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“Speciallity lodging it sure is”
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Karuna Farm
Bangalore
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10 reviews
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“Speciallity lodging it sure is”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

way way way out in nowhere on the slopping mountain side, this little community is to find. Small eatery is there - with a veg menu of what ever they have, but besides this you will come here for peace and be alone with a book or good wander boots OR you stay for longer to be part of the residential community scattered around in small self build houses. Sunday is getting together day wit common lunch, so good time to say hello to all nationalities, kids and dogs alike. We took the 1000 rs. premium hut, which has the very great advantages of a fantastic view. Do not expect a hotel nor home stay. Basic needs are provided - food, clean water and roof over your head. Use the recommended driver to get there (do not drive your self!) - as he also functioning as the provider of basic needs whenever he has to go anyway (or you pay him off for the trip)

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a very special place with its own unique energy. A short jeep ride from Kodaikanal (or you could take the bus and walk the last bit), it’s gloriously quiet and the views down to the plains are stunning. The accommodation consists of cottages and houses of various standards, scattered around the hillside and connected by footpaths, with some wild forest and some cultivated areas (banana trees, coffee, etc). The house I stayed in was quite rustic, with a wood burning stove and a bathroom attached. You could have a cold shower or use the gas ring to heat water for a bucket wash. If you’re looking for air conditioning and all mod cons, this is not the place for you, but if you want to feel close to nature and slow down a bit, it’s a good choice.

There is a small kitchen where they provide nice meals on request, or you can cook for yourself in your cottage. The place is run by a very obliging guy who can provide firewood, etc. As a solo traveller I appreciated the sociable atmosphere of the place – the common area by the kitchen is a good place for hanging out. There are good opportunities for self-guided treks in the surrounding hills. I stayed for four nights but could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I can for sure say that I have never spent a night at a more beautiful, serene and peacful place than Karuna Farms. Do not expect much comfort, but this is a perferct retreat if one wants to escape the concrete jungles. According to me, the fag end of the monsoons is the best time to be there when the waterfall next to the farm makes the maximum sounds.

Carry some drinking water. The farm has hired a few cooks from Himachal so meals isn't a problem. PLEASE DO rent the more expensive (approx. Rs. 1500/- per night) and bigger rooms. Such a hippie feel to it. 4 guests can comfortably stay in it. They have a balcony that opens up to the Western Ghats. My cottage was 5 steps away from the waterfall (IMAGINE THAT!!)

10 out of 5 stars based on my 1-night experience — how i wish i could spend more time there:(

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Karuna Farm is a beautiful remote community and guest house where you can truly relax and wind down in the peace and quiet. You hear just birds and streams, and there are stunning panoramic views from almost every guest room!

Its a must see, but also worth remembering that it is a simple place.
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Room Tip: We are ni remote location so you may need to walk the last part of the way, or use a four wheeler.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

It was easy enough to get there. Just a phone call away and a jeep will come pick you up from the main town in Kodaikanal. (meeting point usually The Pastry Corner)

There are a couple of rooms. It's not 5 star accommodation but I'm not fussy.

Go here if you want to get away from busy city life and just enjoy nature and do nothing... or just read / hike / yoga.

There's a kitchen where they'll cook pretty much "standard" food. It's cheap. Vegetarian Thali lunches only Rs60 (June 2011). But you can cook there too. Plenty of crockery and plates and such. Just bring your own supplies (including salt and sugar).

Hot water - boil your own over the stove. Not too bad once you get used to it though.

No mosquitoes during my stay so I opened the windows at night. The air is so fresh and the place is really windy too!

Right outside my window I could see birds and bees - literally. The farm is smack in the middle of a coffee plantation, and Nevil (the owner) is planning to plant more trees over the year. So plenty of organically grown produce coming up soon!!

Hikes are wonderful too. Though it was technically the monsoon season when I was staying there, the rain was not too heavy. yeah, the tracks were a bit muddy but still the walks were just as lovely. There's a popular hill lots of guests hike up to, too. See the entire valley!

Also, they have a couple of cows on site. So every morning (around 8.30), someone will come round will fresh milk. You don't have to boil it or anything but I do and make my oats with banana for breakfast. (:

I WILL DEFINITELY RETURN.

Perfect getaway, especially for solo travellers. I would have stayed longer (I was there 4 days and it didn't feel sufficient!)

Room Tip: The cheapest room has it's toilet detached.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Karuna Farm
Address: Prakasapuram Village, Kodaikanal 624101, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul District > Kodaikanal
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Ranked #38 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Kodaikanal
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Number of rooms: 12

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