COCOONED in 300 acres of spice and coffee plantations, Orange County is the epitome of luxury and comfort atop the cloudy hills of Coorg, Karnataka.
What makes it special?
Circled by an abundance of flora and fauna, paired with the aromas of fresh coffee and spices, the Orange County resort presents a balanced mix of opulence of a luxury hotel and the warmth of a log cabin. Its exterior is dominated by tiled, thatched roofs, while the interiors resonate with plush furnishings, teakwood furniture, and fireplaces you can snuggle in front of. Aside from the whiff of romance exuded by the room, the property has many other activities fit for couples, such as walks into the wilderness of the nearby forest, candle-light dinners arranged at the in-house restaurant, and an arrangement of chocolates and flowers in the room upon request. However, it is ideal not only for honeymooners and couples vacations, but also for families with children. The resort has an array of children-specific activities to keep the little ones entertained as well, like a pond where they can feed the fishes, a large pool to wade in, and facilities for table tennis, painting, films, books and board games.
What to expect?
Exploring untapped expanses of nature soaked in modern comforts. If you’re looking for a vacation where you can truly relax and not feel rushed into following a sightseeing schedule, Orange County is sure to work for you. They have a wide range of options to engage in the natural surroundings, like a plantation tour to educate you on the differences between Arabica and Robusta coffees, or how the Malabar blend of coffee got christened ‘the Malabar monsoon’ blend, or what goes into making the perfect espresso; a guided trek into the virginal forests where you play guessing games on the type of birds and insects you spotted; and a visit to the local village to understand the simple planter’s lifestyle. The crux of it is, you can expect to be taken care of at all times.
What is there to do?
One of the activities the resort is well known for is coracle ride on River Cauvery. A coracle is a fishing boat made of woven reeds, and being circular makes it even more enjoyable. Among the off-site excursions, a trip to the Tibetan settlement and monastery Bylekuppe is a must. It offers a chance to interact with the monks and sit in during their prayer-time. The other tours include visits to the Dubare Elephant Camp and little town of Madikeri, where you can be privy to the relics of the Kodava Kings at the Mercara Fort and panoramic views from Raja’s Seat.
What’s the damage?
The rates are on par with those of five-star hotels, at Rs. 17,100 (on weekdays) and Rs. 19,000 (on weekends) for their Country Cottage, and Rs. 27,900 (on weekdays) and Rs. 31,000 (on weekends) for the plush Private Pool Villa. But if you have the money, it is worth spending.
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