I wrote about this resort - Destiny, Farm Stay resort by the Little Earth Group in 2008, but only now I did get an opportunity to visit the resort. To put things short - this place is a paradise on the earth. If you love lazy vacations to just relax and enjoy the mother nature, this is the best one could ask for.
Chennai to Ooty and the morning refreshment @ Mettupalayam:
Since this trip was planned in a short duration, we couldn't get the train tickets for the big group. Hence, we chose the AC sleeper buses from KPN Travels to Mettupalayam. This was the first time I was travelling in a sleeper bus and I liked it. Except for the last berth, all other berths in the bus were comfortable. We reached coimbatore by 7 in the morning and from there we took the vans we had booked earlier.
Since we would reach the resort only by the afternoon, we planned to refresh ourselves and complete the breakfast at Mettupalayam. All arrangements for this were made at the Surya International Hotel at Mettupalayam. The rooms and food were good for the amount paid.
The Resort :
Destiny Farm stay resort is located near Avalanche which is 25 kms away from Ooty. We reached there by 1pm in the afternoon. Our vans could go only till the parking area of the resort - which was actually 4-5 kms away from the resort. From there we were boarded into two military trucks operated by the resort. The next 4-5 kms ride was a good experience. The road was very bumpy but everyone in the group enjoyed the ride.
The Resort is surrounded by green mountains all around and the beautiful Emerald lake in the front. Since this was the beginning of the monsoon, it was drizzling lightly and the wind that was blowing for 24 hours made it an awesome climate.
As a part of the package, they have a short 1 hour trek which starts by 7:45 in the morning. There is a fishing pond where we can enjoy catching fishes. They have few horses for ride. There is also a small ground. If you take your bat and ball, then you can have a fantastic cricket game in that green lawn.
There is a good games room (TT, table football, chess) and a nice dance floor. The DJ played some of the best musics and we all really had a wonderful time dancing for them. They will arrange for camp fire and barbecue near that. The kids will enjoy the farm visits where they have plenty of cows, sheep and rabbits. They also have a library which the kids in the group liked a lot.
In addition they also have other activities like long trek, rock climbing, hanging in ropes, etc for additional payments. They also have a spa within the resort.
The not so good things:
The food in the resort is too costly and also I felt the service in the restaurant was also not upto the mark - might be because we were a big group and there were only few people to help in the resturant.
Except for this we all really enjoyed the trip this time. Since there was no hurry burry as other trips, everyone in the trip had a relaxed vacation this time.
Note this if you are planning for a group trip to this wonderful place:
1. This place is far away from Ooty - so you cannot expect to visit places like botanical garden, Ooty Lake, etc from this resort.
2. Take necessary medicines needed for the group.