Picture this – coffee plantations, stunning landscape and a drizzle every now and then and you sitting on a veranda, sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying the view. This is what's Madikeri, and a lot more. This gorgeous hill town in the state of Karnataka offers an added charm and culture of Kodavas. When in Madikeri, you cannot deny the beauty of exotic homestays, which makes the town unique and beautiful in its own way. The comfort and the sense of belonging at Madikeri homestays makes you feel one with the nature. The charming homestays in Madikeri feature hilly views, top notch amenities and traditional food sourced from local markets or home grown gardens. Choose homestays and venture into experiencing Madikeri like a local.
Getting There: Madikeri enjoys an ease of connectivity via flight, bus and train. The town doesn't have an airport of its own, but you can take a flight till Mangalore which is approximately 136 km from Madikeri. Also, there are multiple bus services plying from various neighbouring cities to Madikeri. There are A/C, volvo, sleeper and ordinary KSRTC buses for you to choose from. Travelling by rail is also an option, as there are multiple railway stations near Madikeri, like Kannur, Thalassery, Hassan, Kasaragod and Kanhangad. These stations have a direct connectivity from Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and other cities.
Where To Stay: Ever dreamt of staying in a charming house amidst a coffee estate? Homestays in Madikeri are straight out of those dreams. Nestled amidst coffee plantation and surrounded by flourishing gardens and fruit trees, Madikeri homestays are unlike the conventional stays. They offer an authentic experience of living like a localite in the comforts of a home, even when you're away from home. You can opt for various accommodation options, including a private room, a luxury villa, a warm and cosy cottage, an estate stay and a lodge, to name a few. Spices Garden, Mountain View Serene, Kedakal Boutique Unit, Abbydhama Estate Homestay, Chingaara Estate Guest House, Rare Earth Estate and Golden Harvest Home Stay are some of the most popular estate stays in Madikeri. All the stays are surrounded by coffee plantations, and make for an ideal place for nature lovers and solitude seekers. The hosts are helpful and accommodating and will take you on a journey through the process of coffee making. If you are looking for guesthouses in Madikeri, Silent De Coorg Homestay, White House Home Stay, St. Joseph's Guest House, Sobayoth Stays and R.r.homestay are well located and managed guesthouses in the town. Misty Villa Estate Stay is a gorgeous 4 bedroom villa in Madikeri offering jungle safari to the residents. The villa has a swimming pool, an in-house restaurant and gardens for you to relax in a perfect environment. Flora Villa, Flora Homes 2, Merc Hills Homestay and Monique Home Stay are 3-bedroom award-winning homestays in Madikeri. The properties are strategically located in close proximity to all the major tourist attractions. There are many more holiday homes for you to choose from. All these homestays in Madikeri are a destination in themselves, and make for a great family vacation. Choose your stay with Travelguru Homestays and enjoy a perfect vacation in the lap of nature.
What To See: The rolling hills, forested landscape and lush green valleys set the tone for perfect vacation in Madikeri. A place of austere beauty, this town has a lot of tourist places which attract people from across India. Some of the most famous attractions in Madikeri are Raja's Seat, a sprawling garden offering breathtaking views of adjoining cliffs, Omkareshwara Temple, known for incorporating Gothic and Islamic styles in the architecture, Abbey Falls, a perennial waterfall in the region, and Talacauvery & Bhagamandala, for the religious connotation for Hindus. Apart from these, the wildlife sanctuaries are also a fascinating part of Madikeri. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp are a few to name. Some more prominent tourist attractions in Madikeri are Madikeri Fort, Brahmagiri Hill, Iruppu Falls, Golden Temple and Cauvery Nisargadhama.
What To Eat: The traditional food of Madikeri reflects the history and geographical setting of the region. Owing to its fertile valley, the town grows an abundant quantity of rice, thus making it a staple element of the cuisine. Rice aka Sannakki is served with meat or pork dipped in spicy, aromatic curries. Fish and crabs are also a part of the daily fare in Madikeri. For vegetarians, there are a different varieties of vegetable pulavs and Pottu (steamed vegetable curries) served with Mangye Pajji (Mango chutney) and Mudrakani (Bengal-gram chutney).
Where To Shop: The most important thing that should be on your shopping list is coffee and spices. There are scores of coffee shops in the town, and you must make sure to pick at least a few packets for yourself and your loved ones. Friday Market is the most popular spice market in Madikeri. Here you can shop for pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, mint, sage, basil, thyme, basil leaves, rosemary and a lot more spices. Kushal Nagar Market is another famous market in Madikeri. It is known for selling authentic Tibetan artifacts, sandalwood oil, timber carvings, silk sarees and homemade wine.
Insider's Tip: Plan a trip to Madikeri during monsoons to witness the freshly flushed coffee plantations throughout the town.