Sunday, March 30, 2014

Yelagiri - Zeenath Taj Gardens - Drive from Bangalore to Yelagiri - March 2014

We were looking for relaxing trip a short drive from Bangalore for a day or 2. Considered Yelagiri/Yercaud. We were worried that Yelagiri might be hotter than Bangalore, and may not be worth the trip. But it was good! 

The drive was very nice (mostly) - Slow traffic in Bangalore city (took us 1 hour to reach E-city flyover from Banaswadi) on a Saturday morning - and again really horrible traffic in Hosur (because of ongoing flyover constructions). 

The resort - We had really low expectations of resorts/hotels in Yelagiri (based on friends' feedbacks). However, we were pleasantly surprised with what we saw at Zeenath Taj Gardens! The place is beautiful, trees, and cottages, lots of place to loiter, and basically wonderful to relax! Staff were excellent - amazingly courteous - special thanks to Mr Ayas (i hope that is the correct spelling) who seemed to have the whole place in control single-handedly! Vegetarian food was also pretty comfortable. 

The grounds are maintained very well, but the rooms can be given a bit more attention. Understand that the resort is next to the forest - lots of trees around - there are lots of insects - spiders, ants, etc. who shared the room with us. I was not completely happy with this, but, I think they can't do too much about this... 

Children's play area is terrible - not maintained at all - broken equipment... this was a disappointment because our 4-year old didn't have much to do, other than laze around with us. However, they provide badminton racquets and shuttlecocks, a decent table tennis board, carrom, chess for slightly bigger kids & adults, which is good. 

I don't think there is too much about location in Yelagiri, it is a small town, everything (the 2-3 things there) is easily accessible. This resort has no views to talk about - the only one being garden view (which is nice, but you can't really enjoy people looking into your room from the garden). 

Overall, I enjoyed the experience - served my purpose= short drive + relaxing stay... However, I feel the charges are a bit steep - ~2500 per room (minimum) + ~550 per head for food (breakfast + lunch + dinner) + extra for tea/coffee/milk. I am not sure it is value for money. Nothing major to complain about, but at a slightly lower price would have been good!