Teanest Annexe

Experiences

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Indoors

  • Read a book in the plantation lounge that has a panoramic view of misty green tea estates and towering mountains… Pick up a thriller, a classic or a romantic novel… leaf through a magazine, daydream, meditate, chart your future or chat with other guests after dinner… This is the time and place to dream.
  • Strike chips across a carom board
  • Enjoy board games for kids and adults alike…
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Outdoors

A combination package of a visit to the green shop, a tea factory with an option to add on a tea tasting experience followed by a tea-menu lunch at tea nest.

Experience a mountain high!

(Tours and Treks)

At tea nest annexe, the journey could be both inward, into yourself and/or outward, into the great outdoors. Yes, our homestay is a sanctuary for the senses, where you can ponder on life and let your imagination run riot…

Yet the world outside too is an unfolding narrative of a myriad delights… of sky-high mountains, lush forests and aromatic spice and tea plantations! And we can make the necessary arrangements for you to explore a world waiting to be embraced.

Pedal for a good cause

Go that extra mile, rather pedal away for a good cause! All you have to do is embark on a two-hour, 6- km cycling tour from tea nest annexe to tiger hill plantation (timings morning 7.30 am to 9.30 am and evening 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm) in the nilgiri hills!

The idea is not to win a race, but to soak up the glistening beauty and earthiness of the tea estates in the nilgiris as you cycle past them.

We do not charge anything for the cycling tour but you can donate whatever you wish as this is a non-profit initiative and funds raised go towards a specific worthy cause every year. If it is the education of adivasi children one year, the next year, it may be extending a helping hand to set up an old age home in the nilgiris!

To learn more about this year’s cause and where your fund raising efforts will be directed, do check with our executive at tea nest annexe.

We hope that our guests will go that extra mile for something they feel strongly about… A good deed builds good karma!

Tea plantation walk

Stroll down red-earth trails that snake through rolling hills carpeted with green tea bushes. Inhale lungs-full of scented mountain air. Learn the secrets of good tea: of how it starts with two leaves and a bud; of how it is processed… Admire planters’ bungalows, heritage structures that float like islands in a sea of green.

You may even run into a clutch of tea pluckers whose agile fingers dance over the stunted bushes, harvesting their bounty.

Very likely too, you may come across wild indian gaur or bison foraging in the furrows that run between rows of tea bushes. Admire them… from a safe distance, of course.

Top off the walk with a cuppa at the homestay. Now that you know a little more about tea you will be able to appreciate its finer nuances!

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Tea Tour

A combination package of a visit to the green shop, a tea factory with an option to add on a tea tasting experience followed by a tea-menu lunch at tea nest.

Green shop:

Description

The shop, located in coonoor, sells organic products made by local tribes like the kurumbas. These include eucalyptus oil, ginger honey, organic spices, organic cosmetic products, wooden toys, shawls, bags etc.

Experience

The products available here are not available elsewhere and are all locally produced.

Tea factory tour

Description

This is a quick tour of a very charming factory known as Highfield Tea Factory.

Experience

Embark on an interactive tour where you get to see the entire tea making process with all the detailing that goes into it.

 

Tea factory timings – 9 am to 6 pm – visit the green shop before or after the factory visit.

Cost: – Rs 5.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our help desk will make the necessary arrangements.

Round off the tour with the tea tasting / tea-menu with tea pairing option at teanest.

This is a quick guided tour of a very charming factory located in Coonoor.
Here you get to see the entire tea making process with all the detailing that goes into it.


Cost: – Rs 100. (Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our Help Desk will make the necessary arrangements.

Tea tasting / Tea menu lunch

Experience tea, in and out of the tea cup… at tea nest

Description

This tour is all about tea and appreciating the finer nuances of the cup that cheers

Experience

This unique in-depth tea tasting session explores the myriad colours and flavours of the world’s most popular beverage. The tasting focuses on a selection of speciality teas of the nilgiris.

This is then followed by a 7 course tea menu lunch at tea nest, the tea lunch is a unique meal created by our master chefs. Every course is flavoured with some element of tea. For example, the main course in the vegetarian tea menu is tea braised spaghettetti aglio e olio – paired with frost tea

Duration – 2 hours

Cost

  • Tea menu lunch/dinner Rs. 892 (including taxes) per person
  • Tea tasting Rs. 315 (including taxes) per person

Combo tour (including green shop, tea factory, tea tasting and tea-menu lunch)

  • Depart Time from the teanest at 10:00 am
  • Green shop 10:30am to 11:00am
  • Tea factory (Rs. 5 per person) 11:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Tea tasting at teanest 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
  • Tea menu at teanest 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
  • Total cost per person Rs.1,207.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our executive at teanest will make the necessary arrangements.

 

 

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Experience a legend – Heritage train

Description

On the toy train in the nilgiris, the journey is indeed the destination. For this quaint little train that recently chugged into the list of unesco world heritage sites brims with british raj nostalgia. Built over a century ago, the 40 km track ducks through 16 tunnels and trundles over 362 bridges, snakes up mountains that are carpeted with virgin forests, rolling meadows and the neat geometric patterns of tea plantations. And if you are lucky, you might even get to see a herd of wild elephants crossing the track.

According to discovery channel, the narrow gauge track between kallar and coonoor is one of the steepest in the world and was one of the very first railway projects to use the cogwheel to negotiate the incline.

Guests board the train in the evening at coonoor and alight at mettupalayam. From here a vehicle will drive guests back to the tea nest annexe.

