We visited this place our 2nd time after a gap of almost 3 years in last week of February 2022. With Winter almost fading away, we did not carry any warm clothing except our thin jackets just in case they are needed. I am a Club Mahindra member and we are given the bookings to this resort with payment of nominal differential amount i.e., 1000 INR per person per night per room and by the way of Tariff, our available days inventory is deducted by the number of days we avail our stay at such affiliated resorts. So we were 3 of us and the room being allowed to accommodate only 2 individuals, we paid 800 INR per night which was informed to me when I had called the resort. At the time of check-in, there was some irritating confusion by the way that the person was not aware of the Club Mahindra scheme and hence we had to wait till everything was sorted out. And till that time I was wondering how our trip would progress. However, things started falling in the groove as we checked in to our room.
The resort facility has standard / deluxe rooms that are usually given to the Club Mahindra members and which was absolutely fine to us as we were there just to relax and enjoy the time as we had already done the sight seeing. The rooms have a balcony that overlooks a small lawn area and about 10-15 foot trees that are full of chirping birds in the morning. The resort has provided them with water and food in the bowls / trays / nests or something that resembles their dwellings and they happily visit. Amidst the lawn, there are paved walk ways with special red colored stones that lead to the swimming pool and reception area. The weather, although sunny through out the day, was very much pleasant. The staff is cordial and attends to most your needs. The plants are looked after well and with an emphasis on organic manures and we can see almost every plant even though small, starts flowering / fruiting and the yield is of good quality. The power and water arrangements are very good and have been well managed.
And more importantly, we cannot undermine the food. We mostly get Maharashtrian cuisine in the resort; but that may depend on the occupancy as well. Any kind of roti ordered here is extremely good in taste. The rotis are perfectly round and evenly cooked almost every time. Jowar rotis are soft and full of taste. The subji and special delicacies like pithla and baingan bharta are too good. Owing to less occupancy on certain occassions, the variety of food is limited but whatever is available is very well made and served. Sometimes, there is music played while dinning or there is a Karaoke night as well.
If you choose to see places near by, a visit to Koyna nagar Nehru Udyan is a must see. If you can arrange for a local guide, negotiate with him and he shall show you around as there is just natural beauty and not a particular spot to be. There is also a way you can enjoy local food at their other facility which is a cabin accommodation at Kathi village. Basically, they have furnished the regular transportation containers that are used by trucks and converted their interiors into the rooms and the food in that location is cooked in a rural fashion. While you are sight seeing, you can shop for some locally made papad, achaar, rice and other commodities. If you are a plant lover, ask the management about the local nurseries where you can shop for them.
And not to mention, there is Koyna river that flows just across the road where the resort staff provides you with river-side barbeque facility. The koyna river flowing there is a back-water stream from Koyna dam and is full of biodiversity. Across the river is the Forest area and the resort also makes arrangements for a night safari in case someone wants to be a little adventurous. Likewise, there are other activities arranged as per the season, occupancy and subscriptions.
All in all, even though this is not a very popular destination, it is very serene and filled with precious moments provided by nature. I hope you find this review helpful and make plans to visit this place.
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