Fancy a cuppa ? Well, if your are visiting Ooty then the answer would most probably be a yes. Holiday at one of the plantation resorts or homestay and enjoy the aroma and flavour of homegrown tea. You might even get a chance to witness and know in-depth the process of tea making starting from picking tea leaves to the brewing aromatic tea in your morning cup

Tenerife hill

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This farmstay is located 22 kms from ooty. This is a property of Tranquiltea holidays. The name itself is a clue to the visitors looking for a stay in tea plantations. As the name suggests, the ambience of this place is tranquil and natural and the tea , of course , is exceptional. The Farm stay comes with splendid view of Nilgiris. The bungalow hosts only one family at a time and each bedroom opens to a garden of its own. There is private lounge where you can curl with a fat book and a cup of steaming tea. An additional perk is the sumptuous food offered at the stay. You also get a chance to taste the authentic local cuisine of the ‘Badaga’ tribe. Every property of Tranquilitea is linked with the rich heritage of tea. Along with other basic amenities, the farmstay also provides opportunity to explore the Nilgiris, tea tasting tour and photography tours at extra cost.

Places to visit nearby: Sim’s Park, Pomological Station, Silk Rearing Station, Pasteur Institute.

Tea Nest

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Wake up to the aroma of tea and enjoy the cool breeze that blow past the manicured tea gardens. This colonial style cottage snuggles inside a 1800 acre tea plantation in Coonoor. To reach the place, you need to take a detour from scenic mountain road between Mettupalayam and Ooty. This cottage was once a home of British aristocrats and also an international tea school which was later taken over by the nature resorts group. You can go bird watching or even relax in the luxury of your room and watch the locals stroll by with tea baskets on their back plucking tea leaves. If lucky, you can also spot a bison or Indian Gaur pass by. The resort operates on eco friendly terms and promotes responsible tourism.

Places to visit nearby: Lamb’s Rock, Sims park, Dolphin nose point

O’land plantation stay

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Located in the middle of a 120 acre tea plantation, this estate is located at an hours drive from ooty and Coonoor. Along with tea, the estate also grows pepper, coffee and oranges. The rooms offer a panoramic view of the valley along with splendid sunrise and sunset. The plantation also has 2 waterfalls. Along with providing an eco friendly accommodation, the plantation also allows visitors to savour the meals cooked with organic produce along with an unparalleled wildlife experience. The estate is sometimes visited by wildlife like bears, bisons, elephants. Many rare birds can be spotted on the estate itself. The in-house restaurant offers buffet service.

Places to visit nearby: Sims park, Doddabetta peak, Rose garden

Destiny Farm stay

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Looking for a relaxing farmstay along with some adventure, then Destiny Farmstay is the right choice. Located 25 kms from ooty, this farm stay is tucked away in pristine Avalanche valley. Activities at the farmstay include barbecue by the bonfire on the lawn, horse riding lessons, treks and nature walks, rappelling, valley crossing, outdoor games, golf-putting and fishing. Rooms are well furnished with wooden floor, tea/coffee maker and hot water supply. Luxury rooms offer a fireplace. Food and beverage options include two multi cuisine restaurants serving fresh produce from the farm. Spa offers Swedish and Balinese therapies. For kids there is wooden playset, and all the farm animals to pet and watch. There’s also the theatre room and the indoor game options include table tennis and foosball.

Places to visit nearby: Emerald lake

Glendale Stays

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Aptly named a cognac of teas, Glendale stay has properties that are located conveniently in Coonoor. Adderely plantation stay is a 5 bedroom bungalow located 12 kms from Coonoor. Runnymede guest house is a three bedroom bungalow located 6 kms from Coonoor town centre. You can enjoy bird watching and wildlife at these bungalows. Other facilities at the guest house include tea factory visit, camp fire and Trekking. Customized menu available for guests. The guest house is recommended for those who want to relax and feel close to the nature.

