After refreshing and having lunch from the resort, we started to explore the place. Our first stop was Nature park.
1. Nature park:
Hills have a nature park. This is not a very big one and nothing much to see. There are these swings and see-saws. There is a collection of fish tanks with some varieties of fishes, very poorly maintained. There is this rose garden inside, which is the only thing worthy to see in this park. Overall, the park needs a lot of maintenance work and it looks like some renovation is going to happen. There is entry fee and also parking fee.
2. Punganoor lake and park:
Directly opposite to the nature park is this Punganoor lake and park. The lake is around 25 feet deep. You can go for boating in the lake. There are self pedalling boats and also the conventional boats where a boatman takes you around the lake. Life jackets are provided. You can take a stroll around the park if you wish to (We didn't take). You would be paying entry fee for the park and a separate fee for boating.
There are a lot of street shops that sell local food, fruits, homemade chocolates (not local as far as I know). There are gaming kiosks.
3.Ropes and Knots adventure park:
One good thing and pass time here could be, visiting the adventure parks. There are quite a few and we visited Ropes and knots, which was a pretty decent one that offers you a range of adventure sport options in a small scale though. You have trampoline, zip lining, quake walk, Burma walk, zorbing ball and others. There is no package but you have to pay for each of the individual sports and that makes it a bit expensive. Since there is not many more things to do here you can definitely give a few of them a try.
We wanted to go for the Swamimalai hill trek but it was already around 4.00 PM and the locals advised us not to venture then as it would get dark and trekking wouldn't be possible. The evening we spent mostly in the resort, having tea and snacks. We also rented bicycles, that were available in the resort itself and went about a few rounds out and around the resort, soaking a bit into the local life and reliving the lost bicycle moments from childhood.
The thing about these hills is that almost all the activity ends when the sun starts to set. There are a few temples and churches around the resort but we learnt they all closes around 6.00PM. The resort does offer some services for the inmates, like indoor gaming and a movie evening. As we also had no other go, we resorted to watching the movie played in the open air. They have a good set of equipments for the same and watching movie at a hill top, with cool weather and hot tea was definitely not a bad experience. Post a lavish dinner we retired to our rooms as we had planned for the trek the next day.