After a good night’s sleep, we were up at 5 a.m on a chilly Saturday morning and all set for our road trip to the foothills of the Nilgiris! With a quick prayer, we fastened our seatbelts, turned on the radio and hit the highway. It was a 300+ km drive to the Kurumba Nature Resorts. For the most part, the national highways were brilliant and Google led us exactly to our destination. There were some quite a few hairpin bends and turns along the ghats.
“Your destination will be on the right!” The google maps said. After a great drive of six and half hours, we reached Kurumba Village Resort in Coonoor. We had fallen in love with the pictures of Kurumba and decided to spend our 2nd anniversary there.
We were welcomed by a rare tasting juice. It tasted like sugar cane, smelt like a spice. We inquired to find out that it was Pineapple juice infused with homegrown (Resort Grown) nutmeg. We were ushered by Tamizhselvi to the restaurant overlooking a valley with a breathtaking view. An amazing lunch buffet awaited us. When I say amazing, it was their presentation, the view, the smell and the aura of the place.
Kurumba Village Resort was everything one would dream about. 22 cottages overlooking the hills, a bunch of superb staff and a great attention to detail given by everyone.What we loved
The view from the swimming pool! How often do you get to swim in an infinity pool between thick forests the facing the gorgeous hills?
The Food: Kurumba Village Resort served some of the best food N and I have had in any resort till date. Each dish had it’s own story and was unique. The ghee dosa, the nutmeg-leaf wrapped paneer, the salads and the continental food stood out for us!
The Treetop Dining Experience: Kurumba Village Resort surprised us with a tree top dining experience for our anniversary dinner! A menu cooked specially for us by their amazing head chef and served on a candle lit tree top. Sigh! It was so romantic!
The Chai Kada: Every evening we were served chai and pakoda in a quaint little place which they fondly called the Chai Kada. Designed to look like a local tea shop. Hot masala chai and chili and paneer bhajjis served in all its traditional glory with the view of the hills.
The Room: Our cottage faced a little steam! The sound of the stream and chatter of the birds felt wonderful. So close to nature. So comfortable.
The Hospitality: A golf cart/buggy was available on call each time we wanted to go to the restaurant/pool/chai-kada. From the General Manager to cleaner, everyone was absolutely friendly and by the end of the two days, N and I felt like we were leaving a family home and not a resort.
The Nature Integration: The whole resort was integrated with nature: The name boards of the food served at the buffet which was written behind a leaf, the pool in between nature, the wooden balconies and the view of the stars from the spa.
The Nature Walk: Waking up at 6.30 am on a holiday was absolutely worth it. Dinesh, our guide for the nature walk was well-read and gave us interesting stories about the forest. We chatted about wildlife, Bangalore traffic and returned back just in time for breakfast: ghee podi dosa.
How to get there?
Kurumba is around 300 Kms from Bangalore. We left early morning and reached before lunch. One can alternatively take a flight to Coimbatore and drive down from there too.
Fresh air, out of the world food and some royal treatment. Perfect no?
So will the Kurumba Village Resort be your next check in?