5. Fernhills Palace, Ooty
The summer Palace of the Mysore Maharajas was built in 1844 by Capt. F. Cotton. It changed several hands as the time went by till mid-1860s, when it was temporarily named Moonesami and served as one of the Ooty’s earliest club hotels. Radiating a history laden with romance and chivalry, an epoch that began at the height of the British Raj, a legacy that is vibrant and alive today.
Even more fascinating is the story of a twelve-year old Prince who had bought the then 40 acres of Ferrnhills property for Rs. 10,000. The year was 1873 and Ferrnhills had found a new royal owner. His Highness Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, the first Indian Royal to buy an English holding in Ooty. Since then Ferrnhills Royale Palace has been with the Wadiyar dynasty and today it os successfully run in the able hands of Her Highness Promoda Devi.
WelcomHeritage Ferrnhills Royale Palace is located over 50 acres of estate with sprawling lawns, beautiful gardens, dense forests with rich and stunning views, overlooking lush green valleys and tea gardens. The Palace is superbly finished with Burmese teak, features a magnificent ballroom with a highly valued ornamental papiermache ceiling. The hotel boasts of 19 Regal Suites with bedrooms, sitting rooms, dressing rooms, spacious baths with Jaccuzi and a splendid multi cuisine dining area.