India, Tamil Nadu
Info : Rajakkad
The Rajakkad Estate is one of those hotels that feels completely removed from the world and is stepping back into a time gone by. It’s situated in the foothills of the western ghats in a very rural location about 50km from the nearest town; Dindigul. It’s set amongst peppercorn and coffee plantations and is well known for its bird watching opportunities with over 200 species of migratory birds.
The Pallam palace is the house that sits in the heart of the planation. You’ll find 7 bedrooms all with direct garden access and lovely views. The style is in keeping with the 18th century wooden structure. Vibrant soft furnishings give the rooms a homely feel. Expect a comfortable but not overly luxurious stay.
Whilst staying at the estate, it’s perfect to take some time out from normal life and sightseeing and just enjoy the surroundings. Go for a walk, visit the local village, perhaps do some early morning yoga. This isn’t a property with endless activities to fill the day. The cuisine is predominantly South Indian with influences from the Mediterranean and there is a strong focus on using local ingredients.
Rajakkad Estate is a favourite of our staff here at Experience Travel Group as there aren’t many other places like this in southern India. You might find the service a little on the friendly laid back side of things, a few quirky details here and there, but the stunning location, lovely food and intimate feel make it a special stay for most.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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The one-on-one guide arranged with Experience Travel Group enabled me to get so much more from my trip to India. As well as the almost compulsory visits to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, I was shown a variety of busy towns and mall villages, traditional crafts and skills, religious buildings and practices, architecture and wildlife, finishing with a very relaxing stay in Tikli Bottom.