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A different world within… Drove to Kodai from Chennai. The roads inside the Kodai town are too narrow and battered. The town is too crowded and commercialized for a hill station to feel relaxed. The entrance to the property is from a narrow lane. But the moment we enter inside, it’s a different world altogether. It’s an old English Bungalow converted into a resort housing 6 rooms with separate common dinning and entertainment space. There is also in house kitchen and they serve hot, delicious homely food. They have a game room with a TT table and carom board and an outdoor badminton court. There is a lovely lawn surrounded by colorful flowers. The garden extends around the bungalow. The rooms are pretty small but compact and good enough for an family of 3. It was neat, tidy and clean. The staffs were courteous and prompt in service. Once inside you do not feel the chaotic town outside and we had a relaxing peaceful pleasurable stay....read more
It was our first venture to choose a place other than the traditional hotel. Initially the idea was a little away and made us quiet apprehensive about the stay at such a place that was never experienced before. Moreover stay at such places require a lot of courage to overcome fear regarding basic amenities and quality of food. But on our arrivals we found things to be absolutely different. The very first response from the staff was exhilarating. Their humbleness and courtesy touched our hearts The serenity of the place was the second thing that jostled our minds and captured everything we has. The staff provided all the hospitality required for such professional industry. Food was amazing and the service was passionately done The stay at KURUNJI ESTATE was undoubtedly a memorable one. ...read more
We were a family of 8 and stayed here for 4 nights. A very memorable vacation for all of us. Everything about the place is quaint and tranquil -- property, rooms, interiors and location. It has a well spread out lawn with beautiful flowers. The campus is huge and has its own personal trail and a nice lotus pond (with an interesting "haunted" history as well ). You can spend your entire day lazing within the property, exploring its nooks and still not get bored. The special touch to the stay is added by the caretaker Mr. Natarajan and his wife. They are delightful hosts who take personal care of each and every guest. Mrs. Natarajan is an amazing cook and dishes out a lip smacking variety of food of all cuisines, including North Indian. We had at least 6 meals plus breakfast -- and every single food item was very tasty!!! It was my father's birthday and also my brother's anniversary-- Mrs. Natarajan put together a very special spread for us and made the evening doubly enjoyable !!! Many thanks to both of them. Network coverage is weak -- you will at best manage 2G. Data connection is flaky. I am told by Mr. Natarajan that they are in the process of adding WiFi connection for guests. That should be very useful. All in all a very memorable stay. I am DEFINITELY COMING BACK AGAIN....read more
The cottage is right out of the British Era. A beautifully maintained Garden greets you and you know that you have not gone wrong is selecting a perfect place for your vacation. We were greeted by Natarajan who is the caretaker and he ensured we were made comfortable right thru our stay at the cottage. Jacqueline his wife served us some great food and bites right thru our stay. The cottage is about 3 kms from the lake and you can get taxis to take you there if you wish to do. We plan to go back with a larger group soon....read more
Celebrated my birthday at this beautiful property. Since we checked in on a Sunday (when most guests check out, owning to starting work on mondays), we had the entire place to ourselves. We spent the entire day lazing around on the garden, gorging on yummy food made by Jacqueline(caretaker's wife), watching movies. I would recommend you stay atleast a day here to unwind, after the tedious sight seeing. Recommend this to anyone who wants to unwind and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the season!...read more
Stayed in this home stay for 2 days and enjoyed every minute ...The big advantage we had was that we had the resort to ourselves which made it extra special and we could make ourselves at home in every part of the resort Enjoyed the peace and quiet of the property..But at the same time was not too far away from the main town Mr. & Mrs. Natarajan, the caretakers deserve special mention ...Our requirements were met out immediately by them and the other staff. The food was delicious and served in style.. Rooms and bathrooms were very clean and maintained well This is definitely a resort to check out on especially for people who know how Kodaikanal was more than 30 years ago and who want to relive those moments The garden around the resort is maintained very nicely and the flowering plants and collections of plants were a treat to the eyes....read more
The place was clean and beautiful. Very well maintained and peaceful property . The stay was relaxing and comfortable. Food was very tasty and was on time. Toilets need little bit more maintenance but overall I cannot ask for more. It is my favorite place in kodaikanal now. ...read more
Stay and accessibility
The closest airports to Kodaikanal are Madurai (120km), Trichy (150km) and Coimbatore (175km) away. From the airport, you can easily get a bus to Kodaikanal. Tourists can also alight at Kodai Road railway station, which is about 100 kilometres away from the main town. From here, you can get a taxi. Tourists can also get down at Dindigul railway station from where buses are easily available.
