Ooty , Tamil Nadu, India
There is no pleasure like unwinding when you are one with nature. High above the rest of humanity. Amidst the lofty peaks of the blue hills that offer you a magnificent view of the Ooty valley. Alongside the low clouds that pass by, rubbing shoulders with you. There’s no pleasure quite like spending a vacation at Sterling Elkhill. To ensure three times the pleasure, the resort has been divided into three blocks – A, B and C – with each block set with sloping roofs and terracotta tiles, and equipped with a lift to take you to your ‘unwind chamber’.
While the hotel block has a splendid view of the town in Ooty, the apartment offers a panorama of nature at its very best. So take your pick! Elkhill offers 22 studio apartments, each with their own garden and sit out, where you enjoy an unforgettable view of the valley even as you breathe fresh, non-polluted air. There are 64 one-bedroom apartments, each of which have a balcony from which the entire Ooty town is seen. You can also choose from 27 two-bedroom apartments that also have a sit out, besides a balcony and offer an equally grand view of the hills.
Besides a gamut of entertainment, there are lots of activities for the whole family. While kids have a play area with swings, see-saw and a slide, adults can test their skills in tennis and table tennis. Families have a cosy bonfire area for the evenings and carromboard, chess and a library for their unwind sessions. Weekends are always special with barbecue nights and discotheques. Bonfire, party games and music complete the exhaustive list.
A Travel Desk is at your service to organize cabs for your sight-seeing purposes, pick-up and drops or for emergency purposes. Tickets for buses, trains and flights to other cities can also be organized here. Other special amenities include an in-house shopping facility in Block C that features a grocery/gift shop, a discotheque open every Saturday and on special occasions and an in-house library with loads of interesting books. For those looking for more shopping choices, a bazaar 4 kms from the resort and a shopping complex 6 kms away cater to varied needs.
Elkhill also has a conference hall that lends itself to marriages and can seat about 200-300 guests.
Fernhill also lends itself to marriages as the main conference hall can seat about 600-700 guests.
Sterling Elkhill Resort also makes the ideal venue for conferences, seminars and workshops. A 2800 sq. ft. conference hall can accommodate a maximum of 400 people seated in theatre style and offers an LCD Projector (available on rent). Lapel mikes (collar mikes), sound system (3-amplifer, 400 Watt output, 6-speaker, 1 DJ Mixer, 3 Audio CD player, 1 MP3 player), projection screen and Webex facilities are available.
A Club offers hours of unwinding pleasures, with snooker and billiards, board games, badminton, tennis, cricket and cycling facilities – take your pick.
Indian, Chinese, Continental, South Indian – take your pick from a variety of cuisines available at Elkhill. Room service is available from 7 am right to 11 pm. A coffee shop is open from 7 am to 11 pm and offers ample variety for a meal, with a breathtaking view of the greenery and the cool mountains around. All buffet lunches and dinners at the restaurant can be enjoyed to the accompaniment of light music.
While you can enjoy Indian or continental breakfast from 7.30 to 10.30 am, lunch is served between 12.30 to 3.00 pm and dinner, between 7.30 and 10.30 pm. For those who with specific needs, vegan food is also available. And do not fail to check out the local delicacies - Avarai Udhaka, Ootaikudi Udhika, Thuppathittu, Earigittu, Ennatttu – that are special dishes from the Nilgiri tribes. Other popular fare include Mutton Roganjosh, Vegetable Mixed curry, Chilly Chicken, Cabbage/Carrot, Vegetable/ Beans and Urulai Varuvel (potato).
For those who love trekking, treks to Lovedale and Carinhill are conducted in the evenings. Boating is also available at the Ooty Lake and Pykara Lake. Plenty of sightseeing tours are organized, the details of which are as follows:
|Sightseeing in Ooty
||Botanical Garden, Lake, Dodabetta Peak and shopping (4hrs)
|Sightseeing in Coonoor
||Valley view, Tea Gardens, Sim's park, Dolphin Nose (4hrs)
|Sightseeing in Pykara
||Pine Forest, Shooting spot, Pykara Lake boating, Pykara water falls (4hrs)
|Mudumalai Wild life Sanctuary
Party games can also be organized for special occasions based on a village theme
Places to see
The nearest religious places and their distance from the Sterling Elkhill resort are mentioned below:
|Sri Iayappan Temple
|St. Stephen Church
|St. Antony Church
Season : The best season to travel is between April and June and later, between September and December.
How to Reach Ooty ?
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 100 kms from Ooty. The Bangalore airport is 375 kms away and is the ideal transit point for both domestic and international flights.
The nearest railway stations and their distance from the Sterling Elkhill resort are mentioned below
Ooty 4 kms / Coonoor 19 kms / Coimbatore 85 kms
Bus Stations :
The nearest bus stations and their distance from the Sterling Elkhill resort are mentioned below:
Ooty 4 kms / Coonoor 19 kms / Coimbatore 85 kms