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A luxury spa resort in heart of Coorg, the Orange County Luxury Resort offers a beautiful setting, luxurious rooms and villas, and a verdant, massive plantation to explore.

What is it?

The 30-acre property is nestled in the middle of 300 lush green acres of coffee and pepper plantations, and as such is a natural habitat for many animals and birds. One can walk from the room or villa to the plantation areas, which are open to explore.

How do I get there?

There are a few options, but we suggest you take a Delhi-Bangalore flight and a six-hour road journey to Coorg from Bangalore. The car journey is long, but the highways and roads are in excellent condition, and the scenic beauty of Karnataka is not to be missed.

 What can I do?

coorg-bird-watching copyYou must go for plantation and nature walks, both of which are offered by Orange County. If that isn’t your thing then there are elephants! Although elephant bathing is on every tourist guide list – it really is a must try.

The Dubare Elephant camp is nearby and it’s a fun sight to see elephants relax and bathe; you can go lend a hand too and bathe and scrub an elephant. {There are baby elephants too- cuteness galore}. If you’re lucky, the elephant might be in a fun mood and may shower you with litres of water from his trunk and flash a smile {a rare sight!}.

Being a plantation means Orange County is the perfect place to buy some fresh coffee {you can either get beans or ground coffee}, pepper {white, red or black} and a variety of other spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. There’s also fresh organic food from local produce at the plantation.

When should I go?

With the serious monsoon rains that wash the area, we recommend going between the end of September till February {basically between the monsoon and the summer seasons}. March onwards it starts to get extremely hot and after that, once the rains arrive, it becomes very difficult to travel and explore the area.

#LBBTip:

Carry a mix of summer and light winter wear {it can get cold in the mornings and evenings}. A good camera and walking shoes are a must for exploring.

Where: Orange County Resorts, Siddapur, Coorg, Karnataka {255 kms from Bangalore}

Timings: Ideally between September to February

Price: INR 25,000 + taxes a night per room, INR 35,000 + taxes a night per room {December to January}

Contact: +91 8274258481 or email coorg@orangecounty.in

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