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12 of the Best Homestays in Coorg

Coorg Homestays for All Budgets

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Homestays in Coorg, one of the top tourist destinations in Karnataka, are plentiful and spread all over the region. Many of them are part of working plantations and serve traditional Coorgi food, giving guests a unique dose of local culture. Deciding which one to pick can be difficult, as they're all so appealing. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. In particular, homestays situated away from the main town (Madikeri) can be quite isolated and are best suited to people who prefer nature over traditional sightseeing. Do also consider what type of homestay would be best suited to the people you're traveling with. Some offer private cottages, while others are rooms in a home. Some even have attics, which are great for kids. Many don't have TV. Here are 12 of the best homestays for all budgets to consider.

1. Gowri Nivas

Gowri Niwas
Gowri Nivas is a delightfully transformed old ancestral property with a convenient town location, within walking distance of Raja's Seat -- one of the main attractions. The hosts aim to provide a luxurious stay at an affordable price. There are four uniquely decorated guest rooms, two in the main house and two cottage rooms. The cottage rooms are much quieter and private, and have lovely porches to sit out on. However, families with kids may prefer the room with an attic in the house. The hosts also have an estate, 40 kilometers from Madikeri at the foothills of Tadiyendamol, Coorg's highest peak. It's a peaceful place for a picnic.
  • Location: In Madikeri town.
  • Cost: 4,000 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast.
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2. Sai Sadan

Sai Sadan Homestay
At Sai Sadan, guests get the whole bottom floor of the host's bungalow to themselves. It's fully furnished and self contained, and also situated in town. There are two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and hall. The rooms are clean and simple, and with plenty of toys and games to keep children occupied. This makes it a fabulous option for families. With caring hosts who go out of their way to take care of their guests, Sai Sadan really is like a home away from home. Tasty vegetarian home cooked food is served, for those who prefer it.
  • Location: In Madikeri town.
  • Cost: Around 3,000 rupees per night for a double, including meals.

3. Honey Pot Homes

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Honey Pot Homes has three modern, architecturally designed cottages in a small cluster, situated a short distance away from the hosts' residence. Each cottage has a loft, which is great for children to sleep in. Kids will also love playing the tree house on the property. The home stay is set on a huge 225 acre plantation, and the hosts offer daily tours of it.

  • Location: 5 kilometers east of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 4,000 rupees per night for two people, including breakfast.

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4. Vindhyas

Vindhyas
For those who want to stay somewhere intimate and private, Vindhyas offers a charming country cottage surrounded by garden on the host's coffee plantation. It has 2 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, an attic exclusive for kids, kitchen dining area, and front verandah overlooking the Abyala mountains. Only the whole cottage is let out to guests, not individual rooms. It can accommodate eight people in total. The delicious home cooked food gets lots of compliments. And yes, there is satellite TV for those who don't want to do without it!
  • Location: Off the Mysore-Madikeri Highway, around 10 kilometers east of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 4,000 rupees per night for two people, including breakfast. Extra beds provided at additional cost.

5. Kedakal Estate

Kedakal Estate
Kedakal Estate, located in the same area as Vindhyas, has one feature that sets it apart from most homestays -- an in-ground swimming pool and jacuzzi! The three guest rooms are contained in the host's renovated four bedroom colonial bungalow (the hosts occupy the remaining room). It was built in the early 1900s, amidst the estate's coffee plantation. The hosts also own a pristine evergreen forest with river a short distance away, which can be visited on a day trip. Quad bike riding is an additional activity that's available for those who love adventure.
  • Location: Off the Mysore-Madikeri Highway, around 10 kilometers east of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 4,000 rupees per night for two people, including breakfast.

