My co-worker took the responsibility of booking accomodation in Aruvi hotel in yelagiri. at the first impression of looking at the hotel website i thought its going to be a mediocre hotel with a lodge like appearance. We had a tight budget and most of the confirmed travellers dropped in the last moment. So no other options other than staying in hotel with low budget.
Our agenda is to have a fun drive to yelagiri from chennai, have a barbeque party in the night and return back to chennai next day morning.
Prior intimation was given upon booking that we need camp fire, barbeque place to grill the vegan and non vegan food and good music. We asked for charcoal for the barbeque for which Ravi [caretaker/manager/all in all] said he will try to arrange.
While we started from Chennai in Morning, it was hectic traffic in bangalore highway and crossed vellore in noon. meanwhile my friend kept on enquiring about the charcoal while on the move and Ravi didnt show even a single sign of irritation for calling him multiple times. Fortunately we got the coal in Vaniyambadi and headed straight to hills.
Reached by 1:30 PM, Ravi welcomed us. Took us to the big double room where 6 people can stay [dorm] with single toilet. Neat, clean with a TV. No bed bugs, no stains. Toilet was also maintained clean. hard to find such hotels of that budget.
We headed to Nilavur village for some photography, came back. Ravi helped us to arrange kerosene and bricks for barbeque grill. We opened the boot of our car to play the music voila, the party began. It was cool breezy and little bit of drizzle which didnt dampen our spirits. went to bed.
next day morning six o clock, wake up to hear bird chimes, chirp. Loads of sparrows, bull bull, bablers and other small birds. Perfect for photography. I felt its not the outlook of the hotel that makes name but the caretaker/manager who lends an helping hand for guest and makes the stay memorable.
Food in the inhouse canteen is not that great, but OK kind of food for that value. We all felt happy with the entire trip expenses with loads of memory and fun factor. The location is also apt to take some hill views. All category of guest were there, youngsters, corporate friends, family, elders. next time if I go to this place i will ask ravi to take us for a good trekking spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aruvi with boarding and lodging facilities was recently opened in yelagiri hills,which is located at an altitude of 1410 metres above mean sea level. All the rooms are well furnished,well maintained and will ventilated.• 30 Well furnished rooms.• classic A/C Rooms (with two double bed)• Deluxe A/C Rooms (with single double bed)• Dormitory (with three double bed)• cottage (Leena cottage with three master bed rooms, guest room and Kitchen Attached) ... more less