A beautiful homestay in Jakkanahalli, a 10-minute drive away from Chikmagalur town, Woodway is smack in the middle of greenery. Hello, tranquility, mountains, Caesar and Cleopatra. Just a six-hour drive from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is fast becoming a favourite getaway for Bangaloreans. And hidden a bit on the outskirts of the main town, Woodway may be off the usual tourist path, but it’s usually full so email Shreedev (the owner) to confirm a reservation. Oh! And ask for directions.
The Woodway homestay is a huge campus with greenery everywhere — rooms are a very small part of the place! Thus far, my favourite homestay experience. It looks like no one has been there before — it’s absolutely beautiful. There are tall trees, bright flowers and lush green grass everywhere, only means plenty of space to play around with the adorable and friendly dogs — Cleopatra and Caesar. My favorite thing was the coffee served here — it’s freshly plucked, roasted and brewed from their own plantations. What makes this place special is that it’s been done up with a lot of love. There isn’t too much sophistication, and everything from the food (it’s included, three times a day) to the rooms, and the ambience, is old-school and simple, with a touch of rich heritage. While it’s good for couples and for a group of friends, it’s ideal for families — there are five rooms close to each other and plenty of space for kids to run around.
Adventurers, there is plenty of stuff for you to do too, especially the Mullyanagiri trek. The view from from the Kavikalmatta hill top is magnificent — but it’s a trade secret, so keep it that way! Apart from trekking, drive through Bhadra Forest and hope to spot tigers! Hire a jeep to Kavikalmatta hill top and a place called Shooting-gudda — where a lot of movies are shot.