GReaT Trails Kodaikanal by GRT Hotels and Resorts: A Tranquil Escape Amidst Nature

GReaT Trails Kodaikanal by GRT Hotels and Resorts: A Tranquil Escape Amidst Nature


Published on November 2, 2023

With 16 upscale hotels and luxury resorts across the important destinations across South India, GRT hotels is now one among the desirable venues for travelers to stay at. For more than 50 years, G.R. Thanga Maligai, popularly known as GRT has pioneered the art of combining unparalleled craftsmanship and rich heritage to create timeless designs. Branching out from GRT Jewellers, GRT Hotels & Resorts now features 16 upscale hotels and luxury resorts in the most desirable destinations across South India.

Be it business or leisure, GRT has the  accommodation and amenities to  get you covered. An inviting ambience coupled with warm hospitality and a fleet of holistic amenities are at the ready to provide you with an experience that feels personal. The hotel’s rugged and rustic style of architecture with its steep slopes, 40 exquisite rooms like Alps Swiss chalets and rocky stairs are elements that have seamlessly elevated the hotel space amidst the stunning tranquil yet rustic authenticity of the hills. “We also have other activities such as Shuttle court, Bird watching, Horse Ride, Pottery, Farm visit, Jeep Ride, Telescope to watch the night sky, bonfire with entertainments such as games for kids and families by in house event manager making it an ideal choice for both relaxation and adventure seekers. The resort is also Pet Friendly with varied amenities and exclusive Pet Park for our pet guest,” says Arun Raj R, General Manager of the property.

Monsoon Experiences

Kodaikanal experiences different seasons throughout the year, and the hotel understands the importance of adapting their services and offerings to provide a delightful experience for guests in every season. “During Spring, when the weather is pleasant and flowers are in full bloom, the resort organizes a visit to world renowned Bryant’s Park, outdoor activities, and nature walks for guests to enjoy the beautiful surroundings,” explains Arun Raj R. “During Summer,” he adds, “Kodaikanal tends to get crowded and the Flower show at Bryant’s Park is not to be missed. The resort anticipates this and ensures that our facilities are well-equipped to handle increased demand.” Likewise, throughout the year, the resort ensures that their staff are well-trained and knowledgeable about the local weather conditions and attractions. They are equipped to provide recommendations on places to visit, customize itineraries, and assist guests in making the most out of their stay, regardless of the season. 


Starting from June 1, 2023, GReaT Trails Kodaikanal by GRT Hotels and Resorts proudly declares itself “Pet Friendly.” Welcoming guests with dogs and cats, the resort has implemented all the necessary arrangements, provisions, and policies to ensure a comfortable stay for both humans and their four-legged companions. The property has various recreational facilities like an indoor games room, children’s play zone, art & craft, Cooking class, Mocktail making sessions, billiards room, PS5, GReaT experiences hub, and facilities for outdoor activities such as trekking, trampoline for kids and adults, tree top adventure games which includes zip line, Burma bridge. “With tourists arriving from various backgrounds and cultural norms, managing guest expectations becomes crucial. Multilingual staff members, clear communication channels, and personalized services can help bridge any potential language or cultural barriers,” Arun Raj R explains.

Sustainable Practices

“We have implemented an effective waste management system that includes  recycling and proper disposal of waste. We have installed an Organic Waste Compost machine and convert our food waste as manure and use it for garden and support neighboring local farmers by giving free manure to their farming work,” Arun Raj R explains about the sustainable practices implemented in the property. They have also taken measures to reduce energy consumption through the use of energy-efficient lighting systems, motion sensors in common areas, and regular maintenance of equipment to ensure optimum efficiency. There are also green spaces created and maintained within the hotel premises, including gardens and vertical gardens, and their own farm to produce kitchen needs like vegetables and greens. These spaces not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also contribute to air purification and provide habitats for local birds to form their nest.


The resort also offers an in-house restaurant that serves a variety of delicious cuisines. If you’re a food connoisseur with a passion for all things fine, Whistler cafe is where you need to be. Satiate every whimsical desire of your palate atop the valley with views so marvelous. The extensive array of delicacies and the warmth of unmatched service will make your dining experience truly unforgettable

As New Year approaches, the resort is planned for a grand celebration to welcome the coming year. There will be live music performances, dance parties, and entertainment programs arranged for guests to enjoy. Fireworks displays might be organized by the resort to add sparkle and excitement to the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Counting down to midnight and witnessing a beautiful fireworks show can be a memorable experience. 

