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Shanthi Kunnj Homestay
Ranked #36 of 96 Chikamagalur B&B and Inns
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautifully Located, but scope for betterment !”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

This property overlooks the river. The approach road is in a bad shape (approx 2 kms). The sign boards are all through so though in the interior it was not difficult to find. Its a beautiful property, well maintained but the food is definitely not the highlight of the place. The staff is nice, particularly Bindu who multitasks between the reception and kitchen graciously attending to the guests requirements. We were staying in the glass house which offered a superb view with the sit out opening on the river. There is no intercom /bell facility to enable room service which makes it difficult to reach out for help in case of emergency, if any. The guest of honor in our bathroom was a leech kind thing and frog which surely put us off. The trail by the river is good. One can spot many birds. The kitchen needs to offer better choice and flexibility which I feel is missing due to being understaffed as we saw all the staff multi tasking across various functions. Overall an enjoyable experience but surely food needs improvement !

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Shanthikunnj, Manager at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying with us recently and posting a positive review on Trip Advisor ! We are glad to read your good compliments about our homestay and our staff. I thank you for acknowledging their efforts and the same has been conveyed to them. This will surely encourage all of us at Shanthi kunnj to go that extra mile and offer more improved services to our guests in the future. On the not so positive feedback received from you like the approach road, we will continue to push the concerned authorities to improve the government road as soon as possible. Please excuse us for finding an insect and frog in the bathroom. As we are close to reserve forest and situated in the midst of the coffee estate, we can find insects, amphibians etc in and around the homestay. We respect nature and accept that they co-exist with mankind on this beautiful planet created by our Creator. We, however, try as much as possible for these not to enter the cottages and even request the guests to keep the main door of the cottages closed at all times, which at times gets ignored. Lastly, on the food, our restaurant staff have made a note of it and will try to improve it further thus meeting the expectation of all our guests.

We look forward to serving you again in the future.
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed in May 2014. The response for booking was great. They don't take credit cards though.


We stayed in what is called the Areca cottage. If you consider the fact that the resort is on the banks of the Bhadra river, is fairly interior given the horrible last 3 km of approach road, the place is truly awesome.

Once you get into the place, it is best that you forget going to other local sites, getting out of the place is quite repelling just because of the 3 km stretch. I hear that they are trying to get something done about that. If so, this would just be a super super bet for anyone - since all the places are almost equidistant from here - be it Sringeri / Horanadu / Muthodi / etc.

The place has to be viewed from the point of view of a home run show - NOT a 3 star facility. Then anybody will find it an incredible experience.

The owner's family is quite hands on with the service. Extremely supportive staff and hospitable.

Google Maps stop 1km from the place. So, ensure you have your directions printed and you carry and Airtel/BSNL mobile with you.

Plantation tour, trekking, swimming and boating are organized by the folks. The camp fire is spot on at 7:30 pm daily.

I plan to go there again during cooler months this year. All in all, a good place to chill out with family.

Room Tip: I guess all rooms are good. Except maybe something called the den, which doesn't have the river...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Shanthikunnj, Manager at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying with us recently and posting an excellent review on Trip Advisor ! We are happy to note that you liked our homestay Shanthikunnj - the location, the cottages, the amenities and facilities provided during your stay. We are also glad to read your good compliments about our staff. I thank you for acknowledging their efforts and the same has been conveyed to them. This positive review will surely encourage all of us at Shanthi kunnj to go that extra mile and offer more improved services to our guests in the future. On the not so positive feedback received from you ie. the approach road, please rest assured that we will continue to push the concerned authorities to improve the government road as soon as possible.

Lastly, we are delighted to note that you will be visiting Shanthi Kunnj again in the latter part of this year to enjoy the cool weather of Chikmagalur. We look forward to meeting and serving you again.
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

It was relaxed.. the stay was great ... the hospitality is too Good...
The owner is down to earth.... Swimming experience was very nice.,
Enjoyed the camp fire.... the only drawback is 1.5 kms to reach Shanthi Kunnj from the highway is pathetic. However, the owner has requested the Govt for tarring the roads.
Once you reach Shanthi Kunnj it is a paradise ...

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Shanthikunnj, Manager at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying with us recently and posting an excellent review on Trip Advisor ! We are happy to note that you liked our homestay Shanthikunnj - the location, the cottages, the amenities and facilities and hospitality provided during your stay. We thank you for acknowledging our efforts and the same has been conveyed to the team as well. This positive review will surely encourage all of us at Shanthi kunnj to go that extra mile and offer more improved services to our guests in the future. On the not so positive feedback received from you ie. the approach road, we will continue to push the concerned authorities to improve the government road as soon as possible.

