Bangalore and its neighbouring places are a treasure trove for travellers with an abundance of nature, wildlife, history, adventure which are what it comprises of. What’s more, the places to stay around Bangalore provide a wholesome experience too.
Unwind amidst untamed wilderness, luxuriate in the beauty of plantations, revel in the appeal of the Victorian era, this list of the finest stays in Karnataka is endless.
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Offbeat places to stay in Coorg:
1) Abbydhama Estate Homestay
Cosseted by a coffee estate, the Abbydhama Estate Homestay is where you can lap up the charms of Coorg which tops the list for the most favoured weekend breaks around Bangalore. Around 2.5kms from Madikeri, two quaint bungalows lie within the estate.
Choose Hosamane, a contemporary bungalow where each room showcases the transformation of a blossom to a coffee bean. Or opt for the Halemane bungalow that is buried in a warm and cosy environ if you are looking for something a bit more traditional.
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2) Ajantha Homestay
About 2.5 km from Madikeri lolls the Ajantha Homestay. With coffee plantations and pictorial gardens, this is a delight for nature lovers. Making your stay memorable are the aesthetically decorated rooms that are themed in line with the colours blue, pink and brown. Families will be glad to know that there are also open spaces for kids to play.
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3) Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort
Tucked away in the picturesque suburbs of Suntikoppa, Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort is around 20km from Madikeri and is one of the most idyllic places to stay around Bangalore. In the heart of greenery and a coffee estate, get sweetly transported to the plush and pleasant Victorian era.
The beautiful chalets in here are each around 850+ sq ft offering an expansive living room, a well-appointed bedroom, a stunning private garden with outdoor seating, a sequestered bathroom with closed as well as glass rooves.
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4) Amanvana Spa Resort
Permeating a rustic and earthy charm, the Amanvana Spa Resort in Coorg is about 169km from Mangalore. This is where you can bask in the emerald expanse, gurgling streams, little waterfalls and the sound of nature.
There are about 19 bungalows that dot the landscape. The cosy sitting spaces, private lawn, lotus pond and moon lit ambience is what lends the stay its character.
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5) Hidden Woods
Delight in the glories of nature at the Hidden Woods in Srimanagala, about 67km from Madikeri. Ringed by coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations and offering views of hills, valleys and plains, this place makes for a fetching stay. Unwind in the Swiss Tented Cottage that gives a fine balance of luxury and the outdoors.
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6) Coorg Jungle Camp
Among the finest river side resorts in the region, Coorg Jungle Camp is one of the few amazing places to stay around Bangalore where wide open spaces, bountiful forests and coffee plantations welcome you. Enjoy rowing in the backwaters, go cycling around the property and let your hair down on the dance floor. Select from the Standard Room, Honeymoon Cottage, Deluxe Balcony Room and Jungle Studio.
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7) TATA Plantation Trails
Pamper yourself by relaxing in the dewy greenery and enjoying some exemplary hospitality at TATA Plantation Trails in Coorg. Once occupied by planters, these heritage bungalows permeate a distinct personality and remind you of a bygone era.
Take your pick from the Cottabetta Veranda Room, Cottabetta Heritage Room, Thaneerhulla Heritage Suite, Thaneerhulla Heritage Room, Woshully Heritage Room, Luxury and Superior rooms each of which have something unique to offer.
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8) The Last Resort Homestay
A walking distance from Coorg’s famous place Dubare Elephant Camp, The Last Resort Homestay makes for an endearing stay. Relish in the pleasant climate, lush surrounding and the magic of River Cauvery that flows around in the corner. Depending upon your group size, you can select your stay here.
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Offbeat places to stay in Chikmagalur:
9) The Spectrum Homestay
In nature’s bounty, the Spectrum Homestay is where you can take in the allure of coffee plantations. About a 10 minute drive from the heart of Chikmagalur, you can avail of several indoor and outdoor activities here. This place provides 5 double bedrooms which are fully furnished, airy and are tastefully done up.
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10) Flameback Lodge
Sprawling over 10 green acres, Flameback Lodges is where you can experience a serene and luxurious living thus qualifying as one of the most enjoyable places to stay around Bangalore. Around 30km from Chikmagalur, the stunning surroundings further add to the appeal of the place. Choose between the Paddy Villa, Luxury Villa and Suite all of which are well-appointed.
