Paragliding in Kamshet wonderful experience

Kamshet paragliding trip

My paragliding experience at Kamshet was an adventure assorted with fun, hope you savour the same by reading this experience.

Kamshet is located at 45 kms from Pune, the roads become rusty as you reach towards your destination. This location is huge and excellent for paragliding. Open space beyond your eyes can see. You must have your own vehicle for commuting, as this place is in outskirts and you won’t find any other option than a private vehicle.

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Do I know how to do paragliding alone? I wish, I could have done it alone but as I wasn’t trained, I had to go for Tandem Paragliding. Well it’s nothing technical, you can have the awesome experience without even knowing it. You will have a trained tandem pilot who would take you on the joy ride.

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What are you supposed to do then? Nothing enjoy the breeze with open arms at hundreds of meters of altitude. Is it scary, of course it is, otherwise what’s the fun in it? My pilot also did some flips in the air it was thrilling and an incredible moment.

Where to book?

Don’t make the mistake of going directly without booking as you might be disappointed. There will be several paragliding companies you can find which will offer you the experience, we booked it through “Nirvana adventures” which was indeed the best thing to do.

We chose to have our journey with “Nirvana Adventures” to book this breath-taking experience as they have the best trained gliders and facilities at their base camp.

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The camp is beautiful, surrounded by lush green trees. This place has absolute serenity which makes you feel like sleeping in lap of nature.

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We also had fun with friends exploring this place along with wonderful memories. The only thing which I regret was, we had to leave the place in one day due to work commitments.

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“Nirvana adventures” also offers other facilities like accommodation, food and airport pick up. So if you are bag packer nirvana does the work for you.

You can also learn to fly alone they offer different packages from a two day to week long courses. Isn’t it amazing? Next time I will make sure I fetch out one week’s time to visit this place and fly alone this time for much more thrilling experience.

Official site: www.flynirvana.com

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What are things you should definitely carry when you go for a one day trip?

You get nothing here at the spot where paragliding happens so do carry the essentials:

  • Bottle of water
  • Shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Snacks
  • Camera

Important tip

Paragliding is a complete weather and wind dependent sport, there could be last minute changes. I advice you to reach early. Usually a normal tandem trip costs around 2500 for 15 mins, it varies with the company you book with.

If you are visiting Pune, do take out some time to visit Kamshet to have this awesome experience.

Incredible things to do in Bali in 6 days

Things to do in Bali for your first trip

A perfect sunrise, best beaches, mountains, heritage, temples, adventure, beautiful sunsets, shopping destinations, culture, pubs, cafes, resorts, hotels, spas. One place but so much to do, anything you think of, Bali has it.

Who are you?

A silent admirer of scenic beauty, a party animal, crazy explorer, dreamer, beach addict or enthusiast. Whether it’s the beauty or serenity, silence or music, Bali is the perfect destination.

You might be thinking if it is so beautiful, it will way out of my budget. The answer is “No”, anyone can plan a Bali trip fitting to their pocket.

My bucket list

First timers, I would suggest, spend at least a week in Bali. We had a 6 day trip, one of the most memorable trip ever.

I am going to share my bucket list with you, if you like it, pick up spots of your interest.

Gone are those days, when people use to buy those packages, where a bus will come on right time, take you on a tour, drop you for 30 mins and ask you to return even if you wished to stay.

What everyone is looking for is a custom made package, suiting their needs and preferences of time and places.

How to plan a perfect Bali trip?

There is no definition to perfection, all you need to do is, right things on right time. Bali is diverse, as it was our first trip we wanted the taste of everything, so we picked up three places to go.

  1. Ubud: Culturally rich and known for its tradition
  2. Seminyak: Party place with great clubs
  3. Nusa Dua: Perfect place to relax and pamper your self

Our aim was to enjoy the culture and heritage first, followed by adventure, party and finally relax before coming back.

