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“Hands down, one of the best experiences in Southern India”
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Destiny Farmstay
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

This is unarguably, one of the best Farmstay and overall leisure stay in India....
Now that we have this determined, lets review: The Farmstay is obviously built on a well-established concept taken from the West, that is themed stays, the theme in this case being an actual, working Farm. So it comes with all the Farmstay features, which are all good btw, that is Horse Riding, visit to the small ranch-like place, visit to the Farms, fishing, ponds, nightly bonfires etc. This is clubbed with other leisure activities like a recreational room with TT, Foosball etc. Things which really take the cake are the slight push for some adventure activities like a tough-ish trek led by a knowledgeable guide, the Zip-line set-up etc...By exploring all these you will have had a good time...But now onto the things which really take the cake, and first-off is the absolutely breath-taking mountain and lake-views....Fantastic is an understatement here....The beautiful Nilgiris and the lakes, as viewed from your rooms or when viewed on your treks are simply mind-blowingly beautiful....Picture perfect and high-contrast greens against the deep blues of the lakes and the sky....Then, within Destiny, you have the awesome living room with its cozy fireplace and couch+ rug setting....The food we had was also above average and if you go for a Buffet you can eat to your heart's content....The staff is courteous and dont interfere with your routine unnecessarily...There are nice touches all around, like the room names (named after Wild Western legends), that group of well-trained and lively ducks, the awesome bumpy ride in the truck which takes from the place you park your cars to the actual cottages and so on....For the price, this place a must check-out at least once....This reviewer was mighty impressed with the place (as you can make out from the review)...

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

We checked in on the 18th and 19th of April,with two young children,its a beautiful place,its location is out of the world ,over looking the valley,could
see it straight lying down from our bed,we stayed in the luxury rooms,rooms are good ,lot of activities for children ,the children had a blast,our treck with the guide Mr IKSA was wonderful,at 7:45 am,wore our gum boots provided by the hotel and were off for the treck ,the places we saw during our treck were beautiful,we had a good time, rock climbing .zipping ,fishing ,horse riding,its packed with activities,the food was very good,except for the cost. For Rs 7000 plus per day i think all meals should have been included.On the whole a great place,would pay a visit in june with a couple of friends.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

hi friends,
i had been there last year in month of may. it is very superb place away from the traffic, noise, pollution and lots more.
the hotel staff was very helpful. they provided us whatever we want.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2011

The location is exotic... its just wonderful to be there... but....

We reached there in the night and our vehicle wasnt there to take us to the farm.. we had made 7 calls in last 3 hours and were assured of vehicle being there... We were tired and no one cared. When vehicle cam, it broke down. It was dark and raining. No one from hotel bothered to check or make alternate arrangements.

When we finally reached resort, the manager was just dunb struck. No apologies or broaching of topic next day... no thanks for bearing with us... It was pitch dark, raining and no one cared for us or was tracking our safety... Instead while waiting on phone to talk to their manager, we could overhear the receptionists laughing about our plight... Obviously they deny it when you meet them but we are not fools. And the manager had no character to broach the topic next day or offer a drink or anything...Instead, the booking office it seems blamed us.. i shared emails with manager but hes of no use too.. No one takes responsibility there... Everyone wants evidence and they dont believe what my wife/ myself spoke on phone.

We informed our checkout time a day earlier as is required.. and on day of check out we went for breakfast and before starting breakfast i asked for the bill... when i came back at 8.30am (in 30 mins) the bill was not yet ready... they were really struggling. Reason - Too many check outs.... They knew that 80% of folks were from Bangalore but didnt plan ahead (breakfast is free so should be easy)... And when they finally prepared invoice, they were unaware of booking amount i had transferred... GOSH.... Thankfully i could retrieve mail on my phone... and all in front of manager. No proactiveness from manager at all... The worst planning ever done. And finally we find out that their vehicle to parking area doesnt leave till 9.15am... and many families including ours had told them that we wanted to leave at 8.30am.. and they kept saying fine... ATROCIOUS RECEPTION staff with HORRIBLE MANAGER.

Now the good things... the place is awesome... the folks managing the activity like Iskha werefabulous... they kept you engaged, always welcoming, smile on faces... just awesome people...

Food was good.... though like a 3 star pricing.. does pinch you... the staff and service was good though...

Also, when we reached we were informed of no liquor policy. So carry your own booze... And never reach there after 4pm.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2011

We selected destiny for our In- laws Wedding Anniversary,We ready all the review about this place,Made a few calls and we hit road to avalanche.As they mention the ride is terrible from the First stop point to destiny.The truck ride is not for Seniors & people having back problem Map was just super.after the ride we just forgot everything .
We were greeted by a smile.warm Hospitality.Food was good But expensive.The Chef needs to be complimented.
The resort was full with people.the restaurant service is little slow during busy time.But the staff keep smiling.The best part was the Manager arranged a cake,.the staff set up the glass table at night near the kids play place,it was a surprise for us.A very Romantic Night

Rooms were clean& spacious,We were in a block a few meters away from the restaurant.Evening service can be improved by arranging some bathroom slippers & Flowers,Lights in rooms need to be improved.Lots of construction happening.Surely a disturbance.Hope they maintain its beauty,
The games staff took for a night walk,Very thrilling,Adventures.They serve a soup in the deep woods .We left the kids behind for this walk.Highly recommended for couples.
We could not enjoy horse riding cause of rain.
But Overall we loved the stay,Courteous staff,Excellent food what else we want on a vacation.
DESTINY IS MAN MADE PARADISE, for a perfect Family getaway

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Destiny Farm makes a good 2 night stop between Mysore and Kerala. The area is extremely scenic and offers a welcome break from the noise and congestion of cities.

While the drive to the farm is lovely the last two kilometers are EXTREMELY bumpy and not suitable for anyone with mobility issues or back problems.

Guest rooms are clean but quite basic. Most of them do not have heating and at night they were freezing (in January). Staff will give you a hot water bottle which helps but we still went to bed wearing sweaters and socks with our pajamas.

The main activity is walking in the area around the farm. The guides are mostly from nothern India and they are friendly and knowledgeable.

Food in the restaurant is very good. Service can be a little slow but what's the rush? Slow down, relax and enjoy the meal.

We were the only non-Indian guests staying at the farm. It's easy to strike up conversations with the other guests and I'd recommend this. Indian families on holiday are lots of fun.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

As you get to the place after a VERY VERY bumpy ride, you tell yourself, it was truly worth it. You are welcomed with a smile and you enjoy every bit of the stay. Nature is pristine and at its best in Destiny. The place is well suited for a groups of families or for the lone travellers as well. The only caution I would reccomend is to double check during the check in process on what is free and what is chargeable. We got into a little bit of misunderstanding during the check out because of misscommunication from the office staff. Rest.. I long to go back to the farm.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Muligoor Village, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) 643001, India
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Location: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 220 Specialty Lodging in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Price Range: $141 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Destiny Farmstay 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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