Ooty beckons as Summer Vacations are just around the corner

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Ooty, the queen of hills has been a popular holiday destination for a long time. Many even complain that it’s become too touristy and the place is now devoid of its old world colonial era charm. Let me reveal, Ooty’s best kept secret, the Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace.

A summer palace of the the royal family of Mysore, Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace has been remodeled into an all suite luxury hotel. With just 19 suites, this palace is privacy personified. The large open lawns, private woods and the long winding roads are perfect for quite walks, cycling or even horse riding, all available in the hotel on request.

The colonial architecture and huge rooms offer the perfect blend of old world charm and modern day amenities. The properties expanse ensures that you are veiled from the city bustle, making it an oasis in itself.

With vacations fast approaching, the holiday plans must be on top priority. Visit Ooty this year and enjoy a vacation, regal style. Leave the stress and worries of the city life and loose yourself in the bygone era at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace. Our summer packages, for this season have been unveiled – http://www.fernhillspalace.co.in/Ooty_Holiday_Packages.aspx

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Ooty’s very own 5 star hotel with personalized services

Everytime you visit a hotel you see the amenities and the facilities that they provide.

But what if, you stepped into a hotel and you were just swept away into a different era? That’s Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace for you.

 

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heritage palace, that’s now converted into a world-class hotel with 5 star quality services and luxury amenities, right here in Ooty.

It’s a vintage palace with calm and serene surroundings where people usually visit to do some soul searching. A place where you could actually sit back and enjoy the playful birds as they chirp around the treetops; vast expanses of open grounds, lovely views of the valley, serene woods for a romantic evening walk, all this and more is what FernhillsRoyaalPalace offers.

There is one other thing that the palace prides itself in, and that is the Service. The ever cheerful and efficient hospitality staff always ensures that the smallest of personal needs, of every guest, are satisfied. They are like an invisible hand that gets things done proficiently, while you go about enjoying your leisure vacation.

For information on reservations, hotel bookings and current hotel packages do visit http://www.fernhillspalace.co.in.

Words of appreciation and hotel reviews, they just make our day!

Every industry thrives on appreciation, especially hotel industry. There is no greater reward than a happy smile, or a content handshake; and a letter of recommendation or a great review on a travel site are the ultimate achievements. Here we would like to share one such great review, that our guest obliged us with.

Mr. Shishir Mishra writes on Tripadvisor with the name SUN-VI


“What a wonderful place!!! It is a huge well maintained property with lots of trees, amazing views and massive and beautifully maintained lawns in ooty.
There are golf carts to take you around the property. At each turn on the road inside the property you are left thinking how royal it would be when the palace must be hosting its King long back.
The rooms are good, Jacuzzis in bathrooms, ornamented dining hall (durbar hall), hundreds of pictures of the bygone days and innumerable memories, this Palace is certainly one of the better ones I have stayed so far.
The service is good and the staff is helpful. Kids will enjoy playing in the huge lawns or some indoor games. You can sit by the bonfire in the evening and with each sip of your favourite drink keep going down the memory lane!!!
A must watch even if you are not staying here!!!”
All we can say is that we are deeply touched by your kind words. A big Thank you! You really made our day. We look forward to serving you in future.

Glimpses of the M.A.D music festival at the Queen of hill stations Ooty

It’s more than three months, since the MAD festival and we are still dizzy from the glitz and frenzy that unfolded for three days in the month of April at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty. Three days of Music, Art and Dance, a whirlwind of activities, soulful music right from rock to folk and free spirited indulgence – all on the star-lit lawns and woods of the Ferrnhills Property.
Our 40 acre property was milling with music lovers, travelers, photographers and the like. All had come together to celebrate music that cuts across genres and countries. The ‘MAD’ culmination of music, arts and cultures against the backdrop of our Heritage Hotel, kind of transported us back in time, when Maharaja’s patronized various art and cultural activities to promote a talent or creed. It was befitting that a contemporary music festival be held in the erstwhile summer palace of Maharaja of Mysore, in the picturesque hill station of Ooty. As the likes of Raghu Dixit and Papon performed to a live audience, everybody relaxed and rejuvenated in the perfect weather of Ooty.
Our guest list included Raghu Dixit, Papon, Indian Ocean and Isha Sharvani. As they soaked in the colonial charm, we strived to ensure that all the guests and the audience got to enjoy every minute of their time spent at Ferrnhills. It was a MAD extravaganza that had continuous performances on two stages built on either side of the woods at Fernhills property. The woods doubled up as the bar and a flea market, where audience could relax and shop to their heart’s content. Big brands like Kingfisher, Blackdog and Signature had set up this bar in the nature’s lap. The jam sessions and the paintball zone added the zing factor to this vibrant festival . We look forward to hosting another M.A.D festival in near future.

Forget the rakhi gifts, its time you went on a weekend break this monsoon

Its Raksha Bandhan today; a day to celebrate the special bond shared between a brother and sister. In childhood, this day is all about buying that special rakhi for the brother, dressing up in finery, eating a sumptuous family meal and finding that perfect gift for the sister. Then as we grow older, there are a lot of things to worry about, an office where you can’t get an off, an exam that the sister can’t miss, the increased physical distances, and the memories tend to fade in the hustle- bustle of life. But the bond is still there, it isn’t regular fights and fun but a few quick messages on chat, or a quick phone call twice a week. Does this mean that you love your brother/sister any less? We don’t think so!
This Raksha Bandhan show your brother/sister that you care. With the weekend round the corner, take your sibling and go out for a family break. A time where you can bond all over again. We have compiled a list of holiday destinations for you; that will help rejuvenate your body and soul.

Ooty hills
Ooty – Udhagamandalam or Ootacamund or Ooty is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. Originally occupied by the Todas, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. Today the town’s economy is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. The town is connected to the rest of India by road and rail, and its historic sites and natural beauty attract many tourists every year. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri hills, also known as The Blue Mountains. It is unknown whether this name comes from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyputus trees that cover the area, or because of the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during the colonial days, and as today, a popular summer and weekend resort. It even has a summer palace of the Maharaja of Mysore which is now converted into a resort. The lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. The hill station itself is a land of picturesque picnic spots.
Kabini – Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. It is 80 km (50 mi) away from Mysore and 205 km (127 mi) from Bangalore, and comprises the south-eastern part of Nagarahole National Park. Situated on the banks of the Kabini River, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres (22 ha) of forestland, steep valleys, and water bodies. Once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini was a popular shikar hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian royalty. Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life. There are a number of resorts around Kabini that offer a 2 day package with stay.
Goa – The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.
Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Goa has a distinct monsoon magic. As it is an off season, the hotel rates would be cheaper. It’s a different side of goa that offers lush green surroundings, a cruise down the river, wildlife and river rafting, museums, churches and the local markets!
Kerala Kerala is an important tourist destination in India; the backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery are theKerala Backwaters major attractions. National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime”; Travel + Leisure listed it as “one of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”. Monsoon’s bless Kerala with astounding beauty. One can check the home stay’s available at Kerala and take the ayurvedic spa treatments, midst the coffee, coconut and spice plantations.
So what are you waiting for, its time you woo your sibling and have some crackling fun, just like the olden days!