This summer be ready for a grand music treat as M.A.D 2013 beckons Ooty

2C7K8970As summer arrives in India, people start finalizing their travel plans. If you are looking for a unique experience, you will love the M.A.D Festival. Started in 2012 by Cobalt, this is the second year of this festival. We are proud to be hosting this event second time in a row.

Spread over three long days of summer; The goMAD Festival – a Music, Arts and Dance festival, is an annual extravaganza that will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music, arts, dance and other performing arts; cutting across genres, from across and beyond the country.

 

The festival promises to be bigger and better than last year. It has established itself as a green brand and has a strict no drug policy in place. The 2013 goMAD festival is scheduled between 10-12 May.Thermal&aquarter

With 3 days of Music, Dance, short film contest, music competition for new bands, flea markets, jamming sessions, Bar in the woods, art instillation’s and much more, this is one of the Maddest, electric and happening music festivals of this year. There is a special offer for bikers who wish to ride to the festival . For more information visit – http://www.gomadfestival.com/

To know what it is to be like to be MAD about Music, here’s a peek 🙂

Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace MAD Festival 2012

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How do you plan to celebrate your Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine’s Day is a day of love and bonding. Though many people might argue that  a particular day is not necessary to show your love to your dear one’s but you can    always try and make them feel special on this day.

If loud celebrations, late-night parties and flowers and chocolates are not your thing, then why not sweep her away on a short break?

Enjoy the beautiful scenic drive to Ooty. Walk in the woods while you share some quality time together or go cycling and horse riding if you want some fun time.Have a quiet lunch in your room or in the banquet hall and be amazed at the plethora of culinary delights that await you.

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Walk by the corridors and experience a slice of royalty or have a picnic lunch in the woods and discover each other again while you laze around in the lap of mother nature.

There’s so much to do and discover in Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, that you can’t visit just once. Discover Ooty in a new light and reignite the romance that is typically lost in the daily humdrum of a chaotic city life. Fernhill offers you luxury, comfort, abundance, beauty and a lot more. But most importantly, it offers you the quiet time where you can listen to your heart.

So have a song in your heart and a spring in your step and join us to make your Valentine’s Day a memorable celebration of love.

Testimonials and Reviews about our hotel make our day!!

Thank you Gauri Shankar and Sheela Shankar for making our day. We are extremely happy to have been able to serve you and your wonderful words added joy to our hearts.

Your feedback and responses always help us better ourselves. Reviews about our hotel, services, ambiance etc. are not only taken seriously at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace but you will also see your suggestions being implemented at the hotel.

Thankyou once again! Wish you come and have many more happy memories with us

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.

Isha Sharvani’s dance video from the MAD festival Ooty

As Isha Sharvani performed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace to a mesmerized audience, all we could think of was capturing this great dance form into a video and treasuring it for life. Isha is an accomplished acrobat dancer, whose claim to fame were the flawless aerial moves in the movie Kisna. More recently she has become a household name for her beautiful renditions of various bollywood dance numbers on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a popular show on Colours Television channel.

Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Isha have put together the dance show named Shiva Shakti that was performed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace. They will be touring this show for the year 2012. It is a Tantrik interpretation of freedom. It is a representation of a desire to unbound, and go beyond boundaries. Seeing Isha perform live against the backdrop of an erstwhile palace was magical and the vast expanses of lawns made the dance interpretation of being free come alive. The dance form, though contemporary is an improvement on various Indian dance forms and skills.

With great reviews from Madhuri Dixit, Remo and Karan Johar, along with some astounding scores, we are sure that she will emerge as one of the toughest contests to beat on this show. Here’s wishing Isha great success for her television endeavor. We hope to see many more brilliant performances on the show, just like the one that we witnessed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, Ooty.

Things to remember when hosting an event at a Heritage hotel

Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, Ooty is a heritage hotel that was restored to its past glory by His Highness Srikantha Datta Narsimharaj Wodeyar. It was an epitome of celebrations and leisure and His Highness has some fond memories of the palace. Now Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace is set to welcome and host its guests with the same signature grandeur of the past.

Functions are a time for revelry while events are meant for setting the mood; conferences on the other hand are about impeccable presentations while club meets and get –together are about leisure and reflection. Can a heritage hotel be an apt place to hold all or any of these events? Of course, it can. A heritage hotel adds a character to the event as its walls and artifacts convey a riveting story of a bygone era. Those fascinating times are captured in your event and it adds a new dimension to the whole celebration. Here are a few things to look for, while choosing a heritage hotel for your event.

Area – Old palaces or bunglows are usually very spacious. They also have abundant space around the property in terms of lawns, woods or parks. Based on the event that is being held, appropriate place should be selected. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace has an ornate and magnificent durbar hall that would make any cultural event or a wedding reception magnum opus. Similarly large outdoor spaces coupled with excellent weather, work as a perfect backdrop for a musical event or fun event. Other things that need to be considered are the comfortable seating arrangements, spaces for storage, and availability and functionality of electric points or telecommunication services.

Exudes Character – Any well preserved palace would have magnificent interiors and exteriors. The hallowed walls would convey stories from a different era. Let your event showcase the regal setting. Let it gel with your event to exude a character to your event. See if any memorabilia’s are available that could be given to your guests. This would firmly etch your event in the minds of your guest. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace has numerous paintings and photographs that dot the walls. It makes you feel a part of a royal family. The Fox Hunt Bar or the Curry and Rice restaurant, all have a fascinating history to tell.

Food – Food is one of the major deciding factors, when it comes to big events. Apart from tasting the food for quality and presentation, also ask the chef if they have any in house specialty. Royal palaces usually have their family recipes and having that as a specialty on your menu would steal the hearts of many a guests. Our Curry and Rice restaurant serves many royal kitchen recipes that have a distinct tale to tell. The chefs use handpicked ingredients and choicest of flavors to ensure that they never go wrong.

Facilities – Renovated heritage hotels do try and ensure that all modern amenities are provided to their guests. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, has some state of the art amenities in their suites that match the tastes of our discerning audience. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was renovated keeping in mind, a single philosophy – to be modern while retaining the essence of the palace. You will find a Jacuzzi, heater and high speed internet connection in the suite, while retaining the fire place and timeless furniture.

Hospitable Staff – An event is unlikely to succeed, in the absence of a hospitable staff. If it’s a royal palace that is overseen by a king himself, be assured that special attention has gone into the grooming of its staff. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace prides in its excellent staff that has been offering impeccable service to numerous events. We believe that the hospitality staff is an invisible hand, while conducting any event. They should never be obstructive or obtrusive but be able to assist in every way possible.

Centenary celebrations of the iconic Lawley Institute

Over the years, Lawley institute has become a landmark on Ooty’s landscapes. Located near the famed botanical gardens, Lawley provides accommodation and recreational facilities to its privileged members, their family and friends. Touted as one of the few early all Indian’s club in South India, Lawley institute has come a long way.

Formed on September 15, 1911, Lawley Institute was a recreational and meeting place for the upper class Indians, during the British era. Not happy with the way Indian’s were treated in various British clubs like Ooty club or Ooty Gymkhana, this was to be an exclusive Indian club.
Lawley institute has been having various events to mark its centenary year of formation. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was extremely delighted to be a part of the Lawley Institutes centenary celebrations. An enriching culture and tradition that Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace and Lawley Institute represent, was the essence of the evening.

As Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was going to host an iconic institution’s centenary celebrations, it was essential to have impeccable service and hospitality. Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was responsible for the overall arrangements, to ensure that the guests had a lovely evening. In the end, it was a befitting match and we are extremely proud to have been associated with Lawley for a delightful evening.