– Getting There –
Plane – Fly into Bangalore airport, then drive down.
Drive – From Bangalore it is about 240kms, to Kushalnagar. Roughly takes about 5 to 6 hours approximately to drive down.
Amanvana Resort is about 10 kms from the largest Tibetan settlements and a tourist hotspot in India. Namdroling Monastery and is also referred to as the Golden Temple. My check-in wasn’t noon, so I took full advantage of my early start and visited the Golden Temple along the way.
– The Resort –
My google maps chanted – you have arrived your destination! Baffled for a bit as I was on the main road, yet couldn’t see any resort. I spot the huge sign that says enter, it leads me to security desk, who shows me the path to drive down. I got whisked away into another realm. From the dusty road to the lush green manicured garden and lawns.The whole place has a a tropical look and feel, the exotic flora surrounding the entire property. I had fallen into the rabbit hole indeed!
– The Room –
– The Pool –
The pool at this resort is a breath of fresh air and very enticing. The inviting turquoise shade is irresistible to not give into taking a dip. They also have a Jacuzzi if one needs to relax by the corner for privacy. The temperature was perfect. After my swim I took the liberty to order some green tea by the pool to hydrate myself.
– Food & Drink –
The dining are is called Rainbow Room and is surreal. They say a rainbow get spotted and hence the name. But, I was not fortunate, to spot one. the view is panoramic. It is a total package rolled into one for a weekend getaway. I chose to sit out in the open, and take advantage of the lovely weather and listen to the river flowing along. The rustic garden furniture added to the charm.
– The Spa –
The highlight of the Spa is a must try before you leave this enchanting hole. A foot spa by the river as I lay on a hammock. The River Kaveri sings a melodious rhythm. The chirpy birds added to tunes and I felt at peace and one with nature. I slipped into a slumber whilst the masseurs massaged my feet. Ensure you book in advance, to take advantage of your time there!
– Activities –
- River Trek – I mean this is not for the faint hearted, the guides were very knowledgeable and knew where to set your next foot. I highly recommend listen to them as it’s a bit dangerous to venture out on your own. The stones underneath is very slippery so hold hands whilst walking and it’s a synch. Highly recommend carrying you’re hiking shoes for the nature walk and the hike through the coffee plantations, leggings or full-length trousers a must. For the river trek ensure to carry water proof shoes and quick drying clothing.
- Nature Lover’s Delight – The nature trail is a must try for the early risers who love to run or jog out in the open and get some fresh air. The vibrant and lush flora around has been carefully selected and grown over the years and it’s just so inviting. You can see names of the plants and trees as you walk along the path. To think this was once a plantation land now a resort, it’s just gorgeous.
- The Birds – Amanvana boasts of about 45 species of birds, although I just didn’t get to photograph any, the chirping around the campus was just blissful. If you have a keen eye and photograph the birds, you get a certificate to take home with you.
- For the Readers – there are books stacked away at every nook of the resort. Just pick up a book and order some tea.
- Coffee Plantation Visit – For those who have extra time to spare, the following day after you check out, you could head to the coffee plantations close by, unfortunately for me I didn’t have much time to head there.
– My Final Thoughts –
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