This was our first experience at a homestay. I choose this one based on the reviews and being the only homestay serving pure veg. food. And believe me, it was a wonderful experience.
I asked a lot of questions to Mr. Srihari (the owner) before finalizing and even after finalizing and arriving to Coorg as we were coming from Pune with a 3yr old kid. But he answered all our queries. We came via Konkan Railway and as soon as we reached M'lore, to our surprise, we got a call from Mr. Srihari to see whether we reached there safely or not. He even came to pick-us-up at the Madikeri bus stand. He came to know that we did not have enough food in our journey so he immediately brought us coffee and some food to eat. It was very nice.
We stayed there for 3 nights and those were really memorable.
Room: They have a bunglow and they give out their entire ground floor to the visitors. They live on the first floor. Ground floor has 2 bedrooms, hall, kitchen, dining area, 2 bathrooms. It's fantastic. It gives you a homely feeling. The rooms are clean and the kitchen and dining has enough utensils to serve your purpose. They have lot of toys and books for kids. So small kids won't find it difficult to adjust. Hot water is available 24hrs. Electricity is a bit problem but they have few lights placed in the floor running on inverter. So that is helpful. Bed and Beddings are good. They have a small LCD TV with DishTV connection. They have put a water purifier in the kitchen. So, in short, everything is fine and it really makes you comfortable as soon as you enter the room.
Food: After the rooms, the next obviously important thing is the food. Mrs. Latha (Mr. Srihari's wife) served very nice food. They are vegeterians and serve only veg. food which is what we were anyway looking for. Every morning they provided us with hot coffee and hot milk for our son. Beakfast was awesome everyday. (The appams were the best I have ate till date) Since they are a working couple, they don't provide lunch. But, they guided us on where can we have our lunch. The dinner was provided hot and was tasty.
Location: Location of the homestay is bit away from the central place. But not that far. and if you have your own vehicle, or you have booked a cab for yourself, it is not a problem. The location of the homestay is very nice though. Road leading to homestay is bit narrow. But, that's fine.
Sightseeing: Mr. Srihari arranged a cab for our sight-seeing and even planned our sight-seeing. The cab-driver was also good. You just need to inform Mr. Srihari few days in advance if you need a cab. He takes care of everything :-) The cab-driver took us to all the important places in Coorg and it was wonderful.
Only thing is, since it is a homestay, you will need to do some work, like cleaning the utensils, washing the utensils/clothes yourself.
At the end, I must mention about the owners. They are wonderful people. For a working couple, it's really difficult to manage all this. But they do it with a smiling face. They are talkative and like to talk about various things. We had planned to go to Kannur after Madikeri. So Mr. Srihari found the most convinient way to go there. He helped us to get to the bus stand quickly in time so that we don't miss the bus. He even called us to make sure that we reached Kannur safely. They took care of all our needs. What more can you expect?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two bedroom vacation rental home situated in the calm area not too far not too near to the heart of the town of Madikeri, around two km far from the hustle and bustle of the township. Home consists of two bedrooms, one with attached bathroom and a western type commode and a general bathroom with Indian type commode. A big hall with rosewood sofa sets, a separate dining hall with rosewood dining table, 24 hour hot water supply, free parking,LCD TV with Dish connection ,power back-up are the facilities available. Breakfast(veg)will be complementary.Elecric kettle and bread roaster is provided at the kitchen . Chess and carrom boards, some toys for kids are also provided. We give preference to cleanliness, reliability and security to the guests. ... more less