Places to visit nearby: Dolphin nose point, Lawfalls, Sim’s Park

Devashola Mango tree bungalow

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The estate is a 650 acre sprawling plantation of tea, coffee and spices. At this beautiful homestay you can wake up to the chirping of birds and go to bed listening to the sound of cicada and creaking of silver oaks. The Mango Tree cottage has two spacious well appointed bedrooms, kitchen, store rooms and a pretty sitting room. An ayurvedic rejuvenation facility is also available at Mango Tree cottage. The cuisine offered is well planned , healthy both local and gourmet and vegetarian with largely home grown produce. Adventure activities include trekking, rock climbing, camp fire, birding, jeep safari and tribal dance.

Places to visit nearby: Ooty and Coonoor sight seeing spots

Red hill Nature resort

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This heritage bungalow located 22 kms from ooty has 10 spacious bedrooms.These rooms are gracefully designed with ultimate elegance and sophistication. It has a multicuisine in-house restaurant that uses home grown vegetables. Activities include trekking, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking. Bonfire and barbecue arranged on request. You can rejuvenate yourself practicing yoga. Guests can also visit the Toda village where the native tribe of ooty live. Tea time is three to four times per day and served to all the guests visiting Red Hills. Additional amenities at the hotel include free high-speed internet, free parking space, laundry service, room services and internet connectivity.

Places to visit nearby: Ooty and Coonoor sight seeing spots

Adubettu leisure homes

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Adubettu leisure homes are wooden cottages situated amidst the tea estate in Adubettu village downhill Aravenu close to Kotagiri. The name ‘Kota-giri’ means ‘mountain of the kotas’ which is the hometown of the “kota” tribes. Front desk at the cottage operates round the clock. Travel desk organizes sightseeing for guests on request. The cottages have attached bathroom with running hot and cold water. Guests can avail free breakfast and newspaper. Campfire will be arranged on request. All the rooms have private patio that offer a spectacular view of the surrounding lush green nature. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine available.

Places to visit nearby: Catherine falls, kil-kotagiri, kodanad point , Rangaswamy peak, elk falls

Sunshine bungalow

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This heritage property located 16 kms from Coonoor is a charming place for beautiful nature walks and cycle rides. The rooms here are made of wood with modern furniture and complete with elegant and antique beds. The stylish living room, with wood paneled flooring gives a lovely view of the garden and the hills. The bungalow has 4 rooms. Perched at an elevation of about 1900 meters in Kotagiri, the view of the tea estate and the greenery from the bungalow is breathtaking. Outside the bungalow there are long porches or verandahs, from where one can enjoy the view of the tranquil hillside and the garden greenery. Dining options include indian and continental cuisine. On few days, the management organizes band and barbecue. Activities include trekking and excursions to kodanad view point and Rangaswamy peak.

Places to visit nearby: Catherine falls, Dolphin nose point, Rangaswamy peak, Kodanad view point

Farview mountain resort

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Situated in Kotagiri, Farview Mountain Resort Villas is the perfect place to relish the flavour of Ooty and its surroundings. Only 69 km away, this property can be easily accessed from the airport. The villa is centered around a 40 acre tea plantation. The view from the villa overseeing the mountains and clouds is outstanding. The weather is nice and cold with temp below 10 degrees in December. Located at an elevation of 2250m above sea level in the ‘Blue Hills’ and nestled into the corner of a Special Reserve Forest, ‘Farview’ offers breathtaking mountain views with true luxury villa accommodation. Along with the panoramic view, the villa offers few other amenities to pamper you more which include full English or Indian Breakfast, in house catering and laundry service, poolside bar,imported fire place, lounge bed, barbecue, fitness centre, wrap around balconies, infinity pool, print and fax service and wifi.

Places to visit nearby: Catherine falls, Kodanad viewpoint, Longwood shola, Rangasamy pilar

So the final question is, where are you planning to slurp your next steaming cup of hot chai – by the side of a bay window at a colonial bungalow or under the patio umbrella at the beautiful garden in front of a homestay. We leave the choice to you.