My homestay Experience in Coorg
By now you are aware of my love for “living it like locals”. So, when we were planning a family vacation, I was super excited about the idea of staying at a Homestay as I’ve heard of the amazing experiences my friends have had.
This December during Christmas vacations, we planned a family trip to Coorg (10 of us ranging from 10 years to 65 year olds). Our cousin booked our stay at a homestay where she had stayed in the past and had a great experience. Although the drive wasn’t the most comfortable, I was looking forward to visiting the homestay- Polycad Estate.
We left Bangalore at about 8 am and with multiple pitstops (Imagine 10 people and 3 cars) reached Coorg by 4 pm. I was tired and restless and couldnt wait to just hit the bed and was hoping the homestay is clean and doesnt add to my agony. And boy, were we surprised or what! I was welcomed by a 100 year old bunglow set in a 100+ acres coffee plantation.
The picture below is our way to the bunglow inside the coffee plantation:
And this is the beautiful 100 year old house where we were staying for the next 3 days:
The house is not only quaint, amidst nature & gorgeous but also has some antiques that the owners have restored for hundreds of years. And they very proudly give you a tour of the house and relevance of the different things.
The hosts prepare delicious tea time snacks and yummy coorgi dinners for you. This is the verandah where you can sip your evening tea/ coffee and have a scrumptious meal for dinner.
The house itself being so old is quite basic but has an old school charm to it. Below are pictures of how the rooms look from inside- basic, clean, tidy and cleaned everyday.
Make sure you set your expectations right if you plan to head to this place. The usp of Polycad Estate is really its location within the coffee plantation with a beautiful drive & super welcoming hosts. And that’s Robin and Malligea Cariappa, the wonderful hosts of Polycad Estate who will take good care of you.
We stayed here for 3 days and spent about INR 4000 per room for double occupancy and INR 5500 for triple occupancy. The dinner charges were extra, I can’t recollect the exact amount but the food was authentic & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hosts also gave us home made guava jam bottles which we are still cherishing 🙂
If you’re looking for a local experience, I’d suggest you try this or any other homestay in Coorg and you can head out during the day to explore the various sightseeing options the city has to offer like Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nisargadhama, Dubbare Elephant park, Madikeri Fort, Raja seat, Bhagamandala, coffee & honey shopping.
Hope you liked the post and do share your homestay experiences in Coorg or elsewhere in the comments below 🙂
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post/ promotion post for this particular Homestay. I’m just sharing my pleasant experience of staying with locals in Coorg.