“When you open your eyes and see a landscape which looks like a painting- too beautiful to be true, when you are blissfully caressed by the warm rays of the sun playing peek-a-boo with the sailing clouds, when the thick mid noon fog lifts up to present you a breathtaking vista of hills covered with vegetation and the dew kissed grass blades tickle your feet as you take a stroll- you know you are at Destiny !!!”

After about 45 mins of a pleasant drive out of Ooty through a scenic terrain of green meadows and tea estates, we arrived at the parking lot of the Destiny farm resort. That was the farthest we could take our car to reach Destiny. We then had to wait for the pickup vehicle to ferry us to the farm that was a 20 mins ride through the forest. The parking attendant got a call from the driver that there was a fallen tree on the way and it would take about an hour for the pickup to arrive after clearing the fallen tree. Not wanting to sit in the waiting room for 1 hour, we took a stroll in the meadows behind the parking. We endlessly clicked pictures of the beautiful rolling hills and the grazing cattle. We had already fallen in love with the pristine hills in the locality and hardly noticed that the hour had passed.

In no time we were in a 4x Jeep off-roading on the so-called road through the forest. The rain during the previous weeks had taken a toll on the road and it felt like forever to reach Destiny.

 

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The main building that houses the reception and the restaurant.

 

As the jeep approached the farm, we saw the restaurant staff picking fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden behind the restaurant. We were welcome by the lobby ambassadors at the reception with a hot cup of lemon tea. The  reception had a warm look with beautiful artifacts and good furniture. We were briefed about the activities at Destiny and later shown to our room.  The room was cozy with wooden flooring and wall panels, a large bathroom and a seating area. We had booked a standard room in the block close to the reception and restaurant. Each room in the block was named after a great explorer and ours was named Magellan. The room had a panoramic view of the hills, lake, and the farm. The wooden benches provided in the common sit-out was the best place to sit and enjoy the view while we sipped hot tea. The room also had an electric kettle and a few snacks. There was no TV, mobile network or wifi available in any of the rooms forcing the guests to get completely unplugged from the outside world. However, wifi was available in the reception and restaurant.

We loved every bit of our stay at the farm and recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the rugged life of a farm and at the same time get pampered in luxury. Below are more details of the Destiny farm.

 

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Cosy interiors of our room “Magellan”

 

About the farm:

Located far away from the madness of tourist crowd in Ooty, right in the lap of the pristine and untouched valleys of Avalanche and Emerald lakes, Destiny offered a unique experience with a perfect amalgamation of the rusticity of a farm stay and the luxury of a modern hotel. The Destiny scored over all other resorts and hotels in Ooty by its location. It had many hills, ponds, and valleys within its boundaries.  Most of the hill slopes are used for cultivation and the ones not cultivated are covered with lush green grass.  It would not be an exaggeration to state that this area looked like Scotland.

 

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At the Destiny farm resort

 

Destiny has a self-sufficient farm that employs state of the art eco-friendly methods of cultivation. The huge farmland harvests a bounty of vegetables, dairy products and fruits. Apart from the fresh vegetables that are provided to all the concept hotels under the Littlearth group, the farm also produces exotic herbs. The clean and well-maintained dairy produces a plenty of milk. The Farm also has a stable that houses about 15 well-groomed horses which are used for recreation and rides for the guests. I was told that a few of the horses were used for the racing earlier.

Activities:

The farm offers many fun activities like fishing in the gill pond, farm tour, short treks, horse riding in the track, karaoke, indoor and outdoor games and bonfire as complementary.

 

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One of the many horses at Destiny

 

The adventurous souls can try rock climbing, rappelling, jumaring, rock climbing, horse riding in the countryside and some long treks at an extra charge. They also have an activity room for kids where they can learn arts and crafts from a trainer. If one does not want to do anything but just relax and read a book, the reception has a library with good collection of books.

 

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The library

The Farm also has the unwind Spa set close to the lake which offers a scenic view while one enjoys massages, body wraps, ayurvedic treatments and beauty therapies, all with the quality of professional services.

Food:

The Wish bone restaurant located above the reception area offering both Indian and continental food. The interiors of the restaurant are very beautifully made with huge windows offering a beautiful view of the lake. The backside of the restaurant also has a beautiful Toda hut.

 

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Bonfire and the Toda hut behind the restaurant

 

Most of the vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen are produced within the farm. Since the farm is located quite far from the town, there is no other option for dining except the restaurant. The breakfast was complementary and included in the package, we had to pay for lunch and dinner. The food was good but I felt it was overpriced.

 

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The warm interiors of the restaurant

 

Price:

The Destiny farm has different types of rooms spread across 4 different blocks. Please check their website for more details about the rooms and their pricing.

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Tips:

  • Since the farm is located far away from Ooty, carry all the required medication.
  • The best season to visit is from September to march when the lake is full and there is a lot of greenery.
  • Since nights can get pretty cold, carry adequate layers of warm clothes. Wearing thermals underneath your regular clothes is a good idea because they are light and keep you warm enough.
  • Since there is a lot of walking involved, leave your fancy sandals behind and wear comfortable flats or shoes.
  • The road leading to the farm from the parking area is in very bad condition. Be prepared for the roller-coaster ride.
  • Sometimes, the booking site shows all the rooms are full. It is always good to directly mail the reservation desk. You might just get lucky and get a room.
  • Destiny Farm Resort is a photographers paradise. Do not forget to take a good camera with adequate memory.
  • If you wish to stay in Ooty, the little earth group has two heritage properties namely The Sherlock and The King’s Cliff which you should try.

Getting There:

The best way to reach destiny is to take your own vehicle.

Distance from various cities:
  •  25km from Ooty town
  •  285km from Bangalore
  •  145km from Mysore
  •  115km from Coimbatore

Check more pictures of the Destiny farm resort on our facebook page.

If you are more adventurous and love to road trip across the Nilgiris, read our ultimate itinerary for a weeklong budget trip to Ooty and Coonoor.

If a  luxurious stay located amidst the spice plantations in the valleys of Nilgiris interests you, check our review of Kurumba Village Resort.

 

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