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11) The Last Resort Homestay
Chikmagalur being one of the more preferred weekend breaks around Bangalore is home to The Last Resort homestay that embraces you with its captivating greenery. A plethora of activities keep you engaged here.
These include indoor and outdoor games like table tennis, chess and dart boards, air rifle practice, target shooting, campfire, trekking, waterfall hike and jeep drives. Whether you have a small or large group, rooms of all sizes are available here.
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12) Jenukallu Resort
Resting in the foothills of the Jenukallu Mountains of Chikmagalur, the Jenukallu Resort embraces you with green delights and a crisp, misty mountain air. Unwind by the charms of nature when here.
All the room types come with modern amenities. These include the multiple and twin sharing Cottages and Luxury Tents.
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13) Honeyvale Homestay
Stunning sights, rugged terrains and rich flora and fauna mark the features of Honeyvale Homestay. In the midst of 200 acres of plantations and around 95km from Hassan, this is where you can come for some peace and solitude. Choose from the bungalow that is crafted in a traditional style or the modern Duplex Cottages that stand tall on the highest point of the estate.
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14) The Hidden Valley Homestay
A 4.5 hour drive from Bangalore, The Hidden Valley lulls you with scenic coffee plantations, charming brooks and majestic mountains. Boat rides, rabbit petting, plantation tours, trekking, rafting, water sports and waterfall visit are just some of the activities that you can engage in here. All the accommodations, be it the Cottage, Family Room or Double Bedroom are well furnished.
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15) Halliberri Cottages
A fine blend of luxury and nature, the Halliberri Cottages are maintained by one of the oldest coffee growing families in Chikmagalur. In the foothills of the Bababudan Hills, this is where you can enjoy birdwatching as well as an estate walk. The two cottages are roomy that come with garden view private sit outs and open-air showers.
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Offbeat places to stay in Wayanad:
16) Meenmutty Heights Homestay
Offering the magic of Meenmuty Waterfalls in Wayanad, Meenmuty Heights is where you can savour Mother Earth's treats and makes for one for the most spectacular places to stay around Bangalore. Around 92km from Calicut, this place offers peace and tranquillity. Depending upon your choice, you can opt for the Deluxe Room, Pavilion Studio, Sapphire Mansion and Kings Plazzo.
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17) Marmalade Springs Plantation Resort
Resting on the second highest peak of Wayanad, Marmalade Springs Plantation Resort provides a sweet escape. Around 80 km from the Calicut City, the stay spreads over 30 acres of dewy coffee plantations.
When here, you can engage in adventure activities like ATV rides. Take your pick from Superior Rooms, Cottages, Family Rooms and Wooden Cottages.
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18) Annapara Homestay
A perfect place to unwind, The Annapara Homestay is around 22 km from the city centre. Adding to its magical spell are the cascading waterfalls, woody mountains and fresh plantations.
Once here, you can savour some authentic Kerala Cuisine. Lounge in any of the 5 palatial Deluxe Rooms that come with a verandah, bedroom with king size beds, dressing area with en suite bathrooms and a gazebo.
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19) Sharoy Resort
Rejoice at the sight of sloping mountains and verdant stretches from the Sharoy Resort that also overlooks the Banasura Dam. Take in a pristine nature and go for a tribal village tour. Your stay options include Horn Bill Villa Cottage, Emerald Dove – Royal Cottage and Golden Oriole – Honeymoon Cottage.
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20) Jungle Retreat
A treasure trove for nature lovers, Jungle Retreat in Kalpettalounges is a 10 acre farm that makes it an idyllic place to stay in the heart of wilderness. It is enclosed by plush jungles and the stunning Brahmagiri peaks nestling as a backdrop. Accommodations include Twin Cottage, Wooden Cottage and Jungle Villa. All of them a lavish stay complete with modern amenities.
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21) Vythiri Village
Ethereal and captivating in every way, Vythiri Village takes you to a dream-like place. 85km from the Calicut City, this stay is encircled by cloudy mountains and lush expanses. Take a pick from the Deluxe Room and Cottage that are crafted with care and offer the best of nature.
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22) Greenex Farms
Enter a misty and dewy world in the Nilgiri Ranges in the Wayanad. Perched at 2,600feet above sea level, Greenex Farms is buried in the thickets of coffee and spice plantations. According to your choice, you can favour any one of the cosy accommodations available namely the Marigold, Greenhouse, Petunia and Treehouse.
