Bungalows in Valaparai
Travel Your Dream offers you a unique travel and stay experience that awaits you at Briar Bungalow, Valparai.
Quite unlike the traditional resort, this is the place that takes you back in time in many ways.
En-route is the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Indira Gandhi Wild Life) Sanctuary where Tiger, Panther, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri and the common Langur, Malabar giant squirrel, Elephant, Gaur, spotted deer, Sambar, Barking deer and Wild boar reside.
Valparai is around 3500 feet above mean sea level and is part of the undulating Anamalai mountain range and is part of the Nilgiris Biosphere. Regarded one of the most stunningly beautiful and diverse bio-spheres in the world, the serene locale, coupled with heritage hospitality make for a vacation quite unlike any other.
Thousands of acres of tea estates surround Valparai and they are home to some of the finest tea in the world. And it’s always not just tea. Valparai has its share of vast coffee plantations as well, making it perhaps the perfect bridge to two quaint old traditions.
The setting at Briar Bungalows is that of an old (possibly over 100 years) tea estate home. The architecture reflects the Indo-Sarcenic style. Burmese teak floors line creak under the weight of footsteps and old, Victorian furniture adds to the ambience.
Tea and coffee plantations throughout the sub-continent are steeped in the legacy of the British Raj. And, this is what you will find served to you on a platter, at Briar Bungalows - quintessential traditions of a bygone era. Hosts and guides who will regale you with anecdotes passed down through generations, walks into wilderness, a cuisine that brings together the many aromas of Anglo-India - in short, a holiday destined to transport you to a few decades ago.
Stanmore Bungalow is a sprawling villa and offers a stunning view of Injipara River. This is the home you would choose if your idea of a holiday is a complete unwind-and-do-nothing experience. The bungalow is of the typical British Planter's abode with a long open verandah, terracotta tiled flooring, which seems endless and brightly coloured flowers all around. Pack a picnic lunch and set off for the river – watch the wild bisons in all their grandeur, listen to the humming bird atop trees, trek to the Sholayar Reservoir and do a plantation walk…Sirukundra Bungalow
Sirukundra or Little hillock, as this villa is called is home to one of the world's largest tea bushes. A walk around the plantation or just unwinding are some of the things you could do at Sirukundra. Who would not love a dive in a swimming pool surrounded by trees and wilderness – that's what we have for you in Sirukundra. Rose gardens and green carpeted lawns with a lovely long drive awaits you…Monica Bungalow
As enticing as the name itself, Monica is home in the wilderness with its thickly wooded dense ambience. Spot the magnificent bisons, the elusive elephants and many more of the wild species around here. Monica is what the wild life enthusiasts, photographers and naturalists come asking for and not to forget this is definitely a bird watcher's paradise...
An Experience Unforgettable
The power of silence is often a warm welcome in the midst of the cacophony that often surrounds our urban lives. At Briar Valparai, you will be enveloped in a cocoon of warmth and solitude. And there is much you can decide to do:
Trek: with the guidance of a Briar Wilds Specialist, who will take you through a rough-it-out-trek into the wilderness, or a leisure stroll in the tea and coffee gardens. If you are lucky, you might be able to spot a Giant Malabar Squirrel, the Lion Tailed Macaque, deer and possibly a member of the large cat family.
Rest: If lying on a hammock under a cloudlessly blue sky with a book in hand is your kind of holiday, Briar Valparai is just where you should be. Soak in all that the ambience has to offer and revel in spending time with just yourself.
Gourmet travel: Crème caramel, baked puddings, warm bread just off the oven, home made tea cakes, warm English porridge - just some of the delicacies that seem right out of Blyton’s world lie in wait for you.
Birdwatch: Valparai is home to a host of native and migratory birds and with a pair of binoculars, you could close in for a stunning view of them.
Heritage tour: A Briar Heritage Specialist could guide you on the various aspects of the legacy of tea, its manufacturing process and the lifestyle of tea planters.