planter's way of life
Where history meets the perfect geography
Turn back time. Step into the pre-independence era. Don’t just read history; be a
it. And stay there for a while.
Lockhart estate was started in 1879 by the British Raj. CGH Earth Lockhart bungalow is nestled inside Lockhart Estate and is one of the three historic bungalows in the estate. The bungalow has three well-maintained rooms with views of rolling hills and tea gardens. It’s a getaway and a hideaway rolled into one.
A collaboration with Harrisons Malayalam Limited, this retreat offers an enchanting experience.
It's the perfect antidote for the urban weary traveler.
At CGH Earth Lockhart Bungalow, heightening your culinary senses takes on a new meaning.
After all, you’re atop a hill. Take in the stunning views while sipping on some
signature Lockhart tea. Choose from a variety of curated blends of tea that pay tribute
to the region’s history and heritage.
The lunch and dinner menus take your taste buds on a gastronomic tour that will leave you satiated. From continental to traditional dishes, no stone has been left unturned to give you an unparalleled culinary experience.
This trek offers picturesque views of diverse landscapes - rugged volcanic rock
faces, dense forests, lush grasslands, and tea plantations and begins from old
Munnar or Lockhart Gap.
If weather permits, you can catch a glimpse of the rare Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of mountain goat, and also spot a few of our endemic birds and plants.
Whether you’re an amateur birder or a pro, spotting a rare species is something to cherish. This tour is tailor-made for birdwatchers and common sightings include Palani Chilappan, Black and Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Malabar Whistling Thrush, and more. You can also spot butterflies like the Red Disc Bush Brown, Palni Fritillary, and others.
Munnar is a haven for herping in South India and certain species are endemic to
the region. With the guidance of our expert local naturalist, you can spot
endangered species such as the Shrub Frog, as well as Jayaram's Bush Frog,
Beddome’s Bush Frog, Kalakkad Gliding Frog, and the Large-scaled Pit Viper.
Note: Herping activities are limited to designated areas for the safety and well-being of the creatures.
A 20-minute drive from Lockhart Bungalow, this trail is adorned with rocky
slopes on one side and tea plantations on the other. Pass through the tranquil
Shola forests, and on a clear day catch a glimpse of Anamudi, South India's
Ask the staff to pack a delicious picnic lunch and begin by around 9.00 am to make the most of this adventure.
Go on a tea plantation walk that lasts for about 2 hours.
Learn the art of picking tea leaves with the locals.
Witness the meticulous weighing process.
Step into one of the oldest tea factories in the region and see how the leaves are withered, rolled, oxidized, dried, and sorted.
End by tasting a cup of freshly made tea.
Enter as a tea lover and leave as a tea connoisseur.
Discover a hilltop paradise with breathtaking vistas and idyllic weather. It’s
your passport to serenity.
To reach the location, you can walk or take a cycle ride (distance: 4 km). Top it off with a specially curated picnic lunch.
A walk with a view. That’s how you’ll begin your day at Lockhart Estate.
Take in the fascinating views and diverse terrains. Witness a
picture-perfect sunrise from a scenic viewpoint. While you go on the walk,
be regale you with stories of Lockhart Bungalow and its rich history.
Top it off with a piping hot cup of tea. It’s a morning walk you’ll remember for ages.
If you start your day with tea, you’ll now see how a cup of tea comes
Pay a visit to the Lockhart tea factory, the first tea factory constructed by the British in 1936. Located 2 km away from Lockhart bungalow, it's one of the oldest tea manufacturing facilities in India.
A guide will take you through the entire tea leaf processing journey - from weighing to packaging and finally tasting. Top off your visit with a cup of freshly brewed tea from Harrisons Malayalam Limited.
Immerse yourself in the planter way of life and surrender to nature's beauty and the gentle rhythms of existence at CGH Earth Lockhart. It’s a place where you aren’t bound by the demands of everyday or the clock.
Lockhart Estate, Munnar, Devikulam, Kerala 685613
At CGH Earth, we believe in being a part of the wider
community that surrounds us. This co-existence has helped us build deep bonds and this gets
passed onto the guests.
Almost everyone at Lockhart Bungalow, as well as the gentle folk you encounter on each of the activities, is part of the local community. We believe that when communities thrive, everyone thrives.
* field is mandatory.