Maple Tree Farm

In a quiet little village of Thally there is a revolution in the making. Maple Tree Farm is literally ‘plot’ting and framing farming ideas and processes that are ethical, sustainable and to’Thally game changing in the long run (sorry but I had to begin with a pun).

Thally is near the town of Hosur in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, India and the produce of the farm is marketed in the neighboring state of Karnataka.

When I first heard about Maple tree farm on social media, it automatically brought visions of Canada and I was puzzled as to what its produce was doing in the land of Kannada šŸ˜€

Well that is a mystery I have not really solved and though such things are terribly important to me šŸ˜€ I will not dwell on it now because I have a lot of other exciting and fascinating information about this organic farm which I want to share with you.

This farm has rapidly risen to considerable proportions in a short span of 3 years and plans not to stop until it conquers the entire country with its principles and converts as much of the land as possible, into ethically farmed regions, which as we all know, is definitely the need of the hour.



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Sterling Fern Hill, Ooty

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Sterling Fern Hill in the pristine hill station of Ooty, in the state of Tamilnadu in India. I had the honor of being invited to the Sterling Achiever’s retreatĀ  which was an unconference of like minded people, sharing thoughts on their passion for travel.

This was my second ‘encounter’ with a Sterling property after my time at Sterling Wayanad and to their credit and my pleasure, I had an equally pleasant time and exciting experiences and I apologize for the cliche but I have to say that memories were truly made !!!

Sterling Fern Hill, does not merely dangle a carrot but enticesĀ  you with entire fields full of carrot, as you approach it on the winding roads of Ooty. Carrot farms on sculpted terraced scapes adjoin the path as you make your final ascent to deliver yourself into its hilly embrace.

Clamber with me onto its undulating landscape, soak in the stunning beauty of its award winning gardens, breathe deeply of its clear air and as always, stay with me as I narrate my story.

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Sterling Holidays – Achiever’s Retreat – Fernhill, Ooty

When one is invited to an Achiever’s Retreat on the lines of an Unconference that ends up being a FunConference or in my case, a PunConference, then there is no better way to spend a fruitful couple of days.

I had the privilege and honor of being one of the 10 people chosen to attend the Sterling Achiever’s Retreat at Sterling Fernhill, Ooty, a holiday destination in the Nilgiri Hills in the state of Tamilnadu, India.

This was an exclusive event where the invitees were a group of select achievers in various areas of expertise, knit together by one common thread – their passion for travel.

As always, Sterling with their literally sterling and excellent brand of hospitality, made sure that we were well pampered and we returned with a brand new set of memories that were created by theĀ  exclusive experiences that they have access to.

From crawling into tribal huts to standing tall on helipads atop mountain peaks, these couple of days took us through diverse adventures on which you are going to vicariously join me, as you continue to read !!!

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Aalaya by Happy Retreats

Aalaya means home and this huge villa on the outskirts of Bangalore, is certainly a very grand version of one.

Its very grandeur makes it a home with a difference, one that plays host to weddings and other personalized events that are enhanced by its charming environs and lavish ambience.

Aalaya is an offering by Happy Retreats, a creative hospitality brand.

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Little Rann of Kutch – Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary

The Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) is a huge tract of arid salt desert which forms the smaller part of the entire Rann of Kutch in the western state of Gujarat, India.

At 5000 sq km in area, it is Little only in comparison to its adjoining larger counterpart, the 7,500 sq ft Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) and is situated to its South East. Its vast expanse of nothingness also makes one feel very very Little indeed !!!

Kutch is India’s largest district,Ā even larger in size than some of India’s states and some countries in the world and is said to have obtained its name from Kachchua meaning tortoise, due to its geographical resemblance to its humped shell. Kutch is also said to define that which is intermittently wet and dry. This district contains the large salt deserts called the Rann.

Apart from Kutch, LRK isĀ also shared between theĀ  districts of Surendra Nagar, Banaskantha, Patan and Rajkot.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in LRK and apart from being the only natural habitat of the IndianĀ Wild Asses (Equus hemionus khur), it also plays seasonal host to a host of migratory birds. The Wild Ass safari is the main attraction of this Sanctuary in winter.

Map source – Wikipedia

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