Yet another outing from office and the place that we choose this time was Destiny Farm in Coonoor. Nestled in the Nilgiri Biosphere and hidden in the valley of Avalanche, Destiny Farm is an eco-friendly and self-sustainable farm,which offers comfortable farmstay,delicious food and lot of activities.At Destiny farm you can get to see the self run dairy-farms,horse-stables, vegetable and herb-gardens and experience the perfect blend of nature, adventure, leisure and calmness. Bordered by the Avalanche Reservoir on one side and the Emerald lake on the other Destiny Farm offers the feel of a place like heaven.The main attraction at Destiny Farm is it’s authentic farm-stay in the backdrop of the crystal clear Emerald Lake. Other places of tourist importance near to Destiny Farm are Ooty and Coonoor.
Getting there and Around
Destiny Farm is located in the Avalanche, a picturistic place situated around 20 kms from Ooty. The drive up to this point is really scenic with lush greenery, forest and farmlands on either sides of the road. Towards the end of the 20 km drive the tarred road narrows down and disappears into muddy patches.Vehicles are not allowed beyond this point due to the bad and narrow roads and you need to park the vehicle at the parking area owned by Destiny Farm.It is from this point that the adventurous ride to Destiny Farm starts. It is a bumpy ride of around 2 kms in an old yet well maintained Shaktiman truck across muddy and totally dilapidated roads which eventually leads to the entrance of Destiny Farm.
Destiny Farm – Distance Chart
Coonoor-40km | Ooty-22km | Bangalore-290km | Mysore -166km | Coimbatore-106km | Ernakulam-281km | Trivandrum-497km | Chennai-575km |
Things to do
The main activities you can indulge in are adventure sports, horse riding, trekking, nature walks, angling, farm tours, indoor games, disco/dj and barbecue .
Things to carry
- Snacks / Chocolates
- Thick socks and shoes (for trekking though they provide you the same)
- Cap/Sunscreen lotion
- Sweater/ jackets
- Torch (Nature walk at night)
Destiny Farm Stay – My Experience
This was one trip that I was totally at ease with, the entire trip (3 days) was planned as part of the tour from my office. Just had to pack the bags and be there for boarding the bus with my wife. We started off from Trivandrum by 10.00PM on an AC luxury coach and reached Ooty by 7.00AM. We had our breakfast from Hotel Darshan at Ooty and headed towards Destiny farm without wasting anytime .
Destiny Farm is situated in the outskirts, about 22km from Ooty. The road towards the place is narrow and confusing. We had to rely on GPS to locate the place, with Emarald Lake as the landmark. Local people are helpful and would guide you to the place. In another two hours time we reached a crossroad from where the Emerald road starts. The Emerald road was really narrow for our bus and we had to leave the bus at the crossroad. We then boarded the jeeps (operated by Destiny Farm) that took us to the Destiny Farm Stay Parking Lot. From there we boarded a Shaktiman truck, for the last 2 kms of our trip to the reception of Destiny Farm over muddy and flooded roads. As the truck rumpled across the rough roads at 10km/hour we were almost thrown all around in the truck, giving us a feel of the swedish massage.
We reached the reception by around 12.00PM and were heartily welcomed by the staff with drinks, and from there, they led us to our rooms. Mine was a luxury class room and the room’s window opened up to the Emerald Lake, the view was breathtaking. We spend time enjoying the coziness of the room and then went to the restaurant to have lunch. The multi-cuisine restaurant overlooks the emerald lake, and the best bet is to get a window seat and have the food enjoying the tranquility of the place.
After lunch the Program Manager briefed us on the place, the activities (complimentary/paid) we could indulge in, the code of conduct that needs to be followed within the farm, trekking options and information on places nearby. We then set off to explore the property. Walking through the well layed and beautiful roads, I had the feeling of being in place like Scotland . The place was truly beautiful, well landscaped and had nothing but greenery around, with an air of freshness and at-most calmness.
We walked ahead and after seeing the horse stable, the cow barn and the poultry farm we dropped by the playground. When some of us choose horse riding others teamed up for a quick game of football. Yet another group went for indoor sports. The games room had table-tennis, caroms and foosball. We spend the rest of the evening there, enjoying the outdoor/indoor activities and admiring the beauty of the place. We could see the sun setting gracefully behind the hills and lights being turned on from the various building in the farm.
We went back to our rooms, freshened up and gathered for dinner. After dinner we were informed that there would be a nature walk at 10.00 PM and we could see wild animals, if we were lucky enough. It was a payed event and and I along with a couple of my colleagues started off with the guide for the trek. The guide provided us with gumboots and raincoats as it was drizzling. The trek lasted for almost an hour, and we returned back without seeing any traces of wildlife. We went back to our rooms tired, shivering and fighting the cold . It was extremely cold, even the blankets seemed useless, at last we had to get heaters to warm up the room.
The next day I woke up early and went for a morning walk with my wife. That was a romantic stroll, at a distance we could see the mist hovering over the mountains, the sun slowly taking over the mist covered mountains, chirping of the birds and the sound of running water. It was really soothing.
We had our breakfast by 8:00AM. The weather at that time was not favorable for any kind of outdoor activity as it was drizzling. By 10.00 the skies lit up again and we were back for new explorations. A group teamed up for the forenoon trek to the Avalache peak. It is a 10 km long trek and you get to see the avalanche reservoir from there. I opted for the afternoon trek and went out to try my luck with angling. In a few minutes time the whole pond was crowded with everyone honing their shills on angling. Yes, I manged to catch few fishes!!!!!!.
Some choose to indulge in adventure sports like rappelling and valley crossing. These are paid activities.
In the afternoon I went for the trek to the Avalanche peak. It was a 10 km long trek, trough pine forests and grasslands. The trek was good, though we din’t see any wild animals. On the way back we dropped in to see the cabbage, potato and carrot farms. We reached back by 5:30 PM evening, tired and exhausted.
At night we had an awesome Dj followed by dinner and everyone grooved in to the music on the dance floor.
Call it a copy paste of Scotland in Ooty. The place is amazingly beautiful. I would recommend this place for honeymooners and travelers looking out for a quite and serene place to calm their mind and soul. Plan for at-least two days. The downside that needs to be mentioned is the cost. The food is very much costly. More to it the activities are time bound, which brings down the fun. Otherwise Destiny Farm is a awesome place to be with your family, loved ones and friends.