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Looking To Relax In The Hills This Summer? Pick From TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards For Hill Station Hotels and Lodgings

With temperatures soaring across most of India and the approaching school break, a getaway to the mountains is a perfect way to take some time off this holiday season. TripAdvisor today announced the winners of the 2019 Travellers’ Choice awards for Hill Station Hotels and Lodgings to help Indian travellers choose a great place to stay in the hills.

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

Travellers’ Choice Hill Station – Hotels 2019
#1 JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
#2 Kofiland – Thekkady, Kerala
#3 The Oberoi Cecil – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
#4 Le Poshe by Sparsa – Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
#5 Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
#6 SpiceTree Munnar – Munnar, Kerala
#7 Peppervine Hotel – Thekkady, Kerala
#8 Grand View Hotel – Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
#9 The Elephant Court – Thekkady, Kerala
#10 Akbar Group of Heritage Houseboats – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
#11 New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
#12 Ponmari Residencyy – Ooty, Tamil Nadu
#13 Amaana Plantation Resort – Thekkady, Kerala
#14 Allure Grand Resort Manali – Manali, Himachal Pradesh
#15 Mahasu House – Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

“Summer in India is synonymous with family travel given the school vacations and the hills are a natural escape for most to get respite from the scorching heat. This list recognises great accommodation options for the price conscious Indian traveller across both hotels and specialty lodgings that suit all types of travel budgets” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.


Among states, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh tie with five winning properties each followed by Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir with two wins each. 

  1. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & SpaMussoorie, Uttarakhand

 Set amidst the lush Garhwal mountain range, JW Marriott Walnut Grove & Spa is the perfect getaway for travellers who want to experience and enjoy the serenity of nature in the lap of luxury. Offering spectacular views of the lower Himalayas and top class hospitality, the property is a great place to unwind especially with children considering the many amenities they offer such as bowling alley, indoor pool, outdoor sports etc. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Stayed here for my wife’s birthday and it was an amazing experience. Was blown away by the hospitality and attention to detail.

  1. KofilandThekkady, Kerala

Situated amidst the slopes of two hillocks, this eco-friendly resort in ‘God’s own country’ has a stream that flows under its open-air reception and re-emerges to join a lake. Staying here is not just a unique experience but also a sublime journey into beauty of nature. The resort is surrounded by silver oak and coffee plantations and offers stunning views of lakes and hilltops from its cottages. One can spend time soaking in the tranquillity or engage in fishing, spice trail etc. “We had a very memorable stay! The food was excellent and the staff were very hospitable. The location is fantastic and the spice garden walk is very informative. A child friendly environment” commented a TripAdvisor traveller. 

  1. The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Located in the ‘summer capital of India’, The Oberoi Cecil is a magnificent heritage property with rich wooden floors, glowing fireplaces, a grand atrium lobby and panoramic mountain views. The hotel has over the years, preserved its colonial charm and classic elegance which make for a unique experience. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented,“We had a wonderful stay at the Oberoi in Shimla. The staff was exceptionally attentive and friendly and did everything possible to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.”

Travellers’ Choice Hill Station – Specialty Lodgings 2019
#1 The Lodge at Wah – Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
#2 Baragarh Villa – Manali, Himachal Pradesh
#3 Hotel Ash Vale – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
#4 Khanabadosh – Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh
#5 Sceva’s Garden Home – Munnar, Kerala
#6 La Villa Bethany – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
#7 Tieedi Earthy Dwelling & Herb Garden Dwelling – Darjeeling, West Bengal
#8 Falcon Crest – Vagamon, Kerala
#9 Dean Dale Cottages – Thekkady, Kerala
#10 Trambak Houseboat – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
#11 Aquilla Villa – Lonavala, Maharashtra
#12 The Pahadi – Almora, Uttarakhand
#13 Royal Mist – Munnar, Kerala
#14 The Shelter Heritage – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
#15 Lily of Nageen – Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir


With four winning properties, Kerala is in the lead followed by Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir with four wins each.

  1. The Lodge at WahPalampur, Himachal Pradesh

The Lodge at Wah is a concept homestay located in a tea estate called “Wah”. The property offers an eco-friendly stay with an immersive tea experience. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “I stayed here with my parents and had the most amazing couple of days. Stories by the bonfire, wonderful food, perfect host and of course the tea.” 

  1. Baragarh Villa, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Baragarh Villa is a luxurious property located near Manali and nestled amidst acres of fruit orchards in a large private estate. It offers magnificent views of the mountains as well as the valley. A private garden surrounds the villa with a play area for children and ample private space for cozy bonfires and private barbeques to be enjoyed in the evenings. Outdoor lovers can avail special arrangements for forest tours and lazy picnics. “Baragarh Villa is situated on the main road of Kullu to Manali amidst an apple orchard. The view from the balcony is fantastic.” 

  1. Hotel Ash Vale, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

 Located close to some of Srinagar’s most popular landmarks such as Hazratbal (3.2 km) and Kathi Darwaza (4.3 km), Hotel Ash Vale is a perfect choice for travellers looking for a great place to stay on a budget. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This hotel is magical. The views are breath-taking, the owner and the staff are loveliest people and the food is outstanding.”

For the complete list of 2019 Travellers’ Choice Hill Station Hotels visit: https://www.tripadvisor.in/TravellersChoice-Hotels-cHillStationHotels