Stay at Windermere
A wonderful retreat amidst magnificent scenery with the best views in town.
Windermere, IndiaOur rating: First Class
Situated about 3.5 miles from the town centre, the plantation bungalow at Windermere was the long-term home of Captain Matthew, who for 25 years served as the Harbour Master of Cochin. In the last few years his son, Dr Simon, has added a number of additional cottages which resemble Swiss chalets, a new restaurant, a sitting and games room, and a tea hut to provide a greater range of facilities. Simple set lunches can be taken under the shade of a tree while a set three course meal is available in the restaurant in the evening.
In the gardens there are designated areas for bonfires, barbecues and hammocks, and a viewpoint commanding a panoramic view of the estate's 70 acres of cardamom, fruit and tea plantations, Munnar and the valley beyond. It is possible to see how cardamom is processed in the nearby store and, if feeling energetic, you can trek to the caves on the plantation. Be prepared for fluctuating electricity supply due to the mountain location - it would be wise to keep a small torch with you.
Please note that the hotel does not have an alcohol licence.