6. Eco Habitat

Eco Habitat
Possibly Coorg's most luxurious homestay, Eco Habitat is perfect for honeymooners or other couples wanting to treat themselves to a romantic Coorg getaway. There are two gorgeous villas on the property, each with its own enclosed private plunge pool! As its name suggests, the homestay has an eco-friendly focus. It has an organic coconut farm, as well as vanilla and cardamom plants, and a small dairy to provide milk and bio gas for the kitchen. Water is heated by firewood sourced from the farm. Guests can simply relax and do nothing, or participate in all kinds of activities including organic farming, four wheel driving, river rafting, jungle safaris, trekking,and interacting with elephants.
  • Location: Off the Mysore-Madikeri Highway, 30 kilometers east of Madikeri, near Khusalnagar and Bylakuppe.
  • Cost: 5000 rupees per night for a double. Breakfast, served in the garden if you wish, is included.
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7. Coorg Coffee Hills

Coorg Coffee Hills
If you're on a budget, yet want to stay somewhere comfortable and reasonably close to town, try the groovy bright colored cottages at Coorg Coffee Hills. There are three of them in a cluster, with one, two, and three bedrooms. Each room has a separate entrance, and there's 24 hour electricity and hot water as well. A music system is also provided. The cottages are surrounded by plenty of greenery, having views of the coffee estate to the front and back, and mountains to the side. A short walk away, you'll find a river where you can relax and have a picnic. There's even a newly constructed swimming pool! It's great value.
  • Location: Off the Mangalore-Mysore Highway, around 11 kilometers west of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 750 rupees per night per person. Includes breakfast, coffee, evening campfire, and plantation and river walk.

8. Victorian Verandaz

Victorian Verandaz
Victorian Verandaz offers a colonial experience staying in an old British style cottage with a lovely verandah in front. It's set next to a planter’s bungalow that's played host to Coorg aristocracy, British officials, army officers and planters over its 100 years of existence. The cottage has two simple guest rooms with attached bathroom, and a dining room. This makes it appealingly private for friends and family traveling together. A highlight is a tour around the hosts' lush estate in a 1966 Willys jeep.
  • Location: Near Kadagadal Village, around 8 kilometers northeast of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 2,500 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast.
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9. Bel Home

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Ranked amongst the top homestays in India, Bel Home is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get away from it all. Nature is the main attraction at the homestay, which has two spacious and immaculate rooms (without TV) in a cottage surrounded by cool breeze, chirping birds, and the roar of the nearby river. It's situated on an 80 acre plantation. Trekking to Kotebetta Peak is a popular activity.

  • Location: Madapura, 26 kilometers northeast of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 3,000 rupees per night for two people, including breakfast.

10. Casa Coorg

Casa Coorg
Golf enthusiasts will love Casa Coorg, as it's located on a coffee estate adjoining a golf course. In addition to being an avid golfer who frequents the course, the host is an adventure enthusiast who can suggest plenty of activities to keep guests occupied. His wife is an excellent cook, and they're a vibrant couple. This homestay would best suit anyone who wants to get away from it all amongst nature, as there aren't any typical tourist attractions in the area. It offers two modern rooms and a cottage, accommodating 10 people in total.
  • Location: Bittangala, in Virajpet district, around 30 kilometers south of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 3,000 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast.

11. Spice Garden

Spice Garden
This simple and serene homestay is perfect for adventure lovers who would like to trek Brahmagiri Peak, the second highest mountain in the district. The area is full of medicinal herbs and plants, and Ayurvedic treatments are also offered at the homestay. It has two double bedrooms and two family rooms in a converted 125 year old house, separate from the main residence. There are also tented accommodations, along with a macchan, swings, and a hammock in the garden. The host is passionate about wildlife and takes guests on guided walks around the property's large 90 acre estate (part of it is private forest and bird sightings are plentiful there).
  • Location: Kutta, in far south Coorg, near Nagarhole National Park. It's around 5 hours drive from Bangalore.
  • Cost: 3,000-4,500 rupees per night, including breakfast and dinner.

12. Palace Estate

Palace Estate
If you want to get right away from worldly distractions, you'll find Palace Estate appealing. Perched on a mountain at the foot of Coorg's highest peak "Thadiyandamol", it overlooks untainted forest and the 17th century Nalnad Palace. There's a small private waterfall on the 20 acre plantation property, and plenty of bird watching and trekking opportunities. The main drawback is that the isolated location means that there are very few options for eating away from the homestay, and the food there is on the pricey side. The rooms are also quite basically furnished, with just a bed, table, and attached bathroom. Hot water is available only at dawn and dusk. It's very rustic and eco-friendly.
  • Location: Kakkabe, around 35 kilometers southwest of Madikeri.
  • Cost: 500 rupees per night for a single, up to 2,500 rupees for a double. All meals and tea/coffee are extra.

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