A Weekend at Kodaikanal – The Perfect way to Spend Independence Day

We crave for long weekends, don’t we? The occasional Friday or Monday that just happens to be a holiday is one of the best times to go on a short weekend trip to a really awesome location to relax and unwind. India’s 67th Independence Day falls on a Friday this year and this could well be the weekend you’ve been waiting for to go on a nice soothing holiday.

The best part about this trip is that you’re going to be vacationing during the monsoon. India comes alive during the rains, and few places offer a better experience than Kodaikanal. The popular hill town located in the State of Tamil Nadu is called the ‘Princess of Hill stations,’ and for good reason! Lush green forests surround you on sides and the view from the hill top is simply amazing.


Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. The name in fact means ‘The Gift of the Forest’ and was an immensely popular with the officers of India’s erstwhile rulers, the British. Hence, you’ll find a lot of English-influenced architecture around you.

The great thing about traveling to this really quaint town is that transport is not a problem; thus, you don’t have to take a treacherous journey through mountains to reach this exotic location. In fact, the drive from the nearest airport is quite amazing. As you climb the ghats, you’ll see the amazing beauty of this part of India that lies in store for you with lovely views of valleys. Flowers in different shapes, sizes and colours blossom from all sides and you start to soak in the aura of this magical destination.

Things to Do:

Bryant Park is one of the most popular places in Kodaikanal and a must-visit. This park is located next to a lake and we recommend taking a boat ride in the lake. The locality looks really beautiful with a lot of trees, flowers and greenery around.


One of the most visited places in Kodaikanal is Coakers walk. It is a beautiful walkway with enchanting views of the valleys, the distant hills and floating clouds. It also offers a telescopic view of the beautiful valleys and is one of those places that you just can’t get enough of. The place also has a lot of hawkers selling different memorabilia and paraphernalia so you have some souvenirs to take back home.


Pine trees constitute a large percentage of all the trees found here. The cool climate is perfect for the tall deciduous trees and the forests here have been the backdrop of many filming locations. When you visit the forests, it’ll be obvious why – it’s a truly spiritual experience to become one with nature.


Because it’s monsoon season, you can be sure that the waterfalls around this amazing hill town will be bustling with activity. Bear Shola falls and Pambar Falls are the two most famous waterfalls here. Pambar falls was made famous by the ‘Liril advertisement in the 90’s when the Liril girl danced under the waterfall promoting the brand.

An Amazing Experience:

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The amazing scenery around you, Lush green forests, waterfalls, trekking options and a splendid lake offer something unique and magical. It’s one of the best places you can visit to relax and let go of all your worries, we recommend you do just that this Independence Day.

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Soak up the sun in Goa with Club Mahindra!

Also, known as the beach capital of India, Goa is a very popular destination among newly-weds. Club Mahindra resorts in Goa give a chance to the honeymooners to celebrate their union in a romantic ambiance with its charming interiors.  Our Goa beach resort is a combination of comtemporary and vintage art that gives our guests a fell of a ‘royal treatment’.

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Holidays in Goa aren’t fun without shopping and food. That is the reason we have considered your urge to grab a few handicrafts and try out delicacies and have placed Club Mahindra resorts in Goa at a place that accessible to all the attractions. Many visit Goa during the New Year and the Goa carnival-a three day fest.

Goa is a place for celebrations. Though Goa holiday packages are quite exorbitant with other travel companies but Club Mahindra resorts in Goa are extremely affordable and are not heavy on your budget. Club Mahindra resorts in Goa are well equipped and have their own gym, spas, cafes, restaurants and bar. So, all you beach aficionados, it’s tough for you to choose between ultra modern facilities in the Club Mahindra resorts in Goa or surrendering yourself to the sand and sea outdoor.

Experience ‘Coorg’, Club Mahindra style!

Going through the fast lanes and busy hustle-bustle of city life, you find yourself yearning for that perfect break to unwind and recharge your life batteries, in the Mother Nature’s lap. Diverting from the many foreign destinations aimed by the Indian urbanites, its home calling, with the rejuvenating experience of the Scotland of India, aka. Coorg.


The beautiful and picturesque hill station, situated on the Western Ghats, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. It is located on the South-western end of Karnataka, alluring you towards her misty hills, dense forests and a long belt of tea and coffee plantation.


To make your Coorg holiday experience, memorable and filled with soft and magnum holiday surprises, Club Mahindra holiday services are at your bestow, to give you the finest treatment and leisure of a lifetime. The Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley Coorg Resort is undoubtedly, a tourist’s prime choice while planning the Coorg holidays.    


