Entering Sethumadai, a village located in the foothills of the forests of the Western Ghats, the gates of the resort emerge amidst the greenery.
THE BANYAN TREE
USP: Luxury in Nature's lap
Driving away from the hustle and bustle of Coimbatore towards Pollachi, we take in the scenic beauty of the countryside — picture postcard perfect with endless greenery, streams and unpaved roads. Entering Sethumadai, a village located in the foothills of the forests of the Western Ghats, the gates of the resort emerge amidst the greenery.
The cottages here are designed with an ethnic touch and sport detailing such as earthen pots, terracotta horses and woodwork made from palm and coconut trunks in keeping with the theme. Relax on a hammock in the middle of the coconut plantation; the gentle breeze makes you lose track of time. A perfect way to complete the evening is to savour the cocktails served on request.
Adding to the farm house experience is the host, an expert cook himself, well-exposed to food preferences of international guests. Though the guests can have their choice of Chinese and Continental, the ‘must-try' is the traditional Indian meal served with the right blend of spices. The resort specialities such as tender coconut curry, horse-gram gravy, pigeon roast and fish curry are mouth-watering.
The Banyan Tree is not just about relaxing; the wildlife safari adds adventure to the holiday. Driving through the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve nearby in an jeep with the anticipation of spotting wild animals gets your adrenaline pumping. The private waterfall located not too far from the resort is a perfect way to calm your nerves.
How to get there
The nearest airport and railhead is Coimbatore.
From Coimbatore, it takes about 90 minutes by road to the resort
Things to do
Walks on the hillside. Nature walks, safaris, bird-watching, cycle trips, fishing, cooking classes and tribal village visits
A double room per day costs Rs.4500, inclusive of all meals