Kurinji Estate, a 1930s Thanjavur-style stone heritage bungalow in Kodaikanal - Director's Suite | Exclusive Villa, Kodaikanal

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Experience the old-world charm of a gorgeous Thanjavur-style heritage 1930s bungalow in Kodaikanal, complete with a large 9 acre estate, stunning views, maintained gardens, lip-smacking food & the finest Tamil hospitality.

Detailed Description

Imagine a picturesque stone cottage set in the verdant hills of Kodaikanal. Tucked away from the chaos of the main market, Kurinji Estate is an idyllic retreat for those looking to relax and unwind.

Surrounded by lush greenery, this 9-acre estate features a gorgeous 6-bedroom heritage bungalow built in the 1930s, landscaped gardens and a scenic pond complete with a rustic sit-out.

Crafted using a traditional Thanjavur-style stone, Kurinji boasts of a seamless blend between heritage architecture and modern amenities. P.S - We recommend snuggling up in front of the common fireplace and sampling our delicious Tamil cuisine. With six cozy bedrooms, verdant ivy-covered exteriors and a lovely verandah decked with tea tables, this charming heritage bungalow will transport you to a simpler era.

For those who'd rather step out, the estate boasts of beautiful, well-maintained gardens with stunning views of Kodai Valley. Guests can take a stroll through the peaceful surrounding woods or snuggle up around the bonfire (needs to be requested in advance). There is also a delightful macchan on the property where guests can relax with a steaming cup of tea and a good book.

If Kodaikanal is on your bucket list this year, then Kurinji Estate with its impeccable Tamil hospitality is a definite must-stay!

Please Note:
Kurinji Estate has 4 Executive Suites & 2 Directors Suites that can be booked. In case you'd like to book all six suites, do send a message to the host for a special offer.

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Normal capacity (per Room) 2
Extra People allowed (per Room) 1
Num of Rooms 2
MAXIMUM CAPACITY 6
Security Deposit 6000 Rupee
Check In 1 PM
Check Out 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
General
  • Television
  • Cable Television
  • WiFi and Internet
  • Airconditioned
  • Heater
  • Hot shower
  • Bathroom ensuite
  • Swimming Pool
Food and Drinks
  • Breakfast included
  • Vegetarian or Jain ONLY
  • Alcohol allowed
  • Smoking allowed
  • Meals provided at extra cost
  • Meals included in Tariff
Social
  • Family or Child friendly
  • Elderly friendly
  • Guests allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Unmarried couples allowed
  • Gay friendly
  • Corporate Guests Only
  • Family ONLY
  • Women ONLY
Other
  • Elevator in Building
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Genset or backup power
  • Parking available
  • Accommodation for driver
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Shoots
  • Clubbing
  • Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife
  • Dining
  • Nature
  • Theatre Or Films
  • Historical monuments
  • Street food
  • Geographical wonders
  • Beach
  • Places of worship
  • Amusement park
  • Museums and Art
  • Business District
  • Transit
  • AVAILABLE
  • BOOKED
  • SPECIAL RATES
  • UNAVAILABLE
* In case a date does not have text inside it, it means default rates of the property apply OR status is "Available"
Map view
  • TRANSPORT
  • THINGS TO DO


Stay and accessibility

Kurinji Estate is located in Kodaikanal. 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.

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 home. 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 this villa is not wheelchair accessible.

No, this is not a pet-friendly villa.

Room specifics

Extra floor mattresses can be arranged onsite. Our home has adequate bed sheets, blankets and pillows for extra bedding.

The Director's rooms have been furnished with lovely queen sized poster beds.

Yes, we provide toiletries like soap, shampoo, toilet paper and towels for up to 10 people.

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.

Yes, we have a backup inverter in case of rare power failures. Guests are requested to use the electricity efficiently in such situations.

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

All meals are provided onsite at an additional cost. You will need to inform the caretaker in advance about your meal preferences. Meal timings will be as follows: Breakfast (8 am to 9 am), Lunch (1 pm to 2 pm) & Dinner (8 pm to 10 pm). Please note that meals are not permitted in the room. If there is another guest staying at the property, please adjust your meal timings with the caretaker and respect the privacy of other guests.

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.

You can pay the caretaker for meals onsite, in cash, at the end of your stay. Meals will be charged per adult, per meal as follows: Breakfast (Veg - 100 / Non-Veg - 125) & Lunch / Dinner ( Veg - 200 / Non-Veg - 250). For children up to 12 years, charges will be as follows: Breakfast (Veg - 50 / Non-Veg - 75) & Lunch/Dinner (Veg - 120 / Non-Veg - 150)

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 additional charges will be applied.

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. In case you would like the caretaker to cook a special dish, you can pay him for the actuals and cooking, cleaning fee on site, in cash. 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 request the caretaker in advance if you would like 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.

Payments

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.

Security deposit is to be paid two days prior to check-in. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned during check-out itself or by NEFT within 2 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 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.

House Rules

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. Late check-out charges includes meals (lunch).

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.

Safety

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

Others

There is a well-trained estate manager and his caretaking staff available 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.

Yes. Please note that both guests should be adults and should have with them government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in.

Accommodation

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 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 the outhouse 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 a day picnic.

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]

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