Killer summers of Delhi, and then even deadlier wet and sweaty monsoon months …….so the idea of romancing the magnificent nature at The Tamara Coorg had me hurriedly pack up my bags, get hold of my cameras and rush to the airport.
It was the most awesome two-day vacation at The Tamara Coorg. The resort located at Kabbinakad Estate in Yavakapadi village, had so much to offer – from luxurious rooms, trekking to a nearby peak , elegance at the spa, picking up coffee beans during the coffee plantation tour, soaking in the landscapes of the western ghats, a multi-cuisine restaurant…. and so on and so on — the experience was incomparable.
It was dark by the time we finally reached The Tamara Coorg. Welcomed by the Manager at site, we freshened up with a cup of Coorgi coffee.The aroma of Coorgi coffee was refreshing and rejuvenating. We were then escorted on an eco-friendly buggy to our luxury cottage. My first impression even in the night lights was captivating. The sound of the waterfalls near the front desk and also of bugs (specially the Shikado) was creating a musical concert scenario.
We were hungry, so we rushed to the Falls, the restaurant at The Tamara Coorg. The atmosphere was fabulous, a waterfall flowing beneath the see-through floor – the view was awesome. We forgot about the food for a while but then the spicy fragrance pulled us towards the huge buffet spread that they have to offer.
Throughout our stay Chefs at the Falls offered wonderful food from India, Chinese, Continental, regional, and International cuisines. Local Coorgi delicacies like the Koomu Curry (Mushroom Curry), Bamboo shoot curry, Akki Roti (rice roti), Pandi Curry (Pork curry) etc. were also served on our request. Food was amazing and the service staff provided an elegant and unobtrusive dining experience. They even had a separate kitchen for Vegetarian food.
We also visited the Deck, a luxurious lounge bar featuring the best concoctions supervised by a highly creative mixologist who offered us a superb collection of wines and liqueurs and also snacks for a perfect evening.
After another session of relishing mouthwatering breakfast delicacies next morning, we set out on the buggy to get acquainted with the property. The Tamara Coorg is a high end luxury resort and has been crafted out on 8.5 acres of land inside a functional coffee plantation area measuring around 170 acres which has coffee, pepper, cardamom, honey and beetle nut plantations amidst an unique all around view of rivers and lakes. It is one of the most romantic resorts for Honeymoon couples in India.
Tamara, in fact means “the Lotus flower” in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telegu. Just like the purity of Lotus flower, The Tamara Coorg also symbolizes purity and pristineness of the forested hills of Coorg. Tamara also means spice in Sanskrit thereby matching it with the spice plantations all around.
The Tamara Coorg was launched in 2012 and is designed considering the topography of the area, the dense plantations, and the delicate ecosystem of the area in mind by providing “Timber Bridge” structures with Shingles roof for all shared guest rooms and timber stilt structures all guest cottages. The interiors are comfy and cozy with an alpine chalet appearance featuring the most modern facilities.
The resorts hosts exquisite cottages on stilts, a holistic spa, a multi-cuisine restaurant and lounge bar on a bridge, a rustic coffee boutique housed in a heritage plantation building, conference and meeting facilities and several outdoor experiences for rejuvenating as well as active experiences. The entire resort served by silent and eco- friendly electrical vehicles.
The resort has four different types of cottages – 44 luxury cottages, 2 superior luxury cottage, 8 suite cottages and 2 exclusive Eden lotus cottages which feature an outdoor private Jacuzzi. Each cottage divided into comfortable sleeping area, elegant living space and a private sun deck. In leaving room four seated futon is the center of attraction, HD LCD TV and a chess board on the center table are attractions. Outdoor luxury in form of an east facing wooden sun deck to soak in the morning sun and enjoy clean fresh mountain air while enjoying morning tea is fascinating. Unique elevation and orientation of each cottage offers unmatched panoramic views and privacy.
A unique feature of the resort was its commitment for its guests. They even had one special room for Handicapped guests. Proper care was taken in designing and furnishing the room so as to cater to every needs of a handicapped person.
After the lunch we went for the Coffee plantation tour around the resort. The blossom to brew experience of coffee showcased at the Verandah is a one of its kind walk through into the journey of my favorite beverage through various stages processing and makes for an insightful and fascinating session where we roasted and blended our own signature coffees from berries and beans.
Next morning it was time for a small trek around the hills near the resort. The trek path was very beautiful and we could hear whispers of trees at the beautiful location. The song of birds resonated deep within our hearts, the swaying of trees stimulated our senses and the stillness touched our soul. We were transported into a different world altogether – in untouched natural surroundings.
Other areas around the resort for sightseeing included the Elephants training camp at Dubare, the Town of Madikeri, Raja Seat Top at Madikeri, Abbey fall etc.
At the end of the day it was turn of the elegant spas that the resort boasts off. Both of us opted for the traditional Ayurvedic full body massage and were left fully rejuvenated at the end of the one hour schedule. Other Spa options like European massage, Stone treatments, various types of coffee scrubbing and other grooming facilities were also on offer.
The most significant feature of the resort was its recycling policy – not a small piece of scrap is wasted – everything from food waste to newspapers to glass to beer cans to CFL tubes to wires, even the leftover soap pieces from guest toilets are reused here. An exhaustive explanation of the entire operation was done on our request.
The best part and the most positive feedback I have of the resort is the personal involvement of everybody at The Tamara Coorg – everyone working here taking a personal interest in cleanliness of the area, care for nature, and always serving the guest with a smile on the face.
It was hard to say goodbye the next morning – and I guess this is the only complaint I have with the resort – they offered me a very short stay. I really didn’t wanted to leave, but you see – I had to and with a sad feeling we left the resort to get back to the mushy weathers at Delhi.
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