Yes, our Home is child friendly. There is plenty of open space for kids to run around. Since SaffronStays believes that holidays are about families bonding, we do not have any TV or WiFi in our Homes. The home has instead been stocked with books and board games such as Life, Monopoly, Chess, Carrom, Table Tennis and Darts. There is also a basic first-aid kit, stocked with Dettol, band-aids, etc., for minor injuries. Please note that cricket and football are not allowed on the grounds. If needed, kid-friendly menus (pastas, cornflakes, Bournvita milk, etc) are also available. These should be requested in advance, preferably at the time of booking. In the case of infants, mothers will be permitted to use the kitchen to prepare their meals.
Yes, our home is senior citizen friendly. The home has 6 bedrooms on the ground floor which are easily accessible by seniors. All bedrooms have private bathrooms with an anti-skid surface, easy to access at night without any supervision. There are 2-3 steps leading into the villa. Senior citizens may require some assistance. Upon special request, our caretakers can prepare Low Salt/ Low Spice/ Low Fat/ Low Sugar for senior citizens. These requests should be informed at the time of booking. In case of a medical emergency, the caretaker has the numbers for doctor-on-call or ambulance service-on-call. The home is ambulance accessible.
No, unfortunately our home is not wheelchair accessible.
No, this is not a pet-friendly villa.
If needed, extra floor mattresses can be arranged onsite. Our home has adequate bed sheets, blankets and pillows for extra bedding.
Each bedroom has two single beds that are placed side-by-side to form a double bed.
Yes, we provide toiletries like soap, shampoo, toilet paper and towels for up to 10 people.
No, our home is not air conditioned but it remains cool throughout the day.
No, there is no WiFi available. There is adequate network connectivity, if not 3G then 2G.
The home is in a rural area. In case of disruption of power due to fluctuation, we have a backup inverter installed. However, this backup power does not support ACs or Geysers, and will also burn out beyond 4 hours. Our homes are environment friendly, and we push our guests to be too. Please use electricity optimally at all times. The pleasant monsoon and oncoming winter season do not require any extreme cooling appliances.
Mosquitoes may be a nuisance during the monsoons. Guests are advised to keep the windows shut from 5.30 / 7.30 pm to avoid mosquitoes. If needed, the caretaker can provide Odomos on site.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast is inclusive in the tariff. Guests can opt for meals at the home. Meal charges should be paid in cash to the caretaker at site. The meal charges for per person, per meal are as follows: Lunch/ Dinner: Veg: 200 | Non-Veg: 250 Children < 11 years: Lunch/Dinner: Veg: 100 | Non-Veg: 125 Fish and mutton preparations shall be charged extra, at actuals which are payable in cash to the caretaker onsite.
We offer simple home cooked meals. There is a standard menu available. You can inform the caretaker in advance about your meal preferences (veg/chicken/mutton), specific dietary requirements, etc. Please note that mutton is subject to availability and will be charged at actuals.
Children up to the age of 3 shall not be charged for meals. Children in the age group 6-11 shall be charged Rs 500 per day.
Guests are not allowed to access the kitchen. However, mothers of infants or small children will have limited access to boil milk or prepare their kids meals. Should you choose to order in, the caretaker will be able to help you with menus of nearby restaurants. Please note that some service charges may apply.
Yes, you can use the common fridge to store food/beverages. In case there are other guests on site, please adjust and use the common fridge accordingly.
Yes. Fish and mutton preparations shall be charged extra, at actuals which are payable in cash to the caretaker onsite. Please note that this will be subject to availability of ingredients.
Yes, there is a steady water supply. If you wish to consume only sealed bottled water, please inform the caretaker of the same and pay him for the actuals on site, in cash.
Yes, alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. Please inform the caretaker in advance in case you would like extra ice kept ready. Snacks and other beverages can be arranged if advance notice is given to the caretaker. This amount will need to be paid to the onsite caretaker in cash, at the end of your stay.
This is not a self-catered cottage.
A Guest is entitled to a refund of 75% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 15 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM). A Guest is entitled to a refund of 50% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 7 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM) If the Guest cancels within 7 days of the Date of Check-In, he/she is entitled to no refund.
Unfortunately, there is no option for part payment. Guests are required to pay 100% of the payment before check-in.
Once you have chosen your dates and your booking has been accepted, you will receive a payment link where the payment can be processed. In case you're unable to make an online payment through the link, you could also deposit the cash in our bank account directly. We also offer other options like PayTM, NEFT/IMPS or UPI.
All additional payments (such as extra meals, pet charges, etc.) will have to be paid to the caretaker onsite in cash at the end of your stay. In special circumstances, we do accept these payments through PayTM.
A security deposit of Rs. 2000 per room, has to be paid two days prior to check-in via PayTM. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned during check-out itself or by NEFT within 5 business days after check-out.
