We stayed the last three days of 2020 at Bamboo Banks. None of us had travelled out of our homes for the last 9 months and we wanted this break to make up for all the months spent locked in our homes.
The ride from Coonoor to Masinagudi is magical. Bright blue skies , the 36 hair pin bends down the magnificent ghats, the fabulous views from above the mountains till we reach the foothills and the forest starts. The Jungle at Madhumalai gets sparse and wiry in the winter. The trees shed their leaves, and the entire landscape looks dry and trasparent . But be warned that is not so.. the Jungle is deep and a large Tusker can suddenly appear before you. As you look away, your eye catches a shy spotted deer running past. The Jungle is full of surprise and wonder which you see from your vehicle when you move past.
Reaching Bamboo Banks we were amazed at the vastness of the space. 40 acres of land , agricultural fields, horses and stables, ATVs to ride, and the natural beauty all around to savor on walks around the property.
We stayed in the Stone cottage. Impeccably
clean rooms, fresh linen, a fridge in the room, and plenty of space including a dressing room. Living in a jungle is comforting and compels all your senses to react. Sleeps are the best. All that oxygen in the air makes you sleep soundly after every meal. Go to the Jungle to make up for your sleep I say !
The fresh home cooked meals at Bamboo Banks are a class apart. Breakfast , lunch and dinner were sumptuous hearty meals which we did full justice to. We ate to our hearts content , stomachs groaning after each meal , but come the next meal and we were ready to eat again!
Zed and Shenaz are the owners of Bamboo Banks and they run a very successful enterprise. They are always around to enquire, help, and recommend. The staff are helpful and kind and always ready to please.
What more can anyone want from a resort except to be spoilt silly like we were at Bamboo Banks. Pack your stuff and go to Masinagudi.
Book Bamboo Banks and give yourself the much needed pampering.
Thank you Zed I'm.coming again. Sooooooon!
Went with some friends for a day. Stayed on for three. It was that good. Zed and his sister Shernaz make sure you have a wonderful time. The rooms were spotlessly clean. The linen was fresh. The complementaries in the room were generous. The food was excellent. And the service exemplary! A great place to wind down and relax. And with over 30 acres, you can walk around, visit their farm, take a jeep drive, ride a horse or zoom around on the ATV track - all complimentary! Will surely stay here again. Well done Zed and team.
My husband and I visited Bamboo Banks in Dec 2020.
This 42 acre property is a mini forest housing several mammals like spotted deer, langurs... if you are lucky you can spot an Elephant too. We spotted over 50 different bird species that included the beautiful Blue bearded bee eater, small Minivet, Indian paradise flycatcher etc.
Zerasp the owner takes the guests in his 4 wheel drive jeep to give an overview of the large property.
They have ATV vehicles that one can take for a spin. That’s good fun. They also have horseback riding, cycling among other things to do in the property.
We stayed in Cottage, that was very spacious with all the amenities. View of the forests and the birds made it special.
Food spread was really lavish with multiple options for veg, non veg, South Indian and North Indian dishes. The menu was specially designed for each day.
Owners Mr Zerasp and Mrs Shanaz are warm, lovely and gracious hosts. Mr Rafique the manager and the staff are very polite and made sure we are comfortable, making our stay truly memorable.
We would definitely love to visit this beautiful place again.
We had a wonderful stay. Nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful and gracious team. The guest house is spread over 40 acres with pleanty of aminals on site both domestic and wild. It was wonderful seeing deer grazing just outside our room and the grassland. They even have a tree house. Hated when we had to leave.
We have stayed at this place twice, in 2018 and and in 2019. On both the occasions, we found our stay too short. We could have definitely stayed a few days more.
This place is hospitable ( the staff is really amazing), in the midst of nature and has tons of activities, built into once single tariff. You can bike around the acres and acres of green or waddle along with the numerous geese and ducks and Emu on the property. Go around for the ATV ride or better still ride a horse. When you are tired of that you could go for a swim, or gaze at the miles of greenery around, atop a Machaan.
There is eve a deer herd, which resides in the campus. You can spot numerous birds and even the Malabar giant squirrel inside the property!
Did I mention the food? Well that is fabulous as well. They have a buffet three times a day, which serves sumptuous vegetarian and non-vegetarian stuff, which is very homely and tasty.
The rooms are neat and clean, well equipped with AC/TV/Fridge/kettle etc. Plus the room that we stayed in (Stone cottage), actually were two rooms which can easily sleep 5.
The owner Zerasp and the manager Rafik are a delight to interact with.
I cant think of a reason for not going there again.