I found this place by doing an Internet search for home-stays in Coorg/Kodagu. Most entries sounded very business like, describing the accommodation, facilities etc, while Elephant Corridor sounded like you would really be staying WITH a family - their entry was so friendly and welcoming - and I was right!
To start with, our hosts, Nimmi and Viju, were able to organise a taxi from their end to pick us up from Mysore and we (my friend and I) took the whole day to arrive, stopping off at the Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement to see the "Golden Temple", Nisargadhama picnic spot, the beautiful Amanvana Spa (for a quick lunch), and the Dubare Elephant Camp, along the way.
Arriving just before sunset, we were pleased to see a pretty place set in a luxuriant garden full of flowers, which was in turn set within the coffee estate. Large trees and coffee bushes extended right near to the guest house wall. We were warmly welcomed and asked if we wanted some tea to settle us in. The room was a good size, as was the attached bathroom, and there was a nice veranda at the front to sit on and enjoy the view to the garden. The guest building is purpose built and just next door to the main house, while out the back are the kitchen and kitchen garden. There are many homely touches, such as hammocks on the veranda and magazines to read. We were duly inspected by their two dogs.
Dinner was eaten with our hosts Nimmi and Viju, and what a spread was laid on - both meat and fish dishes, as well as vegetables, rice preparations or paratha, and dessert. We were pleased to sample local dishes, and there were ample quantities of everything. After dinner we were treated to a nightcap and an explanation of coffee cultivation by Viju.
The next morning we had breakfast in the gazebo, where it seems meals are usually taken when it is not raining, which it had been the previous night. Again, a huge and delicious spread greeted us - a local steamed rice preparation that I forget the name of, with sambar and chutney, in addition to toast, butter, homemade jams (delicious banana jam!) and eggs, fresh fruit, and tea and coffee. Frankly, after what amounted to a brunch, you would not need to eat much lunch, seeing as dinner is once more ample and toothsome.
With the use of the same hire car and nice driver, we toured the area in and around Madikeri. It was raining incessantly, but we still managed to enjoy the scenery along the way, the thundering Abbi falls, the tombs of Gadduge, the Raja Seat garden (it was rather misty hence we didn't have much of a view), the Omkareshwara Temple, and a walk around the town to do a little shopping.
Our last day was spent locally - pottering around, going for a walk nearby and taking photos. We were informed that elephants do regularly visit the area and have been known to come right up to the house on occasion, hence the name Elephant Corridor. Our two days were however less eventful on that score!
Before finishing, I would like to address some of the points made by the previous reviewer (timetohangupmyboots) who wrote a rather rude and very negative piece. S/he says that -
"... a person comes to a coffee plantation in Coorg for a vacation wanting peace and quietness - will someone please tell the hosts that?"
My reply would be that one chooses a home-stay precisely in order to stay in a family environment, with people, and that includes sharing meals and conversation with them. I was clear I didn't want to stay in a hotel in Coorg, where everything would have been impersonal and no one would have "bothered" us or even bothered WITH us! It struck me that Nimmi and Viju are well travelled, gracious people who are worldly wise and a polite request to them that you wished to be left on your own outside of meal times would have been gladly heeded.
This next bit -
"(PS - If you are among those kind of people who look for a disco and video games at a holiday resort, you will love this place!) No way I would ever recommend this place (other than of course, to my enemies !!)"
is so gratuitously offensive and off the mark, that it makes me suspect that the reviewer is malafide not a genuine visitor. Disco and video games? Utter rubbish!
In short, I would heartily recommend this place if you are looking for a friendly home-stay in beautiful surroundings, where you will feel well looked after and pampered even! (Make sure your belt has an extra hole for the buckle...)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A misty morning- with a hot cup of coffee. Lush green estate strolls- with true life stories narrated to you firsthand. Exotic home-cooked meals- under the romantic star studded sky. Magical bonfire evenings- not without hosts who warm your hearts as well. Easily accessible, centrally located from all sight-seeing spots. As the name suggests You’re assured one pampered holiday at Elephant Corridor – Coorg, ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elephant Corridor Coorg India/Siddapura