Visiting the High Range Club in Munnar felt more like an experience than simply a place to stay the night. As you enter, you are suddenly sucked into the wonderful world of what would have once been a thriving British colonial club all those years ago. It was absolutely fascinating and utterly surreal to be immersed in a piece of India's colonial heritage with old 'men-only' club and billiards rooms as well as archaic locker areas.
What makes the experience so interesting is that the High Range Club is itself not aware of its status as 'place to visit' in its own right. Rather romantically it still attempts to be a functioning club to this day (albeit with a rather different set of Indian clientale), and to me, this is what makes it so special. The old club chairman welcomed us into what was essentially a rather run down and decrepid clubhouse, but what it lacks in cleanliness and upkeep, it more than makes up for in charm and charisma.
The staff all seemed very friendly and welcomed us as their only visitors which simply added to the mystique. We wondered about the empty rooms observing all the old club name-boards and simply enjoying the bittersweet nostalgia of what the place would have been like in its heyday. Overall I would thoroughly reccommend a stay here, despite the rather rundown accommodation; it is a fascinating insight into Indian/British history and should certainly be classed as an attraction in its own right.
- Also Known As:
- High Range Club Munnar, Kerala