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Kurumba Village Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Coonoor
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Unexpected, but beautiful”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The first thing to note about this resort is that it is no where near Ooty or Coonoor. We probably should have done more research before going, but when it gives the location as Ooty, we only started looking out for it as we drove through Wellington. To make things more complicated, Google Maps suggests that Kurumba Village Resort is in Coonoor. After several phone calls to the resort, we realized that it was located all the way back down the mountain, about 30 minutes from Coonoor.

The drive down to the resort is a dirt track and we were getting more and more anxious with every bump and pothole. As we drove down, we consoled ourselves that many people had given Kurumba good reviews on Trip Advisor.

The resort itself is like a diamond among the rough. Tastefully and respectfully set in to the mountainside, it clings to the slopes and blends in with the nature around you. Simply put, it's completely unexpected to have something so amazing at the end of the terrible dirt track you have to first traverse to get there.

As many people have pointed out, the resort is on a very steep slope, which means if you are unfit, a few days here will sort that out. We had no problems with the climbs to the pool, games room, restaurant and reception area, but someone with less mobility might find it an issue.

The rooms are not luxurious, but are in fitting with the rest of the resort. The beds are huge and super comfy. If you are with your partner, you'll love snuggling under the covers in the cool mountain nights ;-) The bathroom is huge and comes with a bath overlooking the jungle outside. Similarly, you could lose a whole day sitting in the big wicker chairs on the balcony watching nature (and the cheeky monkeys), and if you're really lucky, spot a wild elephant!

The restaurant food was always great, we're not fussy or particular eaters, but we loved the food. The chefs will cook up different specialties each night and it was never the same thing twice. Breakfast was plentiful with both continental and Indian offerings. The restaurant itself is out in the open and overlooks the valley which provides some spectacular views as you relax with a beer or two.

We tried out the pool, simply because it had to be done. Obviously during the colder days the pool is freezing, but it is well maintained and I'm sure during warmer days you can spend a day relaxing by the pool. We were also regular visitors to the gaming room in the evenings, where they've got a full size pool table, table tennis table and chess board and carrom board outside.

There are some drawbacks to staying at the Kurumba Resort. The first is that if you are of a delicate disposition, driving up and down the mountain roads everyday to get to the tourist stuff could send you over the edge. If you are looking for a base to explore the Nilgris, then something in Coonoor or Ooty would be better.

The next drawback is because the resort is so far off the beaten track, you are literally going 'off grid'. There is no cell phone signal on any network and forget trying to use a datacard to access the Internet. The only communication in to or out of the resort is the hotel landline phone. This wasn't a problem for us, but if you need to be in touch with the outside world, Kurumba isn't for you. Being off grid also causes a problem for settling the bill at the end of the stay because the credit card machine can't get a signal to process the payment, hence, cash is required to pay the bill.

Finally, although the staff are extremely helpful, in some ways they were also a little bit inexperienced. There was some confusion at the end of the trip about our bills and we saw another guest have a bad experience with a taxi that the hotel had arranged and hadn't turned up on time. However, our experience was always impeccable.

We stayed for three nights, but with all the tourist things to do in the surrounding areas, you could easily spend 5 or 6 nights here. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends visiting the area.

Room Tip: Try to get as close to the reception as possible, otherwise it's a long walk back up the mountai...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Just what you need if you want to escape the crowds and leave the hectic daily grind behind you. This obviously means that you drive down some narrow streets and that you have to walk a couple of minutes through the lovely spice garden to your spacious hill side bungalow. For us a treat after we were spoiled with delicious food by the chef. We were very well looked after, especially by this 22 year old dedicated employee that walked us through the spice garden and taught us all about plants and their medicinal benefit. We loved it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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thrissur
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

its really a spice heaven,from the time of check in with a glass of nutmeg spice punch its starts.the hotel is beautifully built to showcase the view of mountain at every spot-be it in the room balcony,the resturant-which is truly spectacular-u sit right next to the mountains.food is yummy and service is excellent,we used to travel a lot but we never seen the positive attitude of staffs anywhere,whoever passing by they will say vanakkam,like u never feel u are in a hotel.this resort is a place to relax,rejuvenate,its full of oxygen and well maintained.the menu changes daily and includes local indian and international fare.its really worth to saty in kurumba.