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23) Seagot Banasura Resorts and Villas
For a stress-free vacation, take off to Seagot Banasura Resort, around 80 km from Calicut. For those bitten by the adventure bug, river crossing, jumaring, commando walking, mountain biking and zorbing are some of the activities that you can indulge in. Your options of stay include a Villa for 2 and 4 people, a single sharing and double sharing Suite.
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24) Treasure Trove Resort
Aptly known as The Treasure Trove, this eco-friendly stay is located around 80km from Calicut. Wallow in the company of wildlife and take in the great views of the Western Ghats. Relax in any of the two identical cottages namely Ivy Crest and Leafy Retreat. The beauty of them is that they are built from locally available wood and bamboo and offer modern amenities.
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Offbeat places to stays in Ooty:
25) Sherlock Resort
Suffused with the charm of the Victorian Era, Sherlock is located on the Tiger Hill Road in Ooty and treats you with imposing views of the hill station town thus making its name as one of most favoured places to stay around Bangalore. For a rip-roaring time, avail of the valley crossing and rock climbing avenues. Offering warmth and modern amenities are the Standard Rooms, Deluxe Room and Honeymoon Cottage.
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26) Lymond House Homestay
Revel in the lure of the Colonial era in Lymond House that is about 85 kilometres from Coimbatore. More than 100 years old, the place has retained its classic European decor. Unwind in Luxury Double Rooms or Suites that come with a fireplace.
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27) King’s Cliff
Replete with allures of yore, the King’s Cliff is circled by the iconic Nilgiris. Bringing in the fun are activities like rock climbing and valley crossing. Providing the fine mix of traditional decor and modern amenities are the Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms and Deluxe Rooms.
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28) Glyngarth Villa
Built in the late 1800s by Sir Walter Mounde, the Glyngarth Villa in Ooty hasa unique appeal. This colonial styled heritage home is around 100km away from the Coimbatore airport. Period furniture, wooden floors, crisp mountain air and the sounds of nature define this place. Opt for Heritage Double Rooms, Heritage Suites or the Wooden Cottages.
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29) Destiny, The Farm Resort
Submit to the splendour of a farm stay at Destiny, The Farm Resort that is 25 km away from Ooty town. This is also where you can enjoy rock climbing and wildlife adventure. Select between any of the airy Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms or Luxury Rooms.
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30) Marlborough Homestay
Reflecting the colonial charm of Ooty, Marlborough Homestay is a 100 year old heritage home. Amidst refreshing gardens, the place is flourished in antique furniture, wooden floors and earthy hues that lend a certain personality to the ambience. You can choose among the Double Rooms, Family Rooms and Bedroom Suite.
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31) Sierra Vale
15 minutes from the Ooty Bus Stop, Sierra Vale is where you can escape from the humdrums of daily life. Built in 2012, it is one of the newest holiday homes in the locale. In here are 6 spacious double rooms that come with modern facilities.
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Offbeat places to stay in Sakleshpur:
32) The Malnad Times
Rustic and earthy, The Malnad Times in Sakleshpur is around 60 km from Chikmagalur. It is here that you can appreciate nature with its lush canopies, woody mountains and refreshing plantations. Providing great views are the twin sharing Cottages, multiple sharing Cottages and multiple sharing Bungalows.
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33) Kadumakki Homestay
Exuding a homely warmth along with the caresses of nature, Kadumakki Homestay is around 18km from the heart of Sakleshpur town. Adding to the magnetism are the Western Ghats that serve as as the perfect backdrop. Settle on any of the accommodations that include 10 Deluxe Rooms and 1 Deluxe Dormitory.
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34) The Hill Resort
Delight in woody and green charms at The Hill Resort that is a cottage-styled stay. Cossetted by lush environs, the place is 27km off Sakleshpur town. Tastefully done up, offering luxury amenities, the room types include Indonesian Cottages and Swiss Cottages that sum up to make the grade as one of the best places to stay around Bangalore.
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Offbeat places to stay in Bandipur:
35) The Windflower Tusker Trails Resort
Get thrilled with what untamed nature has to offer. Savour true beauty at the Windflower Tusker Trails Resort, Bandipur. Do not miss the guided safari through the Bandipur National Park where you might spot tigers, elephants, deers and a variety of birds. The two types of stay include the Studio Room and Suite.
