The place is rightly named. I could easily rank this as the top most experience resorts I have ever visited.
We took the night AIRAVAT VOLVO to Ooty. The entire journey itself was an experience. Except for VOLVO and ambari of KSRTC, no other vehicles are let in after bandipur.
After we crossed bandipur checkpost, I was feeling like a VIP access. Most of them had fallen asleep, I went and sat next to the driver. He showed me wild bison, samba, fox, on the way. He told me how to identify animals in dark night. Then we entered madumalai forests. I was just keeping my eyes open to see elephants. And to my luck we saw about 6 elephants grazing just next to the road. The driver slowed down as he did not want disturb them. He stayed there for a while until they moved on. This journey was like a night safari. Awesome experience.
We reached Ooty, the same messy crowded, garbage littered everywhere. We hopped onto the taxi sent by the resort and we moved on. We had to go about 25kms further, which is thru villages and local areas, which were quite nice to see as we were passing thru the valleys.
We reached a place where we had to shift to a 4 wheel truck as regular cars can't go further. As we went on the bumpy ride, we came to this eyes dropping place, the first thing that came to mind was "how the he'll did they get this place done in such remote place".
It was a wow place, perfectly set among the hills, the impeccably clear prestige reservoir and English style farm cottages, vegetable crops, fencing, u just have to see it to believe it that such places are there in India.
We checked in to our luxury room, freshed up and started exploring, we took so many photos, my camera took amazing pics, the place was a beauty everything looked nice to me.
Me and my wife just enjoyed the place, had lunch and took rest. Evening we have a bonfire with a barbeque Setup next to it. The veg barbecue is still the benchmark for me, it was so yummy perfectly marinated and best for the climate. It was very cold.
Luckily we had wonderful heating system in the room. Nice sleep. I got up at 7 and looked out of the French window, I could barely see even 2 feet further. The entire Valley was filled with fog :-).
We went for a walk with the inhouse naturalist, there was another beautiful lake just near by. Most of the places here were shot in the movie Azab prem ki gazab kahani. Its a completely picturesque location. U can't be wrong to choose this place ever.
We spent the day with other adventure activities at the farm stay and the next day headed back Ooty for our return bus. This is a really tough feeling to take, I sometimes feel why don't we have the power like star trek, we could have disappeared from destiny directly to our home, dint want to see the buzzing of the city at all.
Pls do add this marvellous place to ur bucket list. I feel we should keep this place a secret..... Sssssshhhhh!
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