Destiny Farmstay, Ooty
Vakkiel Thotum, Muligur Village, Emerald Post, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001
Phone Number +918067541831 http://www.littlearth.in/destiny/
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This was my annual vacation that I have been planning for quite some time. With lots of research and reviewing, I free zed on DESTINY FARMSTAY. I stayed here for 2 days during January 26-27 with my family (wife & 8 year old daughter). We just loved the resort, especially the location, landscape & sceneries. It was an out of the world experience. If you do not mind the extremely expensive cost of stay and expensive food bills', you will definitely enjoy this place. Below are some highlights: . . * Absolutely beautiful & stunning view from wherever you are in the resort. Filmy location anywhere you see is for sure * Very decent rooms. I prefer 'superior room' when compared with standard and deluxe rooms, because the superior room has a private balcony & electric kettle * Superior rooms are in first floor, while the standard and deluxe are in ground floor with shared sit-outs. However, the view from all the rooms are the same * Hot water is available during morning & evenings. However it is also made available at other times on-request * Food served is good, but not worth the hefty price they charge. Buffet is served in the noon and night. Ala chart is also an option * Room service is excellent * The staff are very helpful and polite * Non availability of TV and Mobile network is a blessings, as it helps us enjoy the nature without getting distracted * They have lots of complimentary activities planned, which keeps us engaged throughout the day. Some activities are complimentary, however others are not, and very expensive * Complimentary activities are: horse riding, short trek, fishing, access to indoor games, visit to dairy farm, stud, evening barbeque, bonfire * The short trek around the resort in the morning was refreshing, where we could explore the surrounding hills and a neighbouring dam view * Horse riding in the misty mornings is an absolutely wonderful experience, because of the ambience * We can watch the poultry staff milking the cows during the evening. Kids would love to watch this * I enjoyed the zip line activity, and my daughter enjoyed the monkey crawling activity (both cost 350 each as it was not complimentary). Will try to attach the pic of a list * We caught a big fish during the fishing activity in the small pond. The two swans in the pond make the ambience much more amazing * We can while away the evenings by just sitting in the balcony, or just walking across the hills. Such a peaceful and romantic atmosphere * Presence of electric kettle in the superior room is so useful, as the climate demands more intake or coffee/ tea sitting in the balcony * Kids will certainly enjoy the stay because of various factors like: grassy hills all over to play around, horse riding, grazing cows, adventure activities, indoor activist like glass painting, pot painting etc * They also grow some exotic vegetables next to the restaurant. It's a nice experience to visit and see them * Overall an awesome place to visit once, to experience the charismatic weather and ambience Ooty can provide us.
So my fiancee and myself set out from Bangalore after umpteen go ogling sessions, trying to find the right place for us to relax from our commercial stressful lifestyles. By the way, both of us are directors of a Pvt Ltd firm in Bangalore and our stressful lifestyles hardly ever gives us an opportunity to venture out as much we would like to We decided to set out this place called Destiny Farms on Avalanche hills, almost 30km from Ooty. It was a fabulous drive since we had a fairly decent car with us. The drive can be treacherous (crazy hair pin bends) but some careful handling and great navigation can do wonders for you. We managed to reach the dam which was one of the landmarks handed out to us in our map. But, from there on our adventure began. Finding this place became a nightmare. It was drizzling, we had driven over six hours. All we wanted to do was to get to that beautiful serene spot we saw on the website and rejuvenate ourselves. My fiancee tried talking to the receptionist who wasn't really the best guide to direct someone through that dense forest. Nevertheless we were having a great time getting lost with a steep cliff by this huge pristine reservoir on one side. T'was fun while it lasted but after two hours of rambling up and down, we managed to get ourselves to a dead end. By now, it was pouring in buckets. The car could not be reversed because of all the grass we had under our tyres. I asked my fiancee to get down and look for a rock. All this while thinking she would know what to do with it. And in that rain and with our dangling situation, I said, "put the thing under the thing" and revved my accelerator. Next thing that I see is my fiancee drenched in muck from head to toe. That was it for her and she wanted to return back to Bangalore. With a lot of coaxing, I managed to find my way to the parking lot soaking wet. The best and the worst part was that we had to travel almost 3km on slushy muddy pothole filled terrain to this magical place we had only seen in pictures. We realized we were lost for over two hours, we waited at their parking lot for over an hour and took us another half an hour to get to Destiny Farms Soon, as we entered the realms of destiny farms, all our pains turned into euphoria. We were taken aback by the serenity of the place. Of course it was getting dark and the place was filled with fog and mist. But to smell the woody cabin of ours, to see a nice cosy bed and a clean bathroom was good enough to make us happy. To top it up, they offered us hot french fries and club sandwiches which was good enough at that moment. We relaxed for a bit and moved on to their dining area which looked like an old texan pub from the movies. What got us going was the lovely fireplace and some books to read. The food was also great. Food prices are kind of steep but the fact that they provide a great menu at a location which is far from civilization justifies the cost. We had a snug night and woke up pretty early in the morning. That is when the magical world of destiny farms hit us. The organic farm filled with herbs, the stables, the lake right in front of our room surrounded by green mountains, the quack of the ducks. It was definitely worth the ride. I took my camera and we walked right through the farm to the lake, where we sat and had wonderful moments together. We came back right in time for breakfast which was lovely. We stayed there for a couple more hours till it was time for us to go. This break was chortled and work beckoned us. I tried stopping everywhere I could to get some images which would truly bring back memories from our short lived experience.
