Situated on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, Madikeri is the most sought-after and naturally endowed tourist destination in Coorg. Coorg, popularly known as Kodagu, is only six hours away from the busy city of Bangalore and a famous getaway during the monsoon. A homestay is an ideal accompaniment to a road trip around this scenic part of Karnataka, which is flanked by freshly flushed coffee and tea plantations on either side. One of the best ways to experience the hospitality and the culture of the local people is to live with them.
Also known as the Scotland of India and one of the top tourist destinations in Karnataka, Madikeri is where the region’s only tea plantation is located, owned by Tata Tea! As a visitor, the perfect way to enjoy the morning mist, greenery and nature is by renting a room from a local family to better experience the local lifestyle.
While these beautiful lodgings are plentiful and spread all over the region, a number of them are part of working plantations and serve traditional cuisine, giving guests a unique dose of local culture. Making a decision on which one to select can be a difficult one!
Closer to Nature
Madikeri homestays that are located away from the main town are best suited for people who prefer nature over traditional sightseeing. Cars are readily available on rent to get around town and visit major attractions.
Peace and Comfort
Some accommodations offer private cottages while others are rooms in a home. Some even have attics, which are great for kids and many don't even have TVs! Cottage rooms are much quieter and private, and have lovely porches to sit out on.
Quite a few of holiday homes are situated within walking distance of Raja's Seat, one of the prominent tourist spots in the centre of the town. Delightful properties with the most gracious hosts provide a luxurious stay at an affordable price. Some hosts themselves are owners of beautiful estates and would be glad to offer a tour!
Ideal for Families
A lot of hosts rent out full floors of their bungalows, which are completely furnished, uniquely decorated and contain all essential amenities. Rooms at these homestays are clean, simple and make for a fabulous option for families owing to their child- friendly environments. Caring hosts go out of their way to ensure that guests feel like they are at home away from home.
A number of versatile Madikeri homestays enable guests to have easy access to adventurous activities like wildlife safaris, trekking, golf, fishing, quad biking and visits to Buddhist monasteries. Many such estates are popular among group visitors, for daily tours of their lush plantations, organized by the hosts.
Architecturally rich ancestral houses that played host to Coorg's aristocracy, British officials, army officers and planters over several years of existence, are readily available for guests who would love a colonial-style experience. These homestays appeal to large groups like friends and family travelling together.
Display of Local Art
Award-winning and eco-friendly homestay properties with abundant natural surroundings are beautifully furnished with antiques and floor tiles made by artisans in remote villages in Tamil Nadu. They have windows and doors crafted out of recycled wood from demolished homes. Guests here can participate in all kinds of activities including organic farming, four wheel driving, river rafting, jungle safaris, trekking and interacting with elephants.
Such a diverse and sophisticated collection of homestays surrounded by cool breeze, chirping birds and magnificent views make Madikeri the most celebrated tourist destination in Coorg. Locations of most of the homestays in Madikeri are either within the pristine plantations or offer uninterrupted views of the evergreen forest with the roar of the nearby river.
The influx of visitors to Coorg has been on a consistent rise over the past few years. Tourists are often in awe of the close proximity of these homestays to most of the region's famous spots like Omkareshwara Temple, Raja's Seat, Madikeri Fort, Gaddige (Raja's Tomb) and Abbey Falls. Some lovely places of interest at a short distance from these properties are Bhagamandala, Thalacauvery and Mandalpatty