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Thotadhahalli Home Stay
Ranked #1 of 97 Chikkamagalur B&B and Inns
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Would have stayed longer if I could”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Pallavi and Prakash created a small haven for a fatigued traveler. I arrived completely exhausted and left utterly refreshed. The food was plentiful and divine. No dietary restriction was a problem. In fact, nothing was a problem!

The room was spotless and comfortable and I loved the on demand hot shower. I also loved their 3 adorable doggies.

There are beautiful surroundings both on the estate or a short car ride away to visit the waterfall or the Shiva Temple on the highest peak in Karnataka. And the evening jeep excursion is not to be missed!

I will never forget their kindness and generosity and it didn't end when I left, Pallavi even called me to find out if I reached my next destination safely. I will definitely go back to this wonderful home stay because they truly make you feel at home.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This place is a must visit! We were a group of 9 adults and 5 toddlers, and had the most chilled out experience, while enjoying yum hot hygienic food. The rooms are tastefully done, and offer a perfect setting for one to completely unwind. Our babies were on their own, either playing with pet dogs, or just running around in large pockets of lush green! Prakash also took us on a jeep ride at about 9 pm, and this was absolutely exhilarating! Thanks Prakash, Pallavi and Ruchika, you have just gifted us with memories of a lifetime :)

Room Tip: The room with the attic is the best, but even others are beautifully done
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Awesome place with beautiful rooms filed with lovely things from another time and done with extra ordinary taste. Hosts that personally look after you through the day. And staff that accords you hospitality not just service. Food made mostly from stuff grown there.

  • Stayed March 2013
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1 Thank jaizende
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had been to the Thotadhahalli Home Stay in February 2013. Two families with our 2 & 1 year old babies. This was our first experience of staying at a homestay & we really had a lot of apprehensions about how a homestay would compare to a hotel. All our doubts were all laid to rest the moment we reached the property.
Picture perfect settings, amazing architecture, tastefully done interiors & the hosts with a big smile waiting to receive you.
As mentioned in all other reviews, the rooms were spotlessly clean & well equipped. I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail, like the mosquito repellent cream, paper napkins, footwear for the bathroom etc.
The food was good, but was typically locally flavored & may not really appeal to taste buds from other parts of the country, but presented nicely.
The evening was nice with a small bon fire & good music. They do not serve liquor at the property, but you are allowed to carry your own, Mr. Prakash would personally ask you your choice of liquor if you aren’t carrying any & send his driver to fetch it for you, a perfect setting to catch up on conversations over drinks & a lot of lip-smacking starters served by the homestay.
What perhaps sets this property apart is the fact that the family does not really look upon the Homestay as a source of revenue, they perhaps do it out of their passion to host people. No surprise they did not charge us a single penny for our baby’s milk or the fruit juices we asked for in the evening.
All in all a true & honest effort. Would highly recommend it for people wanting a lazy, relaxed gateway.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2013

The place is tailor made for people who are looking to de-stress, introspect, kickback and spend some quality time with family/friends. The sense of calm and nurturing which Thotadhahalli home stay has to offer is pretty amazing.

Let me give you guys some practical information which will no doubt convince you that this is one of the best home stays out there.

Location:
• Kaimara is a small village which is about 8-10 Kms from Chikamagalur town. The homestay is located about 2.5 kms from the main road in the middle of a 75+ acre coffee estate.
• There is no shortage of greenery and hiking trails around the home stay.
• The road ends at the home stay, you can be rest assured that you won’t be seeing any traffic out there.
• The tree cover is pretty impressive.

The Facility
• Very comfortable and spacious rooms.
• Good quality mattress.
• Clean bathrooms.
• Decent skylight.
• Each room is slightly different from the other.
• Aesthetically designed.
• Environment conscious.
• Sprawling courtyard and garden.

Food
• Soulful and healthy home cooked food. You just can’t stop eating.
• Special favors are entertained at no additional cost.
• Excellent coffee.

Extras
• Three wonderful dogs to give you company on your long walks.
• Prakash and Pallavi are more than helpful with providing options for sightseeing.
• Prakash ensures that there is healthy interaction b/w guests during meal and snack times.
• The clear skies allow for excellent star gazing.
• A few exhilarating surprises are on the cards. I don’t want to spoil this for you by writing about it :)

Thotadhahalli has definitely raised the bar on home stays.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank siddarthbala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Prakash & Pallavi go out of their way to keep guests at their homestay comfortable, entertained and very well fed !
The food is homely and delicious - rest assured you will never go hungry here.
The rooms are clean & tastefully done keeping you more than content.
Tucked away in the hills overlooking the tallest peak in Karnataka. One could not ask for better location.

Thanks Prakash & Pallavi hope we get to visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Two nights at this wonderful home stay was certainly not enough! Owned and run by Mr. Prakash and his wife Pallavi, Thotadhahalli welcomes you in with beautiful surroundings and gorgeous rooms.
I was there with friends over the weekend, we had booked two rooms and were pleasantly surprised with both, we also had a chance to peek into the unoccupied ones. Not only is each room done up slightly differently, the decor is really quaint and every tiny detail seems to have been thought off.
We all loved the food as well. It's simple and often traditional, but with a twist; from delicious starters to fabulous desserts, each meal leaves you wishing you could eat more but without an inch of stomach space to do so!
Prakash and Pallavi are helpful and friendly hosts, who encourage you to explore their estate and socialise with the other guests. I was particularly impressed with the fact that all the design element, interiors and exteriors, are envisioned by them.
One last tip: if you do decide to visit, be sure to ask Prakash to take you on a night drive. It's an experience not to be missed!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Lavanya_B82
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Property: Thotadhahalli Home Stay
Address: Thotadhahalli Estate | Kaimara, Chikkamagalur 577131, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Chikkamagaluru District > Chikkamagalur
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Ranked #1 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Chikkamagalur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Thotadhahalli Home Stay India/Karnataka - Chikkamagalur

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