Ubud

Enjoy the city walk, stunning cafes with wonderful food and drinks. Watch cultural dance show at the Ubud palace. Explore the city, check out the dazzling rice terraces. Out of all the three destinations this is the most apt place for shopping souvenirs and jewellery, as it offers the best price.

I would suggest not to spend a lot of money for your stay in Ubud, as you have so much to stay outside the hotel.

Things to do in Ubud

Read 9 amazing attractions in Ubud to know where you can spend your two days in Ubud.

If you are an adventure and trek lover you should check Mt. Batur Sunrise trek experience as well.

Seminyak

Seminyak is quite modern and a great place to enjoy various beach side clubs, pubs, shopping areas and tattoo shops. The best way to move around is to hire a scooter. One of the best staying option is TS Suites in Seminyak, we got an incredible deal as we booked in advance.

Things to do in Seminyak

Chill at TS Suites

TS Suites is the best place to stay in Seminyak if you are looking for a complete package. Let’s find out what you can do here:

Great food and they make customized breakfast for vegetarians…

It’s a big pain if you are a vegetarian and you stay at the wrong place. We usually check before booking any hotel whether they provide vegetarian food or not. TS Suites also provided us with custom made vegetarian breakfast.

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Enjoy the 24 hour terrace infinity pool of TS Suites

Yes you read it correctly, they have a 24 hour terrace swimming pool with a spectacular view. IMG_7377

You can swim, sun bath and have drinks enjoy a perfect start of the morning. They have a bar and a juice counter which is open 24X7. The service is amazing, I spent my mornings and late nights at this place after party.

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Free entry to their happening club Jenga…

Jenga offers free entry to TS suites residents, which was another perk of staying at this hotel. The club’s interior is exceptionally modern and it has a two storey arrangement. As you enter you will find an attractive bar with sophisticated seating arrangement of couches.

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The party is all downstairs, there is a disc and a bigger bar where you can get drunk while you dance. If you like quiet stay upstairs and enjoy your time.

Enjoy the coffee adjacent to TS Suites at my Kopi-O!

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If you are a coffee lover, this cafe offers different varieties of coffee with delicious snacks.

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Yes we did go out of the hotel and saw some other places too, TS suites was though the best experience.

Official website: http://www.tssuites.com

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3D Trick art gallery

Are you a photo lover? Like to click yourself wherever you can.
Then this is the right place for you. It has a collection of creative 3D pictures you can become a part of, full value for money.
I got myself clicked at all pictures, they were so irresistible. Have a look at few of my favourites…

Romantic picture…

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Funny picture…

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Crazy picture…

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Scary picture…

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There are dozens of it, wear your best attire and get clicked as much as you want. I have a collection for about 100 different poses. This was definitely one of the best places which I enjoyed thoroughly. This place is at walking distance from TS suites.

Potato head beach club

It’s a beach facing club with infectious music, we reached right in time to see the most gorgeous sunset.

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As we reached almost at the time of sunset, we missed the beach facing seats. We still managed to get a cozy seat inside. This place is crowded all the time with usually a waiting of half an hour minimum, it’s still worth the wait.

If you manage to reach at the start of evening, you could grab the best seats and if not, while you are waiting you can enjoy the view on the beach.

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They serve delicious food, it was a splendid evening, topped by cozy dinner and wow environment.

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We took a scooter and followed the GPS to reach here, the location is a bit tricky with sharp turns, if you feel the way is not correct, it means you are on the right way.

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A Day trip from Seminyak to Kuta

Seminyak is in the centre, you can also visit Kuta if you are fond of driving. We did a day trip to Kuta and visited the Discovery mall.

It’s a beach facing shopping mall, with tons of shopping options. I got a pair of Wakai shoes from here they are super comfortable and stylish. You can buy souvenirs, eatables, chocolates, clothes, they have a wide range of fine looking bikinis in this mall. You can shop till you drop!
Once you are done you can sit at any beach facing restaurant to enjoy the view and food. If you are a shopaholic you can return to shopping or wait for the awesome sunset.

