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Chingaara Estate Guest House
Ranked #24 of 304 Kodagu (Coorg) B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai,India
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Not worth the hype”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We decided to visit the Chingaara Estate Guest House in December 2013 inspired by the wonderful reviews and pictures we saw on trip advisor. However, the place is nice but definitely not worth the hype. The road to reach the estate is horribly bad and no road signs or any directions are available to lead us to the place. The drive from the main road to the guest house is also really bad and even in the estate's 4x4 vehicle it is a very bumpy ride. The rooms are decent and spacious but the bathrooms could have been made a little better and cleaner. The rods in the bathroom were falling apart and didnt give an overall nice feeling. The good thing was we were 3 families together and luckily we had the whole floor to ourselves including the huge sit-out. This was a nice experience but as soon as the other rooms got filled 2 days later there was chaos.
The food is home cooked and preparation was the local coorgi way. The manager was very helpful and catered to all our needs which was a huge help since we all had small babies.One huge plus point is that you are in the lap of nature n short walks lead you to a waterfall and treks which are fun.
Overall my view is the place is good for the rates offered but better options can be made available which are more accessible and easier to reach.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

First a word of warning!
If you like to holiday in style with all the luxuries at hand & want to dash around sightseeing, then do not come here & do not read further!

Now, for those who prefer a more sedate holiday in the lap of nature, this can be one of the places to be! Yes, there is no TV & no fans / AC available, but that is part of the joy in this place.

We, a family of 6 & one child stayed here for 3 nights in Nov 2013 after reading some good reviews & had high expectations of the place.... & our expectations were exceeded!

To reach this place, you have to first reach Kabinakad junction, from where you will be picked up by 4x4 jeeps & driven up a winding & bumpy route to Chingaara. All supplies & pickups/drops are done by these jeeps owned by the estate.

The rooms are huge, & two of them were more than enough to accommodate all of us. The weather is so cool, that you do not feel the need for fans or AC.
The vistas are fantastic & we would spend hours in the balcony & lawns watching for birds, butterflies & the ever changing skies. There are many trails around where you can take leisurely walks at a languid pace, observing the various flowers & other beauties of nature. Because of the isolation, you can wander around in the coffee & pepper plantations for long hours without encountering many people. Close by within the estate is an amazing waterfall where you can take a dip! A longer uphill walk (or a 4x4 jeep ride) can take you up to Honey Valley Estate, which is also another beautiful property of the same owners. There are a few indoor games & lots of books available for those who would prefer to spend their time indoors. We never missed TV & other such entertainment in all our time spent here.

Food is served buffet style except for non-veg which you have to order in advance. The food is like home cooked stuff & a lot is obtained from produce of the estate itself.

Hospitality is excellent & Mr.Sharath & his manager take all pains to ensure that you a have a good stay.

For those jittery on creepy crawlies, a few words of caution - you are likely to encounter a lot of flying insects such as moths, but there are all harmless & a part & parcel of living in such places. Also, you may sometimes get the occasional leech in the damper areas of the trails, so just be on the lookout for these.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had a great experience at Chingaara on our two days stay. The entire place is serene to the core. One can here only the chirping of birds thro'out the day.The building has a great outlook with its red brick wall,surrounded by lush greenery. The rooms are very spacious and well maintained. The food was basic and simple, more like home cooked meals. The entire team did their jobs very well. The ambience and decor at Chingaara blends well with nature. And to add a small note ,their rates are very reasonable . Chingaara truly rocks!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Bangalore
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Excellent place for weekend gateway. Located amidst the vast greenery, every corner around the home-stay is a picturesque.

Each square inch of the place is well decorated with verities of flower plants. Rooms are very clean and well maintained. Excellent service provided by Mr Sharath and staff, attended to each of our needs and requests.

There is a stream in the property just a stone throw, from the guest house, which you can trek to. You can explore the estate around the guest house, trek to honey valley which is another property from the same owner.

We just spent hours gazing at the scenic beauty around, rain drops dripping from the roof. Enjoyed the lazy afternoons reading books, enjoyed the evenings with n number of coffees and teas, admiring the beauty of nature at it's best.

Throughly enjoyed the stay and looking forward to make another trip soon.

Room Tip: All the rooms on 1st floor have good views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed at chingaara for 2 days.Hospitality by sharath team was fantastic , they took great care of us.Chingara have a private waterfalls , could see such a clean water.About Food @ chingara , we really had tasty home cooked food.On the whole , it would be an amazing place to visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Had a wonderful stay in that place. The whole place was breathtaking. Really tasty home cooked food. Above all amazing hospitality. Even small things were taken care. Enjoyed amazing jeep drive through the forests and trekking.The water fall inside the property is so refreshing and beautiful. Thank you Sharath!

Room Tip: Just go there, you will love it and everything will be taken care.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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mysore
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stay at Chingaara for 2 days was a unique experience in my life..the property is such a beautiful drop of dew on a leaf that you feel melted..Everything I experienced in Chingaara were mind blowing. Guys who loves to be at the natures lap should jump into this property and enjoy the mother nature in its very raw form..the estate has a wonderful climate, a beautiful, majestic and safe waterfalls, superb surroundings, delicious home made food, amazing people around you, friendly pets and what not...Guys this is the place, this is the right option you could select if you want to spend a peaceful holiday with all modern facilities amidst the nature..I should mention that all the staffs were so friendly and helpful that you really feel that you are at home..All the staffs had a smile on their face which created lots of positive energy around the place. As a conclusion I have only one thing to say that ' I love Chingaara'!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chingaara Estate Guest House
Address: Yavakapady Village Post | Kabbinakkad, Madikeri Taluk, 571212, India
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Location: India > Karnataka > Kodagu (Coorg)
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Ranked #24 of 304 B&Bs / Inns in Kodagu (Coorg)
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Number of rooms: 9
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