Monday, May 16, 2011

Hoysala Village Resort - Relive the Hoysala Days!

The Hoysala Village Resort is a great place to stay at if you are headed towards the Hoysala Kingdom of Belur and Halebid in Karnataka, India. It is a resort that is completely rustic in design, but still manages to offer luxury to its customers. The entire place represents architecture of the past, each from different locations of the state. It portrays the rich Hoysala culture through paintings, accessories and craft that adorns all the rooms.

The Hoysala Village Resort is situated about 7 kilometres from Hassan on the Hassan-Belur highway. It is conveniently located at about 15 kilometres from Belur and about 30 kilometres from Halebid. It also offers easy access to a lot of interesting places that are situated nearby like Chickmagalur, Shettihalli, Hemavathi Reservoir, etc.

I spent the last weekend at the Hoysala Village Resort and was amazed by its dense greenery. The entire area of the resort would be lesser than 20 acres, but every bit of it has been tastefully designed and built. There are cottages, superior cottages, suites and penthouse suites in terms of accommodation. All these accommodations are surrounded by different breeds of trees all marked and named for the tourist’s reference. And because of this varied green cover, one can see a lot of the avifauna species. Parakeets, bulbuls, munias and mynas can be spotted almost everywhere on the property. In fact, this place is perfect for bird lovers.

There is a tree house situated on top of a jack fruit tree that is very popular with the kids that come here. And equally popular is the swimming pool that is situated right in the heart of the property. In terms of entertainment, there are indoor sports options along with a gym, though more facilities are being developed here.

The great thing about this resort and its management is the immense employment opportunities that they create for the locals. Each local artisan is allowed to showcase his craft here. They have potters, stone-smiths, magicians and others whose exquisite local talents are brought to the fore here. In terms of food, they offer a mix of local, Indian and International cuisine both in buffet and Alacarte options. The food quality is very impressive here and equally impressive is the quality of service. Everyone seems to have a smile on their faces here. And that according to me is the best trait of this place. The resort does its little bit for the environment too through a waste management system and a water recycling plant that provides water for their trees and plants.

I would definitely recommend this place with two thumbs up if you are looking at high quality accommodation for your Hoysala holiday. And if you are from the UK and looking to visit this Hoysala Kingdom, then you should look up flights to India from the UK for great travel options.

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