After a truly horrible drive from Cochin we were delighted to arrive at Tea County just in time for lunch. The rooms were clean and spacious, a bit tired looking, but there was a verandah overlooking the valley and well kept gardens with lots of flowers. Unfortunately we arrived on Dec 31st and although we had pre-booked through a travel agent, the staff tried to tell us we had to pay extra as it was New Years Eve. We refused and they eventually backed down.
They do not serve spirits and the wine was corked and undrinkable so we had beer and fruit juice. The entertainment that night was some people doing bhangra dancing which was actually very good but the music was SO loud we couldn't stay in the room, especially as we had young children with us. We asked if we could eat in the dining room upstairs even though we had to collect our food from the buffet downstairs and they eventually agreed. We weren't the only ones up there!
The food was OK and the staff very polite if a bit vague, and service is very slow.
It is a lovely setting and easy to walk into the town. Just avoid New Year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quaint cottages, fragrant tea gardens and mist-draped mornings are hallmarks of Munnar. For years the cool and picturesque town of Munnar was the summer retreat of the British and it still retains the charm of a colonial past. The destination is home to the only sandalwood forest in Kerala and is also famous for its exotic flora and fauna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ktdc Tea County Hotel Munnar
- Tea County Munnar
- Tea County Hotel Munnar