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A family of four hopped, skipped and jumped around three lovely cities in India, only to discover their lost love of travel and family time.  
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Boating in the Ooty Lake. Photo Courtesy: Club Mahindra

It was that time of the year when the annual family trip was to be planned. This year, we wanted to do something different; the idea was to travel through India and discover a whole lot of new cities. The kids were excited and so were we. Our Club Mahindra memberships were utilized to their maximum when we started putting together a blue print for our “discover India” family holiday. Our first stop was Ooty.

Club Mahindra’s Danish Villa Resort in Ooty was the perfect space. Surrounded by lush nature and located right in the heart of the city, this dainty place, with its colonial architecture and tree house dining facility was everything we could have imagined.

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Our stay in Ooty was just about five days and that was enough to explore the tiny town. We spent a day in Madhumalai National Park and the kids had a gala time; they spotted some deer and my younger one claimed that he glimpsed a sloth bear among the thick deciduous forest trees. On one of the days, the resort organised a traditional Badaga dance for its guests and that was just a wonderful experience. Our other days were spent boating in Ooty Lake, walking through the lanes of the town and eating delicious food. On our final day, we decided to hop on to the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railways’ blue toy train that would take us to Mettupalayam, the closest destination to Coimbatore. The toy train ride was, by far, our favourite experience. Snuggled in the heart of nature, the ride beautifully encapsulated the mountains and lush green forests around. Overall, we had a fun filled family vacation in the lap of nature at Club Mahindra Danish Villa resort in Ooty.

We didn’t want our family holiday to end but we wanted some change in weather. Ooty was chilly and we did want some sun tan and vitamin-sea. So, on our last day in Ooty, the family made a collective decision to make an impromptu post vacation holiday to Goa. Lucky for us, Club Mahindra had some great properties there too and we were spoilt for choice.

We picked the Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, a boutique resort located near Colva Beach in South of Goa. Just about 100 meters away from the beach, this resort was among the best in Goa. Our plan was to hang around just for a weekend. While most travellers visit Goa its beaches that dot the coastline, we were more about the beautiful churches, heritage monuments left behind by the Portuguese, flea markets and the delicious local cuisines.

The hotel’s restaurant was a good mix of everything including Goan food. Our room had a sea facing balcony, which was a delight to wake up to. Colva beach was right around the corner, which also meant we had easy access to some of the best food spots around, including Martins Corner and Fisherman’s Wharf. Moreover, the hotel had tie ups with water sports at the beach. We spent a wonderful afternoon cruising on a motor boat followed by jet skiing. The sea was calm, the beach was quiet and everybody, including the kids, who had a great time building sand castles and then splashing in water, was a happy bunch.

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Jet skiing in Goa. Photo Courtesy: Club Mahindra

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Acacia Palms Resort, Goa. Photo Courtesy: Club Mahindra

 

Compared to Ooty, Goa was a quicker affair. It was just a weekend filled with water sports, Prawn Balchao and Pork Sorpotel and a great hospitality. The fact that we had barely planned Goa but had such a wonderful time spoke volumes about Club Mahindra resorts in Goa and their facilities since they were able to fix everything for us is less than 24 hours, just before we were leaving Ooty. We returned home extremely happy and with plans for a vacation in the next couple of months.

Time passed and the kids were still raving about Ooty and Goa. We decided that it was time to hit the road again and take a quick trip. My husband and kids insisted on staying at a Club Mahindra property since everything was so perfect the last time. This time, the plan was to hit Udaipur, one of my favourite cities.

Udaipur holds a special place in my heart; I love its heritage and delicious food. Although I had taken a couple of trips to the city, I had never stayed at the Club Mahindra Udaipur Resort. With a long weekend around the corner, the plan was hit to this beautiful city with my family.

The Club Mahindra resort in Udaipur was nothing less than royalty; it was like living in a palace. My favorite bit in the hotel was Aravali, the multi-ethnic cuisine restaurant. On the very first night, between mouthfuls of delicious local delights, the children declared that they wanted to see the whole city because it made them feel like royalty. Their wish was our command and our resort organized the perfect two days for us.

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City Palace, Udaipur. Photo Courtesy: Club Mahindra

Our sightseeing in Udaipur began with the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari, a garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh. With its flowers, beautiful fountains, lotus pools, and marble artifacts and pavilions, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari had many birds, especially peacocks, and the kids loved it. We spent the rest of the day by Fateh Sagar Lake, one of the four beautiful lakes in the city. We boated around, gorged on delicious chaat and then made our way up the Sajjan Garh Palace, to watch the beautiful sunset. Our next day was spent shopping from Bada Bazaar, Hathi Pol Bazaar and Chetak Circle. Handicrafts, colourful fabrics, hand stitched papers and paintings were bought in large quantities. Most of our daily sightseeing recommendations came from our hotel concierge at the Club Mahindra hotel and we were amazed at how well informed and helpful they were.

We left Udaipur with a heavy heart but with a promise to come back, or, better yet, visit another city and discover its local beauty with a Club Mahindra resort.

That year we realized that we love travelling and love all Club Mahindra Resorts too. That’s our travel story, what’s yours?

Also, read through these Club Mahindra reviews and know how Club Mahindra members are spending their family vacations at popular holiday destinations of India.

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