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Shri.K.Namasivayam, Inspector of Customs, Trichy is the author of this article.
This is a sequel to my earlier article about online reservation for Central Government Holiday homes. In fact after booking through online, I proceeded for the summer vacation to Ooty and stayed at CG holiday home. I just thought of writing a review on CG Holiday holiday home at Ooty, which could be useful to gconnect friends.
SPLENDID is the word to describe the experience at Holiday Home Ooty. It is right in front of the Ooty Railway Station. Ooty Bus Stand is also very nearby.
The building is pretty new, facilities are very good. The rooms are very spacious, well maintained and provided with new furniture, hot water line for 24 hours, and laundry cleaned bedspreads/blankets. I got to mention about car parking facility here, which is really spacious and available inside the campus. The surroundings are also maintained in clean manner. The building is designed to be friendly to the physically challenged persons also. The staff working in the CG home are very courteous, helping and well mannered.
On the Flip side, though a full-fledged kitchen is there, only tea/Coffee is served in the morning. No breakfast is made. Similarly, Lunch is not also prepared. The reasoning given is that mostly the guests move out in the morning to places of tourist interest. They take their breakfast/lunch from hotels /canteens situated outside.
But after a tiring day of picnicking, you can come back to the comfort of your room, relax, have a hot cup of tea in the evening and order your food—the staff in the guest house make very good food– Punjabi dishes, chapatti, dhall, chicken/fish fry, or even variety rice. All these are strictly as per prior booking/orders only.
As I said, Ooty Railway Station is very nearby and it has a very good, clean, hygienic IRCTC Vegetarian Canteen. You may never mind walking a few yards and get a good vegetarian food.
The Guest House was not in a position to provide extra pillows – hence one or two travel air pillows would be handy.
To sum up, CG holiday home at Ooty provides very nice staying experience. Kudos to the Directorate of Estates as well as the people manning/maintaining the home.