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Bamboo Banks Farm & Guest House

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Bamboo Banks is a 40 acre farm situated beside the wooded Avaraihallai River in the Mudumalai Game Reserve. The location enjoys the vistas, flora, fauna and climate of the gorgeous foothills of the Nilgiris (Blue Hills).

Zerene and Siasp Kothavala started the Guest House in 1974 and are the pioneers in this area. In the last 30 years satisfied guests from around the world have been their best advertisement, with many returning as friends.

The sprawling acreage of the farm houses only 4 independent cottages to ensure that each guest can be looked after personally yet affording blissful privacy. Truly providing you with "Luxury in the Jungle".

Siasp is a wealth of information on the jungle, tea and coffee plantations and almost any subject you care to talk about. A wide variety of Parsi, Western and Indian dishes are served at every meal including pure vegetarian.

The Kothavalas make certain that the guest house remains as a model for others to emulate and invite you to enjoy the home comforts and personal attention as exclusive guests.

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Loved the pool
Spacious rooms
Delicious food
Staff were helpful and professional
Well-priced internet
Convenient location
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General
Room Service, Restaurant
Services
Tour Desk, Safe-Deposit Box
Check In
From 1:00 PM
Check Out
Prior to 12:00 PM
Internet
Wireless internet on site.
Parking
There is an airport shuttle that runs from the hotel.
Room Service
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Airport shuttle
Tour Desk
Safe-Deposit Box
Garden
Playground
WiFi
Pool Outdoor
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The Stay
Rooms:
The Guest House has four detached cottages. The cottages are well appointed with fully furnished bedrooms, attached bathrooms with western style lavatories and running hot and cold water.
The Cottages are a little distance away from the main house and from each other so maximum privacy is assured. Each Cottage is different in its design and furnishing so that a rural and "Back to  Nature" ambience is created with all modern facilities and conveniences.

The Annexe
The Annexe is located close to the reception and dining areas and is ideally suited for the elderly and for those who wish to walk less than 30 yards for the sumptuous food.

The Cottage
The Cottage has the magnificent Nilgiris as a backdrop and is ajacent to the farms coffee garden. The Cottage has a very comfortable sitting room with DTH TV, Fridge and kettle. The sitting room sofas convert to additional beds for the children.

The Brick House
The Brick House, left in the unplastered building style gives the "village" flavour to your holiday. This cottage is large and airy and has the best view of the Nilgiri hills.

The Stone House
The Stone House is exactly that - built entirely from local granite. It is the most secluded and is surrounded by gardens and greenery. The place to be if you want the ambiance of wilderness.

Cuisine
  • Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian
  • Indian, Continental and Parsi
  • Table d'hote and A la carte.
  • Organically grown "farm fresh" vegetables enhances the taste of the home cooked food.
Amenities
  • Travel Desk
  • Laundry facility
  • Doctor on Call
  • Barber on call
  • Boarding and Lodging for drivers/attendents
The Hosts

Siasp, after obtaining a B.Sc in agriculture in 1952, made a career of being a tea/coffee planter. He worked with major companies and being an able administrator was soon a General Manager. Looking for new challenges led him to take premature retirement in 1972, and with Zerene who Unfortunately passed away on 8-nov-2007 took the bold step in setting up a farm in a secluded and beautiful environment. It did not take them long to realize the potential for quality accommodation and food in the area - and the guest house was born in 1974.

Siasp was brought up in different camps across the country as his father was a Collector during the pre-independence years. It was at a tender age that he was introduced to wildlife and game shooting which is the foundation of his vast knowledge of the jungle. His love for the wild grew with age, ultimately seeing a reversal of roles, to that of a conservationist. Siasp will enthrall you with his experiences and insight of not only the jungle but on almost any subject!

(Late) Zerene was brought up in a family replete with legal luminaries with a convention for patronizing the arts and social causes. Her upbringing in a home with a tradition of hospitality and a love for culinary delights ensured her success as a homemaker for Siasp and their children.

Activities

Jungle Safaris: Bamboo Banks Farm is situated at the very edge of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park offering a plethora of opportunities for game viewing and photography. The deciduous forests of Bandipur National Park are also easily accessible.

The imposing white-socked Gaur and hundreds of Chital grazing in the grasslands, the majestic elephant foraging in herds, wild boar rooting by the road side - can all be witnessed here -  and if lucky, you could even see a Tiger or Wild Dogs hunting in a pack. The calls of the Peacock, Jungle Fowl and Partridge merge with the song of the Mynas, Parakeets, Barbets and Cuckoos to fill the air.

Early morning and evening Safaris / elephant rides into the jungle are organized by Government agencies and our Travel Desk will make the necessary arrangements for your convenience. Jeep rides can be arranged to take you on the main tar roads of the jungle.

On your drive to Bamboo Banks many animals are sighted on the main road in the jungle area. We earnestly request you to please;
·          remain in your vehicle at all times,
·          not feed the animals and
·          keep the forest litter free

Other things that can be done in the area are:

  • Visit  to Theppakadu Elephant Breeding and Rearing Camp
  • Bird Watching on the property
  • Swimming Pool
  • Horse Riding on the property
  • Visit to a Tea Plantation/Factory at Ooty or Gudalur
  • Nature Walk on the property
  • Children's Play area
  • Half day trek to Sri Murugan Temple, Bokkapur
  • Visit to Chamandan Temple Ruins
  • Half Day visit to Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill (Betta)
  • Indoor-Outdoor Games and a Library

Wildlife

Wildlife in Mudumalai
You can have a beautiful view of number of wild life creatures around Mudumalai. Some of them are listed below
  • Elephant, Gaur (Bison), Wild Boar and Sloth Bear
  • Sambar, Chital (Spotted Deer), Black Buck, Mouse Deer (Chevrotain), Four Horned Antelope and Barking Deer (Muntjac)
  • Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat and Small Indian Civet Cat
  • Giant (Malabar) and other Squirrels
  • Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque
  • Peacock, Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Quail, Malabar Tragon, Malabar Grey Hornbill,  Wodpeckers, Crested Hawk and Crested Serpent Eagles and several varieties of birds
  • Monitor Lizard and various types of Snakes
  • Porcupine, Mongoose and Hare
  • Hyena, Jackal and  Dhole (Wild Dog)

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