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Valparai – the 7th heaven

We spent 4 glorious days at the Stanmore Bungalows in Valparai and this is the place to go to if you’re looking for a combination of relaxed vacation and a nature/wildlife fix. With stunning views, excellent hospitality and pleasant weather – Valparai is one place that is untouched by commercialism.

Lake by the Stanmore Bungalow. Perfect for a dip

Lake by the Stanmore Bungalow. Perfect for a dip

Wild elephants

Wild elephants

About: Valparai is a Taluk and hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anaimalai Hills range of the Western Ghats, at a distance of 100 km from Coimbatore and 65 km from Pollachi. There are 40 hairpin bends on the way up to Valparai, so buckle up on your way there! Most of the mountainous expanses that come under this hill station are still off limits, almost 170 years after the first human settlement in Valparai. It is a hill station where the man made tea and coffee plantations co-exists with the dense forests, wild waterfalls and whispering streams.

Chinnakallar Falls

Chinnakallar Falls

The infamous Lion-tailed Macaque

The infamous Lion-tailed Macaque

Valparai is a newly explored tourist spot that is fast gaining popularity. Entering the forest and tea gardens of Valparai you can enjoy the presence of many streams, dams, valleys, waterfalls, high mountains, grass lands, flora and fauna.
Valparai is unlike other tourist spots such as Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal etc because of its unique nature. Ecotourism is given more importance than regular form of tourism. Chinnakallar in Valparai records maximum rainfall next to Cherrapunji. Valparai is the only hill station in the world which has 12 dams and hydro electric power stations.

Get in: Easiest is to rent/hire a car from Coimbatore/Pollachi and retain it for the duration of your stay.

View from our Chalet, Stanmore Bungalows

View from our Chalet, Stanmore Bungalows

Stay: Stay at any of the Briar Tea Bungalows (Stanmore, Monica or Sirukundra) for the best hospitality, amenities and views. You can choose from their bungalows, wooden chalets or even tents. You’re sure to be well fed and pampered when you’re there.

Do: Nallamudi View Point, Chinnakallar Waterfalls, Nirar and Sholayur Dam, Monica Tea Factory, Loam’s View Point, dip in the stream near the Stanmore Bungalow

Best time to visit: Left to personal choice – whether its the monsoon season or winter or summer time that you prefer!

Sholayur Dam, one of the longest in India

Sholayur Dam, one of the longest in India

You’re sure to spot some form of wildlife during your stay there: monkeys and deer for sure, if you’re lucky – Elephants, Bison, Leopards and if your stars align – maybe even a tiger! Don’t forget to carry your binoculars as the place is filled with a variety of birds.

Nilgiris Bison, we were lucky to spot a full herd

Nilgiris Bison, we were lucky to spot a full herd

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