Orange County review needed some time as there is so much to write and this is going to be a long one …
It was definitely one of the best resort experiences we have had in recent times … unparalleled when it comes to experiencing nature. Right from the time we got off the plane, we received a call confirming the timely arrival of pick up cab. The personal touch was sincerely appreciated and Suhasini & team gets full credit. After a long drive (6 hrs+), we reached Orange County through narrow, unpaved roads … and it was a delight. A warm welcome and rest before the buggy whooshed us off to the restaurant for lunch (it was 3:15 pm) & then to our rooms. Guinea Fowls roaming all round gave us the hint what to experience … The whole estate is located in an area of 35 acres (in a 350 acre plantation) and lines with coffee, pepper, jackfruit, cheery, oranges and fruit trees of all types !!! It’s just AMAZING…
The room was really nice and perfectly set. We had opted for the Presidential Villa which had a living area and a separate bedroom. The bathroom was a delight and I cannot help but mention this specially. A small balcony / sitting area outside faced the coffee and Jackfruit trees, giving the right amount of privacy. The room had a pull out bed which was very comfortable as well. A stocked mini bar with complimentary cold drinks and coffee / tea area with hand-made cookies. One of the things that I must compliment here is the housekeeping who cleaned up and topped up all essentials twice a day. Never once would you complain that the room is not clean …
“Namaskara” is a word that you will keep hearing throughout the stay with all staff greeting you with smiles and folded hands whenever you meet them. The ladies at the reception take a special mention for their warmth and help. My 4 yr old Daughter could spends hours chatting with them and getting toffees / chocolates in return :-). Same with the restaurant staff who kept her delighted and busy when we were enjoying the food.
There were 3 options for lunch and we mostly ate at Granary restaurant … a multi-cuisine buffet one. Peppercorn was another option which is a more barbeque oriented and has fixed menu for lunch. The 3rd one is a pure veg restaurant which we avoided being ‘pure non vegetarian’. The food at Granary was just amazing – with an excellent variety and taste to match. Options of 2 NV starters, 4-5 NV main courses and all other options incl. pastas etc. The ‘Ethnic Food’ section is a must have with Pondi Curry / Fry (Pork) and other Coorg delights. Peppercorn has a fantastic view of the lake and the plantation beyond … The food here was good but made to order and takes a lil time … not a problem when you are visit this place for sure. We did not try this place for dinner as it usually was for special occasions and has a 200 bucks cover charge per head (which I found a little odd keeping in mind that you are already paying 2K+ for food per head everyday).
The lake is a child magnet with fish food (rice flakes) being given by the restaurant staff for feeding. Scores of beautiful golden & silver fishes jostle for these when fed and I never saw any kid happy with only one lot of rice flakes bag. The smiling staff always were ready with more … The road next to the lake is a naturalists delight - with lizards (and sometime snakes) sun bathing; purple colored dragon flies flying around; birds of all colors and size hunting for food. A walk around the same and you can see amazing birds and insects … all enjoying the abundant food available. One of the really remarkable thing about the resort is that they don’t cut any fruit in the 35 acres and its available only for birds and insects to eat… and the result shows !!
The daily activities sets this place apart from others … with bird watching (6:30 am), nature walk (10am to Dubare Forest), Eco-Trail Walk (10:30 am), paper bag making (11 am), Workers Trail (2:30pm); Plantation Trail (4pm) and cultural activities (7:30 pm) keeping you busy incase you decide not to go out for sightseeing. We took the bird watching session (taken by Murthy) which allowed us to see such amazing species which would have been hidden to naked eyes (including giant centipedes and spiders), . I took the Nature trail as well – following Elephant tracks deep into the forest. They apparently came near the resort the previous evening and you could see they were not very discrete with broken trees, footmarks and dung all over. This was amazing and not for the faint hearted or ‘city folks’… be ready to get scratches, insect bites and dirty your dress in the process and you maybe blessed with a sighting of wild elephants … something we could not see inspite of Murthy’s best effort. The resort’s plantation is HUGE and surrounded by the Dubare Forest so makes an interesting stay anyways.
Every evening at 7:30 you would see different cultural events – dances from the local regions with expert performers coming over only for the 30 min show. The small club house is a nice touch with kid activities thrown near the common swimming pool. There was a separate ‘adults pool’ but we did not time to discover the same.
Nearby attractions are Dubare Elephant Camp& Nisargadhama (feeding deers) - must visit for kids, Tibetian Monastery, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, some temples etc. Madikeri is a great place to shop for local delights like spices, honey and handicrafts.
There was nothing to complain about the whole stay there … and I wish we had 2 days more to relax. Brilliant place … Amazing staff, thanks to them for making this an unforgettable stay. We will be back again for sure – someday ! Cheers
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bordered by the legendary river Cauvery and surrounded by virginal forests,Evolve Back, Coorg or Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate, Coorg the new name of Orange County, Coorg is a 300 acre working plantation resort perched at a height of 800 m that gives you the most luxurious introduction yet into the deepest secrets of this mystic mountain. Come, allow the spirit of the land to infuse your very being and coax you gently on a personal voyage of discovery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orange County, Coorg Hotel Siddapura
- Orange County Hotel
- Orange County Kodagu