Who doesn’t like to win? Especially when it means a fabulous getaway at a wonderful location which is just a few hours drive from home. I won the first prize in a photography competition organized by an online store ‘Town Essentials’ recently and got a 2 night 3 days vacation at a lovely resort called ‘Red Earth’ at Kabini.
Those who follow my blog know where I shop. Other than my regular organic store, I also shop quite a lot from a local online grocer called ‘Town Essentials’. If you are in Bangalore, I am sure you have already heard about them. They are most definitely the best online grocer here. I order from them every time I desperately need something that I forgot to buy during my last trip to the store. I have been buying from them for many months now and have been very satisfied with their quality and service. They don’t stock organic vegetables and fruits but have a good range of organic grains, flours and other things. All of you who are familiar with Bangalore traffic can only imagine how wonderful it feels to be able to just order everything you need from the comforts of your living room and have them delivered the same evening or next day at your door step. I think the one thing that makes Towness special is the freshness of their vegetables and fruits. You will always feel like you have handpicked them yourself. If you haven’t shopped from Towness yet you are missing out on something!
When they announced a photography competition on their Facebook Page, I was very happy to participate and to my great surprise I actually won it! Without waiting for too long I reserved ourselves a weekend at the Kabini resort. After spending 2 very peaceful days at ‘Red Earth’ last weekend I am so glad I found out about this lovely place through this competition.
‘Red Earth’ located in the serene backwaters of the Kabini dam was everything I was hoping it to be and more. We fell in love with the ‘Red’ buildings, quiet calm surrounding and beautiful gardens immediately.
Our cottage was a riverfront one with a beautiful view. The cozy cottage with bright colours and wooden furniture, the spacious bath, lovely open air Jacuzzi… everything was just perfect.
Though the property is fairly new, I was impressed with how green it was. There were some old mango and jackfruit trees, which added a lot of charm to the resort. I loved the little eggplant and tomato plants and watermelon creepers peeping out of the bright colourful flower beds on either side of the pathway leading to the cottages and dining areas.
It’s not one of those places where there is a long list of ‘activities’ to do. It’s a place where you just want to put your feet up, relax, read a book with a tall mug of coffee. Of course there is lots to do but we think the best thing about this place is its secluded-ness, which somehow makes you feel calm and relaxed. The little benches along the fence with a lovely view of the waterfront invite you to just sit down and take a deep breath. Then there are the hammocks on the beautiful mango tree which makes you want to take a nap right there… Evenings and mornings are perfect for a light stroll or a bicycle ride along the water.
Though there was a little play area for the kids, my daughter’s favorite was the swimming pool. The hot sunny mornings and afternoons makes you want t jump into the pool but of course nothing made my daughter get out of it.
What makes a place like this even better? The food! I think you guys can take my words for it… after all it’s coming from a food blogger. At the Red Earth, food was simple and tasted like it’s home cooked. Everything from the simple glass of watermelon juice, 2 kids of salads at every meal to the wide spread of Indian, Continental and Oriental spread was delicious. I like the fact that it wasn’t buffet style. Every soup served to us was interesting and unique. My daughter mostly just lived on soups and fruit juices. I was very happy that the breakfasts had dosa, idli to parathas in them instead of the usual bread, eggs and cereals. My husband claimed that the grilled fish he was served was one of the best he has eaten. Desserts were simple but tasty. The only suggession I had was that the menu didn’t really have anything local in it. Most Indian food served was North Indian and it would have been interesting if there were at least one or two dishes which were from that region. I also felt like they could have a little kitchen garden right next to the dining area. With such a rich soil, they can grow so many vegetables with so much ease. They also have a lovely bar where we enjoyed our evening beers.
Staff of any place can make or break your experience and I am happy to say that the people of Red Earth made the holiday special for us. Each person there greeted us with a smile every single time. They were always ready to help/assist us. Anila and Arjun will stay in our memory for a long time as our daughter got along with them really well.
The highlight of the entire trip of course was the Safari at the Kabini forest. We saw a Tiger in the wild for the first time ever! Of course my humble camera couldn’t capture it but we were thrilled to have finally seen the Big Cat in all its glory!
All in all it was a great vacation which my family totally enjoyed. For all of you in India, especially Bangalore, we highly recommend ‘Red Earth’ at Kabini. My daughter has loved the place so much that we have promised to take her again soon. I hope these photos tempt you enough to book yourself a few days of ‘Red Earth’!
Once again… I would like to thank Amar and team Towness for this wonderful opportunity.