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Stream Of Joy
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dharmasthala
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Spending time at Stream of Joy is bound to be an experience you will remember. It is an interesting mix of mostly awesome with some no so awesome aspects.
It's tucked away in a beautiful area away from noise and pollution. We arrived there from Bangalore during heavy rains in August. The drive to the place (from the ghat sections after sakleshpur) was very scenic, especially in the rains. However, it has to be noted that the roads are not in great condition. But natural beauty overshadows this issue.
On arriving at Stream of Joy we were greeted by Mr Kashinath and shown to our room by the river. The room itself is pretty basic but that is to be expected from a place that is close to nature. Don't expect too many creature comforts in the rooms though which I wish were available.
The food there was unique for us and very enjoyable. This was one of the highlights of the stay for us.
The stream that flows beside the cottages is THE highlight, of course and the constant sound of flowing water is very relaxing.
It would have been great to explore around the place, but, unfortunately, rains forced us to stay indoors. This was especially disappointing since the rooms were a bit basic.
An interesting thing to note is that there is a gap where the roof meets the walls. This leads to 2 issues: 1- People talking on the other side of the wall are heard very loud and clear inside the rooms and 2- Lots of insects also seem to find their way inside the room.

Overall, it's a great place, but be prepared to let go of some creature comforts

Room Tip: Visit in clear weather
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Stream of Joy is a beautiful stay just beside the Kapila river, where nature embraces you fully. The gushing river, the lush green surroundings, hilly terrains, a myriad of bird and insect sounds - all take you close to nature and make you wish you'd want to stay there more. The hosts, Mr. Kashinath, his family & staff, are excellent and treat you with great care. The pure vegetarian food is delicious and will make you wait in anticipation for the next meal, each packed with Malnad style, mouth-watering dishes. Someone earlier has said, "we would like to come back here just for the food", that would be true to its last word!

There are a variety of activities that one can engage in here for people of all ages - be it kids or adults (including elders). We were a group of 9 including 2 kids and 3 senior citizens, and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Mr. Kashinath takes special care of seniors and personally drives them up to the road in this car, given there is a climb of about 25 steps from the cottage to the road. This makes is easy for them to access and enjoy a place close to the stream and in a hilly terrain. Kids loved to hang on to the raft and wade in stream, and can spend hours in it. You can get free feet pedicure from the fish that are eager to chew on your skin. There is a temple nearby in a place called Shishula, where one can feed the fishes and they come by the dozens, piling on each other to catch the crisp feed. It is quite a unique and pleasing experience. Mr. Kashinath takes you on a bird sighting experience, and it is nice to be able to spot and name birds, and observe them. We also trekked to a 1000 year old, ruined Jain temple, encapsulated by forest shrubs (just like the temple palace of the monkey King Louise in The Jungle Book). There is a tall hanging bridge nearby which leads to a serene 800 years old temple, where one can spend some good time. If you are lucky, you can spot some water wild life here, including water snakes and crocodiles. There are also waterfalls and streams nearby, along with a bat cave that one could trek too, but 2 days are insufficient to do all this. For those inclined to travel to pilgrim temple towns, Dharmasthala is about 40 minutes away and Kukke Subramanya is about 1 hour away.

As one can see, there is a lot to experience here. This would not be a place for you, if you expected luxury, non-vegetarian food or alcohol to be part of your natural experience. There are few places where one can be close to nature and yet experience such good food and hospitality. Stream of Joy is certainly a place that the offers a truly memorable experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank armanuj
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Again, there should have a 'Good' rating at about 3.5 points, as calling the experience very good will both raise expectations of potential visitors and stall the possibility of further improvement.

It is a modest home stay and the food is good. The host is accommodating and pays personal attention to each group. The location is lovely with the constant background score of river Kapila flowing by. We got to see many insects and hear several bird calls. There are interesting places to discover around the home stay. These are some of the positives.

The access to this home stay is to be accomplished separately by those using public transport to the nearby small town called Kokkada. From Kokkada, it is about 8.5km away and autorickshaws are available on hire from Kokkada. Else one has to request Mr. Kashinath, who is the owner, for a pick-up or drop, and of course he will readily oblige if he is not preoccupied. While he would try & communicate these aspects to prospective visitors personally, people booking through another agency or website may not get the full picture. Stating that it is near Dharmasthala or clubbing it under 'home stays at Dharmasthala' is misleading to say the least.

It is a vegetarian, non-alcoholic stay and boisterous folks may soon feel out of place. Better still they should avoid it rather than spoiling the holiday of other groups if any.

We were probably there at the wrong time as well - in the thick of monsoons during this August. This again can be communicated clearly before the visitors make a decision. No doubt the rains let up every now and then, and there were places we could visit with an umbrella as Mr. Kashinath had assured. Yet one would like to choose whether to contend with slippery rocks during treks and water seepage from the walls & floor, to mention just two aspects. We did not find leeches though.

