The architecture and décor of this colonial bungalow is a reflection of plantation homes from late 19th century when vast areas of the Western Ghats were cleared to make way for planting spices, coffee and eventually tea. This led to the building of colonial bungalows for the planters, their managers and families.
The three Sinna Dorai’s bungalows (in Anamallais, Mangorange & Kadamane) are examples of such bungalows; clusters of residences named after the assistant managers (‘Sinna Dorai’ in the local parlance) of the tea plantation.
High ceilings, sprawling spaces, fireplaces in the rooms, well-preserved vintage furniture, wide open verandas to enjoy the green surrounds and manicure gardens, stone walls and ample use of wood give the characterful look and feel to the bungalow till date.
The Sinna Dorai’s bungalows are easily accessible from both Bengaluru and Kochi and combine well with other properties like Malabar Escapes as well Pepper Trail in Wayanad and Dvara Siruvani in Coimbatore to form part of a longer Southern India exploration.