Thursday, 19 May 2016

Coonoor Off The City - Super Relaxed at Devashola Tea Estate Homestays

Bison Valley Cottage, Palaniappa Tea Estate, Coonoor, Ooty, Tamilandu.

If you really want to super relaxed for an affordable expense, this is the place for you.

This time I want to super relaxed at an off the town evergreen place, and very peace and calm at an affordable price. So I selected Coonoor Tea Estate Homestays. In Coonoor, the notable home stay is DevaShola Homestays which has 5 home-stays for for your budget.

I booked my room at Bison Valley Cottage (which has row rooms with modern amenities) located at Palaniappa Tea Estate (which is division of DevaShola Estate), around 30 kms from the the Coonoor Town. Booking was made through MakeMyTrip and I got a nice discount.

This row rooms are clean and has basic modern facilities, clean rooms, clean toilets, geyser. But this cottage have no TVs, so you can enjoy the place around the cottage and go to sleep earlier. Around the cottage everywhere is green and misty tea plantations and aroma. Just wake-up and open the door, that's the great start of your day.

The Food: Only vegetarian food is available (Non-Veg may be available, I didn't ask them) and limited menu only. But the food is good and mostly I eat much (more than my average). The cook (lady) is very kind and polite.

Activities: You can walk around the estate all the day, no will stop you, but beware of wild animals like buffaloes, elephants etc.. They will take you Jeep Safari around the estate and trekking to a near by top-hill will take half a day. My best activity here is just walk and take photos.

Note: If you need anything more to eat (like packaged snacks, please buy before entering the estate). Because if you want to the town (Coonoor) will take around an hour (30 kms) and very small roads. And it's not advisable to leave/enter the cottage after 6PM.

Other home-stays in DevaShola Estate: MANGO TREE BUNGALOW, SULTANA BUNGALOW, PALLANIAPPA BUNGALOW, BISON VALLEY ROW ROOMS and MADAWA ROW ROOMS.

Tariff: Rs.1500 + Taxes per couple and Rs.350 per extra person with Free Complimentary Breakfast.

Best time to visit: You can anytime, any season except heavy rainy time.

I guarantee that you will be super relaxed.

Some Photos of this trip:







Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Mathur Aqueduct Or Mathur Hanging Trough - Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu

Mathur Aqueduct or Mathur Hanging Trough is an hanging bridge with water through canal. This aqueduct is named after the village Mathur where is as built, in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State. Which is located 60 kms from Kanyakumari City.

 Mathur Aqueduct is one of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia. Mathur Aqueduct was constructed in 1966 by the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Kamaraj, as a drought relief measure across the river Pahrali (also called Parazhiyar in Tamil - பரழியார்).

 Mathur Aqueduct is a concrete structure held up by 28 huge pillars, the maximum height of the pillars reaching 115 ft. The trough structure is 7 ft in height, with a width of 7.5 ft. The trough is partly covered on top with concrete slabs, allowing people to walk on the bridge and also see the water going through the trough. Some of the pillars are set in rocks of the Pahrali river, though some of the pillars are set in hills on either side.

 Mathur Aqueduct is one of the tourist attraction in Kanyakumari district. Every day hundreds of tourists visiting this place.

 Here is the few photos of Mathur Aqueduct:





Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Another Bad Experience - Ooty at Wrong Time

My another travel experience went wrong, here is how...

This time I decided to enjoy this summer in Ooty. I made the plan to go by car with my friend and my brother. Booked the room via Oyo Rooms for 3 days at Ooty town. The hotel is nearby the lake, railway station, botanical garden and the race course. I thought this location will help to see the city around the near by main attractions the lake and the botanical garden.

So we start the car from my place (Pudukkottai) on midnight April 15, 2016. Everything is fine until we reach the city. The city is full of crowd and bad smell around the city. Another nightmare is reach the hotel (Kurinji Residency). This hotel has very small parking space (we lent the nearby talkies parking space) and the road to the hotel is very small and both sides of road is occupied by the shops and their vehicles. But the hotel is neat and nice. I recommend this hotel for peoples go by bus or taxies. If you have your own vehicle please another place out of the main town.

On the whole trip, we could see only 3 places, Avalanche Lake (nice drive along), Lake and the toy railway station. We couldn't go to the other places because of heavy traffic and no parking on other places especially botanical garden.

On last day, We tried to take train ticket and see the hills beauty by train, but because of minimum number of tickets we couldn't buy the tickets even though we wait on queue around 45 minutes. So we went back to hotel, ate and slept.