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36) Deep Jungle Home Resort
On the edge of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and around 20 km from Bandipur, the Deep Jungle Home Resort gives you a fetching experience of living in the wild. Giving you a rustic feel along with the sweetness of comfort are the room types that comprise Stream Side Swiss Tents, Mini Swiss Tents, Adventure Camping Tents and Tree Top House.
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37) Bandipur Safari Lodge
Seamlessly matching the wilderness and magic of Bandipur, Bandipur Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat. Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching and Nature Walks will ensure that there is never a dull moment here. Room types comprise 10 Special Cottages and 12 Cottages.
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38) Dhole’s Den Homestay Resorts
About 6km from Mangala Village in Bandipur, Dhole’s Den is where you can get a true feel of the wildlife. Do not be surprised if you hear the sounds of a sloth bear with its cubs, elephants and wild boar or even the tiger and leopard! Abundant in luxury, the room types include Deluxe Room, Bungalow Room and Suite.
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39) MC Resort
On the borders of the exotic Bandipur National Park, MC Resort is in close proximity to a tiger reserve and spread over 5 acres of land. Lap up a safari to explore the wilderness of the place. Room types include Standard and Suite.
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Offbeat places to stya in Nagarhole & Kabini:
40) The King's Sanctuary
Bordering the famous Nagarhole National Park, The Kings Sanctuary is where you can bask in the bounties of nature. In the midst of 40 acres of orchards, this makes for an engaging getaway. Select between the Cottages, Suites and Villas.
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41) Jungle Inn
Greeting you with brollies of trees, little shrubs, bamboo groves, vibrant plants and whistling pines is the Jungle Inn that makes for a refreshing sojourn. One of the best resorts in Nagarhole, this eco-friendly stay is where you can plunge into adventure sports like High Rope Traversing and Paintball and Jummaring. Stay options include Standard Room, Swiss Tent and Family Room.
42) Red Earth Resort
Flanked by the mesmeric Kabini River on both sides, The Red Earth is where you should go to get a sweet whiff of nature. The Cottages here make for a captivating affair. Adorned with mud walls outside, you have king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms and private open-air Jacuzzis on the inside that assure you a lavish stay.
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43) Kabini River Lodge
Buried in the wilderness of the Nagarhole National Park, the Kabini River Lodge treats you with a unique experience. Enjoy coracle rides, boating and bird watching when here. Room types include Maharaja Cottages, Cottages, Rooms and Tented Cottages.
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44) The Bison Resort
A fine blend of East African camps and typical Indian Maharaja styled lodges, The Bison Resort in Kabini treats you to an experience of both wildlife and luxury like never before. Located in the Karapura village, the place offers the raw beauty of nature. Room types include Deluxe Luxury Tents and Cottage Suite.
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45) KAAV Safari Lodge
On the fringes of the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, KAAV Safari Lodge is where you can enjoy the treasures of Mother Earth in its truest form. There are 4 standard rooms here that are well-furnished and provide modern amenities in the lap of a jungle.
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46) The Serai
A place where indulgence meets the many thrills of nature, The Serai, is located in HD Kote Taluk, Mysore. On one hand you can lap up the serenity and on the other, you can enjoy jungle safaris, kayaking, nature walks and bird watching tours. Accommodations like Waterfront Verandah, Waterfront Villa and The Residence will cater to your every need.
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Offbeat places to stay in Masinagudi & Mudumalai:
47) Inn the Wild, Masinagudi
Permeating in an earthy appeal, Inn the Wild stay is just 3 km into the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve of South India. Safari rides with trained naturalists, barbecues, outdoor games and nature walks make your trip all the more arresting. Room types include Tribal Home and Jungle Shack.
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48) The Jungle Retreat, Masinagudi
With a dreamy location in foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains and bordering the Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, The Jungle Retreat is one of a kind. The place offers a comfort in the wilderness. Choose between Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Suites, Tree Houses and Dormitories.
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49) Mudumalai Wild Inn Stone Cottage, Mudumalai
In the core of the Masinagudi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai Wild Inn Stone Cottage beckons you with its serenity and natural surroundings. Cycling, trekking, campfires and jeep safaris make your stay more enjoyable. There are 10 Standard Rooms here that come with private sit-out areas.
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50) Wild Woods Haven Resort, Masinagudi
A winning option for nature lovers, Wild Woods Haven in Masinagudi is an eco-friendly jungle escape. Trekking and jeep rides make your jaunt all the more memorable. When here, relax in the Executive Room or Suite.
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