Top 10 Best Resorts in Kodaikanal for a wonderful holiday experience
when ravelers plan a trip to Kodaikanal, they choose to stay in the best resorts for enjoying the holidays. Called as the "Queen of Hill Stations", Kodai is South India’s popular hill station only next to Ooty. With hundreds of good resorts located nearby, Kodaikanal offers guests with many options to choose from. Barring the peak season during summer holidays, many good hotels are available at fair prices. The best resorts in Kodaikanal are certainly the ones that are located near the lake where there is much activity day and night.
Kodaikanal sees a lot of guests from other states and hence the best resorts also have staff who can understand both the language and preferences of guests from across the country and the world. Local tourist guides are not to be trusted for booking resorts as they often direct you to the properties that pay hefty commissions. While choosing tourist packages for Kodaikanal by tour operators, always make sure the resorts of hotels offered match your preferences. We have picked top 10 best resorts in kodaikanal as per commonly prefered by most of them READ THIS LIST ONE BY ONE FROM NUMBER 10
Until recently, only a handful of resorts like Carlton and Sterling Holidays provided world class amenities and accommodation. But the increase in tourist spending – thanks to rising income levels, Kodaikanal resorts upgraded their properties with cozy rooms, professionally trained staff and included global cuisines in the food menu.
Hotels near Lake have good views, but barring very few properties, the premium pricing charged is justified by the location while accommodation, amenities and service aren’t up to standards. If you choose to look elsewhere, there are numerous good establishments few kilometers away from the lake which offer more value –and available at attractive tariff. During winter, it is advisable to opt for resorts which offer campfire which can be great fun especially if you are travelling in a group.
Resorts near Coakers walk are very comfortable as the lake and Bryant Park are at walking distance –helps to avoid parking headache. Popular among them are Villa Retreat, Club Mahindra – Zest and Kodai resort hotel. Villa retreat is rated as the best in Kodaikanal according to Tripadvisor reviews. Famous for its landscaped and lawns, the nearest attractions include Byrant Park, Coakers walk and Lake. Wall shrubs cover the stone walls of cottages which make the small property look very beautiful. Club Mahindra Coaker’s Villa has few well maintained cottages with limited outdoor space. Kodai Resort Hotel right beside Coaker’s walk offers honeymoon packages which includes food, stay and guided trips.
Kodaikanal’s famous attraction is the large lake –around which the town is built. The Carlton, Sterling’s Kodai - By the Lake and Green Lake View resorts are among the best. The Carlton owned and operated by Mumbai based Raheja Group owns a private boat house. Guests can readily avail the boat service instead of waiting for hours in the government (TTDC) boathouse. Green Lake View is a sprawling property located in the less crowded side of the lake. The rooms are average, but the outdoors space is very spacious making it suitable for families with kids. Kodai – By the Lake has beautiful rooms, amenities and serves great food in the restaurant.
For foodies, we recommend JC Residency which serves complimentary buffet two times per day – pick from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Travelers who would love to chill out with some cocktails, wine or beer should opt for resorts with bars. The Carlton has the best bar in Kodaikanal - also the costliest. Le Poshe by Sparsa and Hill County are good resorts with nice in house bars.
Swimming pool is only a good to have amenity in Kodaikanal resorts. Because of the cold weather most of the time, even the best resorts and luxury hotels don’t have a swimming pool – though some cheap budget resorts have one. Highland Holiday Homes features a swimming pool with a beautiful hut put at the centre. Guests who are very specific about swimming pool can check out Airbnb which has few listings of private bungalows and plantation estate houses with private pools.
Resorts provide indoor and outdoor games to engage guests during leisure. JC Residency has an artistically decorated kid’s game room with a ball pit and many other interesting choices. Sterling Valley view, Club Mahindra and Carlton have fully equipped gymnasium and indoor games like snooker tables, tables tennis and cricket. Travelers who love adventure can opt to stay in farms or retreats amidst plantations in deep forest. Home stays in estates offer a chance to enjoy nature at its best with activities fishing, birding and trekking. Camping in the jungles can help unwind and pop up the funnier side in you with campfire and barbecues.
Kodaikanal is a popular honeymoon destination. Villa retreat Liily’s Valley and Le Poshe by Sparsa are preferred choices – Of course, The Carlton comes first if there are no budget constraints. Honeymoon goes well with spa, so prefer to stay in resorts like Hill Country and The Fern Creek. Guests can try Prana Spa if the place you stay doesn’t have one. Peak season rates go through the roof and even below average resorts charge double the price during off season.
During peak season, you can consider yourself lucky if you get a 2 nights and 3 days holiday package in a moderate resort for INR 10,000 covering food and accommodation – two adults and 1 kid. The same will cost you about INR 7000 during off season. Luxury resorts and 5 star hotels tariff can cross INR 10,000 per night including taxes.