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This is a guest blog. Photo credits go to Devesh C. Raghubanshi who travelled with us to Coorg and takes the best pictures!


Old Kent Estate Coorg


I spent the first weekend of September at the Old Kent Estate and thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
Coorg is one of those spots on earth that cannot be improved upon by imagination. I have been looking for a nice place to stay in when I visit Coorg and was hoping this might be it. It might, with a few touch ups.

Here’s the good:

  • The location is amazing
  • There are lovely walking trails around the resort. They have a plantation walk as well but we could not make that one. We just walked around on our own and loved it! Do remember to pack good sturdy walking shoes with a thick sole. I wore out my sandals roaming around. It was worth it no doubt but just saying. It gave me a huge thrill to see how the birds and insects in such an isolated spot react to human presence. The silences and sudden chatter told their own story. To these jungle dwellers, we were the interlopers and they announced it. I did not mind one bit!
  • The movie room is a brilliant idea. They have an amazing collection too. We could leave our kids there for a while and get some time to ourselves. While travelling with children that’s a blessing.
  • They have quite a few games and books in the library/clubhouse. The games are enough to keep the kids occupied. The books were a bit of a mixed bunch.
  • The rooms are very pretty. They are not “vintage” like the main bungalow but though all shiny new, they are charmingly done up. I especially loved the wall covering window.
  • The food was simple, homely but umm a little expensive?

The bad? Not that much. I’m really only nitpicking here

  • Having an RO filter in the dining area would help reduce the dependence on bottled water. I saw this in the Wild Woods Spa and Resort, Udupi. I think this is really a MUST have in any resort that people would visit to enjoy natural beauty. Bottled water should have no place here! I liked that the tea bags in the room did not come packaged but a little attention to these things goes a long way in preserving the natural beauty of the place. However, we asked for unbottled water and got it. In fact during the second day of our stay, they anticipated us and had the jugs ready at the table before we walked in. Two thumbs up for that!
  • There should probably have been a shower enclosure in the bathroom. The floor gets wet. It is a lovely bathroom and the tub is sooo elegant but this would have been nice.
  • A few south indian items on the menu would be nice considering this resort is in South India.

That’s it! Quibbles over. The staff were friendly and co-operative and I had fun.

(I put up a modified version of this review on tripadvisor)

The sound of violence

“I will not give this to you again – so don’t drop it!”, I said sternly to my four year old. For the fifth time, so it was unlikely he took me very seriously. But as a parent it behoves me to make such statements. Falling back on my seat exhausted, I realized that it was not one hour since we had left. If we could manage with threats or by some miracle a child actually fell asleep, we might just make our first point stop without having to move to the seat at the back to mind the kids.

Speaking of the seat at the back, when these unscrupulous people sell the idea of an SUV to you, they inform you that it is a 7 seater capable of comfortably carrying your family entourage on weekend trips. What they completely omit to mention is that they define “family” as consisting of a minimum of two children below the age of reason, capable of being tricked into sitting in seats that were designed for hobbits. Also, when they say weekend trips, do note that you will have to spend the weekend in hotel provided bathrobe and slippers since the seven seater is not made for luggage. Oh did I mention that by unscrupulous people I meant my husband?

Squeezed into said SUV then, me, the husband, sister, her husband, two tiny terrors and my dad made our way to Coorg this weekend. Closely followed by another vehicle carrying mother, brother, sister in law, friend and two slightly less tiny, and less scary terrors. The friend of course being a very good friend hence consenting to be part of our early morning caravan. As we wended our way past film cities and wonders la, we slowly left behind civilization and moved towards the wilder places. On our minds were quiet, cool plantations and a heritage bungalow nestled quietly within waiting for us. The GPS lady informed us that we would shortly arrive at our destination which was on the left,  and almost simultaneously a quaint signboard assured us that we would soon hear the sound of silence. Surely such serenity would work it’s magic even on our noisy quartet?

Arriving at the place, the first thing we saw was that the bungalow, which was set in the middle of a pretty, wildflower garden, was raised at a height – with no safety railing!!! Serenity flew out the window as we chased around after our merry marauders – the hours packed in the car clearly having made them long for some action. The only other people staying at the place,  a young, newly married couple looked rather alarmed at our entry. Gathering boys, keys, luggage and dignity, we made our way to the assigned quarters.

Clearly, unsupervised ramblings were going to be off the menu. Thankfully resort holidays can be about more than that. We resorted to closed doors, recliners, chess boards, scrabble, movies, books. And for the grown ups card games, foos ball and snooker. I cannot be absolutely sure but our raucous games of 29 and keenly contested foosball matches might have rained on the newlyweds’ parade a bit. But on our last night in, the newly marrieds requested for and scored the recliner filled movie room. Our finally exhausted incubi were banished to their rooms – soon fast asleep and the cool coorgi air rent with our warblings as we made things musical. Karaoke time!

We had a great break from the run of the mill and came back thoroughly rejuvenated. Did notice though that the silence sign looked slightly smash-grabbed as we drove back. Cannot be absolutely certain but I think the newlyweds left before us.