Coffee, Pandi Curry, Infinity Pools And Villas: Where Will You Stay In Coorg?

    It may be the Scotland of India and whiskey pegs are a must every evening, but we are also quite happy to sit sipping a cup of fresh coffee on the hilltops. Throw in a few treks, sinful local cuisine and massage that could give Bali a run for its money, and you’ve got yourself the perfect blend of adventure, indulge and relaxation — across all budgets. Pack your bags for Coorg now — one more long weekend coming your way folks!

    Vivanta by Taj

    Pick from 63 luxury cottages, suites, villas and rooms, all with spectacular views of the valley, of course. If you have time and inclination to actually get out of the infinity pool or the indulgent Jiva Grande Spa then traipse off to do some bird watching, tour the plantations and then learn the nuances of coffee tasting. Or trek to the source of the Cauvery.

    Price: INR 12,000 upwards per room per night

    Windflower Spa

    Set in the tranquil forests, this resort is great if you’re not looking to leave the premises. They only have studios, suites and villas, so you are in for a real treat. Rough road jeep rides, hot oil massages, gravity cycling and hydrotherapy are some of the quirky activities you can engage in, although the massage is our primary suggestion. Leave some time for a splash about in the pool, you won’t regret it.

    Price: INR 12,000 upwards per night per room

    Orange County

    The original luxury resort in the region, here luxury meets rustic in thatched roof cottages, bamboo furniture and a private pool depending on the villa you pick. Take a stroll through the spice trails and coffee plants, or have a gala time in the larger infinity and community pool. Nature walks, bird watching and a coracle ride in the property’s private lake are other options when there. Read more about it here.

    Price: INR 31,000 upwards per villa for two nights, including meals

    The Tamara Coorg

    Quite the honeymoon hotspot, this one has you living almost above the tree tops. Each room has a balcony to gaze onto the canopy below and if you ever come down from this cloud nine, you can practice yoga on the wooden deck, head off on a Rudraksh trail apart from the usual plantation tours and nature walks. We personally recommended the Signature Coffee Therapy at the spa as the coffee cocoon works its magic on your city skin.

    Price: INR 18,000 plus tax per room per night

    Casa Coorg

    Granted that it’s not as vast an ‘estate’ as others, but when the home itself is in the middle of other plantations, a golf course and paddy field, what is not to like. The rooms, and a cottage, are built such that you’re given your privacy and each sit-out overlooks the undulating hills. Ex-army couple Bharat and Pearl will give you plenty to talk about, what with their army escapades, and Pearl’s fabulous cooking. Oh and make sure you take some condensed milk and whiskey because the lady of the house makes divine Irish Cream! Read more about them here.

    Price: INR 3,500 per couple per night

    Balakrishna Niwas

    A quick auto rickshaw ride should easily get you to the base of the hill this homestay sits atop. And if you’re up for it, hike up the steep path or get the owner, Babu, to pick you up. Sunsets and sunrises are best watched from the second hill top, also part of the property, before you settle in for drinks and barbecue there. Then walk back to the main house, with three massive rooms and an attic room, for a dinner laid out for kings. Coorg cuisine reigns supreme, and Babu really spoils you with chicken curry, Pandi or pork curry, akki {rice} roti and nool puttu {string hoppers} for almost every meal. A great option if you want the country life without being too far from the town, Madikeri {seven kilometres away}.

    Price: INR 3,500 for two per night

    Gowri Niwas

    A Kodava home {plus a cottage} in the heart of Madikeri, this was one of the first homestays to pop up, which has been opened to those looking for a vacation in luxury within an affordable budget. Situated at the heart of Madikeri, the capital of Coorg, you have the luxury and comfort of home. Cosy and traditional, you see.

    Price: INR 2,000 per person

    Kedakal Estate

    A bit of a posh homestay, you can really get lost in this hill-top property. A swimming pool, barbecue area and interiors with interesting history, you’ll really be cut off from civilisation here. Personalised plantation walks, bird watching and bonfire chatter are also on offer thanks to the hospitable hosts. But what we most love, apart from no cellular network, is the Quad bikes for that added thrill of zipping around. Local food is served, and you won’t regret picking Kedakal Estate if you want a serene getaway.

    Price: INR 2,500 per person

    BB Estate Homestay

    An ancestral home with lush gardens and plantations for space, this estate takes you back in time. You have an option of staying in two outhouse suites or really soak in history at the 175-year-old bungalow which offers three bedrooms.

    Price: INR 1,200 per person per night

    Springdale Estate

    A bungalow set in 100 odd acres of coffee bushes, you can’t go wrong with this one. Three cosy and even Victorian bedrooms are open for guests, and you’ll love that while it feels old-school {with bay windows and cushioned arm chairs} it’s also got a very modern touch, especially when it comes to the bathrooms. A fireplace in the sitting area gets this one brownie points and works well to tell kids stories on a cold night, or propose marriage to your significant other. If you like, they’ll organise angling and rafting for you when in season, or opt for golf, treks, cycling and plantation tours.

    Price: INR 5,000 per night