International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: South Inda
Country Holiday Resort in Kodai
Marianne de Nazareth
With an audible plop a large yellow leaf fell off the African Tulip
tree just outside our balcony window, while I sat sipping my coffee.
Along the edge of the balcony two ants ran around a granule of sugar
I had dropped, planning to haul it away. Relaxing in the enveloping
beauty of Hill Country resort, I pulled my coat together, while
a delicious icy sliver of cold ran up and down my exposed feet.
Kodaikanal, a city in South India, lived up to its reputation of
being chilly at any time of the year. And its advisable to
carry thick socks, a cap and maybe a light shawl to throw over oneself,
once the sun dips on the horizon.
Hill Country Holiday
Resort Kodai, is located 5 km from the heart of the city. Thats
a huge relief and only once you reach the bustling Kodai Bus stand,
will you understand my use of the word relief. Kodai was
crowded with tourists coming in on loaded buses and taxis from the plains.
It was the Diwali Weekend, so everyone had decided to take his family
and relatives, to enjoy an extended weekend in the hills. When our taxi
swung into the Hill Country Resort driveway, the fragrance of the welcoming
beds of profusely flowering Aster Marias, Salvias and Fuschias filled
Far into the distance rolled the lush encircling Palani hills where
Kodai is located, at an altitude of over 2000 metres.
We enjoyed a suite of rooms which included a living area with a comfortable
set of sofas around a TV, a fully serviceable kitchen area and a very
private and luxurious bedroom. To shut out the Kodai cold, the thick
fleecy duvet was welcome to snuggle into every time we felt like taking
a nap. Early in the morning, there is no need for a wake up call. Perky
little Bulbuls perched on the branches of an old pine tree whistled
out to one another, waking us up with their calls. We woke in time to
watch the mists rise off the lush greenery, covering the hills in the
Country Resorts was booked to capacity, yet the feeling of being
overwhelmed by huge groups of families does not happen since the
resort, is spread over a five acre sprawling campus. Make your breakfast
a lavish and desultory affair, taking your time over the lavish
buffet spread in the Orendo multi-cuisine restaurant. This is where
Selvaraj the chef and his team holds sway and like the magical piper,
the smells of his art, bring in the guests by their noses. Start
with a platter of cut fruit washed down with a drink of fresh grape
juice. Graduate to either an Indian spread including Idli, Vadas,
Dosas and Kara Bath or a more continental spread of omlettes, scrambled
eggs, jam and toast.
settles down to making a huge meal of breakfast, with the nippy air
giving ones appetite that added edge to it.
We however ate a quick and snappy breakfast, as we were looking forward
to enjoying a treatment at Sowkhya- the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre which
is in the resort. Make your bookings in advance, as Sowkhyas efficacious
treatments have preceeded its name and a number of guests come especially
to avail of its curative treatments. My feet had swollen while riding
the bus into Kodai, so I was looking forward to a Rejuvenation package.
Young Doctor Subhash explained that among general treatments, one can
have a General body massage, a Skin Renewal Massage and Shirodhara which
needs three sittings to be effective.
Forget your inhibitions when going for a massage. For Salma my friend
who had accompanied me, this was her very first massage, and so it took
a bit of time before she slowly relaxed and gave in to the masseurs
ministrations. Sowkhya also makes their own herbal massage oils, so
I found them to be less stinky and cloying like some other
Ayurvedic massages, I have experienced over the years. They also have
seven day, 14 day and 21 day packages, which include Obesity management,
Stress Management, Detoxification Therapy, Arthritis management, Low
back pain and Neck Pain treatments.
The main club house in which the restaurant was housed also housed a
Bar named H2O and an Arcade for games, Pot Shot for Pool Table and Fuss
Ball- everything to keep both young and old happily entertained. Plus
a state of the art conference facilities, which cater to a number of
At night there was an exciting bonfire where all the guests assembled
and Rajashekar conducted an evening of fun and games. Excellent with
his interpersonal skills, in no time he had the young and not so young
on their feet, taking part in the games he had organised. After having
worked up an appetite, the guests trooped into Orenda to enjoy a buffet
Dinner, which again had Chef Selvaraj cook up a storm of Indian, Continental
and Chinese cuisines. The resort manager, Mohanan keeps a quiet eye
over the guests, ever watchful of their needs. Apparently the team has
been with the resort for over 10 years which says a lot for the magnanimity
of the owners.
And if you are a flower lover, the variety and profusion of flowers
all over well maintained property, can leave you lost in their perfume.
Beds of shell pink speckled roses flowering in gay abandon. Fuschias
with their white bell shaped skirts, parted to show off the magenta
inner petals- like ballerinas dancing in the breeze. A variety of day
lilies, all set against smooth and weed less, lush green lawns. Its
a riot of colour and fragrance which one hardly finds any more in our
city gardens today.
So, let the perky little squirrel sitting on the Hill Country Resorts
logo, beckon you into taking a trip to Hill Country Kodai. Acquiesce
to his call and make your booking - it is one decision you will not
ever regret making!
address of the resort is:
Hill Country Holidays, Attuvampatti P.O., Villpatti, Kodaikanal
- 624 101. Phone: 04542-240953, 240954, 240958
For bookings contact:
KALPANA ROY, MANAGER - CUSTOMER SERVICE,
HILL COUNTRY HOTELS AND RESORTS INDIA LIMITED,
# 9, JAGANNATHAN ROAD, NUNGMABAKKAM, CHENNAI - 600 034.
PH: 044 - 2822 1930. 2823 6217/0877,
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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