Escape With Your Pals And Pooches To This Pet-Friendly Homestay In Sakleshpur


    This peaceful, serene, and eco-friendly homestay in Sakleshpur, called Mugilu is about a four-hour drive from Bangalore, and perfect for a quiet getaway from city life.

    Plantation Diaries

    Mugilu is the last estate in a row of places, and you will be welcomed by Shunti, one of the resident canines, who is incredibly friendly and will play tour guide when you walk around the estate or head to nearby fields. You can also take your own dog{s} along.

    Unlike a traditional homestay where everyone is in one building, there are four individual and very private cottages set across a verdant coffee and pepper plantation. The place has been designed and set up to go with the ecology – nothing jarring or post modern here, just stone, wood and earthy tones. Each cottage has its own balcony that affords a fantastic view, bird songs as well as tiny visitors by way of flying insects. Each cottage boasts a different colour theme, basic rustic furniture – rough wooden bed and chairs and table in the balcony, and stone floored bathrooms with big glass windows so you can commune with nature even while bathing. You will surely forget about your troubles here!

    Back To Basics

    With no television or air conditioning, {forget WiFi}, and limited phone signal, this place is all about getting in touch with nature and leaving gadgets, technology, and modernity behind. Even the hot water for bathing is heated on a fire and then piped into the rooms, for a limited period of time each day. The package per night includes three meals, with tea and snacks available for a little extra, that will even be brought to you room. But breakfast, lunch, and dinner are taken in the common dining and leisure area, and honestly, it’s so pretty and peaceful there, you will probably want to hang out late into the night, like we did, before taking the short walk back to your cottage.

    At Your Service

    The food is hearty, local Kannadiga fare, and a real spread, with a good number of dishes likes akki roti, chicken curry and even a few North Indian favourites. The staff is sweet, hospitable, and keep the place running smoothly, even with the owner-couple, Sapna and Chandan, who are major travellers, are not around. But when they’re around, you will be in for a treat in the form of conversation and stories around life, travel, adventure sports, and wellness. And of course you will learn more about the philosophy behind the way they run the place, and try to maintain balance with nature.

    Nature In Sync

    Don’t miss taking an early morning walk on the hillside behind the estate, and it also makes for a perfect spot to view the gorgeous sunsets. Of course, if you’re feeling too lazy or just not up to leaving Mugilu, you can hang out on your private balcony and enjoy the views, silence, sounds of nature, and find your center once more.

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