The Tamara Kodai – Activities

When I had planned to visit Kodaikanal, I had envisioned a quiet serene place where the most strenuous activity would involve merely chewing my food. But I was certainly off track, as I realized from the numerous tracks … and trails and forests and lakes and churches and temples and quaint villages and … I see that you are catching on fast 😀

As I mentioned before, my year began with the Tamara Coorg where I broke my record of climbing my ‘Highest mountain ever’, namely the Balliyatre ridge at 5800 ft above Mean Sea Level (msl). Of course in the interests of verity, I need to repeat that I have climbed a total of two and a half mountains in my life or maybe a couple more in the course of this year :-D, in case I am giving you the impression of being a world class climber. And also please note that I did not actually climb from msl but from a much higher level :-D.

The Tamara Kodai helped me to further that number with a trek that put me atop a hill at 7000 ft above msl, with a slightly more strenuous trail to conquer, through the Shola forests. Of course they told me that it was the easiest of the various trails that they have curated.

Kodai is a charming and enchanting hill station, with its undulating landscape and evergreen forests that are in a permanent relationship with the mists that flirt with them.

Apart from being a place where one can opt for total for rest and relaxation, its terrain and history also offer a variety of activities for adventure, nature and heritage lovers.

So clamber along with me and let us allow the Tamara Kodai to lead us on our exploration of whatever we can pack into a span of 2 days, which as you will discover, is too short a duration to cover all that is of interest.

Part 3 of the series featuring an Overview of The Tamara Kodai, The Tamara Kodai – cuisine and Things to do at the resort and surroundings.

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The Tamara Kodai – Cuisine

To be honest, I went to The Tamara Kodai with no expectations as to what the food would be like. I assumed that this would be yet another place serving what I call ‘Resort cuisine’ and wonderful as that might be, I am the kind of person who seeks out the local rather than the ‘multi cuisine’, however well made it may be.

In fact the first look at the menu sort of reinforced my apprehensions as I flipped through sections of Pan Asian, continental and the ubiquitous pan Indian and though to their credit everything seemed excellent, I was still feeling rather unfulfilled.

All this came to a dramatic end when I eventually met the Executive Chef Prince J, at dinner time. An interesting chat with him revealed to me that they had several exciting innovations up their sleeve which involved a range of local fare with entertaining twists. The chef himself displayed a very intuitive sense of what their guests would appreciate and told me that they usually play with ingredients and flavors after gleaning what the diner would want.

But naturally, I hit it off well with him and after a long and animated conversation regarding my gastronomical fate in the near future :-D, it was decided that he would pull out all the stops and create some remarkable fare which he was sure that I would love.

The deluge that followed on the following day is what you are now going to follow today on this post 😀

Part 2 of the 3 part series covering The Tamara Kodai – An Overview, The Tamara Kodai – Cuisine and The Tamara Kodai – Activities.

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The Tamara Kodai – An Overview

I walked into a Christmas card in November!!!

The phrase Pretty as a Picture, may be cliched to shreds but at times it is the first one that springs to mind, hence I will begin by thus labelling The Tamara Kodai resort!!!

I had the privilege of beginning my 2019 with a visit to the Tamara Coorg and now I (almost) end the year with the Tamara Kodai and my year that has been sandwiched between the 2 Tamaras, has turned out pretty good.

Perched high up in the the charming town of Kodaikanal, in the district of Dindigul in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, the Tamara Kodai is a 1.5 year old resort that takes root from one of the earliest 19th century residences in Kodaikanal.

Straddling the past and the present, this luxurious place offers the guest a lavish modern experience with a strong dose of its glorious heritage and history.

Have you ever felt the warmth in chilly Kodaikanal? Well that is exactly what you sense when you enter the welcoming and hospitable environs of The Tamara Kodai.

Part 1 of the 3 part series covering The Tamara Kodai – An Overview, The Tamara Kodai – Cuisine and The Tamara Kodai – Activities.

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Deltin Royale Casino – Goa

During my visit to Goa with the GITM 2019, Goa International Travel Mart, Deltin Royale Casino was our host for one glittering evening where all the media were taken to experience what Goa is famous for … its casinos.

Goa has several on land and off shore casinos and these are hot spots for tourists who want to try their hand and luck at hitting the jack pot.

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Bambolim Beach Resort – Goa

Goa evokes visuals of the sun, sand and sea and even though it was enduring an extended monsoon this time when I visited during the Goa International Travel Mart GITM 2019, from Oct 23rd – 25th, I nevertheless had my slice  of beach at not just one but two occasions at the delightful Bambolim Beach Resort. And I actually prefer the clouds to the sun, so everything did work out well for me 😀

Let me take you through a quick glimpse of the beach hugging resort that lies along a secluded and private shore.

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