Kodaikanal - South India
A quaint resort based on a Victorian theme located in close proximity to the shimmering Kodai lake that borders it on one side. And on the other, the thickset forests that add to the serenity of the place. If this is the sight that beholds you in Kodai, you have just arrived at Sterling Lakeview.
True to its name, the resort offers a splendid view of the calm lake from most of its rooms. And from those that don’t, an equally grand view of the dense woods makes a bewitching picture. Right outside the resort is a statue of a couple in each other’s arms – and in a nutshell, it captures the aura or romance about the place.
To ensure that you unwind in unlimited space, the rooms have been designed across a sprawling piece of land spanning four and a half acres. The gradual slope of the area adds to the Victorian touch of the resort and makes it look more quaint.
Studio apartments :
Lakeview has 24 studio apartments that are grouped in rooms of eight to a block. Each room is the perfect picture of cozy comfort and looks comfortably ensconced in each other’s company. The gorgeous lake, the lush greenery of the resort and the dense forest – each room makes sure you are never short of a splendid view of nature at its very best.
One bedroom :
There are 42 one bedroom apartments in the resort and are grouped four to a block. They span right from the main administration block, right to the tail end of the resort. The view from the rooms is as spellbinding as in the studio apartments and differs from block to block. While some rooms overlook the lake, the others offer a view of the lush green lawns of the resort.
Two bedroom :
While there are 24 two bedrooms in all, the resort provides ample variety in the design of these apartments. While some of them have the delicate English touch, with the rooms placed in rows and a small garden in the front, a few others have been constructed in two levels, with one bedroom located on the upper level that has a small balcony overlooking the lake on one side and offering a view of the forest on the other.
Guest rooms :
There are 12 guest rooms in the resort, located in the heart of the property and located on opposite sides, facing each other. All the rooms offer a splendid view of the resort garden from the window.
In all, the resort has 104 rooms - two of its best rooms are the Viceroy’s Suite and the Coaker’s Suite and are located in the main administration block. Both rooms are non-time share and can be accessed by those who have a taste for the finest things in life - the rich royal ambience and décor of the Victorian era. Both rooms offer a view of the Lake.
You can choose from a gamut of activities that the resort has to offer or can organize for you. The events department organizes treks to the waterfalls, the mountains or the valleys, depending on the booking done each morning.
You can also go boating at the lake, between 9 am and 5.30pm. Boats are available at the lake for hire without or without manned help. That gives you the perfect opportunity to unwind amid the placid waters.
Another favoured activity for many is sight-seeing. Both half day and full day sight-seeing packages are available, so you can take your pick. The tours are split into two and cover almost all the tourist place in the hills, like Coaker's Walk, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Golf Course, Pambar Falls, Upper Lake View, Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Chettiar Park, Museum, Silver Cascade, Lake Moir Point and Pine Forest. Cars and mini-vans are available to visit these places.
Party Games are a big hit amongst the holidayers at Lake View and are organized every day. An element of fun creeps into the proceedings as various holidayers come together to have a whale of a time, with special events and interactive games being organized for them. If you wish, special nites can also be organized exclusively for your group on a chargeable basis.
Other interesting activities include video games and interesting board games like carrom, chess, scrabble, ludo and uno - a separate room is allotted for board games.
If you are the one for outdoor activities, we have a cricket kit that’s waiting for you. At times, informal matches are organized between the staff and our guests. Cycles are also made available for you from private agents from whom they can be hired
An active travel desk can do all your ticketing and booking arrangements – from organizing road transport like vans, cars or buses to organizing inter city air and train tickets. An internet café is available 3 kms from the resort for your browsing and mailing requirements.
Other amenities include a discotheque that is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a tuck shop that is open between 9 am and 7 pm and sells provisions and gift items as well. For more elaborate shopping, you could visit the main market place that is 3 kms away and is open till around 9-10 pm.
For bibliophiles, an in-house library has a collection of your favourite books and novels, besides a small stock of books for kids. There is also a tennis court that provides ample outdoor space. The conference room and coffee shop also provide adequate space in case of an occasion like a party or a wedding.
If you are at Lakeview for business reasons, the 36’ x 31’ conference room is at your disposal and can seat up to 50 people in theatre-style. If you need an LCD projector, a laptop or a lapel mike/collar mike, you could notify us in advance and we will ensure that they are hired from Madurai and are at your disposal. We have a 250 watts sound system withy four speakers that can adequately take care of the audio requirements. On the visual side, a 6’ x 6’ projection screen is available for screening video or for your presentations.
A Club offers hours of unwinding pleasures, with board games, badminton, tennis, cricket and cycling facilities – take your pick.
The finest delicacies from myriad cuisines – Indian, Continental, Chinese, South Indian and Tandoor. The finest views of the lake and the green hills as you enjoy a meal. And the finest spot in the resort where the restaurant is located. Get ready to get pampered as your taste buds unwind and gear up for a feast - karikuddai chicken, nellai chicken , kolai varathai curry, appam, paniyaram and idiappam form some of the local delicacies. And if your choice is Jain or Vegan cuisine, do let us know in advance. Our chef would be delighted to provide you with your choice of fare.
If you are an adventure seeker, be prepared to explore the dark insides of the forests at Kodai even as you find yourself sharing space with wildlife like bison and deer. You could also visit the Berijam Lake that is the embodiment of calm. You could also embark on a one day tour to Madurai to see the Meenakshi temple, an architectural wonder that has put Madurai on the global map.
Places to visit :
The nearest religious places and their distance from the Sterling Lakeview resort are mentioned below. The best mode of transport to these places would be by car/ mini van/ bus.
||360kms (by road via Trichy, Tanjore)
||300kms (by Madurai via Ramanathapuram)
The best season to visit Sterling Lakeview is between April and June. However, if you wish to get a taste of the delicious, icy-cold winter, you could visit during the months of December and January.
How to reach Kodaikanal ?
The nearest airport is in Madurai, 125 kms from Kodai.
The Coimbatore airport, 180 kms from Kodai, is an international airport base.
The best mode of transport to these airports is by car/bus/mini van.
Railway Stations :
The nearest railway station from Sterling Lakeview is Kodai Road, 85 kms away .
The Madurai junction is around 120 kms away.
Bus Stations :
The Kodai bus station is a central one that is connected to all major towns and cities. It is located just 2.5 kms from the resort.