Destiny Farmstay

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

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Tucked in lap of valleys is this scenic beauty, a heaven of a place – Destiny Farmstay. This was my second visit to the place, I have been longing to go there after the 1st visit a few years back. Destiny is situated in the faultless valley of Avalanchi, about 25 km past Ooty, Destiny The Farmstay hotel is a modern farm with revolutionary, eco-friendly cultivation methods. It offers a scenic view of the nearby lake and is guarded by mountains around.

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To reach there is another adventure all together. Once you reach the parking spot the final destination is a 2km drive from there in the Jungle van and it is a crazy bumpy right through the forest. Head-up if you have a back ache, I would suggest not to go for it.

 

Being said that, Destiny is not a regular farmstay, the rooms scream of luxury with wooden flooring, balcony opening to the valley and the lake which gives an ethereal view of the nature enveloping the place.

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The view at dusk and hours following is like therapy, the sheer numbers of stars on the clouded mountains is a sight you can’t take your eyes off.

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The food is good with variety on menu and with most ingredients which are grown right there! The property is stupendous, with lot if activities to keep you busy- trekking to the woods, volleyball court surrounded by mountains, indoor sports, born fire list goes on. If you are looking to have an moment alone with nature and just sit and enjoy the view and probably introspect a little, well, you will find lot of spots for that 😛

The weather in January is a blessing, not to cold but cloudy and breezy.  To add to the experience are the staff here who are extremely friendly and helping. They will always greet you with a smile on their faces and will make sure that your stay is comfortable and fun. My interaction with Mahalakshmi, Saurav and all other staff was a happy one.

I would recommend this place to all nature lovers, who want to leave the city buzz for sometime and have a peaceful getaway. So if you visit, do let me know how was your experience, would be great to hear.

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Cheers guys! Hope this year is treating all of you well 🙂

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Coorg and Crazy Beans Company

Hello Folks! Sorry for being absconding for this long, got caught up in the hustle of life 😛 Anyways, here is a fresh one and I believe its perfect to make up for the “disappearance”.

The end of 2017 was a crazy one, exhausting honestly. So to rejuvenate I planned a trip to  Coorg, I have heard so many good things about the place I had to see it by myself.

img-20161025-wa0005 Trust me it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had on a trip. The place is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. The sun rises with the lush green view of the coffee plantation that goes on for stretches is mesmerising.

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Coorg is synonym to coffee and being a coffee lover I wanted to explore. Luckily enough I had a chance to meet Mr. Bharath who runs a coffee plantation there. He is certified by coffee board of India as a Roaster and Barista and also we are members of SCAA. A very passionate man who treats coffee as his treasure.

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As I went around with him exploring the coffee estates I witnessed how much love, passion and hard work goes into our early morning cuppa.

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To make the best coffee available to all of us as fresh as it can get Bharath has started an online portal http://www.crazybeancompany.com/ where Natural processed coffee is available. The best part of it all is that the order can be custom roasted and grounded as per your requirement. I had to share the details afterall we all deserve our good blissful cup of coffee.

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In his words –

Farmers by birth, roasters by choice and business people by accident. We love our food and drink and we enjoy making it for others as well. There’s an old saying- “if you’re good at something don’t do it for free” so we started The Crazy Bean Company.

img-20161025-wa0011We can tell you that our farm in the heartland of Kodagu is irrigated by a freshwater spring, fertilised by wild animals and birds, the fruits are serenaded by classical music and caressed of their stems on maturity. Well, the classical music part isn’t true everything else is. We also follow modern, scientific and sustainable methods of farming, which means absolutely no pesticides.“

 

So here you go guys! Hope I am helping out some of my travellers & coffee loving friends 🙂

Cheers!

Starbucks Summer Adventure

Summers! I used to like summers but as the years are passing by its not so much of my favorite anymore. Though I still can’t deny the few perks that it brings along and mangoes tops my list. Precise reason why I was excited to be a part of the Starbucks  summer adventure and took the #sipface challenge.

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Starbucks has introduced Mango flavored menu to cater the summer cravings of us all, the menu brings together Alphonso Mango Frappuccino, the Baked Mango Yogurt and the Alphonso Mango Frappuccino with Java chip.

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Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

A rich blend of Alphonso mango and milk with ice and dollops of whipped cream. You can personalize this beverage by adding Java Chip to bring out the best. Special blend to suit the Indian taste pallet, this is perfect for the summer season, not too sweet, not overdosed on the flavor, just perfect craftsmanship.

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Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

Baked Mango Yogurt

Ah! I can’t talk enough about it. What beautiful flavors. A rich blend of Mango puree, yogurt and cream. Truth is, by the look of it I anticipated it to be too sweet for my taste but I was wrong, and how. This is nothing less than heavenly. So fresh and delicious I scrapped the bottom of the cup for more.

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Picture courtesy – http://www.sindhujp.com/

 

Don’t miss out on these mango delights. Do grab one till it is still available, it’s the part of Starbucks summer menu.

Thanks again to Starbucks for the delightful and fun evening full of flavors.

Cheers!