Additionally, GReaT trails Kodaikanal by GRT Hotels celebrates Tamil New Year, Onam, International Womens Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Krishna Jeyanthi, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ramzan, Teachers Day, Childrens Day, Holi, Raksha Bandhan and all other festive with festive décor, festive mood and colourful celebrations. The friendly staff at GRT Kodaikanal will be dedicated to ensuring that all the festivals are enjoyable and filled with happy memories.

Digital Detox: Helping Guests Unplug and Relax this Summer Season

Digital Detox: Helping Guests Unplug and Relax this Summer Season

Shreenidhi Jagannathan

Published on May 20, 2024

This summer, Nisha Sharma, Operations Director – India at Eight Continents Hotels & Resorts, delves into the growing trend of digital detox vacations. In her insightful article, "Digital Detox: Helping Guests Unplug and Relax this Summer Season," Sharma explores how hotels and resorts are offering innovative packages to help guests disconnect from their devices and reconnect with what truly matters. Read on to learn how stepping away from your screens can lead to a more balanced, rejuvenated, and fulfilling summer experience.

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In our hyper-connected world, the allure of a digital detox is becoming increasingly compelling. As summer approaches, many hotels and resorts are seizing the opportunity to offer guests a chance to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature, family, and themselves. These digital detox packages are designed not only to provide a break from the constant barrage of emails, notifications, and social media but also to foster a deeper connection with the environment and personal well-being.

The Concept of Digital Detox

A digital detox involves refraining from using electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. The goal is to reduce stress, improve mental health, and enhance the quality of life by disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with the physical one. For many, the incessant need to stay connected has led to burnout, anxiety, and a sense of constant distraction. Hotels and resorts that offer digital detox packages aim to combat these issues by providing an environment that encourages relaxation and mindfulness.

The Rise of Digital Detox Packages

The trend of digital detox vacations has been on the rise as people seek refuge from their demanding digital lives. Leading the charge are luxury hotels and resorts that offer bespoke packages tailored to help guests disconnect. These packages often include a mix of activities designed to engage guests physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Activities Promoting Mindfulness and Well-being

Central to these detox packages are activities that encourage mindfulness and present-moment awareness. These activities often emphasize the importance of being present and appreciating the natural world. Popular options include:-

  • ·         Nature Walks and Hikes: Guided tours through scenic trails allow guests to immerse themselves in nature, promoting physical activity and a sense of tranquility.
  • ·         Yoga and Meditation: These practices help guests center themselves, reduce stress, and improve mental clarity.
  • ·         Art and Craft Workshops: Engaging in creative activities like painting, pottery, or knitting can be therapeutic and foster a sense of accomplishment.
  • ·         Culinary Experiences: Cooking classes and farm-to-table dining experiences not only educate but also connect guests with the local culture and cuisine.
  • ·         Wellness Treatments: Spa treatments, including massages and aromatherapy, offer deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Benefits of Digital Detox

The benefits of a digital detox are manifold. Physically, guests often report better sleep and less eye strain. Mentally, they experience reduced stress levels, improved mood, and a greater sense of well-being. The absence of constant notifications allows for uninterrupted thoughts and deeper, more meaningful conversations.

Socially, guests find that they connect more genuinely with those around them. Without the distraction of devices, there is more room for eye contact, active listening, and heartfelt interactions. Additionally, being in a serene, natural setting often leads to a greater appreciation for the environment and a desire to protect it.

Encouraging Digital Detox: Tips for Hotels and Resorts

For hotels and resorts looking to implement digital detox packages, here are some tips:-

  • ·         Create a Device-Free Environment: Encourage guests to hand over their devices at check-in and provide a secure place for storage.
  • ·         Offer Engaging Alternatives: Design a variety of activities that cater to different interests and promote relaxation and engagement.
  • ·         Educate Guests: Provide information on the benefits of a digital detox and how it can improve their stay.
  • ·         Train Staff: Ensure that staff are supportive and knowledgeable about the digital detox concept, helping to foster a device-free culture.
  • ·         Promote the Package: Use marketing channels to highlight the unique benefits of a digital detox vacation, attracting guests who are seeking respite from their digital lives.


As the demand for mindful travel experiences grows, digital detox packages offer a refreshing way for guests to disconnect from their screens and reconnect with what truly matters. By promoting such initiatives, hotels and resorts not only enhance the well-being of their guests but also contribute to a more balanced, mindful, and connected world. This summer, embracing a digital detox could be the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life, offering families and individuals a chance to recharge and create lasting memories.

