Kodai Resort, Pine Borough, And Lilly’s Valley: Budget Stays In Kodaikanal That You’ll Love

    Just an overnight journey from Bangalore, Kodaikanal is a hilly escape that offers a respite from city life. But since it is a popular tourist spot, things can get pricey. However, the budget traveller need not worry too much. There are plenty of resorts and hotels in and around Kodaikanal that don’t demand too much of your bank balance. Here are a few!

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    Mount Pleasant

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    Kodai Resort

    Richwin Hotel

    Located near Coaker’s Walk, this budget hotel places you at the heart of Kodaikanal. A standard room here costs just above 2k per night {that too during peak season}. So, the hotel offers bang for your buck. For your money’s worth, you get clean, spacious rooms that come with TVs and private bathrooms. The only drawback — no WiFi.

    Kodai Resort

    Surrounded by trees, blooming bushes, and green lawns, Kodai Resort makes for a lovely retreat. The best part is you’ll still be in central Kodaikanal. All the town’s main attractions like Bryant Park, Kodai Lake, and the Boat House are within walking distance from here. The rooms here {prices start at INR 2,900} are tastefully done and have all the facilities. There’s an in-house Ayurvedic spa if you’d like a relaxing massage and a restaurant too.

    Pine Borough Inn

    Looking for a romantic getaway without breaking the bank? Then, book a room at the charming Pine Borough Inn. A short walk from Kodaikanal Lake, Pine Borough’s cosy rooms {beginning at a little over INR 3,000} comes surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. You can either curl up with a book in their in-house library or head out for a game of badminton. Bonfires, at night, are common here so make sure you request for one.

    The Kudos

    Offering a breathtaking view of the Kodaikanal Lake, The Kudos’ peaceful environs provide the ideal escape from city life. A basic room here will cost around INR 3,999 during peak season. If you are here, during the off-months you can expect to shell out much lesser than that. You can while away your time lazing about in your private terrace. Or go out for horse rides, a round of mini golf, or cycling.

    Lilly’s Valley Resort

    Housed at a heritage bungalow, this resort was one of the first to open in scenic Kodaikanal. The resort works hard to give you a home-like experience. The compact rooms {INR 3,500 onwards} come with wooden accents that exude a cosy feeling. The kitchen dishes out simple, home-style meals that are not too heavy on the pocket. You can get comfortable by the fireplace during the evenings. And spend your days taking horse rides and exploring the property.

    Hotel Kodai Retreat

    If you are on a shoestring budget and care less for luxuries, then, this place is the answer. A short distance from the town’s BSNL office, Kodai Retreat is all about clean rooms and great service. Tariffs here begin at over 2k, and for this price you get a comfortable bed, a private bathroom and free WiFi. They even offer home-cooked meals at a nominal price but you’ll have to book these in advance.

    Mount Pleasant

    Bursting with vintage charm, Mount Pleasant is a quaint, boutique resort that will win your heart. With red-tiled roofs, the stone buildings are done up in pristine white and feature old-world pianos, chandeliers, and cosy dining areas. The rooms {start at INR 2,800} come with comfortable beds and, often, offer a lovely garden view. There’s even a library that comes fitted with a telescope. They offer trekking and bird watching experiences on request.

    Surya Holidays

    When you want to roam wild and free, we suggest you swing by this hilltop property. Surrounded by acres of greenery, you can park yourself at wooden cottages {INR 3,900 onwards} that are spacious and offer stunning views. Since it’s location is cut off from the town centre, we recommend this place to people who want their privacy and a piece of quiet. If you don’t want to venture out for your food, the kitchen staff will put together simple meals for you.

    Stay Simple Bruton Resort

    Overlooking the lake, this resort is housed at British-era bungalow that’s over 100 years old. They have a limited number of rooms {just 15} so make sure you book well in advance. The rooms, themselves, are priced at around INR 3,300 for most of the year. They come with a comfortable bed, a small study area, and the basic facilities. For leisure, you can cycle around the property or plonk yourself in front of the fireplace.

    Hotel Holiday Peak

    While the rooms here are basic, you can get them at bargain prices if you look for deals on travel websites. The ones on the higher-end come {rooms start at INR 3,999 before discount} with a gorgeous view of Kodaikanal while being equipped with a comfy bed, a private bathroom, and WiFi. This is place is perfect when you intend to spend your holiday exploring Kodaikanal and only need a place to crash at night.