Room Tip: all the room is having fabulous views
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

we regular 5 went for extended new year, anazing view, cooperative manager jyothish, nice trek and top of it nice biryani over the top hill, all are unforgettable stay and trip
we soon plan another trip to that place
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  • Stayed January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is a beautiful haven to find some peace and quiet from the din of the cities. The setting is lovely and the rooms are comfortable if average. The staff are very friendly but the front desk service ranged from poor to mediocre. Food was also very mediocre, despite the very high price charged for daily meals. Overall value for the money was below average. The best part was that we saw a wild elephant on the grounds!

The experience was marred mainly by the driver that the hotel hired to get us there from the Coimbatore airport. We were picked up by a driver who was a speed demon and drove very unsafely along the treacherous roads of the mountains. We were not in a serene mood on arrival.
Our departure was also tainted by similar experiences. Despite telling the front desk we wanted a car with four seat belts, the car we got had only three working belts. Eventually the fourth was repaired, but not after a lot of hassle and complaint. Furthermore, the hotel manager insisted that he wanted to drive with us all the way to Mysore, a 5 hour drive, in this small car. He wanted to meet up with a friend there. We thought it was a bit audacious that a senior hotel staff member would try to muscle his way into a car with 4 guests--especially a car about the size of a Corolla. He said it was not a problem; he would sit in the front with the driver, and the three of us could stay in the back seat (the middle seat had no seat belt!). Eventually we compromised that he could join us for the first 20km so that we could get to an ATM to pay the bill off in cash (the hotel's credit card machine wasn't working!). So we did the cash transfer and off we went. This driver was also a speed demon. We arrived in Mysore pretty spent .

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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kurumbacoonoor, General Manager at Kurumba Village Resort, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
dear sir,

greetings from nature resorts!!!!

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for staying with us and giving your valuable feedback. I seriously understand the inconvenience caused, and I do very much apologize for the vehicle which is provided by the travel company (vision nature ) from who we outsource our cars We will make sure that, in future, such a thing does not occur . corrective measures on the specified areas were triggerd, that you pointed out. we accept such explanations are not going to compensate for your unpleasant experience.Kindly give us a chance to serve you better on your next visit ,to ensure the best of the best services you avail.


Warm Regards
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We spent the 2012 yearend at Kurumba Village Resort. The Resort is located midway between coonoor and Mettupaliyam. Advisable to take a night halt at Bandipur or Mysore if coming from Bangalore. The whole Resort is spread across the Mountain slope with a water stream flowing at the bottom of the slope. The view is great from each room and the greenery around is good for the eyes. Rooms are well furnished and clean. The old style switchboards add to the retro feel. Food quality is good but all meals are buffet. The staff was friendly and the spice tour given was interesting. The right place to stay to recharge our urban batteries. Accomodation with food will cost approx Rs 7000 for two adults and one child per day.

Room Tip: Choose a Room near to the Dining Hall as the slope is quite sharp.....quite an exercise if the rooms...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Hyderabad
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days and the trip was absolutely amazing! Right from picking us up from airport (charges extra), accommodation, food, and cultural programs on all 3 evenings, the staff made our stay memorable. The accommodation was great and so was the cusine which was a mix of Indian, Chinese and Continental. They had taken great care of us and very surprisingly they had arranged for cultural programs on all 3 nights with free barbe-que snacks. The staff was so caring that every night they would escort us to our room with a powerful torch light (even though lights were sufficiently available all across the premise). The premise was very well maintained including the swimming pool which was very clean and refreshing. The spice garden was beautiful. Our cottage balcony overlooked the Nilgiris and the surrounding forests. Most amazingly the staff was very well behaved and they were so nice and friendly to us that they offered us Tamil Nadu papads and Kurumba T-shirts (since we liked it so much) as parting gifts. We would visit this place again! Kudos to everybody who made our stay unforgettable.

Room Tip: Try taking room 103 or 104.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Kurumba Village Resort
Address: Ooty Mettupalayam Road | Hill Grove Post, Kurumbadi, The Nilgiris, Coonoor 643 102, India
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Location: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Coonoor
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Coonoor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kurumba Village Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kurumba Village Resort is located amidst a spice plantation of nutmeg, clove trees and pepper creepers surrounded by a tropical forests on all four sides. Luxury in the lap of nature is what we offer our guests at the resort. ... more   less 
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