This was not our first choice, but ended up here between Christmas and New year's eve, as all other well known resorts like Flameback, Taj and serai were fully booked.
Even here only the villa was available, and for 2 families we booked the 3 bedroom villa, which meant it was exclusively with us for the entire stay. The resort is about 7.5 hours drive from bangalore at the outskirts of Koppa and the final 10 kms is thru' estate kaccha road which takes 40 mins to navigate, was bearable as we had taken a Landcruiser Prado for this trip. The stretch of road from Chikmaglur to Koppa is in poor shape for several kilometer stretches and hence the journey is arduous. How ever once we reached the resort by lunch time we were taken in by the sheer tranquility and nature's abundance of this place. the villa is even isolated from the row houses by a couple of kMs and hence is more quiet, with an exclusivity to its occupants. It is perched high on the mountain side overlooking the valley with breath taking views.The old colonial style bungalow was apparently called 'Dore mane', or king's home in erstwhile days and its quaint architecture is reminiscent of the bygone British days.It is managed by a care taker cum cook cum guide who did an excellent job for the 3 days were there. Amongst the things to see are the sunset point, which is reached by their own open jeep and if lucky one can see the majesty of the setting sun over the western horizon. A group of youngsters who had been there the previous day had killed a large Iguana crushing it with a boulder, and our guide told us this was one of the two which had been living there as a couple for years. What a shame. The next morning after a cup of hot tea in the cool weather we trekked for about an hour to reach a place called 'seetha bande', and local folk lore has it that seetha had rested there and some punched out holes in the boulder is where she is supposed to have crushed some betel nuts! The pool was refreshing to use in the evening, though the change rooms etc are still being built. Further down a visit to surrounding tea gardens was lovely to take some snaps. They even have a man made Lake which is used as a water source, and we did paddle boating for a leisurely ride.The staff were excellent and being a home stay they made mouth watering dishes for breakfast and all meals. The cons are the distance from B'lore and the final stretch of road, as well as some maintenance issue like broken latches and plumbing glitches, which could all be easily taken care of.Overall we had an excellent and memorable time with families.
- Also Known As:
- Kalgreen Valley Resort India/Karnataka - Chikkamagalur