On the whole there weren't any unpleasant aspects that would make it a forgettable experience, its just that one has to be very clear while choosing it. We were quite clear so we were not deeply disappointed.

Room Tip: There are two separate cottages and a twin cottage. We think the twin cottages are the better of the...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank bhushanks
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

One of the best homestay, close to nature, We had a memorable time. We visited in first week of July'13. Lot of greenery, and refreshing air, Great homely food. Hospitality by Kashinath is excellent, very caring and friendly staff. One will be rejuvenated after this pleasant and refreshing stay. Very good scenic views. Great place, if one want to have peaceful time, away from city life.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I visited this place with my wife and parents during the 1st week of july. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. Mr Kashinath is a very caring host and will try his best to accommodate all your requests. The view of the stream from the cottages is just brilliant. The place is very serene and calm. The food is very good - homely, pure veg and tasty. Since we visited during the monsoon time, we could not enjoy the outdoor activities as much as we would have liked to.

Pros :
- Excellent hospitality of the host (Mr Kashinath) and his staff (Ranjith). They go out of their way to help and serve you. He gave us a sim card since our Airtel telephones didnt have network there. Since my parents had difficulty climbing the stairs, he offered to take us in his car from his house (lesser number of steps to navigate). Also, he took us for some sightseeing tours around Arasinamakki in his car. Special requests on food were accommodated.
- Very good food - pure veg only. Homely, tasty and filling. What I really loved was that the deep fried items (bajji, paniyaram) were not really oily as in most places.
- Very beautiful scenery around the cottage. You can be one with nature.
- Clean bathrooms attached to each cottage
- Mr Kashinath takes you to some really nice spots around the town. My wife really enjoyed the fish feeding at Shishila. The waterfalls near the Dharmasthala road were lovely and we enjoyed the breathtaking scenery from there.

Cons:
You have to know what you want when you come here. Most of the cons are openly told to all guests before they book so that they make an informed decision when planning to stay here.
- There are a flight of stairs (around 25) from the gate to the cottage. This can be a bit of a trouble to navigate for elderly people. This point is clearly mentioned in their website and the host will also tell you this if elderly people are planning to visit.
- My only con is that we had to deal with a few insects in our room - spiders,cockroaches, grasshoppers. It was raining cats and dogs outside and I guess in the rainy season, these insects are bound to pay you a visit. But I feel that if something can be done on this front, it will really be very good (maybe nets around the windows and doors can go a long way in reducing their numbers inside the rooms). They also may not be much of a nuisance during non-monsoon time.

Overall, very nice place to relax and get away from the hustle bustle of city life. I would advise people to visit the place when it is not raining.

Room Tip: Select the rooms just in front of the stream - they offer the best views
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We visited Stream of Joy in late march. The location is great and best suited to people who like little adventure and some quality peaceful time. The time spent at the river was most memorable. Just lying on rocks and letting the cool water run all over you, and walking on pebbles can be so relaxing. Initially your feet may ache, but later you realise that your body feels so lighter and energetic.

The food and hospitality is another memorable aspect of this homestay. The cuisine is vegetarian malnad-udupi-konkani mix. Yeah, it is truely homemade and simple. But for people coming from other states and abroad, it will be exotic and special. So enjoy this part, as the host is very generous and even accomodates your requests / likes / dislikes.

The food is served at a common area, where guests can interact with other guests, as well as the host himself, who is more than willing to give information on food being served, the places of interest around, the bird species and also past experiences.

The host (Shri Kashinath) took us around for sight seeing, short treks and bird watching. Yes, you do get to see a lot of bird species. And if you don't care for the birds, you can enjoy the short treks and fresh air.

Highlights: Bamboo bridges across the river. Bamboo raft. Artificial waterfall. A natural cave full of bats. The many sounds of birds. Fish feeding at Shishileshwara temple. Laze in a hammock. Great host!

Tips:
Plan ahead to travel in cooler months. From september to early feb would be ideal.
Carry mosquito repellent cream for the outdoors.
Carry binocular, if you have one, for bird watching.
Carry inflatable kayaks, swim rings etc

Room Tip: All the cottages are equally comfortable. The action is outside, so make the most of the outdoors. C...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Although no network for Vodafone and airtel was a big surprise, it was not a problem as we were given a bsnl sim which has network coverage.

We really enjoyed the homestay location, the sight seeing and homely food. Thanks to the host Kashinath uncle for making our stay a pleasant one.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank psukar
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Address: Dharmasthala, Dharmasthala 574198, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Dakshina Kannada District > Dharmasthala
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dharmasthala
Price Range: $81 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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