In the misty hills of Kodaikanal, in a village called Villpatti, there appears the most unusual architecture – an entire hotel in the shape of a ship, a leaf-shaped accommodation block, a lotus- shaped business block, and an array of dome-shaped rooms. This brilliantly maverick architectural cluster is Kodai - Valley View, a Sterling Holidays resort, a haven of comfort amidst the hills.
Check-in: 12 Noon
Check-out: 10 a.m.
As you leave behind the hot Tamil Nadu plains and approach the cool, pine-scented air of Kodaikanal, 2,133 metres up in the Palani hills, you’ll feel the same way as a bunch of early British and American missionaries. In the early 19th century, these foreigners who stumbled into Kodaikanal were so touched by its beauty and grateful for the escape from the heat that they set about building a town here. They built homes and churches, cut paths, paved roads, introduced new trees such as eucalyptus and pear, and, around 1863, built the Kodaikanal Lake, a defining motif of the town’s natural splendour today.