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Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is a perfect place to relax and pamper yourself. Mesmerizing blue water beaches, remarkable spas, great restaurants and superb atmosphere. As this was our last stop we took our best stay here.

Where to stay as Nusa Dua? It is full of beach facing resorts, Grand Mirage offers one of the best stays.

Things to do in Nusa dua

Water Sports

The water is blue and clear making it a suitable destination for water sports. Options available for the sports are:

  • Sea walking
  • Scuba diving- It’s a two day course
  • Jet ski
  • Speed boat
  • Parasailing
  • Flying Fish

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Turtle Island tour

This is a lovely island where they conserve turtles, you can also see other animals like snakes, bats, birds, big lizards. It’s a fun place to go for a tour.

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Treat yourself with spa

After the exhausting water sports a good spa is nothing but the best thing to happen. You can enjoy spa at your resort or explore the spas of the adjacent resorts. There are several open spa shops on the street which offer incredible foot massages and fish massages to relax you with cheaper price.

Balinese is one of the most relaxing spa treatments, make sure you take a Balinese massage during your stay in Bali.

Queens of India restaurant

Yes it’s an Indian restaurant as I can’t survive without Indian food for long. Queens of India was one of restaurants with delicious food, the service was nice. They also provided us with a complimentary cab to our resort which was very sweet of them.

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The Grand Mirage candle light dinner

I do have a one full blog about The Grand Mirage, still this arrangement needs to be mentioned, as its special and an unforgettable experience.

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Well what do you think it is? May be your guesses are correct, it’s a space for the private table arrangement at the beach for having a candle light dinner. You can enjoy your solitude and companion fully with a bling of romance in the air.

You just need to do the advance booking for the evening.

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Uluwattu temple tour

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Last but not the least, the best location in Bali. Uluwattu Temple is located on a cliff over the ocean giving it a magnificent view. The temple is of utmost religious importance and is one of the most popular attractions of Bali due to its spectacular location. When you enter the temple just be careful of the monkeys on the way, if you are carrying any food items.

I just feel like staying here forever, no words to describe the beauty and serenity of this place. The pose which everyone gets clicked here is…

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I have never seen the sky look so colourful, the view was beguiling and is one of my finest memories

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The best way to reach here is hire a cab because as it’s in outskirts you might not get options to go back if you book a one way cab.

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Best place to stay in Nusa Dua Bali The Grand Mirage – Review

IMG_7859The Grand Mirage is the most exotic holiday destination in Bali. It’s a beach facing resort with all modern amenities and world-class service.
I will give you a review as well as virtual tour of this resort. So let’s get started.

 

Amazing service

” The Grand Mirage” as the name suggests has a grand decorated entrance.IMG_7770

The entrance decoration is changed periodically which gives a beautiful feeling when you enter this resort.
They have a 24 hour front desk office, which would assist you with your bookings.
The staff is very courteous. Your luggage will be escorted without any hassle.
We booked the Ocean View room, which entitled us for a special welcome with a fresh flower garland and coconut water. It was a sweet surprise for us.

Facilities on offer with the booking

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Private beach area
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center

 Incredible Rooms

The room was extremely clean and well-arranged. We were staying in the ocean facing room on the top floor which is one of the best rooms of the resort.

Have a look yourself…

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Perfect Jacuzzi to relax…

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Spacious passages…

In fact the corridors were nice, clicked some hilarious pictures and wonderful memories to carry.

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Spectacular view from the balcony, you will not feel like leaving the room…

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Superb dining area

The dining area was huge with lot of spots to sit and enjoy food.
You can choose the pool view or sit inside, where you can see the beautiful statues in the center of the resort.

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Great swimming pool

Swimming pool is a significant criteria, when I look for booking a resort.
The Grand Mirage not only has a good swimming pool but it also has a separate children pool.

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They also have a seating arrangement near the pool, where you can enjoy your breakfast, with the pool view.

Private Beach area

The beach is extremely clean and calm. You will only find resort guests around, making it less crowded and a great place to relax.