Was looking for a nearby destination (to B'lore) which was different from the usual commercial places and where my family (wife and two kids) could enjoy well Amenities :. A) The room was decent, not sound proof though, could hear any small noise outside be) Had to follow-up a lot to get hot water in the bathroom - they indicate fixed hours for it in the morning and evening and anything beyond, we are at the mercy of the housekeeping staff to get it working - took 45 min to get it fixed C) The walk down to the fishing pool and the walk back up is strenuous for people with knee problems or fatigued legs (quite steep), however this can be expected in a hill-station the) The aggrieving was nice, so was the dairy farm, horsetrading - they have excellent horses there E) Good spa of) Food was good, but quite expensive (comparatively). There were numerous flies and one actually fell into the Dale we were eating. We were told it is the season. They could do something about this though G) There are good activities but most come with additional price. The highlight for us was the early morning walk - thoroughly enjoyed and went both mornings. The dog (jackie? Made sure everyone started off (literally) and escorted us along with the guide to a very scenic spot (1/2 hour trek )which had a very private cottage (only one). Just one security guard to take care of this H) The karaoke session was nice with retro numbers Overall, very beautiful location, the bumpy ride makes it interesting and overall good fun Staff : Very courteous and helpful. One suggestion is the billing break-up can be improved to keep it simple and relating to the quote made before the trip. I found it quite complex. They can have reference to the quote in the bill (explicitly) Hope this helps.
I didn't face any difficulty in finding the hotel as it was located inside the city in a decent locality. The hotel interior and exterior was excellent. It was a family pilgrimage and the staff at the hotel were helpful, friendly and attend to the entire request. The room was spacious, clean and well maintained with all the amenities at good condition. I didn't face any delay during check-in and check-out. They provide food according to our taste and it was enjoyable. There were many activities provided by the hotel management. The money spent on the hotel was worthy and I would like to recommend this hotel to others.
Overall great place. The Farmstay property is quite offbeat from the main Ooty city. This is really amongst nature. Excellent property with good amenities, no TV so its good for a relaxing family time. Good rooms, we got a room just under the kitchen(on 1st floor). So it was noisy at night till around 12 midnight. A lot of outdoor and indoor activities, games etc. We loved fishing, glass painting for kids, horse riding was thrilling. It was a well maintained Spa and a good Ayurveda massage. The Tractor ride is a must-go option. A lot of pretty sights around this property. There are some activities included in the tariff but most of them are to be paid extra. All in all a very relaxing time. You need 4X4 vehicle or a sturdy vehicle like a Innova/ Tempo traveller to reach this place from Ooty. Normal cars will take a great deal of wear and tear. The terrain is rocky and hilly, no proper road available.
Location was not convenient but it was a very good place. I travelled this place by my own vehicle. It was located in a remote place. Staff behaviour was excellent there with me. Room was neat, clean, and spacious. Overall, it was very good. From inside and outside look of the hotel was very good. Food was also good. Variety was there. Lots of activities were available there but swimming pool was not there. No sightseeing trip organized by the hotel people. Good view was seen from the room. It is a very good place. Location, appearance, and check in or check out process were very good. Service, room, food, and activities were also very good there. Hotel was little expensive. I have already recommended this hotel. I visited there with my family in January 2014.
Overall stay was damn good. I visited with my family. Location was in the outskirts but it was nice to stay in calm atmosphere. It was a stay for 2 days. Interiors and furnishings were good. Staff members were co-operative and quick in attending the services. There was a view of lake and beautiful lawn from the room. Room was spacious, neat, clean and well maintained. There was continental and Chinese food and it was good. There was no delay at check in and check out. There were activities like horse riding. Hotel did not arrange for sightseeing and it was arranged by themselves. It was very much value for money and would recommend other travellers. It is suggested to have enough room.
