Pleasant stay, Jungle Safari, Bird Watching at the border of the Jungle
We stayed at The Secret Ivory for 1 night. We had actually planned an Ooty trip from 24th, but then the whole family got another bonus holiday on 23rd. So we wanted to do something light, and I chose Secret Ivory for a Tree House Stay. The booking experience was very easy and quick with Ms.Manis help.
TREEHOUSE: When we arrived at the Secret Ivory they had heavy rain and storm just a couple of days earlier, so we were given the option to stay in a suite. My family readily accepted the offer.
ANIMALS: I must say that this was one of the places that's very close to nature with several birds and animals visiting the resort. We spotted Deers, Peacocks and Langurs in the campus. The sight of a weaver bird building its nest in the tree right outside our cottage was the feast to our eyes. In the early morning, just sit at the portico and close your eyes; you could hear several birds chirping in the woods - peacocks, myna, weaver bird, little egret, ibis, geese and ducks.
SAFARI EXPERIENCE: We went to the lake and the jungle safari in the road that leads to the Moyar Shutter Dam. We were advised by Ms.Mani to do this at 5 pm as that was the right timing based on their experience. We spotted a couple of elephants near the bamboo plants, and the driver stopped our jeep. We waited patiently for about 15 minutes and saw a group of about 13 elephants crossing the road. This was the best part of our visit! The pricing for Safari was 100% expensive than what was offered in the roadside, but that's the cost of convenience when you get picked up and dropped right at the place of your stay :)
FOOD: We predominantly had South Indian food at Secret Ivory, and I should say that the food was very homely and the kids liked the rice, rasam, potato curry for the dinner; and the dosa, coconut chutney and the sambar for the breakfast. I must mention that the Tea was very good and blended well with the atmosphere. I and my wife especially enjoyed the tea at the portico of our room by watching the Deers and the Peacocks across the fence. The food was very aptly priced. No complaints.
CLEANLINESS: The suite that was offered to our family of 4 was clean, bathrooms were tidy. I liked the sense of cleanliness when the hostess removed her slippers outside when she entered the room to help us have a look at the same.
I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Mr.Om Balan who is the owner of the place. Glad to know that a locality is trying to develop this place in a very eco-friendly manner.