We stayed for a couple of nights in Valparai, which is about 65kms from Coimbatore. We took a cab from Coimbatore junction and reached Valparai in the afternoon. The place we stayed (waterfall estate) is peaceful and serene, we just loved it. The cook is very good at preparing snacks, veg & non-veg meals. There a no. of places to be seen near by like Sholaiyar Dam, Chinna Kallar Dam, Neerar Dam etc. We enjoyed our visit to the tea estate, where a small but beautiful Murugan Temple is located. My suggestion is stay away from the regular hotels/lodges. Choose one of the estate bungalows. Even if you are spending more, you can enjoy your piece of heaven without disturbance.