A modern hotel on a forested hillside in the Western Ghats of Southern India.

Many resorts are described as having verdant surroundings however, there are few places where the description is quite as apt as it is at this hotel. High in the mist-shrouded Western Ghats, close to the hill station of Madikeri, sits the luxurious Taj Madikeri. The hotel has been designed to make the most of the hillside setting and the incredible views that this provides. As soon as you step into the lobby with its floor-to-ceiling windows, we are sure you will be awestruck by the outlook. From then on, the vistas will be an almost constant companion as you hop from the infinity pool to the spa to the restaurants to your cottage room or villa. If you can tear yourself away, there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area with hiking trails to follow and coffee plantations to visit.

We understand that food is an important part of many peoples’ holidays and with four restaurants to choose from, the Taj should satisfy almost every palette. The Fern Tree is the hotel’s main restaurant where international cuisine is served all day. Enjoying some sunrise yoga and then snagging a spot on the terrace for an alfresco breakfast accompanied by with those ever-present mountain vistas is a great way to start the day. The specialist restaurant Nellaki is a great spot to experience some more regional flavours at lunch or dinner; you can even learn a few local culinary skills yourself if you take part in the Fine Art of Kodava Cooking signature Experience. For guilt free lunches and afternoon snacks, the wellness restaurant Dew is the place to head, while for those looking for some wholesome seafood and hearty grilled dishes should opt for a meal at the Poolside Grill.

Clean lines, dark woods and rich fabrics make up the style and tone of the cottage rooms and villas. At almost 80m2 in size, the Superior Cottages are seriously spacious. The large windows allow you to gaze over the beautiful valley, forests and coffee plantations and the Coorg-influenced artwork on the walls provides a real sense of place. For a cosy fireplace and separate bathtub you should opt for a Deluxe Cottage. They have the same incredible views but come with a little extra space.

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Key information

Tucked away in 180 acres of rainforest, approx. 20 minutes' drive from the hill station town of Madikeri.

Airport transfer time: Approx 3½ hours from Mangalore airport
Rooms: 62

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Accommodation information

62 cottages and villas

Dining

4 restaurants, bar

What's included

Breakfast at The Fern Tree.

*Denotes local charge