7 Things to Love about
Within the context of the verdant landscape, Villa Retreat Resort is a place for Holidays with peace and Seclusion. A place where I spent my days with undisturbed tranquility. The Resort wrap around the tropical hillside dotting the landscape with elegance. A paradise in the true sense in the heart of Kodaikanal.
The resort villas weave together green garden, elegant architecture, and spectacular views from every angle. Villa Retreat Resort welcomes you to stay in one of those impressive old buildings of Kodaikanal.
It features a series of one-, two-story traditional wooden structures perched on the hillside. I stayed in their Signature Suite with Valley View. It’s in the Heritage Block offering a great valley view. There was a fireplace in the living room with an artistic wooden furniture setup. A fusion of traditional and modern design creating a sense of balance that’s appealing and inviting.
There are a lot of things to explore when you are here. Here are the Seven things that I enjoyed the most during my stay.
Witness the Sunrise
We need an extra dose of Sleep when it comes to a relaxed Holidays at Villa Retreat Resort. But trust me this is the thing you should not miss here. I praised myself for taking the effort waking up early in the morning and capturing the golden sky in my camera.
The experience of witnessing the gorgeous daybreak as the Sun rises over the Mountain is beyond words. You feel a spree of Joy watching this magical moment. The sky bursts with vivid oranges, reds, and blue, a colourful excursion.
Breakfast with View
What better way to start your day than having a delicious breakfast overlooking a stunning view. Not every day you are blessed to have such experience. This beautiful Villa Retreat Resort has its own natural cliff. That place is just perfect to enjoy a king size Breakfast soaking up the sun.
And you guessed it right. That cone on the breakfast table was super crispy Ghee-Roast Dosa. That was the best! And there was a variety of freshly made chutneys to accompany. I should not miss talking about star-fruit juice I had. A sweet refreshing drink straight from their own Organic farm.
Tour to Cheese Making Farm
This was my first kind of visit to a Cheesemaking farm in India. An hour drive from the Resort will take you this farm in the mountainous backyard. The uphill drive through Pethuparai village in the Jeep proved to be an adventurous one.
‘Caroselle’ is known for their genuine artisanal farmhouse cheeses. They follow the old-school method allowing their cheese to mature naturally. They have a stone cave to age cheese until they are ready to emerge fully formed.
In 2007, Kroon came to Kodaikanal full of inspiration to stand this brand. Cheesemaking is an art, an exercise in self-sufficiency. The cheese curd which is made freshly from the milk is transferred to moulds imported from the Netherlands.
During the Cheese tasting session, I tasted around 9 types of cheese. Loved the Montasio (Mountain Cheese) among all. On my way back I visited the Horse stable in that Cheesemaking Farm. How could I have missed a photo session with them!
Before the Cheese Tasting session, I went another Organic farm in Pethuparai village where a foreign lady makes some delicious Jams. I got to taste homemade Tree Tomato wine too. Along with some delicious Jams like Blueberry, Yellow raspberry, She sells organic Coffee powder which is grown in her own farm at the backyard.
Nature Walk by the Lakeside
The star-shaped Kodai lake is just a five minutes walk from the Resort. The Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club, as well as the Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation, offer similar boat services there. You can spend some time opting a pedal boat or a Kashmiri shikara.
But for me, the optimum experience was walking 4.5 km around the lake. While the Sun was playing a hide-seek game with those floating clouds, I was busy in capturing those frames in my camera.
Tea at Wunderhaus Getaway
Wunderhaus is a beautiful Artist Retreat, a shared living space concept of Villa Retreat Resort. 20 minutes drive from the Resort will take you to this stone cottage.
This place offers you stunning view of Kodai city. And the crispy chilled air will tempt you to grab a cup of tea as soon as you reach the place. I enjoyed my evening chai appreciating all those detailing of art-works done there. An exceptional fusion of warmth, comfort and artistry- closer to nature.
secluded places like this encourage artists to work peacefully connecting with nature.
Resort guy can arrange a night drive to Palani Valley View Point. If you are lucky enough you may get sight of wild elephants or feathery friends through the forest. I didn’t have any luck!
In a foggy night, it’s difficult to get a clear view of stunning Palani valleys. Better to avoid.
Villa Retreat Resort is located next to Coaker’s Walk. One can clearly get the view while sipping a cup of tea at the Resort.
The Coakers Walk was constructed in 1872, by Lieutenant Coaker. The walk begins near Van Allen Hospital and joins the main road above St. Peter’s Church. A walkaway on the edge of the mountain offering the best valley views of the queen of Hill stations, Kodaikanal. You can’t get over those exceptional panoramic views of blue hills. Totally breathtaking it was!
There are direct Buses from Bangalore to Kodaikanal.
You can also opt for the train to Koda-road station. From Kodairoad to Kodaikanal is 1.5-hour (80 km) journey by road.