The Myddleton family were the first recorded owners of Kadamane Estate. They attempted to grow cardamom, pepper and later, coffee, all with little success. The property was hence sold to the Earl of Warwick and was intended to be used as his hunting grounds. But it never was, nor did the Earl ever visit. His agent, a Mr. Edge, was given the responsibility of selling the property, which he successfully did on the 26th July 1927 to Tea Estates India Ltd. The new owners began clearing the forests and planting tea.
The Kadamane bungalow (Kadu meaning forest & Mane meaning house) was built in 1930 as a twin house for the two Sinna Dorais who planted all the tea that surrounds it and has nine rooms. The estate covers 1,000 acres of tea, a factory, two churches, a temple, a hospital and vast areas of forests and grasslands.
If you love the rain, Kadamane is the place for you as rainfall is measured by the metre. One of the highlights of your stay in Kadamane, is a 4 x 4 ride of a lifetime on unseen trails, through the grassland or through streams, and across boulder-ridden thoroughfares. Visits to the tea plantation and factory as well as walking and hiking with picnics are also a possibility.
Leave all the trappings of urban life behind as you journey in to the heart of tea country. With every winding turn and hairpin bend, your breath slows down. The fresh air is soothing as is the view of lush scenery in myriad shades of green. An overall sense of calm engulfs you as you are humbled by the sheer beauty of the undulating landscape.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, vast areas of the Western Ghats were identified for planting. Forests were cleared to make way initially for spices & coffee and eventually tea. And this led to the building of colonial styled bungalows intended for planters, their managers and families. The Sinna Dorai's bungalows: Anamallais, Mangorange & Kadamane are examples of these; clusters of residences named after the assistant manager or ‘Sinna Dorai’ in the local parlance of a typical South Indian tea plantation.
Experience the authentic life of a planter in a charmingly unhurried world without Wi-Fi, infinity pools, television and mile long buffet meals as you are welcomed in to a bygone era where people had time for each other. Wake-up gently to birdsong, venture out on bracing morning walks in the company of butterflies and possibly a serendipitous brush with wildlife in their habitat, partake a lazy afternoon tea in wide sunny verandas and savour delicious home-styled meals served with the gracious hospitality estate homes are renowned for.
Do as little or as much as you want to. Sit and watch the rain. Pick up a book from the well-stocked library. Play board games. Sunrise and Sunsets are glorious events in themselves, watch as they paint the skies in hues of pink and yellow and inky blue. Retire for a restful night’s sleep in one of the elegantly appointed rooms in these heritage homes.
The Sinna Dorai's Bungalows are easily accessible from both Bengaluru and Kochi and combine well with other RARE properties like Malabar Escapes as well Pepper Trail in Wayanad and Dvara Siruvani. to form part of a longer Southern India exploration.
Superb property. Excellent service. Food was very good. Good choice if you want to spend time with family or friends or some small group too. Host really helped us arranged a local site seeing...
Very Arrogant and frustrated gatekeeper @ the main entrance. I had visited the estate on 02/12/2019 along with a cousin, on our way to Bangalore. We reached the estate @ around 1pm unaware of the...
Stayed with my family and parents in November 2018 in the twin room cottage. An extremely serene, mesmerizing and quiet stay in the midst of beautiful tea estate. The sunset point, trek of 7 km and...
Nearest Airport : Bengaluru, Karnataka
Nearest Railway Station : Bengaluru Railway Station