Things to do
Our villa is within close proximity to Kurinji Temple and Chettiar Park. Some tourist spots to check out around the area are Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Palni Hills and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory. For those who prefer to stay in, there is a lovely space on the property where bonfires can be arranged at an additional cost of Rs. 500 per event. We also have a lovely clubhouse onsite where guests can play volleyball, table-tennis and carrom. If you're not the athletic kind, there are some classic board games stocked in the cottage that will keep the entire family entertained.
There are no pool facilities at this estate.
There are no beaches nearby.
There is a beautiful pond on the estate itself. Charming sit-outs have been created around the pond, ideal for meditation/relaxation. If requested in advance, the caretaker can also serve meals here for smaller groups.
No, loud music is not permitted. Guests are requested to consider the comfort of the other guests on the premises. Should you wish to play mild music, you are requested to carry along your own portable speakers.
Yes, smoking is allowed but strictly not inside the home. If you wish to smoke, please do so outside in the garden/lawn area. Alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. We do not encourage late night revelry or loud music.
Check-in time at 1 pm and check-out time is 10 am. Please note that check-out timings are strict as we need to ready the rooms for our next booking. Guests are requested to respect the timing of other guests as well. In case you wish to check in a little early or check out a little late, do inform us at the time of booking. Additional charges will be applied.
As required by law, all adults have to provide their government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in. Your co-operation is of utmost importance to us.
No. Guests will only be able to access common areas on the property such as the living room, garden, private pool (if any), etc. Guests are strictly prohibited from crossing into neighboring properties under any circumstances. We request our guests to respect the privacy and personal space of our neighbors.
Yes. The home is located within a secure, private estate.
No, there are no CCTV cameras installed.
No, the home is within a fenced area. However, should a stray dog enter, inform the caretaker and he will address the issue.
Yes, our home has a stone wall surrounding the premises.
Yes, we do have a first-aid kid onsite, stocked with Dettol, band-aids and over-the-counter medicines like Metacin, Crocin etc.
How to get there
Kodaikanal is easily accessible by road from Chennai (439 kilometres) and Bangalore (305 kilometres). Our villa is approximately 3.5 hours away from Madurai. Should you decide to drive, do ensure that your fuel tank is full because there are limited gas stations along the way.
The closest airports to Kodaikanal are Madurai (120km), Trichy (150km) and Coimbatore (175km) away. From the airport, you can easily get a bus to Kodaikanal. Many tourists take the rail route and get down at Kodai Road, which is about 100 kilometres away from the main town. From here, you can get a taxi. Tourists can also get down at Dindigul railway station from where buses are easily available. If requested in advance, a pick-up/drop off from the closest airport/railway station can be arranged at an additional cost, if informed at least day in advance. Approximate Rates of hiring a vehicle from Madurai Airport - Indigo Rs. 2800 Innova Rs. 3800
There is a well-trained estate manager and his caretaking staff onsite.
Yes, we do allow unmarried couples. They should both be adults and should have with them government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in.
Absolutely, but all guests have to be adults and government-approved Photo IDs that clearly show the address must be provided to the caretaker during Check-in
Driver accommodation is available. There are 2 single beds in the outhouse/driver room where up to 2 people can be accommodated. Charges for the same are Rs 500 per person, per night. This includes meals. If you wish to exclude meals, the cost per person, per night would be Rs 250. Accommodation for domestic help is available. There are 2 single beds in an additional room where up to 2 people can be accommodated. Charges for the same are Rs 500 per person, per night. This does not include meals. Additional charges for meals to be paid to the caretaker onsite, in cash.
Accommodation for domestic help is available. There are 2 single beds in an additional room where up to 2 people can be accommodated. Charges for the same are Rs 500 per person, per night. This does not include meals. Additional charges for meals to be paid to the caretaker onsite, in cash.
Free parking is available onsite for up to 4 cars.
No, this property is not suitable for day picnics.
Yes, we do allow events/shoots at the villa, subject to Home Owner's approval. Meals can be arranged at an additional cost (per person, per day). Please note that a maximum of 12 people can be accommodated at the property for an overnight stay. A deposit of Rs. 125,000 will be mandatory. Depending on the event and its requirements, special charges may be apply. Please note that loud music will only be permitted during certain hours. Any other permissions required for photo shoot/functions will need to be taken by the guests themselves. If you wish to book our home for functions/shoots, please send a message to the host on our website or send us an email at [email protected]
Yes, we do allow events/shoots at the villa, subject to Home Owner's approval. Meals can be arranged at an additional cost (per person, per day). Please note that a maximum of 12 people can be accommodated at the property for an overnight stay. A deposit is mandatory. Depending on the event and its requirements, additional charges may be apply. Please note that loud music will only be permitted during certain hours. Any other permissions required for photo shoot/functions will need to be taken by the guests themselves. If you wish to book our home for functions/shoots, please send a message to the host on our website or send us an email at [email protected]