Tamara Coorg has been listed as one of the Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations in India by Condé Nast Traveller India. AB and I were there last weekend to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary. After a lot of deliberation we had shortlisted Tamara because of the amazing reviews we read about it on TripAdvisor. Obviously our expectations were super high. And we were not disappointed at all. Our 2 nights 3 days stay at Tamara was comfortable, serene, luxurious and romantic. As Tamara describes it – it is the short sabbatical that you deserve.We were looking for something exactly like this for our anniversary.
Getting there: We drove down to Coorg. It is around 290km from Bangalore and it took us 6 hours including a 30 minute break. The roads are great and if you are able to start early you would be able to beat all the weekend traffic on the highway. The private road to the resort is narrow but well maintained. It has a few hair pin turns so hope you have your driving act all together. I trust AB blindly here.
Resort & Rooms: We were immediately greeted by the staff at the reception with a welcome drink and garland. The check-in formality was basic. We had already made the full payment for our stay at the time of booking so we just needed to give our ID proofs and enter basic details as our luggage was being taken out from the car and loaded on the golf cart aka buggy. We were immediately taken to our room on the buggy. The room – sigh!! was a treat. We had booked a Luxury Cottage which is their basic room. The room had two sections – bed area as soon as you enter and the living area. The living area opened into a deck which gave the plantation view. However, because of the big trees most of it is blocked. But you would have some gorgeous pretty birds nesting in the trees outside the deck. So if you are a bird watcher this is heaven. By the way there is no room service and all the meals need to be had at the Falls (the restaurant). Also, kids below 12 and pets are not allowed at the resort.
Activities: The resort has a lot of complimentary activities – Plantation Tour, Yoga, 14km to and fro trek. It also has a spa with services at extra cost. We being the lazy bums that we were could only manage to take the plantation tour. We lazed around the rest of the time. The plantation tour was totally worth it though. 2 hours of tour of the entire walk at the end of which you get to brew your own coffee (more on that later).
Hospitality: I have to mention how great the folks at Tamara are. They were courteous and sweet the entire time. And they made sure they went out of their way to make us comfortable. I was not keeping well on the night of the first dinner, and they made me some neer dosa (without oil) even though we had a buffet dinner. And on the morning when we were leaving – they packed us some sandwiches. It is such small things that make your stay awesome and not just great.
Other Key Highlights:
- The fiber glass dance floor at The Falls is an ingenious idea!
- Most of the food is grown in the estate.
- Special suite rooms with a jacuzzi will open soon (as soon as the pool opens up) – and this is something you should definitely book if you are going to Tamara in a group.
- Direct access rooms for handicapped. I really liked the fact that they kept this in mind as they built the property.
- They recycle all the waste and use quite a lot as manure. *thumbsup*
- Food is DELICIOUS!
AB and I had a great time. We spent so much time chit chatting as we had dinner. And then we seldom took the buggy from our room to the restaurant. We would hold hands and walk down, which was so romantic. In all the run behind the jobs that pay the rent, we tend to lose the romance in our marriage. And such trips where you can whisper sweet nothings into each others ears is such a well deserved break. I would recommend everyone to take a vacation on their anniversary every year to be able to appreciate the love you have for each other.
So have you been to Tamara? Or Coorg? What was your experience like?