HOTEL SATHYA PARK & RESORTS

TUTICORIN

USP: Rural rhapsody

I was convinced I was on the wrong road while driving down a dry, brown patch on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin Highway, with a merciless sun beating down hard. And, almost like a mirage it appeared suddenly — the resort set amid seven acres bursting with ornamental ferns and tall toddy palm trees.

The very setting of the hotel in such an arid area of rural Tuticorin makes it unique. You are told that 50 per cent of the 65-odd staff are gardeners and horticulturists — the only people you see out are those with spades and sprinklers, flippers and cutters, water cans and hoses. It is this team that makes the grounds of Sathya Park & Resorts so picture-perfectly landscaped.

The only other people you see are those diving into the swimming pool or gorging on the tasty food served in four restaurants named after flowers — lotus, rose, jasmine, tulip. The cuisine spans the various regions of the country — Punjab to Tamil Nadu and Mumbai to Kolkata.

This well-maintained seven-year-old property on the edge of the otherwise-busy port city of Tuticorin is enveloped in silence. You can choose to stay in the elegant suites or go for tennis, volley ball or badminton.

The best part of the resort is that all the 36 rooms here provide a soothing view of the greenery. When the evenings get a bit breezy, enjoy a cosy meal on the tree-top restaurant.

How to get there

Sathya Park & Resorts is located in Korampallam at the entry point to Tuticorin from Tirunelveli (60 km). It is four km from the Tuticorin airport and 10 km from the railway station. It is 170 km from Madurai.

Tariff

Cottages (8) Rs. 1,500; Family Deluxe rooms (5) Rs.1,800; Executive Elite rooms (20) Rs. 2,500 and Suites Rs. 3,000 (exclusive of meals, taxes).

For details, contact 0461-6534985 and 96009-21985.

Things to do

Visit the temples nearby

Visit the beach in the port town

Indulge in unlimited swimming.