SinnaDorai – Kadamane

Home away from home, peace and tranquility, silence, solitude, bliss.

If not anything more, these adjectives still do not do justice to Sinnadorai – Kadamane.

View the intro  here , and let  the scenes unfold, as I take you through the tea estate and its colonial bungalow which are sure to transpose you to an era gone by.

Doesn’t the entrance itself makes you feel vintage.

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As you go further, the sprawling gardens with a swing, and the first sight of the bungalow are sure to take your breath away.

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As always, am skipping the route details, what to eat where to stop as you are big enough to figure those out.  Just follow Google Maps- NH 75 and stop wherever you are hungry. We halted at Kamath Upaachar for a sumptuous breakfast.

Coming back to Kadamane, post a Welcome drink of Iced tea we were escorted to our room where we were kind of related to the royal family, though for a day!!

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For the first time,  we had 3 beds, 3 cups and 3 towels. Hats off to hospitality.

Rooms are huge and minimally but elegantly furnished. The rooms are not air-conditioned but then did we have those during the British Raj? When in Rome , act like a Roman.

The bathroom has a skylight and all the necessities required for a luxurious bath.

This is the USP of Kadamane –  they have retained the old world charm and still managed to impart the comforts expected of a luxurious resort.

Post a hot bath and a simple but tasty lunch buffet, I headed off the shoot the property. There are total of 8 rooms, with a choice of rooms in the main bungalow and cottages.

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The bungalow itself houses a dining area, library, play room and a massive billiards arena. Outside, there is a seating arrangement for late night chats, a lawn tennis and basket ball court and cycles for the pedal lovers.

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To reflect its ancestral heritage, the bungalow has antiques in its nook and corner, like these:

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The staff along with the manager are very soft spoken and ready to help. They will brief you with the activities to be undertaken – which include trekking till the view point, lunch by the stream and a visit to the Tea Factory.

We started with the trek – supposedly a 4 km long walk, which I thought extended to 5.

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The meandering roads through the 1000 acre tea estate will never tire you with their sheer beauty and calm.

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That’s my guide Chandan –  a very sweet chap who carried water bottle and an umbrella to take care of my water woes.

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On the way, you will come across the houses of tea estate workers and get to see their daily activities from a vantage point.

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The view from the view point is no less mesmerizing.

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Don’t let the weather forecast deter you in any way. There will always be a surprise in store. Just go ahead an try to explore the property on foot.

Once back, I tried to absorb the silence of the night,  in which I could hear the DSLR processor while shooting in Night mode. As for the bungalow, it was draped in a different hue.

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Next day morning, I continued my photography expedition, and here are some examples for you.

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One thing which you cannot take your eyes off are the flowers blooming around.

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As for the most favorite part  – Lunch by the stream.  A jostling ride in a jeep will take you to a small lake in the middle of the forest with a fairy tale bridge and woodland dining table.

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The food was transported as well – pineapple curry, phulka, biryani, papad , pickle , raita and the table was set.

You can spend around an hour here, playing, clicking and eating.

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This is not functional in monsoons, hence visit once in summer to enjoy this lunch in the wild.

Evening culminated with a drive around the property . With a hospital, church, temple, factory, this is no less than a mini township.

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Amidst all these, you feel a calmness descending on you. Present doesn’t worry you any more, future is uncertain, now is what matters and its beautiful.

Never before I have felt so happy in a place. This is an apt hideout for read and write, if you love doing so.

For the parting shot, I leave you with this memory:

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KADAMANE –  A different era protected from harsh rays of urbanization, pollution, negativity and sarcasm.

Soaked in sunshine and warmth, it is sure to change you , though for a day.

Visit it soon and let me know who were you while you were here !!

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