15th June being our anniversary, we decided to go on a long and leisurely road trip to South of India to explore the beautiful Nilgiris or the blue mountains. Roughly the itinerary was - Pune --> Bangalore --> Ooty --> Masinagudi --> Kodaikanal --> Yercaud --> Bangalore --> Pune and day-trips to Coonoor, Bandipur (took a safari through JLR), Mudumalai jungle.We boarded a flight from Pune to Bangalore and took a ZoomCar for the roadtrip covering ~1600 kms in total over a period of 10 days. We started off with our first destination - Ooty. Having heard and read a lot about the hairpin bends and the dangerous ghats, we were quite cautious in going on our own. But the roads are maintained well with proper signage and there was no traffic coming from the other side (except for local Ooty crowd which is as per the restriction imposed for safety of travelers).Being members of Club Mahindra, we booked Club Mahindra Derby Green resort in Ooty. There are 2 Club Mahindra resorts in Ooty but the reviews on internet were better for this one and hence we chose this one. The property is right in the middle of Ooty main city. The bus stand is quite near and you can hear constant buses honking. Overall it is well maintained, the rooms are average sized and have small balconies. We were given a room overlooking the race course. The housekeeping staff is efficient and prompt. Since it was our anniversary, they had decorated the bed and also sent a cake to our room (though it said 'happy birthday' but that's fine since the gesture matters)! However, the resort charges an exorbitant price for food (especially the buffet) even for Club Mahindra members. We preferred to eat somewhere in the market or go for their ala-carte option rather than opting for buffet.
While in Ooty, you can choose to stay at the Club Mahindra Danish Villa or Derby Green resort in Ooty, in arguably the best among the many Ooty resorts. Comfortable and spacious rooms fitted with essential amenities and dedicated staff makes the Club Mahindra resort an ideal place for a fun vacation. The staff at the resort will be only too happy to help you plan and execute your itinerary, while the in-house restaurant serves mouth-watering local delicacies that you simply shouldn’t miss check out the Club Mahindra reviews and you will not be disappointed.So, now that you have all the information you need, pack your bags and make good use of your Club Mahindra membership by booking your Ooty holiday through the Club Mahindra mobile app or website!.........................Would love to hear from you at https://insideoutwithrahulyuvi.com/category/blog/travel/ !
We were torn between going for a trek nearby and attending the salsa class at the club - interestingly we ended up doing neither. We spent the afternoons chatting in our rooms, playing card games and relishing on the delicious alphonso mangoes that we carried with us from home. We were serious mango-vores, having consumed mangoes on almost every day of our stay.