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Sea is so compelling, swim, take a sun bath enjoy the great view.

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Delicious food

Nusa Dua was the last leg of our Bali trip and I was craving for Indian food, The Grand Mirage was a blessing in disguise for me.
They have a dedicated Indian restaurant called Bumbu Delhi with incredible food and live music arrangement. I was in love with this resort.

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The resort has multiple restaurants theme buffets, beach facing cafes, central dining area.

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Offers a huge variety of multi cuisine eating options, select your pick and enjoy it to fullest.

Water Sports destination

Perfect destination for water sports, get your booking done at their counter.
They’ll even make CDs for your sea walking experiences.

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Water sports can only be done in morning due to tide conditions. We suggest you to book in advance and be on time to enjoy the sport you pick.

Exotic views

The Grand Mirage is spread out in a huge area, you can take a walk on the beach, click pictures and play around.
It looks gorgeous at any point of time whether it is day or night.

Morning view

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Afternoon view

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Evening view

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Night view

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Extras

They have a free shuttle service for the Nusa Dua shopping center Galleria mall, child care facilities, amazing spa facilities, one of the best in Nusa Dua.

What more can you get?
There is more, they have small shops inside the resort, selling cultural articles.
They also organize dance shows along with buffet dinners.

They also have a personal photography desk, couples often complain they have no one to click pictures on their holiday, all they have is just selfies.
Grand Mirage offers the solution, you can get your private album done from their personal photography desk.

It’s a full entertainment, relaxing and fun place to be on a holiday. Its a personal and honest review for this incredible place.

Where is “The Grand Mirage”?

Right here…

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You can also read

9 amazing attractions in Ubud you should not miss

Mt. Batur Bali, the sunrise trek

Official Site: http://www.grandmirage.com

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9 Amazing Attractions in Ubud you should not miss

Ubud is known for its culture and tradition, there are dozens of activities to do in Ubud you can spend 2 days, a week or a month, and you will still have new things to explore in Ubud.

If you have reached Ubud by afternoon, we suggest you to hire the two-wheeler next day, provided you are fond of walking. Ubud’s architecture is mesmerizing! Take a walk down the lane which goes towards palace and you’ll find many fascinating roadside cafes offering great food and drinks.

See the place like a local, walk and visit the market, enjoy the food and shopping areas.

But if you have to pick the must to do’s then we will suggest you the 9 amazing attractions of Ubud which you should not miss.

1.Kafe Ubud

One of the best cafes in Ubud, also provides vegetarian, vegan as well as gluten-free options to eat, the staff is extremely courteous. Wooden interior adds an appeal to it. This place is never empty, still very peaceful.

The best part is the food served here is so fresh and delicious, that you would always want to visit again to try more.

They have an exquisite drink menu with so many healthy options, if you are not in healthy drinks don’t be sad, they also serve beer. Not to forget the coffee as Bali is known for it. This is your one stop cafe for the freshest food and drinks. It’s a must try.

Opening hours: 7.30 am to 11.00 pm

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2.Ubud Palace

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Ubud Palace is one of finest attractions right in the center of Ubud, if you are a culture and tradition lover, you gotta visit this. You can reach the palace by 6 pm and take a walk around the palace, people start taking the front seats to see the 7 pm show which is a good mix of cultural dance with incredible live music played, depicting stories.

The dancers are so expressive, its real fun to see them all perform in such beautiful costumes, there are 4 to 5 acts and it’s a one hour show.

The locals sell chill beer to the audience. As you can see in the picture, if you are late you will miss the best seat.

Opening hours: 7.30 am to 11.00 pm

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3.Clear Cafe

Clear Cafe is a lovely place to eat and spend some quality time; the place has variety of seating options. If you go in night they have a candle at every table, which adds to the beauty of this serene place.

Their Chocolate shake is the best drink and a must try, though it’s vegan but it tastes amazing. I tried it on my friend’s recommendation and it was worth every sip of it.

