My travel time – Begining of October 2017
After looking at travelogues of the best hill station group (Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri) of south India on TeamBHP, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, kindled my interest. Hatched a 2-day trip to Ooty & Coonoor, in my self-drive car with family from Bangalore.
As I travelled many times here and had experiences, generally, Ooty/Coonoor were never my favorite tourist destination to Stay. I had felt it was bit too crowded. To say abt this season, it is pretty crowded, that too due to holiday rush. So I felt Coimbatore/Mettupalayam, would be a better peaceful and calm option. Positively, the good connecting 4-laners we have from Bangalore, Chennai and other cities. I thought staying in a calm and peaceful place, while we can make a custom plan travelling up-hill enjoying the serene locations.
After extensive googling, selected MKG House, Mettupalayam (not many reviews to refer though), as the best option to stay but you have to deal with limited resources as Udhagamandalam/Ooty is the main tourist town here. Advised of limited options to find a descent Hotel in Mettupalayam for overnight stay prior to the pre-dawn train to Ooty we were very pleasantly surprised by our stay here. Stayed here and felt the luxury in Mettupalayam. Sumptuous food. Courteous Hosts. It’s a traditional Tamil Gounder House.
MKG House is very well maintained property with greenery and adequate parking space for travelers. The property is at the foot of the Nilgiri hills and great place to stay at Mettupalayam as there are no other decent hotels/ resort around. A fascinating traditional House, with private garden, and good sit out space situated right in the center of Mettupalayam, at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It had Spacious A/C rooms with exquisitely designer attached bathrooms.
We found it really a "pearl" - a large house, old structure but in perfect shape with a beautiful front garden. Very nicely decorated rooms, equipped with all you need. Very clean. A/C available. You will feel like home quickly. We also felt free to be treated to dinner - a perfectly home-cooked meal with veg and non-veg options (not included in room price of course!). The bonus: train station is only a few minutes away (walking distance maybe 10min), so even when you didn't make a reservation you can reach the station at 5am early morning to queue for the (few) freely available tickets. Our recommendation: Stay, find out for yourself and you will prefer to go from Mettupalayam to Ooty, rather than the other way around. Sit outside the room or in the balcony and read your favorite books.
As far as the quality of the food is concerned, we have absolutely nothing to complain, the dal was even delicious. And one thing we should not forget. Our night's sleep was not disturbed by the slightest noise. So altogether our stay was a good experience and expectations surpassed.
Special mention here of the aromatic signature chicken dishes ... I still can't get over the aromatic flavors of that dish. Never tasted something like that.
Our Host, Mrs. Mani, the Owner of the property was polite, really made our stay memorable with some excellent advice and explanations about locations. She is so down to earth human, that she cooked for us which was simply delicious. Shawls, Coffee and a take away breakfast were provided when we left for the train station.
Special mention must be reserved for their children (daughter and son), who are an absolute asset to MKG House with their sincere follow-up, until we reach the resort, and till we left the place with their unflagging energy and friendly nature.
Location: Excellent location with a feel of a luxury private bungalow, greenery.
Service : A class
Places to Stay: Nilgiris Mountain train – Ooty/Coonoor trip, Black Thunder.
Food : Very good, lavish. Excellent service, good quality of facilities and nice food.
Place: Posh, traditional Tamil Gounder House, clean bathrooms.
Summary- A must visit place for families who want to relax at calm, quiet, serene place for couple of days. Though remote, but kids would enjoy it as well. Overall was a good stay and would stay again and recommend others too. But even with these minute things, the same experience at resort was out of the world, so full 5 starts.