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“New year trip with my Gang of Friends”
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Bynekaadu
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Bynekaadu is about 300KMs from Bangalore. We spend almost 3 days here and loved every minute of it. we were 8 of us and were given 2 brand new cottages next to each other and a separate area in front for campfire & stuff. We spent the 1st half in the River which was so refreshing and then after lunch, we played badminton which was super fun. The ambiance is just the way we wanted it...quiet, greenery all round and a river flowing right below us. The nights were spent like any gang of friends would playing cards, talking & drinking. We ended up staying awake till 5:00AM on 1 Jan. Just goes to show how wonderful the place was and how comfortable we were. The food & hospitality was just perfect. Overall a fabulous trip to bring in the new year. I would highly recommend this place for families too.

Room Tip: Cottages facing the River are the best.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank JayanthDavid
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Awesome place to stay..

The main highlights of this place:
1.Majestic view of the hills and the stream from the dining area.
2.Tasty malnad style food (Loved the food and the different varieties).
3.Well maintained room with TV and 24X7 hot water.
4.Good hospitality.
5.Stayed in the tent house.
6.No need to worry about network availability.

A 4X4 vehicle is used to take us to the waterfall and peak.

The best part of the stay was that, they'll take us to a private waterfall which looks spectacular. You can play here for a while(Life jackets will be provided).

Next we were supposed to trek to the peak, but since the roads had recently opened( dirt road were recently made a few days back), we were taken directly to the peak in their vehicle.
Once u reach the peak you cant describe the beauty of the surrounding. The only thing which u hear is a water flowing at a far distance from the peak.

If anyone is looking to spend some quality time with your friends or family, then this is the right place.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank ChetanChidanand
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Bynekaadu homestay is located in Kalasa town in Chikmagalur district.
We (group of 10) had been to this beautiful homestay in the last week of October 2013. We needed a break from the monotonous work and city life. This place was very highly recommended by friends who had been here earlier.
Nice clean, big rooms with attached bath, 24X7 hotwater facility, LCD TV with DTH in every room.
A spacious place outside the room where campfire was setup and we had a great time tyring some BBQ over the fire!

A nice view from the common dining area. Surrounded by hills and a river flowing by which encourages a nice walk upto the stream.
Viewpoint is the major attraction. They drive us in their 4X4 to almost the peak and trek the last 2-3kms or for those who cant, they are happy to drive you to the peak. You will be lost for words at the first glimps of nature's beauty. Surrounded by hills and greenery 360degrees !! You will truly feel on top of the world and literally walk with the clouds. This is, in my opinion, one of the best feelings. We all walked around from one hill top to another. I could hardly remember anyone talking for the next 30mins or so !! Soak in the beauty & peace for when you come back to your routine, a thought of this view will put a smile back on your face..and maybe a craving to go back again...
The next activity is a drive to the waterfalls. After a 15min drive in their 4X4 and 200m walk, a beautiful 30-35ft waterfall greets you. Life jackets are provided and is mandatory even though the flowing water is just waist deep.

We had initially planned for rafting (happens only on sundays) but due to change in plans, we decided to skip lunch and head to Annapoorneshwari temple in Horanadu. We had lunch in the temple. Kalaseshwara temple in Kalasa was our next stop. Beautiful wall paintings depicting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi's wedding can be seen in this temple.
Also two small temples for Lord Ganesha in both male and female forms.

Belur can be a brief stop on your way back (to Bangalore) Fine example of Hoysala architechture can be found in the Chennakeshava temple complex. Halebidu (16kms away from Belur) if time permits.

The staff are very friendly and accomodative. Malnad style food was tasty. They also arranged snacks for the evening. Additional snacks can be ordered (charges extra) during the campfire.
Airel and BSNL connections work well here. Carry salt or dettol for the leeches.

Everyone in the group enjoyed the trip, reluctantly made our way back home..

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Nagi79
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

The meaning: Byne means "Palm Tree", Kaadu means "Forest"
Landmark: Take immediate turn from Kalasa Police Station, 3-4 mins drive from there.
Rooms: Nice spacious rooms for 6-8 persons, Nice mattress beds, LCD TV with cable connection, Nice bathroom with 24/7 hot water facility.
Major Attractions (from best to average):
1. View Point - A lifetime thrilling experience of the jeep drive to the peak and then you're lost in nature's beauty. This is a part of the package.
2. Humanagundi Falls - About 34 kms from homestay. Amazing waterfall and must take a bath. The cold falls water is really fantastic to enjoy the bath.
3. Kudremukh Forest - Enjoy the serene beauty of nature and enjoy the drive between hills, jungle, Kadambi falls and nature.
4. Swimming in Bhadra river just beside ByneKaadu - A nice adventurous time to play in water. Swim, dance, flow along the clear river water wearing a life jacket.
5. Waterfall that you will be taken to by ByneKaadu - A thriling jeep drive to the waterfall site. Nice place to enjoy nature and swim.
Food: Awesome if you're a foody and have habit of trying different cuisines
Tips: Take salt to protect from leeches, keep general medicines, come with atleast 6 people so that you may enjoy the overall trip and campfire at homestay. Airtel and BSNL mobile connectivity is present.
About ByneKaadu team: They are best of people who are really caring, enjoying and have a passion to serve people. Too helpful and you'll plan your second trip to ByneKaadu once again due to their hospitality.

Room Tip: There are total 3 homes. Try to opt for the tent house. This will make you feel like camping inside...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Soumochak
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is a nice location to spend the weekend with your family and friends. Good hospitality nice green location, tasty food all these things made the trip memorable. We were 12 friends and each one us shared the same opnion.
The only thing that might want to consider is the beds are not very big to accomodate two people and there is no small room. Power goes every two hours and you need to ask for generator backup

  • Stayed: March 2013
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2  Thank Raghav2fly
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I have gone there for a team outing last November for 2 days and a night.Wow.. Never experienced such a good service... Enjoyed to the core staying there.. we were a team of 10 guys in two rooms. Each room could easily occupy 6 members. But one drawback was only 1 bathroom inside for that 6 member. But that never created a problem. The activities they provided was awesome. There were river walk , private waterfall (which was the best in the lot), campfire, trekking, and many... Food was delicious, service was outstanding.. Overall Excellent experience. I recommend this place for a team (not less than 6) without any second thought.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank MyRouteMyDecision
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Our Entire family around 18 members had been to this place. A totally new experience in the beautiful surroundings was a complete treat to all of us. A non commercialized place, run by very warm hearted people. The waterfalls and jeep ride to the grass land was a life time experience. The swim in River badhra and kayaking was so refreshing that we had to be dragged out of it by the ladies.

All in all a wonderful place run by very hospitable people. The food was really nice.

Hope to visit back soon.

Room Tip: As the place is near to the Kudremukha national forest you will not be able to play loud music. But...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Rahul_Nadig
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Address: | Mudigere Tlq, Chikmagalur Dst., Kalasa, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Chikkamagaluru District > Kalasa
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Kalasa
Price Range: $112 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

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