With most of my errands being unplanned and with friends, there was no much importance given to booking hotel rooms. Treks were spent looking up the sky, counting the stars and other biking or backpacking trips, it was crashing into a decent enough available hotel room. Last April when I planned to take my family to Coorg, I was lost in deciding on accommodation. Many web pages were viewed, reviews read; but of no help. Finally good freind and an avid traveller Arun recommended me Palace Estate Home stay near Kakkabbe in Coorg.
Though we started moring from Bangalore, it was close to four in the evening by the time we reached the homestay. Cool breeze welcomed us as we drove up the small hill to the portico. The beautiful view of the mountains and forests made us forget our tiredness. Palace Estate, a 50 acre farm, is run by Aparanda family where they grow coffee, orange, banana, cardamom, pepper and many other crops. The next two and half days were spent in the home stay with lazy walk in the farm and short visits around Coorg.
Palace Estate homestay is located in such a way that its so near but seems so far from the noices of civilization. A quiet, remote place which is perfect for a quiet holiday. Situated on top of a hill, standing in the balcony gives almost 270 degree view of the rolling hills & the forests. And you get to listen to only chirping of the birds all around. The places is approximately 25KMs from Virajpet and 35KMs from Madikeri (Coorg).
If you are someone who want to leave the blaring city life behind for a day or two and enjoy the peaceful moments, this is the place for you. If you wish to explore the vicinity, you can hike Thadiyandamol which just 6 KMs from the homestay. Or go on walk within the farm, visit Nalnad Palace, Padi Igguthappa. Or browse through the books available in the small library.
Rooms & Food:
Rooms are spacious with attached toilets. Most of the rooms are on the first floor which are wooden constructions. Open varandah on the first floor gives a beautiful view of the forest range. The kitchen offers home cooked vegetarian & non vegetarian food, clean spring water & coffee.
How to get there:
Located a bit far off from the Virajapete and Madijkeri main road, it is advised to go on your own vehicle or taxi to reach this place. Here is the route –
Bangalore – Srirangapattana – Mysore – Hunsur – Thithimathi – Gonikoppa – Virajpet – Kadnoor – Cheyandane – Palace Estate
When you visit the place, switch off your cell phones, leave behind the noise back in the cities, just sit and linger with the nature and hills.