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views-march2021-raghavendra-bhakri-02Danta Resort is an ideal destination for couples and families seeking a private holiday, where nature is at its best. Ours is a vacation home that provides the comfort and space to relax and unwind – while we anticipate every little need that you may have in mind.

Our boutique coffee estate resort is located in Madikeri – a picturesque city and the capital of Kodagu. The sound of birds chirping and a river flowing close to the resort sets up a perfect holiday setting for our guests. You get the feeling of walking on a cloud when you stay here.  

We currently have 14 spacious and tastefully-designed rooms with large balconies that open up to the scenic beauty of the place.We also have a 24-hour coffee shop, a theme restaurant serving multi-cuisine fare, and an interesting buffet spread every day. Guests can also use the room service option.

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Views & Interviews / March 2021

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This month we feature Kumar Tarur Parameswaran from Hyderabad – a senior Marketing & Services business professional who called it time when he turned 50. He says a 3-year hiatus from work, enabled a change of course to follow his passion and motivation – writing travel stories that help you explore the country, its history and its people.

Kumar’s website takes its name from India’s latitude – 20 degrees north. It is essentially about sustainable and responsible travel, transformational experiences, and travel stories based on a theme. These are stories narrated by a passionate traveler who presents some very interesting bookmarks for you – road trips, trekking, classical, countryside, heritage and offbeat.

Kumar’s travel compass has taken him right across the country – North, South, East and West. After crisscrossing the entire length and breadth of the country, he still says, “I have a long road ahead of me!”

On this interview, we chat with Kumar about his travels, his experiences and what makes the restless nomad in him want to see more of the world.

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Message of the Month / March 2021

Namrata Kothari is the Founder and CEO at Upword Media Services, a solutions integrated content production startup in Bangalore, with a dedicated team of writers. Upword Media handles a wide range of content needs for clients in individual verticals – ranging from startups to SaaS companies. Their content inputs also cross over to strategy articles for YourStory, Entrepreneur, and Inc42. Namrata says it has been rewarding to be among the Top 10 most promising marketing startups in the city.


Can you re-live one experience that is linked to a vacation not far from home?

Our holiday at a Club Mahindra resort in Coorg is one experience I may want to relive. This was a large-family-getaway (more than 20 people) and one that will be cherished for a long time. The resort is nestled in the misty Western Ghats and a place where contemporary lifestyle meets modern facilities.

views-feb2021-namrata-kothari-01As a large group we needed rooms that were close together and yet private – and we managed to book a number of cottages with independent rooms and kitchenettes – the kitchenettes were a welcome bonus. Interestingly, the resort offered a variety of amenities in-house for every age, so that we didn’t have to head out for any activity. The food from their theme restaurants was another attraction, in terms of quality and taste. All these features combined with a picturesque setting and great hospitality made it a vacation to remember.

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Views & Interviews / February 2021

Can you re-live one experience back home in India, linked to a dream vacation?

The backwaters of Kerala got me hooked as soon as I took my first boat ride with my parents from Vaikom to Kochi. It was almost like a dream; I was just a child then. I had to wait many more years for another visit, on a Coir Board photography assignment in Kerala. The trip coincided with the famous Nehru Boat Race at Alappuzha, and that made things all the more interesting.

The call of the backwaters

For me, personally, the call of the backwaters didn’t stop with that trip. I did go back to Kumarakom, many times – and the last trip in 2018 was extraordinary. For one whole day, I was drifting about the Kumarakom Kayal with my family and friends – with not a worry in the world. Keeping me company of course, was a glass of fresh toddy – neat for extra comfort! The Pulikkattil houseboat ride was like no other – an unforgettable experience worth doing all over again.

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Message of the Month / February 2021

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Manisha Roy is one of the most passionate travelers we have met on our Q&A sessions at AIRDA. She also leads from the front in the interest of independent women travelers, and says they need the active support of their families and spouses to go out and discover the world.

She says her husband Lalit Roy is a good example of being supportive. “He has given me total freedom and of course, the means to travel with my core group of friends. And our group has travelled the length and breadth of the country to discover divine paths, the romance of history, and nature at its beautiful best.

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Views & Interviews / January 2021 / Conversations with passionate traveller, Manisha Roy

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Lisa Ann Schreier is the driving force behind The Timeshare Crusader – a blog dedicated to helping consumers through the myriad of confusing information, as well as working with forward thinking organizations to be a catalyst for positive change. She is the creative force behind International Timeshare Appreciation Day, held annually on November 1st.

Author of two best-selling books, Surviving A Timeshare Presentation – Confessions From The Sales Table and Timeshare Vacations For Dummies, she also co-authored the college-level textbook, An Introduction To Vacation Ownership Management.

Lisa was a regular speaker and contributor to the National Timeshare Owners Association and the Florida Timeshare Users Group – in addition to being a featured speaker hosting an innovative Ask The Owners segment at CRDA’s 2011 conference, as well as TATOC’s 2012 conference. Lisa also is a Guest Lecturer at several senior living facilities and recently taught a class on avoiding timeshare related scams in conjunction with the Center for Lifelong Learning in Celebration, Florida.

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Message of the Month / January 2021 / Interview with Lisa Ann Schreier

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Our Q&A section on the AIRDA website features interviews with vacation seekers, travel writers, photographers, and other professionals who are connected with the timeshare industry in some way. In the past, we have also featured timeshare customers from different age groups – our oldest is 94 years old and still looking forward to her next holiday. Our youngest was 13 when we spoke to him a few years ago – he is now considering rapid-river-rafting on his next holiday.

For our upcoming interviews we would like to feature stories from your previous vacations – especially with the pandemic slowing down or restricting our ability to travel. Do let us know if you have an observation to make, a story to share, or constructive feedback to offer.

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Views & Interviews / December 2020 / Want to share your story? 

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Sajini Janardhan is a key member of a product research team at one of the biggest and oldest corporate houses in India – she has been at this job for 35 long years. And she’s one of those who is serious about her work, and serious about her other passion – travel. So when her company announces a holiday list for the year, you can see Sajni with her planner and marker pens. She plans at least two vacations in a year, one within India and one outside the country. Her long weekends are for short budget trips, she says.

Sajni is interested in the history, architecture and the culture of places she plans to visit – and believes that knowledge is obtained through travel and interaction with people of different cultures and backgrounds.

As a freewheeling parent she has encouraged her two sons to travel extensively – making them tolerant towards other beings, being grateful for what they have, and understand their calling in life. Travel is a great learning experience, she says.

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Message of the Month / December 2020 / Sajni Janardhan