After a long journey through the bustling North of India and after a few days staying with some friends in Bangalore, we set off on an epic car journey up into the Nilgiris to experience the Nilgiri mountain railway. We stayed at the O'land estate for 3 nights, and chose it because of its unique location and the fact that it offered something a bit different from previous places on or trip, we could easily have spent longer and we will certainly be back.
The drive up from Bangalore, through the Mudumalai park up to Ooty is breathtaking, stopping to see elephants and other wildlife on the way, slowly climbing up the hills, it's a delight to have the windows down as the fresh air and smell of fresh tea blows in the window, we arrived late at the O'land, and in the dark it's very difficult to find, but the estate manager directed us on the phone and we got there in the end.
The setting is serene and the surroundings beautiful, it's worth getting up early to catch the sunrise each morning, there is plenty of wildlife around and due to the remote location it feels like another world. We stayed in the hornbill house for one evening and the pepper for two, both were great, very clean and quite charming,we would recommend trying both if you have the chance.
The walk up to the tree house is not to be missed and we would encourage as much exploration as possible, we saw Gaur, a troop of Langurs, hornbills and many other wildlife including the evidence of sloth bears.
The estate is a 40 minute drive from Coonoor and the drive is spectacular.
All meals are included, and although it wasn't the best food we had on our trip, it was still very good,
the O'land is an unique and truly unforgettable experience and if you are planning on staying in this region, I wouldn't consider anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oland Plantation is located on a lush 120 acres of organic tea, coffee, fruit and spice plantation. Coimbatore is 2.5 - 3 hours drive through the Nilgiris. Distance to Ooty is 34kms & Coonoor is 25kms Pickups and transfers from Bangalore City, Bangalore Airport,Coimbatore Airport, Ooty & Coonoor are available. There are 3 houses--Estate house,Pepper house, Hornbill houseEstate house has 2 rooms- The Mosaic & Estate room, Pepper house has 3 rooms- Family, Panorama, Studio, Hornbill house has 2 room- Jackfruit & Waterfall room. Each room is unique and has a different view of the estate. All rooms are eco-friendly. Cable television and DVD are available in most housesOland Plantation has two waterfalls on the estate and a view of the valley below. It offers a combination of eco-friendly accommodation, organic produce, wildlife experience and community activities. The estate is sometimes visited by wildlife like bears, bisons, elephants. Many rare birds can be spotted on the estate itself. ... more less
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