Discover Tranquility at The Brigadiers Cottage: Your Ideal Summer Retreat

Discover Tranquility at The Brigadiers Cottage: Your Ideal Summer Retreat

Nishang Narayan

Published on May 4, 2024

This summer, as the bustle of city life grows ever more demanding, find your sanctuary in the tranquil hills of Mussoorie at The Brigadiers Cottage. Known as the Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie offers a refreshing retreat with its cool breezes and misty mornings, setting the stage for a perfect getaway at one of India’s most unique homestays.

The Brigadiers Cottage is not just a place to stay; it’s a journey into a slower, more thoughtful way of life. Owned by Neetu and Aseem Varma, former corporate professionals who traded city life for the mountains, this cottage offers guests a rare blend of luxury and natural beauty. Their commitment to sustainable living is evident in every aspect of the cottage, from its organic farms to the free-roaming poultry and the melodious sounds of a nearby brook.

Guests at The Brigadiers Cottage can experience the joys of farm life with a modern twist. Imagine starting your day collecting fresh eggs for breakfast or taking part in milking the cows. The farm’s produce, including fresh milk, ghee, and honey, is not only organic but also embodies the essence of Himalayan purity.

For those looking to explore beyond the cottage, the Varmas suggest delightful local excursions. Whether it’s enjoying a picnic by the Yamuna River, with tables set up in the shallow waters, or exploring the vibrant Sainji village, known as the corn village of India, there is something for everyone.


The cottage itself, nestled in lush greenery and designed with an eye for elegance, has hosted a variety of distinguished guests, from diplomats to Bollywood stars, each seeking a slice of peace away from the public eye. Its exclusivity and personal touch make it a preferred retreat for those in the know.

If you're seeking a summer escape where you can unwind, explore, and reconnect with your loved ones, The Brigadiers Cottage in Mussoorie offers an unmatched experience. Plan a stay of at least three days to fully embrace the serene surroundings and the vibrant life of Mussoorie.

Call to Action: Ready to experience the serene beauty and organic luxury of The Brigadiers Cottage? Visit our May issue of the e-magazine for a closer look at this enchanting destination and start planning your perfect summer escape. For more details and bookings, follow us on Instagram @brigadierscottagemussoorie or visit

This article aims to entice readers with the charm and unique offerings of The Brigadiers Cottage, encouraging them to explore further in your e-magazine.

Sweetening the World: Shwetha Rajashekar’s Vision at India Sweet House

Sweetening the World: Shwetha Rajashekar’s Vision at India Sweet House

Nishang Narayan

Published on May 4, 2024

Meet Shwetha Rajashekar, a dynamic entrepreneur who has transitioned from a successful corporate career to revolutionising the desert landscape with India Sweet House. With over a decade of experience at prestigious companies like Goldman Sachs and Tesco, Shwetha brings a wealth of knowledge to her latest venture, aiming to make India Sweet House a globally recognized brand for authentic and sustainable Indian sweets.

In an exclusive interview in our May e-magazine, Shwetha shares her inspiration for starting India Sweet House. The idea was born from her desire to celebrate and preserve India's rich culinary heritage by bringing traditional sweets made with organic ingredients to a broader audience. India Sweet House stands out for its commitment to quality and sustainability, sourcing ingredients from its own organic farm, Karma Farms, ensuring that every bite not only tastes good but also contributes to a healthier planet.

Shwetha discusses the significant role of Karma Farms in maintaining the purity and freshness of their products, from dairy to ghee. This dedication to organic farming highlights a broader commitment to environmental stewardship, which is woven throughout their operations.

Empowerment is also at the core of India Sweet House’s ethos. Shwetha proudly leads an all-woman team, ensuring that the company not only produces delicious sweets but also champions gender equality in the workplace. This empowerment extends to nurturing their talents and fostering an environment where women can thrive and advance.

The article also touches on how India Sweet House balances tradition with innovation. While they cherish traditional recipes, they are not shy about introducing modern twists to suit contemporary tastes, ensuring their delights meet the palates of today’s diverse clientele.

Curious about the blend of tradition and innovation that Shwetha Rajashekar brings to the table with India Sweet House? Learn more about her unique approach to preserving culinary heritage while advancing sustainability in our exclusive May feature. Discover the full story and get inspired by her vision in this month's issue of Hospitality News e-magazine. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @indiahospitalitynews to stay updated with the latest trends and inspiring stories from the world of hospitality.