As the name suggests, one is truly destined to be here! Situated 25 kms away from Udagamandalam (Ooty), at the untouched valley of Avalanche, Destiny Farmstay is a breathtaking experience one can ever have in one's life. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes all around, Destiny is a must visit.
A 2N/3day trip to Destiny Farmstay was again one of our memorable trips. We went by Nilgiri Express which reaches early in the morning. The Resort cab was ready to pick us. The driver (Mr. Ranganath) was very kind enough to stop by for breakfast post which we proceeded to Destiny Farmstay. All through the way, one could capture the mesmerizing beautiful scene with lush green mountains all around and the clouds just beneath you! The drive was very smooth and happening until we reached the point of forest development area. Destiny falls under the Forest area and beyond a particular point, the cabs(private/public) are not allowed. The resort's vehicle , a 4*4 wheeler picks one from the parking area to the ultimate point. The road to the farm is a bumpy ride and is so adventurous. The vehicle is sealed from all sides to ensure safety. Do not try to take off your hands while being seated. Almost 3 hrs from Mettupalayam, we now were desperate to reach our destination.
A warm welcome at the reception, we were guided to our room (Columbus), was a standard room and quite accommodating. Each room has a private sit out, and the view one gets is simply awesome! One can't just take off his eyes and catch the glimpse of the beautiful scenario the nature has created. You could possibly take down the picture if you are good at it!
Destiny Farmstay, as the name suggests has its own farm that employs state of the art eco-friendly methods of cultivation, and showcases a lot of vegetables, dairy products and fruits.Besides these, the farm also harvests some exotic herbs. The workers are well trained and knowledgeable in the arena of agriculture. Our two nights at the resort was enchanted with the in-house activities.
We had some great horse riding lessons, rappelling, valley crossing, and the wonderful barbecue by the bonfire on the lawn. It was also very interesting to try our hands at fishing!
Kids were equally excited to watch movies in their specially designed theatre room and games room ! In the end, we did showcase our talent by singing to some old movie karaoke songs, well appreciated by others. They had a good collection of both English and Hindi movie songs. If you are, or not, you must sing just for yourself!
A day or two extended can be spent by visiting the beautifully landscaped Botanical gardens, Tea Factory, Doddabetta Peak, Rose Garden, Pykara River, boating in the Ooty lake which we will talk about in our next post. However these places are a bit far from Destiny Farmstay. One may experience the journey of Nilgiri Mountain Railway by taking the joy ride from Ooty to Coonoor.
If you are planning to give some time for yourself, and just enjoy the nature, this place will definitely not let you down! Put yourself to the hands of the nature, rejuvenate and relax at the cost of it.