in my mouth each time our vehicle moved uphill. And the view all around? BREATHTAKING! We managed most of the turns in 2nd gear.
A small break on the road to absorb this impeccable beauty!
Where did we stay?
While there are a lot of options in Valparai, we booked our stay in one of the Briar Tea Bungalows located 4 kms away from the main town. Nestled in the Injiparai tea estate, Stanmore Bungalow offers a panoramic view of tea plantation stretching as far as your eyesight could behold! They had a lush green lawn and gigantic trees in the campus. I almost felt I am in the “Jumanji” world for a second! Our wooden chalet overlooking the enormous sprawl of tea plantation was like living a dream.
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We are foodies and gastronomy was one of the major factors why we decided on making Stanmore Bungalow our abode for 3 days! Made with so much love, warmth and sincerity, the food here tasted GREAT! My taste buds jumped with joy when “shahi tukda” was served as a dessert. It’s been more than couple of years we are back from this place and our hunt for a similar kind of shahi tukda continues.
Things to do
Nothing really! If you are a kind of traveller who wants to roam around more than staying in the property, probably this place isn’t for you. This place is about sipping countless no. of cups of tea, inflating your lungs with the best air quality, and treating your eyes with a view straight out of a movie! Of course, the staffs arrange for activities like, nature’s walk in the morning, bird sighting, trip to their other tea bungalows etc. However, if u still want to step out and see what’s around, paying visit to a picturesque church made our day.