The Club Mahindra Coorg Resort provides a wholesome, Coorg holiday package, both to the families as well as to the ‘awesome twosome’. The resort boasts of ethnic Kodava architectural ambience that brings you closer to the Kodavan or Coorg cultural lifestyle. The resort is situated at 4,000 feet above the sea level and covers 30 acres of area including the captivating scenic beauty of the plantation sites surrounding the resort.


Adding charm to your stay at the Club Mahindra Coorg Resort is the degree of hospitality and facilities provided to the tourists. There is this multi-cuisine restaurant, a special health centre, ‘Body and Soul’ including a unisex salon, gymnasium, and an ayurvedic massage parlour. And to top it all, you can spend quality time with family and friends at the amphitheatre and poolside.


So, to plan your stay at the beautiful valley, you can happily bank upon the ‘best’ among the resorts in Coorg.

Book your way to The Perfect Holiday

The advent of the internet has brought many conveniences into our lives. Booking for vacations has become easier now due to flourishing online holiday booking companies going online. Gone are the days when one had to stand in long queues at the railway or airline counter.

Booking tickets with Club Mahindra Online Holiday Booking is extremely quick and convenient. You can take a look at many holiday package deals at the same time and select the one that you find the best. Booking vacations has never been this easier where one can find a holiday deal that are extremely reasonable.

Now, book your tickets from the comfort of your living room or when at work. All you need is just access to the internet. By just logging onto our website, go through the wide range of holiday destinations that you would want to visit. Select and get a Club Mahindra Online Holiday Booking done with just a snap of fingers.

The Club Mahindra Online Holiday Booking includes holiday package deals and also beach holiday packages. In case, you want to know more about a particular destination, we help you in that too by providing all information on the website itself.

We help you make your vacation the most memorable one by offering you the best in the industry. Our customer testimonials are a proof of the satisfaction that we have offered to them as well as the trust they have on us. We provide you the assurance while you book tour packages with us to get you the best of the vacations coming your way.

Forget traffic jams, long queues, or any kind of wastage of time. All it takes is a click of the mouse to know about exotic locations where you would like to rejuvenate and bring back bags of memories from.

Club Mahindra – India’s Largest Resort (RCI)

Club Mahindra – India’s Largest Resort (RCI)

Resort Condominiums International, LLC (RCI), the addition of four new resorts from Club Mahindra, one of RCI India’s largest resort affiliates. 

Through this agreement, owners at Club Mahindra Hilltop at Avalon Resorts in Mussoorie; Club Mahindra Valley Resort at Binsar; Club Mahindra Snow Peaks at Timber Trail in Manali; and Club Mahindra Snow View at Kufri Holiday Resort, will be able to select RCI Weeks as their exchange service provider, adding even more choice to the world’s largest vacation exchange network. A name that is synonymous with trust, reliability and customer satisfaction for over five decades, Club Mahindra adds quality vacation destinations to RCI members, as well as to the Indian timeshare marketplace. Their new additions complement the existing Club Mahindra resorts at Munnar and Goa, and are expected to help RCI India capitalize on the 20 percent growth projected for the vacation ownership sector in the country. 

“Our decision to affiliate additional resorts with RCI stems from our dedication and emphasis for consistent quality and high value for our members,” said Ravi Santhanam, chief executive officer, Club Mahindra Holidays. “Club Mahindra is a reputed name in the vacation ownership business and we hope that our new resorts will deliver the same recognition and quality of service that has won us RCI’s coveted Gold Crown Award for three successive years.” 

“RCI is committed to helping the marketplace in India achieve its fullest potential through vacation ownership exchanges,” said Ken May, president and CEO, RCI. “As an innovator and global leader in this industry, RCI is delighted to add Club Mahindra’s first-rate properties to RCI’s exchange network, and to bring additional quality resorts from around the globe to our members.” 

About Club Mahindra

Club Mahindra, the flagship brand of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd, and a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. – one of the largest private sector companies in India – is a dominant player in the leisure industry. Club Mahindra offers access to 50 resorts in India and through exchange 3,700 resorts spread across 100 countries. 

About RCI

RCI is a global provider of leisure travel services to businesses and consumers, with market leadership positions in vacation property exchange, rental and resort management. As a growth partner to its business clients, RCI leverages core competencies in networks, technology, brand and product development and world-class customer service to deliver superior vacation experiences for travelers anywhere in the world.

RCI operates the world’s largest vacation exchange network, RCI Weeks, with 3 million members around the world, as well as the world’s only global points-based exchange network, RCI Points. The RCI Holiday Network offers consumers the world’s largest and most diverse selection of holiday rental properties, and operates rental programs on behalf of resorts around the world. RCI offers property owners at private residence clubs access to a portfolio of fine leisure assets through The Abercrombie & Kent Registry, bringing flexibility and added value to the luxury segment of the vacation ownership industry. RCI Resort Management is the vacation ownership industry’s largest property management company, providing branded holiday experiences to consumers on behalf of nearly 250 resorts and associations worldwide. RCI is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), a global provider of services primarily in travel and real estate.

Club Mahindra – Social Activity Report

Activity Report

Description of Esops activity Date, venue and time Description of Esops activity Payment of unpaid fee amounting to Rs.73,200/- to Sankara Vidyalaya, Chennai through CONCERN of eight students of Xth and XIIth standards who were in the verge of not being allowed for writing exams for want of pending fee payment.
What arrangements were made to prepare for the program. Visited the school alongwith Mrs. Vasantha Soundararajan, Founder Secretary of CONCERN to Sankara Vidyalaya. Met Mrs. Bhuvaneswari, Principal of the school and also these students who were unable to make the fee payment. Their parents – who are labourers – had decided to discontinue the wards’ study due to their inability in their making the fee payment.
Some highlights of the activity that made memorable Acknowledgment from CONCERN with appreciation
Feedback from a beneficiary (person or NGOs) that the activity has helped. The eight children of standard X & XII of Sankara Vidyalaya, Chennai
Any other observation or point you’d like to bring up. CONCERN has appreciated the efforts from Club Mahindra who shouldered responsibilities of education of these children and conveyed thanks of the parents.

Club Mahindra – RCI

RCI bullish on vacation ownership industry

RCI, the world leader in Vacation Ownership Industry” (earlier known as Timeshare) is bullish on growth prospects continuing at 20 per cent.

Considered as one of the most resilient industries (in India), the growth rates in terms of sales volumes have been consistently at 18 per cent to 20 per cent, despite periodical scare created by global events.

Whether it was SAARS, September 11 or the fly by night operators who have now disappeared, they failed to make a dent in the Indian vacation ownership industry’s business which has been continuously growing at around 18 per cent, though global industry was growing at just about 6 per cent, says Radhika Shastry, General Manager of RCI (India Operations).

“The good days were here followed by bad days. The worst is over. Now it is good days again, and we don’t see any downturn. India and China are the hot markets for growth in the next few years” says Ms. Shastry even as she points pointed out that RCI has dropped 46 affiliates from its list of 101 in the past few years on grounds of credibility and quality norms. It now has 55 affiliates, and constantly keeps watch over the quality of services.

It cannot afford to slip up as it has an 85 per cent market share globally with 3,700 affiliates across 100 countries.

“The worst period was 2001 and by 2002 the cleaning up was over. The industry has been cleaned up and big and credible names like Club Mahindra and Royal Resorts to mention a few are into this business now. Also a self regulatory body named All India Resort Development Association (AIRDA) is now in place”, she points out.

The industry’s turnover was Rs.150 crores by December 2002, and is estimated at Rs. 200 crores by December 2003.

The worst is over, and we are now concentrating on several concepts like providing “holiday experience” or trying to cater to the novel trend of people wanting to do something during a holiday. Referred to as “achievement” resorts, such resorts (mostly abroad) offer “achievements” like scuba training or skiing.

To popularise the concept of vacation ownership, RCI `s major initiative will be to get people to use “timeshare”, to get more affiliates with unique holiday experiences. RCI is also trying for more affiliates in Nepal and Srilanka. While Orlando is the top global destination, in India it is Goa, where 9 of the 55 vacation industry resorts are located (even after some have been disaffiliated).

The 55 resorts are owned by about 30 to 35 companies, which are into this business.

While India has 2.5 million tourists in 2002, China had 12 million!

Moreover industry analysts predict that China will emerge as the largest tourist destination by 2010. RCI has 21 affiliated resorts in China, and is looking at another 12 in 2004. The China National Tourist Association (CNTA) is reviewing draft policies on timeshare as submitted by RCI, and some form of regulation is anticipated to be drawn up in the near future.

RCI’s representative office is being upgraded to the status of a branch office. And post SARS, RCI India is actively promoting Chinese destinations also.



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