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Orion

A long-pending meet with a couple of fellow foodies and it finally happened ! We were catching up for a not-very-elaborate dinner at Orion restaurant in Ullagaram, Madipakkam. Continue reading

Kuttanad Restaurant

I have heard of this place before and quite a few people have recommended this restaurant for good Kerala food. As I’ve said earlier, whenever I visit some place and have a chance of eating out, I try to recollect what good options are available and choose a place where I’ve never been. That way, I get something to write about. This time myself and my friend, had to meet another friend in Besant Nagar and immediately Kuttanad came to my mind ! 🙂 Continue reading

A wonderful Houseboat experience in Kerala

My friend and I decided to take a short vacation with family and the first thing in mind was backwaters in Kerala.  We had spoken about it earlier, and decided this was the time to do it.  We have a lot of common Mallu friends, checked with them and in fact, one of our friends had a friend in Kerala who owns a houseboat.  So the most important thing was fixed. Then we booked the train tickets through IRCTC and then we also made a reservation in a resort and we were good to go. 🙂

We reached Alleppey station and proceeded to the boat jetty by auto.  There were so many houseboats parked and we were hoping to get into one of them, but it didn’t happen that way 🙂  We had to take another small boat and that took us to ‘our’ houseboat.  It was a first-time experience for both of us, so we were quite eager to get on board.  The houseboat was spacious, clean and well-maintained.  There was a Hall cum dining, 2 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen.  It was so exciting that we were all looking at the lake, houseboats, scenic views and the beautiful nature.  As time passed, our enthusiasm came to acceptable levels and that’s when we realized that this is what we are going to see for one full day 🙂

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Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad

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WayanadVacation, a set on Flickr.

A wonderful trip to Wayanad with family. Stayed at Banasura Hill Resort and here is my review –
We were here for 3 Nights and 4 Days from 19/10 to 22/10. We were two families (myself and my co-brother) with kids.

Ambience and Rooms
Very beautiful and unique. It is definitely not like the usual hotels that I have stayed. It gives you a feeling of being very close to Nature and at the same time, doesn’t compromise on the niceties of life.
We stayed in the Earth Rooms, located in the same building as the reception. Rooms were very spacious and spotlessly clean. Bathroom was very clean and all basic toiletries were in place.
The bed was very comfortable and since we were four of us, I had requested for an extra-bed and that was good too. An LCD TV and a water kettle to make coffee and tea are provided in the room.
Every day, the room is cleaned and the beds are made. So when you come back tired after an outing, you find the bed welcoming 

Food
We ate here three times a day for almost four days and were not even close to being bored. Delicious, yummy food with a nice variety. They have a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They maintain a good balance between Keralite food and North-Indian food. At least one or two items are typically tasty Keralite food. The spread was very good with soups, starters, salads, and decent variety for main course and a nice dessert. In addition to the normal variety, they have cornflakes, bread and jam and fresh juices for breakfast. So it was easy with small kids too. A few dishes we loved and remembered – Pazhapradhaman, Puttu and Kadala Curry, and all Keralite chicken dishes 
We loved the welcome drink (Ginger/Chukku Coffee) and ordered that at the restaurant at least thrice.  Don’t miss that !

Location
We drove from Bangalore, and took the route mentioned in one of the earlier reviews.
Bangalore – Mysore – Gundlupet – Muthanga – Mysore Road – Sultan Bathery – Beenachi – Kenchira – Nadavayal – Panamaram – 4th Mile – Tharuvana – Vellamunda – Pulinjal – Banasura Hill Resort.
The sign-boards were clear almost everywhere and we double-checked in a couple of places just to be sure. General rule – as you pass by one, ask for the next town  However, after Vellamunda, probably we missed it or there was no board, we took the other road instead of going to Pulinjal and had to come back at least 2 KM. That was the only miss .
Good if you have a vehicle at your disposal, but If you take a package that includes a few trips around, resort arranges the vehicle and then you don’t need one.

Customer Service
This beats all other categories hands down. Everyone serves you with a smiling face, be it a room boy, or in the restaurant, or at the reception. That was something very pleasant and not easy to see everywhere.
Mr Rajesh, GM of the resort was very friendly and helpful. In fact, he drove us to Vellamunda late in the night, to buy some medicines for my child. Many thanks for that. 🙂
Mrs Swapna, Manager Reservations, was a very pleasant person enquiring now and then about our stay and suggesting places to see and so on.
Praveen was very helpful at the reception.

Around the Resort
Lots of greenery, plantations of coffee, tea, spices in and around the resort. A small trek and there is a beautiful waterfall. A trip to a tribal village is interesting. Speed boating at Banasura Sagar Dam was good. Tholpetty Wildlife sanctuary was disappointing, just saw a few deers.

General
There is a free wi-fi that you can use around the reception area. It works fine.
Mobile signal is not available in the rooms. Airtel works at the main gate. Vodafone and BSNL are better I guess.

Overall, this turned out to be a very memorable vacation for our families. Another trip with friends is definitely on the cards !

Room Tip: 106 and 107 have a good scenic view.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family