She wiggled her toes inside the cool sheets and snuggled up against a large, soft pillow before the night was over. She had made a long drive and was tired of all the frolics in the pool and was ready to sleep after her meal of hot chicken soup and rice. For Brandy, it wasn’t just the pandemic – even otherwise, she rarely got to go on vacation. The main reason being that Brandy is a fluffy Shih Tzu and finding a vacation property that accepts pets has always been a challenge. However, at the K Resort in Puducherry, we quickly find that there are hordes of other reasons to choose this location besides the joy of bringing your four-legged friend!
Paws & meditate
An enjoyable approximately three-hour drive on the NH32 highway from Chennai brings us to a lush green 30-acre property. It looks like an oasis off the busy SH49. As we get out of our vehicle and check in, we sip a delicious welcome drink. We almost forgot about the pandemic, but the hot and sweet ginger kadha reminded us that the new normal can be nice and tasty too! As we marveled at the landscape of blossoming foliage and the canal winding through the property, suffocated by water lilies, Swapna Mathivanan, the owner of K Resorts, tells us that it took her three years to establish this lush green environment. . âIt is thanks to Paul Blanchflower, the landscape architect of Auroville that we have this greenery. At his suggestion, we opted for only hardy native plants. ” In addition, they have an excellent rainwater harvesting system, with artificial water bodies and a lake. Their restaurant in the middle of the lake definitely makes it a magical place at dusk.
A lot of space
Swapna opened Celine’s Kitchen in Puducherry (incidentally also the name of the resort’s restaurant) in 2014 and tells us it’s been a slow and determined journey since then to secure that land and make her dream come true. The name of the place is due to the initials of his grandfather, Dr MDK Kuthalingam, informs Swapna, as we are shown The Garden Villa. We enter a sprawling space with two bedrooms and a shared living room, with a door opening to the rear facing the canal, a huge tub in one of the tubs, and an open-air shower in the other. With plans of 56 rooms, 40 rooms are now functional and the room with private pool is being prepared afterwards. The kitchens are multi-cuisine and the portions for room service are generous and quick. What sets them apart is that they are ready to take on personalized requests, including requests for your pooch.
Just like the family
“Hello, Mari,” Swapna said, showing us around the place. Mari is one of the planters. There is an imperceptible sense of family here – and Swapna concedes that they all make a great team. âFrom my mother, Dr Kalyani Mathivanan, my brother Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (professional tennis player) and our friend Pratik Shah who is the CEO here – we all put our ideas and efforts to build this place. Despite the pandemic, most of our employees stayed. In fact, thanks to her brother’s interest in sports, Swapna tells us to watch out for tennis courts and tournaments afterwards! The architect of the project was Michael Gransitzki from Mancala, and as you walk around you realize that Swapna’s dream was more than just a hospitality project. An eco-warrior, she tells us, that getting rid of plastic is going to be her biggest fight. Meanwhile, we notice cool stone tiles in the pool, a vermin composting plan, an AC inverter to save energy, and a solar powered electric perimeter. And, of course, the best part is the small pet pool, where you can splash around and have fun with your pooch. Swapna has two gorgeous goldens and two rescues, and it’s easy to see why K Resort accepts pets. In fact, one of the first to welcome us to the property was Fury, a rescued one-eyed streetie who definitely added that warm, fuzzy feel to this property!
Room rate from 7,500 INR ++. The writer has been invited by the resort to comment on the property.