We were to attend a family friends sons wedding in Veerarajpet, Co org on 1st and 2nd of June this year. We wanted to have a different experience for ourselves and settled for a stay in an estate, while attending the wedding. We went through the Google search and Trip ad visor as also lonely planet.
It was the period which was the ending of the season as school holidays was coming to a close, and most of the estate homes were fully booked. There are estate homes which suit all budget. They can be as pricy as upwards of Rs.30,000/-, and to low of around Rs.1,000/-, These estate homes which are variously called Holiday homes, Resorts and Home stay.
For City dwellers it is an our of the world experience. Some estates are semi forests, which in addition to coffee and allied plantation crops have lot of wooded areas having the local trees and timber as well as exotic plants. Some are more mundane.
They have a fare share of birds and sometimes even wild animals roam in them. Smaller games like rabbits, and various types of frogs and reptiles including snakes inhabit these estates, and they enrich the ecology. The naturally maintained ones are a rich source of oxygen.
Then we chanced upon Alath-Cad Estate. Till we reached the place we were apprehensive. But once we reached the estate after a drive of 110 K.m.'s from Mysore, via Periapatna, Siddapur, Ammathi, we fell in love with it. It has a old world charm and its wooden pillars and tiled room blends into the neighboring environs. It is spread over 100 acres and is one of oldest of the Home Stays.
They have retained the charm of the old, with good rose wood furniture, but refurbished with modern amenities in the bath rooms. It has suites, three and two bed rooms and cottages. It is managed by both people from Kerala and local people. They are nicely behaved though not very urban or sophisticated or trained in the art of Hotel Management. They have kept the rooms clean and tidy. If you order for food in advance you will be comfortable as The food is prepared for guests requirement and that they do not run an eatery, though they have a good dining hall. The food is good and tasty and as we eat vegetarian food only, we requested for exclusive vegetarian food. There was a nice spread of salad.
The prices vary during tourist season and lean season. They say it is best to visit the estate homes during October. Ms.Sushma, and her team made our stay comfortable. They had given us a spacious suite. We enjoyed attending a Co org wedding and our stay and look forward for a stay in future.
- Also Known As:
- Alath-Cad Estate Holiday Home Ammathi, Kodagu (Coorg), India