Clear cafe is a 7 min walk from Ubud palace approx 500 meters, it’s a quiet lane. It’s extremely clean, quiet, peaceful and has a wonderful interior along with great food!

Opening hours: 8 am to 11.00 pm

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4.Tegallalang Rice Terraces

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What a view? Isn’t it beautiful, we took a refreshing morning ride to this place for about 30 mins from Ubud palace road. It was quite enjoyable. Tegallalang paddy fields are one of best things to see in Ubud.

You can walk around in the fields, click numerous pictures, sit and do yoga, meditate, feel the breeze. It will make you feel so close to the nature.

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If you are hungry after a walk down the rice terraces there is a great lineup of cafes right at the periphery offering spectacular view, where you can enjoy your food and drinks.

Opening hours: Opens at 7.00 am to 5 pm

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5.City ride on scooter to discover the interior of Ubud

The best way to roam around in Ubud is to hire a scooter which is not pricey at all. You can discover the interiors of the city by visiting the Tegallalang rice terraces on the scooter. It’s a fun ride and you will see some amazing art and furniture shops.

Ubud art market is the highest recommended place for shopping, but if you wish to shop souvenirs for really cheap price then you should stop by the shops coming on the way to Tegallalang rice terraces.

In the entire Bali trip if you wish to shop Ubud is your destination. As you will move towards the modern Bali, same things will be more expensive. There is a variety of beautiful scarves, jewelry and lot more. Ubud is the hub of art and culture with so much of serenity that you will fall in love with this place.

6.Taman Ayun Temple

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Taman Ayun Temple is a great example of magnificent architecture and scenic location, the temple is huge and glorious. It is located at 17 km from the Ubud palace road and it takes close to 45 mins to reach there by the taxi.

You can visit this temple on your way to your Tanah Lot sunset tour, it also has lotus and fish ponds. The temple is so big  and surrounded by lush green landscape that you can get lost in it.

The atmosphere is so positive and rejuvenating that you won’t feel like leaving this place.You need to start early if you wish to spend more time here otherwise you will get late for your sunset tour.

Opening hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

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7.Tanah Lot Sunset Tour

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Tanah Lot temple is one of the splendid sights of Bali, it is around 34 kms from Ubud palace road and around 1 hour 30 minutes of drive. It is among the finest sunset points. Entry in the temple is forbidden for tourists, you can see it from outside and if you pay a little they will let you climb four stairs so you can click pictures.

It’s a great photo spot and is usually very crowded because of its touristy location and beautiful view.

You can enjoy the sunset from lot of open cafes in front of the temple situated at the perfect height, choose your best seat to click the sunset in your camera and enjoy it with every sip of your drink.

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There is a small market area before you reach the temple, amazing shopping options for Bali coffee, scarves, jewelry, beautiful magnets shaped in form of Tanah Lot. It’s worth a visit while you are here for the sunset.

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8.Batur Sunrise Trek

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Magnificent Sunrise with an amazing adventure of trekking. If you are a nature lover and love to explore than Mt. Batur Trek should be on your list.

I would recommend this trek only if you are fit and can walk for about 3 hours, as the trek is quite steep and difficult but absolute fun.

You can read more on Mt. Batur Bali, the best sunrise ever for knowing how the experience would be like.

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Once you finish your Batur trek , on the way you can see the coffee plantation along with the process of making coffee.

These farms give you a good informative walk around its coffee plantations, where the famous Kopi Luwak is produced. Civet Cats are reared and fed with ripe coffee berries which in turn produce this extremely strong and expensive form of coffee via their poop!

The gut fermentation of the coffee berry in the civet cat keeps the beans intact and it goes through a rigorous cleaning process, roasted and ground to have the world’s most expensive coffee.

If you are tired after the morning trek and the coffee plantations, then you just need to sit back and relax because they will serve you all variety of teas and coffees that you just saw for free. You can get refreshed by sipping the variety with a brilliant view.

If you wish to try Luwak coffee you need to pay for it. They also have a wide variety of other organic products like oils, chocolates along with tea and coffee for you to buy.