We look forward to serve you again in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Pros:
1) Beautiful location
2) Great views
3) Riverside
4) Midst of the Wildlife sanctuary
5) Great staff (except ...)
6) Relatively clean

Cons:
1) Average food
2) Expensive for the facilities
3) 4 of the 5 lights in the room was not working (Avg maintenance)
4) Approach road of 2 kms was bad
5) Frequent power outage inspite of backup
6) Of 3 days we stayed, had hot water only for one day!! Absolutely not acceptable. Reasons were differing on each staff we asked.
7) Supposed to take us to swimming on a different location, but was told to swim in front of the resort, No issues, but the place front of Resort was not suitable for swimming. Very very rocky and sharp ones that too! Excuse was given was that the actual location was infested with leeches. The actual reason was the jeep was busy for some other work (apparently more imp than taking care of guests!). The next day we went to the swimming location after lot of ruckus, and no leeches, It was a beautiful location. But we did not have time to play in water.
8) Blatant lying by the management on the misgivings of the property. Left us with a bad taste. Seems the management is new and still learning the ropes
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Very very low value for money, will I go there again? NO! Why? Prices are close to 4 star, but experience is defiantly 2 star :(

Room Tip: Choose Glass house.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Shanthikunnj, Manager at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear Guest,

We acknowledge receipt of your feedback after your stay at Shanthi Kunnj.

Thank you for your positive comments. We have gone through the negative comments and deeply regret any inconvenience that may have caused you due to this. We have taken it up with the housekeeping staff for the lights not working in one of your cottages on that day. This has been rectified the next day itself. Secondly, we have also arranged for additional inverter and generator backup for the power cuts so that our guests do not face this problem and they enjoy their stay at Shanthi Kunnj.

Thank you for visiting Shanthi Kunnj and look forward to serving you again in the future.
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014

I stayed for 3 days with my son. The food was good and the place was beautiful. If you are looking for the comforts of a hotel, you will be disappointed. There is no room service and no intercom. But the place is beautiful with the bhadra river flowing by.In the mornings you can hear the chirpings of birds and you can spend time sitting in your balcony enjoying the nature. overall a nice stay.Avoid going in April as it will be hot during day time.

Room Tip: In April don't take glass house as it will be very hot. Mud house will be better
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank sunrise1950
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Shanthikunnj, Manager at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank You for your review about the Shanthi Kunnj Home-stay. We look forward to serve you again in future.

Warm Regards
Shanthi Kunnj
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Bengaluru, India
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

The homestay is great . The bhadra river is also good. Food is homely of malnadu style

Hot water not always there . We need to personally go and tell the staff as there is no intercom which is annoying to say the least.

I am OK with not having room service but some sort of intercom is required as only few networks work in this area. Docomo, aircel do not work. House setup is good.

Price wise on the higher side. Staff are good.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank srinifrombangalore
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Shanthi Kunnj is located amidst coffee plantation and on the bank of river Bhadra.
We booked a glass house based on the reviews and we were delighted to see the balcony of it opening to river and to a dense forest.
The view from the balcony is just awesome and best place to relax,unwind and de stress.
All through the day and night you would hear the nature sounds of river water flowing down the stream
Since we were there on valentine's day, the staff at the home stay had arranged for a Bon Fire and a candle light dinner with a small cake cutting ceremony.
Food was good ,room was very clean and in good condition.Staff were friendly and helpful.

Worth the money only if you get a glass house !!!

Room Tip: Glass house anytime,if it is not available then go for Log House.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shanthi Kunnj Homestay
Address: Devdhana Village, Honnekoppa | Sangameshwar Pet, Chikamagalur 577136, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Chikamagalur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Chikamagalur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel the nature's love at Shanthi Kunnj Homestay "A Paradise by the Riverside", located on the banks of River Bhadra and surrounded by a tranquil coffee estate, in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India. Imagine living in a luxurious log cabin, a river gushing by; enveloped a midst mighty mountain ranges carpeted with lush evergreen forests. Harmoniously blending the best features of a resort and a homestay and the wilderness of a jungle lodge, while giving you the lighthearted informality of a home stay. Come, enjoy the hospitality of Chikmagalur. ... more   less 
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