GIST: Best place if you would like to be a bit away from the hustle and bustle of Ooty/Coonor.
Had been looking out for a good resort in the Niligiris for a relatively quiet family vacation, had shortlisted quite a few, but finally decided to go with Devashola based on a few reviews on Team-Bhp. Was very unsure of the place as it was around 20+ kms from Coonoor and inside some plantation, also we had a 1.3 year old kid with us, but booked anyways and was keeping my fingers crossed.
We initially had planned on staying at the Pallaniappa bungalow but Mr. Renukaradhya, the Manager, suggested that we take the Mango tree as it was located highest and had a nice garden with a beautiful view, somehow was convinced about this and decided on the Mango Tree and boy! it was well worth it.
We stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days, enjoyed every bit of our stay; this place is amazingly home like with hosts like Mr. Murugan and his helper Ms. AnnaLakshmi , the food they cooked though strictly vegetarian was also very delicious. We were also allowed to use the kitchen.
The cottage is close to 100yrs and has a nice aura about it. It has a beautiful view from the garden, the Mango tree has two large bedrooms, both have queen sized beds but one has an extended area where two single cots are laid, the cottage has a nice living room and a large dining area, also there are two other rooms, one with bunker beds and the other with a single cot which also is connected to one of the bedrooms. The place would be ideal location for a family of say around 6 -10 folks.
On day one we were woken up to talks of Bison, immediately me and my bro-in-law grabbed the cam and trekked down to the bison valley cottages near which there were around 15-20 bisons, it was just amazing to see so many of them at such close range… it was kind of thrilling too as one young fellow just stared at us non-stop, guess he was gauging if we were a threat or not. Also, if you are interested in bird watching, this place will definitely keep you occupied, there are so many species our here.
This is one must stay place if you like to be away from the noisy and commercialized Ooty/Coonor, but if you are visiting the tourist places, it could be a bit tiresome as it is around 40kms away from Ooty, you would need to have your own vehicle or if you the resort will arrange a cab for you, charges extra.
The place is well set for outbound training activities and also houses an adventure club inside the resort.
The package also includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as trekking and a ride in the plantations in their jeep. We could not go for trekking but took the plantation ride, but this was a dud.
Definitely would recommend for a quiet and peaceful holiday.
We also checked out the Sultan Bungalow and it is beautifully located as well, if you are a larger group, this place has 3 bedrooms to accommodate.
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Choose the Mango Tree if you are a group of 6-10.
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