I am travelling from Bengaluru to Coorg to spend time at The Tamara Coorg. It’s the first time I’m travelling solo (a twist of fate has led my travel partner to abandon me) and I am apprehensive because I love company while I travel. But Coorg seems to be calling out to me, and that’s a call I can’t ignore.
My driver Shrinivas is a humorous man with an encyclopaedia-like knowledge of the flora of Karnataka. He stops every now and then to bring me leaves, twigs and flowers from bushes and trees along the road. We wind our way through coffee plantations and, finally, after an eight-hour drive (six hours with a not-so-enthusiastic driver), arrive at the resort.
The Tamara Coorg is lush, filled with tropical plants, and has coffee trees all around. I enter the artistic, Balinese style reception area to be greeted by the charming Dr. Prashant, who oversees The Elevation – Studio Spa. I choose to experience the coconut scrub the next day, but, at that moment, all I want is to get to my room, and vegetate for a few hours before dinner.
The rooms, more like tree houses, designed by architect N. Mahesh Iyer, are an interesting blend of Thai and Kerala Tharavadu styles. I decide that my stay is too short to waste time resting, and so I go for a long walk. By nightfall I am starving and make my way to the quaint dining room built over a waterfall. It has a glass dance floor with a view of the falls, but I maintain a safe distance because of my fear of heights!
The next day starts with a session at the spa. My therapist welcomes me with a cup of ginger tea after which she starts the rejuvenating coconut scrub. She is young, but has the hands of an experienced masseuse. The treatment leaves me feeling completely relaxed and ready for the following plantation walk and talk. I spend my last evening at the resort in great company, but I’m glad I ventured out alone – I found Coorg, and Coorg in turn helped me find me.
The Tamara Coorg