It was a special moment for more than one reason. I was turning 34 and spending the day with my wife for the first time after our marriage recently. One of my friends had visited the Destiny Farmstay last year and I have been waiting to go since.
I usually pick up the phone and call my now trusted Vacation Planners, Indus Outback Experience. I picked what I believed was a good package at Destiny Farmstay, the Monsoon Package. It was after all the Off-Season and people usually head to this part of the world in summer. We didn't make too much of it, packed some warm clothes and hit the road. I had the Map from the web site and with the good 'ol navaigation skills we reached the point where the directions take you to Avalanche in Ooty. The place is 25kms. from the Ooty Bus Stand and it takes 90 mins....why? Well, coz you are heading deeper in to the forest area in no man's land and in no man's land, nobody cares if you are arriving in a Mustang. On a serious note, the roads are pretty pathetic. And that actually works in Destiny's favor...how? Read on...
If your car has survived up to the point where you can park your car at Destiny's Parking lot, give yourself a pat...actually give yourself a short massage coz you are about to now climb in to a discarded Military truck that will take you up to the resort through the most painful ride of your life for another 2kms. Once you reach the spot however, you are truly in another world....the stuff made for poets, if you like. This is where it all begins, the thrill of living the farm life and the not-so-thrilling price that comes with it.
I'm just gonna try and fast-forward from here. The location is fabulous, the fresh air every morning is nothing like I have ever experienced. The staff is a combination of people from North-East and the locals. The North-East chaps are pretty friendly and you can strike a good conversation in Hindi or English. If you do not know Tamil, chatting up with the locals is not easy. The range of activities includes the ones that are complimentary like Fishing (it's ridiculous that you can do that only in the morning from 9:30 to 11), Horse-rising (girls like horses...you know) and Monkey-Crawling (best part). Then there are paid ones and honestly I don't know what was so great about the Zipline which lasts for 15secs for 250/- bucks. You also get the 30-Minute head massage complimentary...
Now comes the part which I truly believe is a the low light from the trip. The food, that wether you like it or not (we liked it btw...) comes from the expensive Restaurant. The Average Price for an items starts with 250/- bucks and you are very likely to get a bill of not less than 700/- bucks for 3 items off the Menu for a single meal. The quantity is nothing to boast about. If you happen to have snacks with hot drinks (which obviously you will need at 10 degress weather) your daily bill for Lunch/Dinner and Snacks runs up to a really cool 1500/- I must amdit the B'fast was really good with lots of choices and they do not cut corners simply coz it's complimentary. Oh! did you just realize why the horrible drive up and down works in the favor of Destiny? Yea...you are STUCK!
We had a blast for the 3 days we stayed there and did most of fun activities and had nice long walks up and down the estate and simply could not stop marvelling at the location. It was time to check-out and we saw what I thought was the reason why customer service is still catching up in India. On our final bill..there was Room Service charge of 120/-...this was apparently when we were "offered" (we did not ask) for our food to be brought to our room on Day 1 when our backbones where settling in pace after that god-forbidden drive up the jungle.
Anyway, I think I tried to be resonable in my review and offer other fellow travellers an insight in to what you should do or do not if you happen to plan a visit 2200mtrs. above sea-level. Have a good one!
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