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Where to Stay in Coorg - From Upscale Resorts to Simple Homestays

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Coorg’s verdant setting and abundance of wildlife attracts tourists from all over the world. When planning a visit to this scenic corner of Karnataka, you can choose between staying in budget hotels in bustling towns or at peaceful, luxurious resorts on their outskirts. When you move out of Madikeri and Virajpet, you'll find many homestays surrounded by sprawling plantations.

Madikeri

 

As the capital of Coorg, Madikeri makes a good base for sightseeing in the district. Staying in this lively hill station, you’ll have easy access to transport and the restaurants around the bus station. On the outskirts of town, you’ll find more tranquility as well as views of the Western Ghats. In and around Madikeri, you can explore natural and historic attractions including Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, and Talakaveri - the sacred source of Cauvery River.

 

In Madikeri's central district, you’ll find budget hotels that offer clean rooms with small balconies. Many midrange hotels have in-house eateries too. Just outside Madikeri, there are plush hotels and resorts framed by the Western Ghats. Here, you can stay in classy suites, lounge by turquoise pools, and go on guided tours.

 

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Kushalnagar

 

Located near the Cauvery River, a journey through the town of Kushalnagar leads to the Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe. More relaxed than buzzy Madikeri, Kushalnagar is close to the main attractions and also offers good dining options. From here, you can explore Namdroling Monastery and make day-long excursions to Nisargadhama, a wildlife sanctuary on an island. Visitors can also picnic on the banks of Cauvery River.

 

In the town center, you’ll find plenty of no-frills hotels with clean and spacious rooms. Restaurants, pharmacies, and banking facilities can be found within walking distance. Resorts run along the Cauvery River, outside Kushalnagar. Most have their own restaurants and boating facilities, while high-end options offer pampering spa services as well.

 

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Ponnampet

 

Visitors staying in the secluded town of Ponnampet can unwind and leave city life behind. You can trek through plantation trails during the day and cozy up by bonfires at night. Wildlife sanctuaries at Nagarhole, Wayanad, and Bandipur are an hour’s drive away. These national parks offer safari rides that take you through remote forest paths in search of elephants, spotted deer, wild dogs, hyenas, and tigers. Closer to Ponnampet is Irupu Falls where you can dip your feet in running water as it cascades down from the Brahmagiri mountains.

 

Ponnampet has plenty of homestays on offer. You can stay at charming old-world bungalows with tiled roofs and large verandas. Put your feet up and gaze at coffee plantations stretching into the distance. Living with a local family is also a great way to savor traditional Kodava specialties.

 

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