I stayed here over 2 nights. I had previously been here some 5 years ago. We had a good long drive from Bangalore. The last bit of approach is extremely hard on the tyres of the cars, but once we made it through we were in for a real treat The ambience of the log room and cottages are awesome, warm and homely. The staff are excellent and provide great service. Also there are a lot of activities that this resort offers and you can easily stay occupied for 4-5 days. Which means - to make the best of this resort, plan a long trip. Don't worry even the cheapest room is large and awesome. You can't go wrong with the rooms. A weekend just doesn't cut it. The weather of course is excellent and cool. A great break from the cities especially during the summer months I am a foodie and the one thing that I will forever remember about this place is the food. I have had one of the best food ever in this place. The quality of the food and the taste was simply out of this world. And of course, the food is brilliant. However I did not care much for the breakfast which was cold and dry - especially the breads which I so love. I felt very disappointed at not having fresh bread and dairy. But lunch and dinner, a la chart, more than made up for the bad breakfast
Hotel was nice. I had no difficulty in my travelling. Location wise, it was average. Appearance of the hotel was very good. Check-in and check-out process was not delayed. Booking and front office staff was perfect. Staff services were very good. Rooms were neat, clean, and spacious. Geyser was there but TV was not available. They provided complimentary breakfast in the hotel. They had given different varieties of food in the hotel. Food was good. Indoor and outdoor activities were there. Ooty as tourist place is fabulous. Hotel is definitely recommendable for other travelers. I went there with my family in the month of August for vacation.
I booked a 3 day holiday for my family over email. The replies were prompt, transactions were smooth and I got a map of the resort, as it is about 30 km away from Ooty town. On reaching there, we were told the vehicles stayed at the parking lot and the last 2km trip was made in an army one-tonner. The trip was an adventure in itself. Once we reached the place, there was a warm welcome & great service started right then, and stayed that way through the stay. The decor of the place is very nice, the rooms comfortable, the views spectacular. There is a lake just outside the resort\'s boundaries and is beautiful to look at. The resort is very close to the forest area but well-fenced and safe. The resort has a western theme that turns up in the labelling of different areas, names of rooms (like Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Alain Quartermain etc. - the King\'s Cliff touch continues here) The food was absolutely brilliant & the very civil staff is always checking to make sure the dining experience is great!! The supper area has a colonial aura to it and it makes for cozy dinner experiences. The staff is courteous to the extreme and it looks like they have customer service drilled into their heads afresh every morning. Particular mention for the very capable Anand, who manages operations with an unruffled and calm demeanour. The place is completely cut off from Ooty town and therefore not at all touristy. Most of the area did not support mobile phone coverage (at least, not my service provider, though BSNL had coverage) and that was a good thing. I got to relax the good old fashioned way without hearing the phone ring!
This Easter break, we were looking to get away from the city to the hills. I remembered having been to a hidden gem called Avalanche for a camping trip during my school days and was curious to see if the place had remained pristine through the past two decades. One thing that had changed for sure is the accommodation options. I was thrilled to discover the existence of the Destiny Farmstay as I felt it would serve the dual purpose of giving the group of adults we were travelling with a chance to unwind while the children would get their first exposure to life on a farm. The six and a half hour journey by road from Bangalore took us past Mysore, the wildlife reserves at Bandipur, Masinagudi and Mudumalai and then up the steep Segur Ghats to Ooty from where Destiny is around 22km. We parked our cars at the parking lot 2 km away from Destiny and climbed aboard an army truck as it was the only mode of transport that could take us through the bone-rattling final stretch leading to the resort. Whatever misapprehensions any of us drew about the resort from the condition of the road leading to it might have lasted ten minutes – as long as it took the truck to reach Destiny – for as we turned a corner, we were welcomed by the guards’ booth at the entrance of the resort and the picturesque scenery behind it. The Emerald Lake gleamed at the bottom of the valley despite the grey skies and the constant drizzle. The hillside was a study in contrasts with the multi-hued, geometric crop beds on one side and the wild darker greens of the natural reserve forest right beside it. With the use of a large amount of wood and green roof tiles the resort, in spite of its 18 rooms, somehow manages to blend into the mountainside. The rooms are cosy with wooden floors and themed posters. The deluxe rooms are named after famous characters from the Wild West – Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James, Indiana Jones (to name a few) while the luxury rooms are named with a more intellectual tilt – Charles Darwin, James Herriot, Gerald Durrell. The lounge adjoining the dining area has quaintness reminiscent of a parlour from an old western with its brick fireplace, antique wrought-iron log holder by the fireside and a chandelier made from a wooden wheel. The room tariff includes free activities that take place at a stipulated time as per a daily schedule. Any activity out of the scheduled time or extra activities like overnight tents, rappelling, valley