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Palace Estate Homestay, Coorg

April 16, 2014 by Prashanth | 0 comments

With most of my errands being unplanned and with friends, there was no much importance given to booking hotel rooms. Treks were spent looking up the sky, counting the stars and other biking or backpacking trips, it was crashing into a decent enough available hotel room. Last April when I planned to take my family to Coorg, I was lost in deciding on accommodation. Many web pages were viewed, reviews read; but of no help. Finally a good friend and an avid traveller Arun recommended Palace Estate Home stay near Kakkabbe in Coorg.

Though we started morning from Bangalore, it was close to four in the evening by the time we reached the homestay. Cool breeze welcomed us as we drove up the small hill to the portico. The beautiful view of the mountains and forests made us forget our tiredness. Palace Estate, a 50 acre farm, is run by Aparanda family where they grow coffee, orange, banana, cardamom, pepper and many other crops. The next two and half days were spent in the home stay with some lazy walks in the huge farm and short visits around Coorg.

Palace Estate Homestay, Coorg

An early morning view form the balcony of our room

Location:
Palace Estate homestay is located in such a way that it’s so near but seems so far from the noises of civilization. A quiet, remote place which is perfect for a quiet holiday. Situated on top of a hill, standing in the balcony gives almost 270 degree view of the rolling hills & the forests. And you get to listen to only chirping of the birds all around. The place is about 25 KMs from Virajpet and 35 KMs from Madikeri (Coorg).

Activities:
If you are someone who want to leave the blaring city life behind for a day or two and enjoy the peaceful moments, this is the place for you. If you wish to explore the vicinity, you can trek to Thadiyandamol which is just 6 KMs from the homestay. Or go on walk within the farm, visit Nalnad Palace, Padi Igguthappa temple. Or browse through the books available in the small library.

Rooms & Food:
Rooms are spacious with attached toilets. Most of the rooms are on the first floor which are wooden constructions. Open verandah on the first floor gives a beautiful view of the forest range. The kitchen offers home cooked vegetarian & non vegetarian food, clean spring water & coffee.

How to get there:
Located a bit far off from the Virajapete and Madikeri main road, it is advised to go on your own vehicle or taxi to reach this place. Here is the route -

Bangalore – Srirangapattana – Mysore – Hunsur – Thithimathi – Gonikoppa – Virajpet – Kadnoor – Cheyandane – Palace Estate

Near by places of interests:
Dubare Elephant camp, Bailukuppe, Nisargadhama, Abbi falls, Irpu falls, Nagarahole national park, Rajah seat in Madikeri.

Cross posted from my other blog ‘Avalokana‘. I stayed at this home stay in April 2010.

Snapshots from the Green Aisle

August 12, 2012 by Prashanth | 2 Comments

It has been more than 3 weeks since I went for a ride in Coorg, and it is still stuck in my head. And more than that I am finding it difficult to take some time out to jot down the ride experiences. Before I get to that, here are some images from the ride.

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

Along the Green Aisle

July 24, 2012 by Prashanth | 4 Comments

It’s been couple of days since I came back from a weekend ride in Coorg region, arranged by Cycling and More. An awesome ride up the Mandalapatti peak on day one covering around 45KMs and another 35 on day two all the way till Chikli hole dam near Kushalanagar. Here are some highlights before I come up with the detailed story -

PAYANIGA - Along the Green Aisle

  • Full day of riding in rain (it was as if riding the bike with shower on above the helmet)
  • Mist, mist and mist – everywhere
  • Eye pleasing greenery of Western ghats, when mist gave way for few seconds every now and then
  • Demanding climb up the Mandalapatti hill
  • Awesome rolling terrain – push the bike uphill, sit on the saddle and ‘Wheeee’ go down with glee like a kid. Repeat the cycle.
  • Slush-fest – it took me more than 30 minutes to clean my white shoes. But it is not white anymore.
  • Leech bites, non-stop bleeding and now a day after itching all over
  • Made new friends, met a college batchmate after 10 years
  • A long downhill of 10KMs of pure bliss on second day
  • And to top this off, a dip in Chikli hole dam :)

Coorg in Summer

February 10, 2011 by Prashanth | 9 Comments

Coorg in Summer - April 2010

April, days were getting hotter and hotter. And I needed a break from the routine and hectic days at office. After flipping through quite a travel blogs and sites, settled to the close by Coorg. Last time I was in Coorg, it was pouring in October. All hopes for a cooler stay at Coorg was thwarted and the day was nothing better than one in Bangalore.

After a day’s driving around we reached our homestay & the magic of Coorg opened up as the Sun went down. What started as a cool evening breeze, night went on to get more chillier. Soon thunder and ligthing took over and the sky opened up. Heavy rain through out the night meant a completely different beautiful morning on a summer in Coorg. Homestay we stayed is on a hilltop and provided a breathtaking view in the morning – fog covered all over the hill range. The thin white layer of mist cleared gradually as the Sun came up, only to leave us to cool day ahead.

Coorg in Summer - April 2010

Coorg in Summer - April 2010

Coorg in Summer - April 2010

Coorg in Summer - April 2010