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Road Map to Destiny

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Destiny Farm Stay – Red Hills

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After visiting Ooty for little less than half a dozen of times, it is hard to find any place that would charm you enough to visit the place again. But we did stumble upon this magnificent resort tucked in the lush green forests of Red Hills. 30KM from Ooty town this place is a nature lovers paradise. We had taken the bus till Ooty. Destiny Farm Stay had arranged for a cab for pickup from the Ooty Bus stop, at an extra charge of Rs 1000. Charles, the driver a very friendly person drove us down to the parking lot of the resort.

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Created with Nokia Smart CamFrom here we were picked up by jeep to the resort. Depending on the group size the resort arranges for either a jeep or an army truck. he car parking in Destiny is about 2km away from the actual farm stay, and the road beyond that does not permit normal sedans or hatchbacks to get to the actual farm stay as its very slushy, extremely bumpy and risky in terms of damage to the vehicles.

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As we reached Destiny Farm Stay we were dumbstruck at the beauty of the place. Perched on a hill with magnificent views of the lakes and valleys in the front and the hill as the backdrop, this is a fantastic place.

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The rooms themselves are nestled neatly along a row overlooking a valley created by more than few mountain slopes. This is the valley where sloped farming is done. The rooms were large with two single beds put back to back.

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The farming itself consisted of many different type of flowers, cabbages, carrots and the likes being cultivated there.

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In addition to this they had a horse stable with at least 3-4 horses who would take you for a ride at a specified time in the mornings with supervision on a high ground area.

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In addition to this were a large amount of cows, and some sheep.

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There were also ducks which were near the pond down the valley. You can also enjoy fishing by the pond during the morning hours. You can take a short morning trek to another resort owned by the Little Earth Group which is tucked into the dense forest. At night a bonfire is lit in the garden area and you could order from a list if barbecue that are on offer. There are quite a few complementary activities that one can enjoy throughout the day and also a few paid activities that are there on offer.

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Please be advised that there are NO medical facilities anywhere nearby at least for a good 20+ KM, so you have to take all medical supplies that you might need. And the medicine supply that is there in house is not adequate.

The restaurant is quite adequate and there are quite a few options of food that one could chose from.

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The avalanche lake is not far from the resort and you could cross the electric fence and take a trek down to the lake.  The lake is a truly pristine lake with crystal clean water.

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Over all the resort is quite a nice kid friendly place where you can spend hours soaking in mother natures’ beauty. We sure would love to visit the place again.

 

Note : The resort does not take booking for 1 day if you are visiting over the weekends.

King’s Cliff – a residence truely fit for the Kings

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Wondering where to stay in Ooty? Try out this quaint little cottage situated in the fringes of the busy town. King’s Cliff nestled in a hill albeit far away from the madding crowd, literally. The property belongs to the Little earth Group and you could book your rooms from their site.

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We had visited to this resort about 2 years back and thanks to my hubby who had suggested this place.

An auto from the bus stand would take you to the hotel. You could ask for a pickup from the resort itself. The auto charges are fixed so you don’t have to trouble yourself for bargaining.

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The first thing that greets you is the 400 metre or so long driveway, which reaches into a perfectly maintained garden and trees all around the property. The resort takes you back to an era that is no more, with period furniture, valences and drapes and a polished teak fireplace overlooking a Victorian “drawing room”.

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There are about 9 rooms, each spacious, and have the old world charm. Each of the room’s has a fire place attached. We were provided with a pile of complimentary wood. You can also request for an extra pile at an additional charge. The bathrooms though could use a little renovation. This property is a very old building so if you one of those persons who look forward to modern hotels with modern bathrooms this hotel might not interest you.

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The cottage is surrounded with trees and you would be greeted each morning with the chirping of the birds.

The service is professional and the housekeeping staffs are simple, efficient and friendly. The Earl’s Court restaurant is reputed to be the best restaurant in Ooty, and I think it’s a justified claim. The complementary buffet breakfast, is served in the glasshouse in the lawn and has a wide range of food to offer, ranging from cereals to Indian breakfast.  The food was excellent, tasty and flavorsome, but a bit high priced.

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The property is unique and endearing if you are on a romantic pause or looking for some solace. I would certainly suggest people to give it a try if they visit Ooty.

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I-India Resort -Ooty

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We had visited this resort during May 2012. Take the right turn at the junction which leads to Sagar Resorts on the Conoor road and a few meters down that road and will lead you to  the property.
The place was quite a cosy little place with very helpful staff.
The cottage is well places with a lovely view of the valley in front of it and being far from the maddening crowd of the Ooty town, is quite a welcome relief for the guests. The rooms are clean and spacious  with all basic amenities provided.

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But a few improvements would do the place some good. To start with the place does not have a lawn where the guest could sit. The concreted area that they pass as courtyard could be turned into a lush green lawn which could add an old world charm to the little cottage.

 

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None of the rooms had any valley views from them. One had to come to the courtyard or the living room for a view.

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They do not have any proper menu for the breakfast/lunch/dinner. You will have to eat from the fixed menu that is provided for the day. It would have been better if we could choose from a menu. The food is overpriced compared to the quantity of food provided. For example we had our lunch there. It consisted of a small bowl of ghee rice, dal fry n 4 small pieces of chicken fry. The charge for it was Rs 200 per plate.
Well all is not bad.It sure does have some good things as well. The best part is that, they have 24hr running hot water which is quite a nice thing to have during the cold climate.

Priced at around Rs 3000 for a double bedded room, it is not such a bad option for staying.

Avalanche – Ooty

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When one thinks of Ooty, one only thinks about the Ooty Lake, toy train and lush tea gardens. Ever thought about visiting any place that is off the beaten track? On our search for such a location we happened to come across Avalanche.
Avalanche is a nature lover’s paradise, which is just 26 km away from Ooty. This valley has been named after the landslide or avalanche in 1823. The lakes are tucked inside the lush green shola forests. The first thing that hits you at Avalanche is the palpably pristine fresh air. The jungle is dripping with epiphytes – ferns, orchids, mosses, lichen literally falling off the trunks and branches. Pristine mountain streams are everywhere, and at parts the shola is dense, dark and seemingly impenetrable.
The place is distinctly noted for two lakes side by side, known as Avalanche Lake and Emerald Lake. A small bride separates the two lakes. The water of the lakes is truly crystal clear and we could not resist ourselves from dipping our feet in the lake. The place is so less known to the public that you will not find many people around and that adds to the charm of the place.
The true untouched nature of the place would make you sit there for hours. It is also the perfect place to enjoy bird watching and a quiet afternoon. If you happen to travel a little further up you will be able to see a lot of lakes from the top. The places adjacent to the Emerald Lake, is mainly in a reserved forest and is largely off-limits to visitors. Prior permission from the forest departments is required for visiting the places beyond this

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