|A view of one of the cottages at the homestay|
Some places are meant to bring out the explorer in you. Some places are meant to bring out the leisurely creature in you. And Coorg O Farm Homestay belonged to the latter category. Far far away from the humdrum of metro living, nestled amidst a coffee plantation in Coorg, this homestay is for those who want to catch up with their reading, writing, eating, walking, smelling the incessant rain and other small pleasures of life.
|Interiors of a room|
Basic, clean, neat.
With TV, large double bed, dressing mirror, attached bathroom, torch, and mosquito coil.
|The homestay's dining quarters|
Basic, hygienic, well-cooked.
Tomato soup, coffee and tea, and dosa are great.
|A view from the porch at the room|
Coffee plantation, small agricultural land.
Great for sipping on coffee and reading your favourite novel at your room’s porch.
|Two attached cottages with a common porch|
Not very conveniently located; most tourist places and trekking areas are far away.
If you are looking for absolute cut-off from the rest of the world, this place can be your silent haven.
Value for money: 3.5/5
|A view of the plantation from the homestay's dining quarters|
A room costs Rs.2,500 for a couple, and about Rs.1,700 for a solo traveller, and includes breakfast and unlimited coffee and tea. The room is very well-kept, with a good TV connection, and the bathroom has 24X7 hot water. Moreover, the porch makes for your own tranquil space at your room, with a view of the coffee plantation and the agricultural land. So, it is reasonably priced.
A vegetarian meal costs Rs. 250, and a non-vegetarian one Rs. 300. While the food is basic at its best and well-cooked, it is a tad over-priced as the “meal” doesn’t really feel complete. Also, there is no ingenuity in the cooking; all that fresh produce from the plantation (guava and jackfruit grow in abundance at this place) is going to waste. The cooking need not be extravagant, but it can easily be special: using that produce and making some local delicacy would be a good start.
Overall rating: 3/5
The homestay is decent, with a very amicable host, Deepak, and his cooks and helping boys follow suit. It is only because of the average food and inconvenient location that I have given this homestay 3 out of 5 points. Otherwise, if the food were better, it can easily score a 4.