Honey Valley is by far the most amazing homestay that I've stayed in. The location, the people, the place.
Booking - I browsed for places to stay at Coorg and stumbled upon the website of Honey Valley. Instantly, I knew this is the place where I would want to stay. Called up. Suresh answered and I booked the room immediately through e-fund transfer (very minimal amount. Did not even ask about cancellation refund cause I was not going to cancel it.)
Reaching - We went to Coorg by Car. Google map shows incorrect location. So I juxtaposed the location shown on Honey Valley website onto my google maps and reached via madikeri. Best is to call up Honey Valley (either Suresh/Jack will answer and get directions from them.) Once I reached Kabbinakad, Honey Valley's Jeep picked us up and showed the place to park our vehicle too (parking at just Rs25/day). One cant' reach the place without Jeep, its inaccessible through Cars/2 wheelers and there's no road.
Staying - First night we were put in a Perch room. Really beautiful, cute little room with a nice view of the outside. The rooms did not have bugs / insects and Suresh bet me 10Rs for every mosquito I could find. (Happy to say I dint make any money in this bet!). The beds weren't damp and did not have any bed bugs as I had read in 2-3 reviews on tripadvisor. Second and third day we were put up at Tranquil Rooms which had private balcony area. Lovely!
Hospitality - Its by far the most hospitable hotel I've stayed in. My wife also has similar view. The people, Suresh, Suresh's wife, Jack, Anna, Ganesh and all other were always smiling and pleasant to talk to. There wasn't any shouting of any kind on any servant. Maybe because all were treated with a lot of respect and all worked in tandem and without any laxity. Had really good long chats with Jack about the place, trekking, his being here, everything.
Traveller Tip - Just be here.
- Also Known As:
- Honey Valley Homestay India/Virajpet, Kodagu (Coorg)