Experience the Princess of Hill Stations – Kodaikanal with Club Mahindra

Kodaikanal is an idyllic city situated in the hills of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu state. In Tamil, Kodaikanal translates to “The Gift of the Forest.” This beautiful city is fondly referred to as “Princess of Hill Stations.” Largely considered to be one of the most sought-after honeymoon and holiday destinations of South India, Kodaikanal soars 7200 feet above the sea level, and is placed in the upper Palani hills of the Western Ghats close to Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Endowed with cool and misty climate, this place never fails to enthral its visitors with picturesque beauty of the scenic hills and the sylvan forests of Kodaikanal. Tourists can indulge themselves in activities like hiking through the wooded forests, go rowing in the lake, take a bath in the glistening cascades, try horse riding, or simply behold the beautiful sights.

The Club Mahindra Kodaikanal resort is located at the famous Coaker’s Walk. The resort offers you stunning panoramic views of plains below the resort.  It is a perfect abode to have a fun and relaxed time with your near-and-dear ones. The place offers you with a variety of fun activities including trekking, treasure hunt, karaoke, and bonfire. Members also benefit from in-house facilities such as doctor-on-call, laundry, and travel assistance.

The resort also offers variety of indoor activities and sightseeing options to give a larger than life holidaying experience.

Let us look at some of the indoor activities:

Sports: Stay active by inviting some healthy competition. Club Mahindra provides you with cricket and golf sets, badminton racquets, football and much other sporting equipment. If you are more-the-merrier person, you can also have the Fun Rovers join you in your sport of interest.

Dance Workshops:  Strap on your dancing shoes and learn how to shake your leg in style. The workshop is open for both children and grown-ups. The in-house dance experts will teach you the basics in a variety of both western and Indian dance techniques.

Evening Entertainment: The resort organises some special activities every evening. Some of these amusements include games, karaoke, music, and talent shows.

Fun Inside: Check into the fun zone with your family and indulge in some old-fashioned family board games, table tennis, and pool. Avid book readers can borrow books from the mini library.

Sightseeing locations:

1. Coaker’s Walk and Pillar Rocks

The Coaker’s Walk is an ideal place to go on a relaxing stroll with your friends and family. You can also visit the Pillar Rocks. These enormous granite boulders soars at a height of 400 feet and creates a narrow path known as the Devils Kitchen between.

2. Pine Forest & Green Valley View

Take a walk through the pine plantations, considered as one of the cherished treasures in the region. Following this, you can go on a drive towards the Green Valley and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the dense forest situated 5000 ft below.

3.Silver Cascade & Kodai Lake

Spend your time at Silver Cascade, the stunning sight of sparkling falls. Later, march towards the star-shaped Kodai Lake. This artificial lake is spread over 60 acres and is bordered by lush greenery.

How to Make the Best Out of Your Stay at Kanatal Resort

Kanatal is a quaint little settlement in the picturesque state of Uttaranchal. The place is located about 300 kilometers, or 6–7 hours, by road from Delhi. This serene location is perched at an altitude of over 8,500 feet, and is highly renowned for its spectacular view of the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas and verdant forests.

The temperature at Kanatal is in the range of 10–25 degree Celsius during summer and between −5 and −18 degrees in winter. It is a perfect place to retreat from dust-laden and overcrowded cities and towns. The best time to visit Kanatal is between the months of December and February. During this period, you can experience over 50 inches of powdered snow, turning this beautiful landscape into a wonderland.

Club Mahindra appreciates the beauty this place has to offer and thus had thoughtfully constructed a state-of-the art resort for all its members. The resort is sure to add more grace into your holidaying experience, as it is located at the prime spot, surrounded by stunning snow covered hills and beautiful skies.

The resort also provides you with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to keep you and your family indulged during your stay here. Let us look at some of the indoor activities.

Indoor activities:

Workshops:

Club Mahindra makes sure that every member of your family is reaping the most of the offerings. The workshops at Club Mahindra resorts help you find new passion or simply refine an old one. You can have unlimited fun while learning to cook exotic cuisines from the resort chefs, baking your own pots and even make puppets and put up your own show. You can even take the guidance of FunRovers and choose from the many other activity workshops.

Virtual World:

Virtual world is a paradise for gaming lovers.  You can feel the adrenaline of racing at over 200mph, fly a jet plane, and even have a giant ape fight a dinosaur. You can also compete with the world’s best athletes by indulging in different sports themed games and show off your skill set.

Sports:

Stay active by inviting some healthy competition. Club Mahindra provides you with cricket and golf sets, badminton racquets, football and much other sporting equipment. If you are more the merrier person, you can also have the FunRovers to join you in your sport of interest.

Rappelling:

Challenge your strength and endurance by participating in this exciting activity. Come out of your comfort zone and step off the edge for a real stimulating experience. Break free from your routine and conquer new avenues which you never thought you could.

Let us move on to some of the best sight-seeing places around Kanatal:

Tehri Dam

Built around the union of River Bhagirathi and Bhilangna, the Tehri Dam is a place one cannot afford to miss. While at New Tehri, you can also visit the Pant Research Institute, which is highly renowned for exotic variety of flora.

Kodia Jungle

Walk through a levelled 8-kilometer track through dense forests that eventually leads to a beautiful spread of undulating hills and valley. Small natural springs guide your way, and if you are lucky, you will be assisted by few wild animals.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a highly renowned tourist destination to charm its visitors with beautiful sceneries. The place shelters a lot of game centres, restaurants, and local shops. Undoubtedly, it is one of the must-visit places.

Best Forest Resorts by Club Mahindra

In the deepest caches of a jungle, forming a quiet refuge by the verdant greenery of lofty forest trees is a feeling most of us city dwellers long for. Your ears prick and you feel the chill down your spine every time you hear a distant roar of a wild beast lurking quietly up to its prey. Forest resorts are a perfect getaway for explorers and adventurous souls who yearn to break away.

Club Mahindra understands the deep-seated wanderlust of all such explorers and have mindfully constructed forest resorts at the most prime spots in India. Let us look at some of the best Forest Resorts by Club Mahindra.

Club Mahindra Corbett

The Club Mahindra Corbett resort is a perfect solution to fulfil all your nature-related adventures. The charming setting affords the guests with a warm welcome to the popular Corbett Safari Park.  The old-fashioned resort is designed to give its members a holiday experience they will never forget. The resort organises fun and adventurous activities like workshops, sports, creative corner, and bird watching. Corbett is highly celebrated for sight-seeing places such as Corbett Waterfall, Corbett Museum, Safaris, Marchula, and Tapkeshwar Temple.

Club Mahindra Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

Head towards Masinagudi to experience the full force of elemental thrill that exists in nature. This enormous sub-tropical natural reserve on the foothill of Nilgiris will help you attune and feel every single sense within you. The beautiful rustic resort abuts the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The resort gives you brings you to the heart of nature. Masinagudi is a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts.  You can go on a wildlife tour sitting atop an elephant. Ride along the beaten path and experience the beauty of jungle in all its natural splendour.

Club Mahindra Thekkady

If you think of Thekkady, all you can imagine is the colourful images of elephants descending down in a trail, the never-ending expanse of the hills and plantations with the intoxicating aromas of spice. The place never fails to fill your senses with wonderment and awe. Sights and sounds from the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the mesmerizing Western Ghats, the perfect blend of modern extravagance makes Thekkady an addiction among travellers across the globe. The beautiful resort by Club Mahindra perfectly complements the beauty of Thekkady. Built in the traditional Indian ‘machan’ style, the resort promises you a truly transcendental holiday experience.

Come be a part of the prestigious membership and avail of the finest amenities Club Mahindra has to offer. Contact our sales department/fill up the form on this website to find out all about Club Mahindra membership fees and quickly enrol yourself.

Eccentric Destination by Club Mahindra to Spend Your Summer Time

Summers are warm, tiring and humid, and you will definitely look for a vacation to some temperate or tropical paradise. However, most of these destinations would be pouring with people and your much-wanted desire for privacy, comfort and pleasant retreat may not get fulfilled. Club Mahindra understands your need to spend vacation at a cool, pleasant and offbeat destination, and offers you the privilege of rejuvenating your mind and body at Baiguney.

Club Mahindra Baiguney Resort:

Baiguney is an ideal place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city into the impressive company of misty mountain tops and picturesque landscapes. Tucked in the company of lush green slopes and pristine natural sights, this resort spans over 12 acres of water front that offers the perfect visual retreat that you might crave for.  This resort provides the perfect destination for a serene getaway with its nature-themed landscaping, alluring sights, and an extensive range of indoor and outdoor activities that will surely amuse your mind.

Indoor Activities:

The resort lets you test your culinary skills by offering a cooking class and entices your creativity by providing Towel Origami classes. These activities are sure to keep you engaged and entertained.

Outdoor Activities:

Club Mahindra Baiguney Resort offers a whole day river side picnic to experience the calm and serenity of the Ranjit River. It also offers fishing opportunity for people who seek adventure. For the foodies, a Sikkimese Theme dinner is provided, and lastly for the romantic ones a special candle light dinner with music is arranged.

Popular activities around Baiguney to indulge yourself into include:

Namchi: A full day trip around the Namchi Monastery to get a glimpse of rich and diverse heritage of the country. Engage yourself by roaming around the muddy paths of Samdrupse hill, visit the exotic temple of Siddeshwar chaar dhaam, and touch your inner soul praying or meditating at several other monasteries located here.

Pelling: Take a walk into the lavished history of the country by signing up for a full day trip to Rabdent ruins. Move to the Pemayangste monastery to experience peace, and marvel the great heights of Khangchendzonga range that will startle your wits. A trip to this place is totally worth the effort.

Gangtok Via Namchi Temi: Gaze at the snow-clad peaks of Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit Valley via Namchi Temi, and feel the beauty of nature at its best. Move a little higher and experience a bliss of exquisite flowers and plants that will refresh your mind and body. Later, tease your senses with the marvellous view of lush green tea plantations that offer an excellent visual retreat.

Darjeeling: Get acquainted with pristine natural beauty by visiting Darjeeling. Get a glimpse of mountainous beauty by visiting Himalayan Zoological Park, taste some delectable Momos and Thupa soups or special local thalis, and be a part of the local culture by paying a visit to Ghoom monastery.

To know more, find out about the Club Mahindra’s membership fees to make the most out of these aforementioned places.

Celebrating the New Year in a Club Mahindra Resort

New Years’ eve is always a special time. Most people choose to enjoy the festivities with their loved ones, friends or close family members. However, there are a few who want the comfort of being in close company and not being disturbed by the whole festive wave surrounding the occasion. For such people, spending time at a place where they have their privacy along with all the amenities and conveniences they could possibly need would truly be a blessing.

This is where the state of the art Club Mahindra Resorts comes into the picture. Spending New Years’ eve and ushering in the year of 2015 at a scenic location that is famed for its natural beauty, picturesque surroundings and serene vibe is an experience that will definitely last a lifetime. With this being the season of holidays, what better way to spend your free time than at one of the best resorts or holiday homes on offer in the country?

Club Mahindra Resorts cater to your every need and ensure that you, as a guest, have the most memorable holidays every time you visit. The courteous staff is ever-present to assist you with all your needs and there are a host of activities for you and your kids’ pleasure. Another big plus point about a Club Mahindra membership is the number of resorts they have. Want to spend the last day of the year in a winter wonderland? Head over to the Club Mahindra resort in Dharamsala where the magic of snow and the history of a British-era inspired town await. Want to be in Nature’s lap with your loved ones? Try the resort in Coorg; situated in the heart of the Western Ghats, the surrounding evergreen forest provides for a backdrop like no other. Like the beach and the coconut trees that nestle along the sandy shore? Head over to Poovar where the timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches, the majesty of the undulating hills, the serenity of the pristine backwaters and the enchanting woods and forests of bowl you over.

Club Mahindra, a leading vacation ownership provider has enjoyed phenomenal success for some time now. Recently, two more resorts were awarded the RCI Gold Crown Status – The Club Mahindra Resorts in picturesque Ooty and the resort heartland of the King of Jungle in Gir. The RCI Gold Crown is a mark of excellence awarded to a select few and is another award in in our long list. This affirms the position of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd.’s (MHRIL) as being the best in the Indian Vacation Homes Industry. What this will offer you, as a customer, is the chance to visit some exotic places and reside at comfortable resorts and enjoy more places with your family. What better way to start off the New Year than at an exotic location with Club Mahindra Holidays and Resorts?

Escape to Kanatal

View from Club Mahindra Kanatal!

One of the lesser known hill stations of Uttarakhand, Kanatal is a pristine, undiscovered jewel in the Garhwal region that offers a serene experience in the lap of nature. At an elevation of 8,500 feet on the Chamba–Mussoorie highway, Kanatal epitomizes the romantic aura of Tehri district.

Kanatal is a place unlike any you might have visited. The hill station offers quiet meadows, dense forests and quaint old villages. Unlike other hill stations in Northern India which are plagued by overcrowding, unchecked urbanization, rampant pollution and commercialization, Kanatal’s USP is its pristine beauty.

Things to Do

When in Kanatal, one must visit Dhanaulti. This eco-park is the prime attraction of this compact hill station and is situated 24km from Mussoorie. Comprising a deodar forest, herbal garden, viewing points, trekking trails, bird watching and recreational swings, the park has been developed by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, in collaboration with local youth. They even provide guides to explore the many walking trails in the park.

You can have your share of divine intervention by visiting the Surkunda Devi Temple. Situated at an altitude of about 9500 feet and attracts hundreds of pilgrims every year. It is also known to be a good vantage point for panoramic views of the Himalayan range and nearby places like Rishikesh and Dehradun.

One can also explore the Kodai Forest. An ideal picnic spot, the Kodia forest – located just a few kilometres away from Chamba – begins with a narrow dirt track and unfolds into a plateau that then leads to dense forests, undulating hills, spectacular views of the valley below and natural springs.

One of the lesser known places you could visit while in Kanatal is Tehri dam, built on the confluence of River Bhagirathi and Bhilangna.

An experience of a Lifetime

The most enjoyable way to discover Kanatal is to simply walk and discover apple orchards, fruit trees, wild flowers, pine forests, tiny temples and smiling locals. There are no malls or shopping marts here, just miles after miles of forests and pristine nature. For the discerning tourist looking for a communion with nature, there are many pleasant surprises waiting to be discovered. You may even be tempted to indulge in some meditation.

Club Mahindra Kanatal

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Club Mahindra Kanatal has a rustic aura about it, with old-school bricks forming the outermost layer. The sloping rooftops are a dead giveaway to a long-gone era. This kind of amazing vibe, coupled with state of art amenities makes it an ideal vacation get away.

Scenery around the Resort

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Kanatal isn’t a destination that comes with a promise of frills and thrills; it urges you to slow down and relish nature’s sights and sounds in the serene abode of the Himalayas. A series of narrow, zigzag roads surrounded by fragrant pine, deodar and rhododendron trees lead you to this little hill station tucked inside the belly of Uttarakhand’s rolling hills.

Club Mahindra has many resorts in North India in the vicinity of the Great Himalayas. Each Club Mahindra Property offers scenic views that’ll will mesmerize you and transport you to a different place; with Club Mahindra Kanatal being one of our top destinations for a truly magical vacation!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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