Time
  • Depart from tea nest annexe at 2:45 pm
  • The train leaves coonoor at 3.15 pm
  • It reaches mettupalayam at 5.35 pm

From here a car/vehicle will drive you back to tea nest annexe

Cost
  • 1st Class Rs 300 per head
  • 2nd Class Rs 150 per head

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our Help Desk will make the necessary arrangements.

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The charms of coonoor

Explore Coonoor, 15 km away, where colonial India jostles modern India. Upper Coonoor is wrapped in the glistening green of tea plantations and dotted with waterfall-streaked valleys and misty mountains, evocative of another un-spoilt world. Still the frenetic heart beat of the present, and slips into a world of secret delights!

Popular must-see sights here are

Lamb’s rock

A unique rock of enormous proportion that resembles a dolphin’s nose; and hence the name. The outcrop, about 12 km from Coonoor, offers a panoramic view of tea estates and thundering waterfalls.

Dolphin’s nose

A unique rock of enormous proportion that resembles a dolphin’s nose; and hence the name. The outcrop, about 12 km from Coonoor, offers a panoramic view of tea estates and thundering waterfalls.

Sim’s park

A botanical garden that is located in the upper part of this hill station on the road to Kotagiri. The garden was named in honour of J.D. Sim who created the park in the 1870s. The park is open from 8 AM to 6 PM and an entrance fee of Rs 20 per adult and Rs 10 per child is charged.

Tea factory tour

This is a quick guided tour of a very charming factory located in Kotagiri. Here you get to see the entire tea making process with all the detailing that goes into it.

Cost: – Rs 100.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our Help Desk will make the necessary arrangements.

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Ooty: queen of the nilgiris

Description

The former summer capital of British India is a favourite getaway of honeymooning couples and a popular location for many romantic Bollywood, Tamil and regional Indian films.

The British ‘discovered’ the hill station in the 1820s and fell in love with it. They built their homes here and even furnished the destination with all the facilities that they loved and reminded them of home – golf club, race course, hunt club, gardens and parks, etc. Though much has changed since then, Ooty still remains one of the more popular holiday destinations in India. Popular must- see sights here are:

Popular must-see sights here are:

Botanical garden

This garden, laid out in 1847, covers an area of 22 hectares. The numbers here are mind boggling: over 1,000 species of trees and 20,000 species that bloom in the rose garden which is the largest of its kind in India.

Doddabetta Peak

Standing tall at 2,623 m or about 7,250 ft, this is the highest peak in the Nilgiris.

Boating on ooty lake

Undoubtedly, this is Ooty’s most popular attraction! The area outside the boat club is a virtual mela of souvenir and food stalls jostling with horsemen to keep people entertained while they wait for their boat ride.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our Help Desk will make the necessary arrangements.

Badminton

Racket and a shuttle cock will be available.

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Pakasuran Jeep Ride & Trek

A scenic jeep drive from tea nest annexe gets you to the foot of the pakasuran hill which has some of the finest views of the blue mountains. From here, you trek up to the top of the mountain where you are served a hot meal with nature’s sound track providing the background music.

Cost

 

  • Rs. 5,000 for one person.
  • Rs 500 for every additional person up to a maximum of 4 persons.
Duration

This is a half day tour

The tour comes with a picnic lunch which can be had on the top of the mountain.

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Sujiths Nature Trail – An enchanted forest trek

Get up close and personal with nature on this guided trek through tea plantations and forested hills. There is every chance that you might see Nilgiris’ legendary toy train at Hill Grove station.

Duration – 2 hours 30 minutes.

The rate for Sujith’s Nature Trail is Rs.500 per person.

Guests opting for this trek, do so at their own risk. The resort is not responsible for any accidents.

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Coonoor Market Tour (30 mins)

Get lost in the tiny, quaint market of coonoor, with narrow winding lanes, typical of a hill town.

Description

Duck into minuscule shops and browse colourful stalls piled high with fruits, vegetables, groceries, fabrics, leather items, toda embroideries and natural oils like eucalyptus. Walk into traditional, fragrant bakeries that brim with delicious home-made chocolates, melt-in-the-mouth cookies and biscuits. Try varkies, a local snack typical of ooty and coonoor. Varkies have been stocked and displayed for decades in vintage glass jars in every tiny village shop worth its salt! If you grew up in this area, or went to school in ooty or coonoor, varkies will bring back fond memories.

A market tour is a charming experience, travelling back in time to another era when everything was fresh, organic and pleasing to the eye!

Incidentally, parts of the market are shut on fridays.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our executives will make the necessary arrangements (Rs 500 non a/c/ Indica – 4 to a car).

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Honeymoon Package

Special occasions like anniversaries are to be treasured. We have a few tailor-made packages that are designed to make them truly memorable occasions.The Anniversary Package includes a cake, flower and special menu lunch or dinner.

Rs. 2,835 (for 2 adults).

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Birthday Package

Special occasions like Birthday are to be treasured. We have a few tailor-made packages that are designed to make them truly memorable occasions. The Birthday package includes a cake, chocolate and special menu lunch or dinner.
Rs. 2,835 (for 2 adults).

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Anniversary Package

Special occasions like anniversaries are to be treasured. We have a few tailor-made packages that are designed to make them truly memorable occasions.The Anniversary Package includes a cake, flower and special menu lunch or dinner.

Rs. 2,835 (for 2 adults).