Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pristine Ooty at Destiny Farmstay

Life is so busy,humdrum and hectic for most of us , that we hardly have time to appreciate nature. Take a break, a small one at least, to get away from this hustle bustle and enjoy the beauty of pristine nature, Rejuvenate and come back fully refreshed ready to get into the daily grind, is the mantra I keep telling my hubby.He did relent and we finally did take a short break. He planned the holiday and I had no clue about the place  until I landed there.

Think of Ooty and we instantly dream of a verdant  Nilgiris, uncluttered scenic beauty and far from the maddening crowd of the city life, But Ooty proper  has become so commercial these days that you might not find these very things you came looking for. Instead go to the near by places in the hills and you will enjoy that pristine scenic beauty which you crave for. One such locale is in Avalanche near Ooty. Here is my short travelogue on this trip and some information about our stay at Destiny Farmstay

We started by the Indigo flight from Chennai at 10.AM (preferable to start by the earlier flight), landed on time at Coimbatore at around 11.15. The prearranged cab that was waiting at the airport took us  towards Ooty.  We took a short break en route for lunch and also refreshed ourselves with the very inviting sugar cane juice from the roadside vendor. My son was wondering if it was hygienic ….who cares :). All we wanted was some cool juice to quench ourselves. 

We took the Kotagiri route towards Avalanche and the scenery and the drive was really good. Seeing the green hills I knew we would have a wonderful weekend getaway but did not realize  how great it would turn out to be  until I reached the place. Traffic on the Kotagiri route was not  much and we reached emerald a small hamlet in two hours. There was near zero traffic towards the destiny farms. There was no hassle as the route was clearly mentioned both in the website and their mails. 

We were constantly contacted by their staff so that they could arrange out transport from the parking lot. I was wondering what the whole fuss was about. We would anyway reach their place in our vehicle. Well well well…. Only on reaching the parking lot did I understand the importance of their calls. At the parking lot , we were pleasantly received by some courteous staff with  a smile and welcome drink.  After refreshing we were taken to their vehicle. The drivers of our vehicles have arrangements to stay there. Their vehicle is somewhat like an army truck  that can easily maneuver along the rugged path of our adventurous trip  that started right from here. There are no smooth roads laid here.I am not sure of the reason though  I saw a board saying that the place belongs to forestry department. Could it due to that,I wondered?The staff at Destiny say that it is meant to give an adventurous feeling to the guests. Well it did give:) 

Destiny Farmstay is nestled in the valley surrounded by Nilgiris and overlooking a lake. It is a perfect holiday destination. Just one look at the surrounding ambiance, I knew I would enjoy the next two days.

On arrival at the reception of the Destiny Farmstay amidst rain , we were escorted inside their administrative building with ever helpful staff who had umbrellas ready for the guests. 

After a quick check in, we then walked to out cottage called as chairman's villa. Up we climbed the stairs and into the balcony and the glow in my husband's face and the wow expression spoke volumes of how impressed he was at the enchanting scenery!! What a beauty!!! We  must have all seen the beautiful Nilgiris from Ooty but the view from here was at once breathtaking and awe inspiring.. The clouds kissing the mountains , the blue lake below, the greenery all around , the chirping of birds, the neighing of the horses from the stable and the cows grazing the grassland, what more can one ask for? This is real heaven on earth. The weather was just perfect for this blessing  and I was in cloud nine that KK  had planned this wonderful holiday. 
Charman's Villa
I think the one striking thing about the stay here is  that you are cut off from the outside world except in the reception area. No WiFi or TV in your rooms. So we can again relearn to connect with fellow human beings, talk to strangers, smile at kids and wish if you like at a fellow walker when you go out for your walk. Well I did connect with many lest I be seen looking at my phone all the time. 
There are deluxe rooms and cottages and these rooms are cozy, well maintained and very neat.

The food is good. You have an excellent room service room and staff who do their work with a big smile. We had buffet and the spread for the vegetarian and non-vegetarian was good. Coffee was excellent 

They have organised activities keeping in mind the needs of most of us. For the adventurous type, you have horse riding, trekking, rappelling, climbing on the rocks, fishing etc.
Fishing activity by the guests at destiny
For the romantic ones who would like to croon karaoke corner beckons them
For those who like to relax playing a game of TT or carom, here is the perfect spot and of course you can go for a walk enjoying the salubrious climate
Young kids can swing and slide and have fun.

They have a dairy farm and the milk supplied to their restaurant is from here.
Dairy farm
Some of the vegetables that are used are grown here locally like the beets, cabbage, broccoli and many herbs. An herb tour is organised by them if you are keen to know the herbs grown here.
There were so many activities and we thoroughly enjoyed our two days stay here.
The only suggestion I could think of was, they are not yet physically challenged friendly. No doctors on call or no medical facility nearby. So If you are planning to take kids or elders, do prepare yourself with the necessary medicines.
For more information do check their website HERE
After an early breakfast and flag hoisting ceremony on Independence day we headed back to Coimbatore airport.

Was the trip worth it????....OFCOURSE !!If given a chance I would go again with my daughter.

Till the next post, happy reading and planning for your visit

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations for opening a new blog on travel and commencing it with a bang describing the holiday at Destiny Farmstay near Ooty. The beautiful pictures and the well written post speak eloquently on the enchanting scenery,the comfort of the resort and the facilities available.
    Looking forward to regular posts in this blog as you travel frequently.