Next day we decided to wake up earlier and leave the Ooty. So left the city at 6AM.

Mostly I don't prefer to go the tourism places on peak season. This time for my brother only, because he is studying in school.

My advice is. if you want really enjoy this hill stations, don't go on peak summer season. Because everybody is there at this peak season and there is no green at all.

I planned go again to Ooty on June 1st week. There may be less crowd and book resort out of the city..

I can't say anything more about this trip, will post another one for Ooty later my on my next trip with more details.

Few photos from my Ooty tour:






Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Hotel Varaha Valley, Kodaikanal via OYO Rooms

I booked this hotel for one day extension of my family vocation at Kodaikanal. Booked via OYO Rooms (YSIG7380) for Rs.1700 for a day.

Hotel Varaha Valley is listed in OYO Rooms as Premium Property, I don't know why, while there is no such thing starting from the reception.

First impression is the best impression. Their guest reception was not well and nothing like Premium. They even don't care about our arrival and never noticed us. We have to carry our packages, waited at the reception desk for about 10 minutes asking him to check-in for about 5 times, they just don't care.

There is no sign board for OYO Rooms. Only good thing is the Room, neat and clean. That's All.

Hello OYO, tell me what is the meaning of Premium?

What I Liked:
  • Neat and Clean room.
What I Don't Liked:
  • Very limited parking space, only 7 or 8 cars can be parked.
  • No Kids Playground.
  • Worst Breakfast.
  • Wow what a food. Worst tasting food. Don't even eat curd rice.
  • Worst ever guest welcome reception.
  • Non friendly staffs, looking terrible.
  • There is no OYO Toiletry kit, even there is no water bottle in the room. 
  • No OYO Rooms sign board. You will get confused.
  • If you ask them anything, there answer will not polite and responsive.
  • Photos of the room and the real one is different.
  • It's Premium Property, but even there is No View.
Finally there is no premium at all, it's below average for the price. I was expected something good like my last stay at Pondicherry. Because it's premium property, so I expected a premium experience better then previous one.

No recommended for family and couples, the staffs are looking good and not a guest friendly. You don't feel safe.

I wanted to write a review about this property on their website, but there is no such feature. So be careful about the property you are booking via OYO Rooms. Another problem with OYO Rooms is that they won't display the property name before making the booking. So you have no way to read reviews of the property. So you have to just book blindly.

In future, OYO Rooms is my last choice.

My Rating: 5/10

Hotel Carnival, Kodaikanal via MakeMyTrip

This time I went to Kodaikanal and this is my family vocation trip.

I stayed 2 days (6th to 8th Feb 2016) at The Hotel Carnival, booked via MakeMyTrip. The booking is fine and got good discount.

This hotel is located around 2.5kms from Kodai Lake and 3kms from the Bus Stand.

What I Liked:
  • Friendly Staffs including the security staff.
  • Good view from the room (upgraded for 250rs per day).
  • Welcome drink and fruits.
  • Neat and clean room.
  • Located in nice place.
  • Children's play ground.
  • Garden with many kind of plants and flowers.
  • Worth for the money paid.
What I don't liked:
  • Average breakfast.
  • Food is below average, find a better restaurant outside.
  • They didn't changed the bed linen for the days, even I asked them to change when we went out. They just cleaned and used the same bed linen.
And one more thing is that my baby girl enjoyed the place well because of the spacious place and children's playground.

My rating: 8/10.

This hotel is recommended for couple and family with kids.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Tamizh Park via OYO Rooms, Pondicherry, India

Let's start this blog with OYO Rooms.

Few days before I was stayed at Pondicherry. I booked the room via OYO Rooms. The OYO branded hotel name is Tamizh Park.

This is my first hotel booking via OYO Rooms, so I expected something excited. Here is my experience.

What I Liked:

  • Place is on the main road, so you can find easily.
  • Very limited parking space in the hotel, but you can park your vehicle on near by the marriage hall compound (owned by the hotel management) opposite to the hotel.
  • Room is OK and clean.
  • Value for money.
  • Complimentary breakfast is good. 

What I don't liked:

  • Worst Food. Find a better restaurant outside.
  • Very noisy, because the traffic main road.
My Rating: 7/10.

I wanted to write a feedback on OYO website, but there is no such option.


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog Be Here in India!

I will update photos and details about the places I visit, I stay and I eat.

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