Coorg Trip Contd.
From Amanvana we drove up to Madikere where we stayed at the Taj Vivanta. It took us about an hour to get there from Kushalnagar and we passed the Mercara Golf Club downs on the way.
My first thought when I stepped into the resort was ‘stunning’, and it truly is simply stunning. The lobby area opens out to a scenic view of hills and valleys on three sides. The whole property is spread across 180 acres. Our cottages were also large and spacious and again with a fantastic view of the surrounding hills.
There are plenty of dining options at the resort – Fern Tree the multi-cuisine restaurant has quite an extensive menu. We had some great Thai food and the kids enjoyed pizzas and pastas from the kids menu. We also ate at Nellaki which serves traditional Coorgi cuisine. The Pandi Kari (pork curry) a signature dish with ‘neer dosa’ was absolutely delicious.
They have a poolside grill (by the same name) where they serve dishes like roasted wild mushroom, grilled vegetables grown on the property and mixed grills with local spices. Though some people may enjoy it I found the food a bit bland at the grill. The poolside grill is closed during the monsoon months between June and Sept/Oct.
The Hive Bar offers some exotic cocktails and mixes like the Jappletini – Gin shaken with fresh lime juice and homemade strawberry puree or a Coorg Coffee Martini which takes vodka shaken with Coorg coffee and Kalhua to a new height.
Dew which they describe as ‘good eating and wellbeing on a plate‘ is quite a gem. The menu had a number of power juices and shakes, the freshest salads, whole wheat pastas, and no-cheese pizzas that were surprisingly flavourful. Aptly located below the spa and health club this food joint had some really wholesome, healthy and tasty grub and drinks.
The resort offers a number of leisure activities in case you are up to it. Plantation tours, coffee tasting experience, bird watching, nature trails within the property, pottery, clay modelling, cooking sessions, herb garden walks and a couple of other activities make up the long list. A point to note here – we felt that some of the activities were a bit expensive, could have definitely been priced more reasonably.
Room rates start at Rs.18000, so it is definitely a bit expensive but it is worth it. Its a great place to visit – to relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and senses.