crossing are charged extra. The service and staff were courteous and tried their best to change the rigid schedule to accommodate our requests to reschedule activities which we missed out on due to the rain. Destiny is a city kid’s dream come true. You could see the kids’ faces light up as they watched the geese march down from their wooden enclosure every morning before diving into the pond. They watched the rabbits and guinea pigs in an enclosure with fascination. In the cow shed they learnt about the functioning of a dairy and in the horse stables they spent time learning the names of the horses before mustering up courage to ride one around the paddock at the top of the hill. And, when the rain came down preventing any outdoor activity, they headed for the recreation room where they tried their hand at playing carom, foosball and table tennis. As for the adults, there were many activities that had been chalked out like fishing, camping outdoors and trekking up to the nearby group property Sundance – a log cabin on top of the hill –but the rain played spoil sport. None of us complained though, we just sat back and enjoyed the light spray that the chilly winds blew on to us as we sat on the porch, admiring the calm and stillness of the mountainside over a drink and some light conversation. In the evening there was some respite from the rain and we all gathered around a bonfire for drinks before heading to the disco to join the kids (the conference room doubles up as a discotheque at night complete with mirrored ball, strobe lights and DJ) before heading for dinner. The food at Destiny is all buffets and has a homely feel to it. The butter nans are simply melt-in-the-mouth and this is one place where you can indulge in them with the excuse that you need the fat content to keep warm in the cold or convincing yourself that two walks up and down the steep path to the duck pond will surely work off the calories. The true test of a place is whether you would want to return soon for another break and in this respect, Destiny passed with flying colours. The entire group of friends we were travelling with (kids included) hoped that they could come back sometime during the coming year, hopefully to be greeted by sunny blue skies next time. This is one farm stay that I would recommend to anyone who wants to see one of the few remaining unspoilt patches of the Nilgiris – a place so calm that sometimes the only sound you hear is silence. Probably one of the few surviving Utopian places where you can hear yourself think as you ponder over your own Destiny….
A superlative experience beyond words. Everything about the resort is commendable right from the concept (coexistance of a resort with an agricultural farm) to the location (the views are spectucular) the friendly staff. The fun starts the moment one gets on their army truck from the parking lot to the resort. The ride though bumpy gives you the feel that one is about to enter a different and more rugged world. The resort is set on a valley ledge with spectacular views of the mountains and the backwaters of the Emrald dam. The friendly staff will guid you through the activities slotted for the day which include fishing (and I actually caught some fish), horse-riding and visit to the dairy fam. Besides this one can stroll through their fruit and vegetable farms and see how these are cultivated. One can also undertake short and long treks. For the more adventurous there are options like rapelling, valley crossing and even an overnight stay at a log house. This place is great for kids who have grown up in the urban environment as they get to see and touch domestic animals like cows, sheep, horses and even rabbits.
Our experience at destiny can be summed up in a single word \'Perfection\'. One of the few eco-friendly resorts that exist in a world filled with seemingly sincere offerings. The staff are warm, friendly and helpful, yet value your privacy. For the adventurous types the activities are aplenty. Or if you want just relax and move into your \'nothing box\' this is the place to do it. The picturesque view is something that you will always cherish. If you want to go to destiny you better be prepared to be unplugged from your mundane everyday world. Its best experienced without our day to day technology. The BBQ by the lake that they offer is fantastic and a must try option. If you\'re not a do it yourself kind, they will also provide you with professional help. If you have kids, they\'ll enjoy the geese, fishing in the lake and the horse rides. They also have a full fledged dairy & other animals. All this said, can\'t wait to go there again!!!
It is a wonderful place to stay. The resort is superbly located away from the mad rush. Great place for a holiday to relax and stress buster. The food was good, room view was excellent. A place for all types of newly married couples, family and groups. A fantastic place to visit and the experience was just wonderful. My family too enjoyed the stay. Overall superb.
Destiny Farmstay is ranked #2 among the 691 hotels in Ooty with an average rating of 6.0 out of 7. It is one of the 55, 3-star Farm Houses in Ooty. It is part of the "The Littlearth Group" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 99 photos, 135 text reviews and 2 video reviews and is rated top for its Appearance, Location and Destination. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 11,200 to Rs 11,500 per night. The hotel offer 43 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (43%) and Couple (25%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 63% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 10% have rated the ambience as relaxing.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
Destiny Farmstay is located at Muligoor Village . Emerald Lake (3 Kms) is the most popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include Restaurant. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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