The contrast between the two worlds couldn’t have been starker. We stepped off a cockroach-infested train in Mysore, a journey that had kept me awake most of the night; and a short drive later stepped into the green, plentiful, luxury of the Orange County plantation resort in Coorg, in Karnataka in south India.
I’m not crazy about resorts because the universe of a vacation can become quite limited but the number of things Orange County had to offer within a few short days has now made this one of my favourite resorts.
The rooms are tastefully decorated, the food is fantabulous, the staff is genuinely friendly and efficient and you can get free cups of gourmet coffee all day. If you’re into Arabica and Robusta, can it get better than this?
I swear they aren’t paying me to say these things.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was a tour through the coffee plantation and a guided walk through the Dubare Reserve Forest, right next to the plantation. You can even pay homage at the end of that walk to the agricultural lifeline of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka – the Cauvery river.
I went to the Orange County plantation resort back in 2009 so I don’t know if they’ve managed to sustain the high standards of hospitality they had then. But if they have, then it’s definitely worth making a pit stop here on a swing through south India.