Reaching the Valley View bungalow inside the Waterfalls estate is bit confusing however once you reach the bungalow it truley apt for the name. The bungalow is situated exactly mid of tea estate valley which has a very good view. Valparai is primarily a place completely with tea estates and bungalows built for their guest/VIP's/Managers who visit the estate. This estate bungalow is situated well before proper valparai on the 28th hairpin bend.
Waterfalls group has three bungalows for their guests. Valley View [which I stayed], Tennis Court Bungalow and Indraprastha [a bit expensive, however worth the spend]
I stayed in Valley View for two nights and my primary objective of this trip is get away from City life and stay close to nature and also for Photography tour. Valparai is not meant for usual tourist destnation like Ooty or Kodaikanal as there are no places of interest or nothing much to do in terms of activity or sight seeing. There are certain places to visit like Balaji Temple built inside a private tea estate, Nallamudi Poonjolai [view point] and Puthuthotam [a place near the road side where you can spot Loin tail macaque]
The stay was comfortable, relaxed, and rejenuvated. Room was clean, bed quality could be little improved, basic toiletrries provided. This property gives you more privacy , more space to explore yourself around the tea estate and take caution before venture out on your own as there are instances of wild animal encounter. Would suggest to take a estate guide along for a trek etc.Around the property you wont find much in terms of houses or shops. Its just mid of tea plantations. The climate was apt for our stay as it was not too cold or rainy it was just drizzling all day and cloudy.
Food was homely and not that restaurant/start hotel kind of stuff. Mix of north and south indian cusisine. Chef is the care taker of the bungalow as well, so he takes care of everything. Take your own medicinal kit for emergency. Hospital is a couple of KMS away from bungalow.
Overall a satisfied stay and willing to go back. One thing about the food is just dont expect too much like a hotel range. Its a homely stay with nice people around to help you, I would recomend for small family weeknd trip or for couples expecting privacy. I enquired and booked through telephone. Ms. Rasha who manages the booking was helpful and mention your purpose of visit in advance so that they could provide you more info about the place
Other nearby place to vist
Perambikulam Wildlife sanctuary - 70 kms
Athirampally Waterfalls - ~100 kms
Topslip - Aanamalais - 60 kms
- Also Known As:
- Waterfall Estates Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu