Exploring Serendipity


Our Indian Holiday – Part I
January 26, 2011, 11:48 am
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Over our Christmas holidays, we spent seven days at a resort called Dune. We flew Boxing Day afternoon to Chennai (formerly called Madras) and then met with our hired car and driver for the 4 hour trip south to where we were staying.  It may not be very sensitive to say this but the truth is that the airport in Chennai and the drive out of town proved India’s fourth largest city to be less than a desirable place to stay.  I have since heard that there are parts of it, closer to the Ocean that are quite nice and I don’t doubt that but we just didn’t see these parts. Anyway, it was lovely to get to our resort where the boys could run around and swim all day, SM and I could read books and we didn’t have to cook once!

The resort we went to is called Dune and it bills itself as an eco-friendly place where they try hard to reduce, reuse, recycle etc.  This means that they provide glass bottles that you refill at a pump that has clean drinking water instead of using plastic bottles, trucked in.  All of the food comes from their farm 300 kilometers away and the milk is from their cows on site, and boiled and cooled as it is collected daily. Their efforts are to be commended.  That said, I would say that it is a bit overpriced for the level of service we saw but we will say that the food was outstanding and the kids had a great time.  Not every dish wowed us but not a single dish was bad or poorly prepared.  They were always happy to make the kids spaghetti or fish fingers if they wanted instead of the dishes that appealed more to grown-ups.  The property extends along the beach but we didn’t use that much as the water was far to rough for young children.  We did spend a lot of time in the pools, full sized and children’s and at the playground.  The boys went to see the cows milked and they fed the rabbits.  The ran around a lot too which was wonderful because outside of their school yard here in Colombo, there are not too many spaces for them to do this.  They had a lot of fun with their friend, the son of friends we met up with at the resort, and they got along magnificently.

My next entry will be about Pondicherry, a very interesting city we took a day trip to from Dune. Some of you may remember the name from the book The Life of Pi.

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It’s always nice to see what you have been up to. I am happy the boys had a chance to run freely.

The stairs to the beach appear to be quite intricate, as stairs go anyway.

Comment by Laura Maynard

Looks really nice!

We flew into the Madras airport as part of our two day trip home from Sri Lanka, we were not impressed at all.
Not to mention a flight attendant took our passports so we were all a little worried we would have to stay. Yuck!

Comment by heather Munro

Thanks for the interesting tale of your south India adventure! I look forward to the next installment!

Comment by Erica




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