“We are going to a place called Kurumba Valley, and please don’t ask me where it is as I myself haven’t heard of this Resort,” I said when my friends wished to know our destination for summer vacation. My husband’s close friend had recommended the Resort saying it was ideal for nature lovers like me and is just the right place for someone like my husband who loved peace and quiet, literally far from the madding crowd. After booking our tickets, we came to know that it was mandatory to pay the full amount of rs. 25,000 plus if we wished to have a confirmed reservation for a four night-five day package at their cottage. Their policy appeared a little unusual and I almost wanted to call it off, having doubts about choosing a place that was unheard of but on second thoughts decided to go ahead with the trip keeping my fingers crossed. Only after I met the General manager of the Resort during our stay I came to know the reason for introducing such a measure.
We took a cab from Mettupalayam to reach our destination, a distance of 18 kilometres in a little over an hour. The last stretch which is pebbled and bumpy is fortunately only a five minute drive and there you are at the Resort situated in the midst of spice trees.
the enticing swimming pool
From here the descent into the valley literally begins, as you climb down a few steps to the Reception area and some more to reach the cottage that is allotted to you. The cottage is spacious and well furnished and step into the balcony you find a breathtaking view of the valley and a slight turn of your head you notice a riot of colour greets you –orange, red, green, brown and yellow! The swaying of spice trees with the gentle blowing of the wind and the aroma wafting the air leave you spell bound. The table and chair placed in the corner of the room invite you to record your first impressions of this resort situated in the lap of nature.
After a quick bath and change we headed to the restaurant from where we could have a splendid view of the swimming pool surrounded by a thick foliage and clear blue water shining under the midday sun. I grabbed my camera to click the beautiful sight.
(to be continued…)
N. Meera Raghavendra Rao