Of all the hill stations I have ever visited, I love Kodaikanal the most. I am not sure why I love it so much. It could be because I had visited kodai dozens of times or maybe because I grew up hearing stories about this hill station from my grandfather who used to frequent this place. Now I have one more reason to love kodaikanal even more - Mount Pleasant Boutique Resort !
After our marriage earlier this year, I was very eager to take my wife to Kodaikanal.I was browsing the internet for some good hotels.I was initially confused as there were simply too many choices. I stumbled upon the page for Mount Pleasant resort .Then,after reading the reviews, I had no confusions on my mind, as the reviews were simply fantastic. We went there last weekend, and we truly, had a wonderful and memorable experience.
Mr.Najmal - The owner of the resort is very helpful, and very, very hospitable ! He is very humble, and takes on many tasks personally.He doubled up and did the housekeeping work too, and also served us food as they had run short on staff. He is a warm person with a big heart.He made us feel at home. He was very flexible with the check out timings, and he even gave us the same room that we stayed in, to refresh on the last day. This was after we had formally checked out.Now that does not happen everywhere.We had a long and lengthy conversation with him on the last day, and he was telling about this daughter and his family tree. We enjoyed this conversation. He even offered to pack us sandwiches for dinner.
Johnson - The cook. He had previously worked in the SPIC guest house at Kodaikanal. Coming from such a reputed establishment, what else can one except, he makes some amazing food. He makes food that tastes so homely. The taste of the idlis,sambar and chutney still linger in our memories. Yummy !
Syed - The tour operator. I had read few, not so good reviews about this person and I was initially skeptic about him. Before going to Kodaikanal, I had enquired the cab rates from two other operators before I had contacted syed and he offered us very reasonable rates. The cars he provided us , were all good. The drivers, he sent with us were very courteous and friendly. They were all well experienced. Syed is a very friendly person too, and he is a die-hard harris jeyaraj fan. I wonder why few people had posted negative reviews about this person. He is cool !
Mount Pleasant - Lovely location and equally lovely rooms. The place is not huge but big enough. The place makes you so calm and relaxed. We spotted two bisons behind the backyard fence, they had come to drink water ;) They have an open kitchen and it is very neatly maintained. The road leading to the resort is very steep and it would be very difficult to walk to the main road. My wife simply loved the place and I was beaming proudly as if I was the one who discovered this place ;)
Cons - Yes, there are few small things which would come to your mind when you enter the resort. But after you experience their hospitality, you would forget them just like we did. I am sure Mr.Najmal would get it adequately staffed soon. He did explain us why he was running out on staff.
What we missed - My wife wanted us to take a snap with Mr.Najmal but we totally forgot. We remembered it only when we were halfway down the kodai hills.
I shall highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Kodaikanal.
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