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Chingaara Estate Guest House
Ranked #23 of 355 Kodagu (Coorg) B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 April 2014

The place is beautiful, the staff is very welcoming and always ready to satisfy your needs. The owner Sharath and his family are also very kind, smiley and friendly. They all made me feel at home. The rooms are very big and confortable and hot water is always available. The food is delicious, the cook prepares non spicy food when foreigners are there!! The garden, in the middle of the cooffee plantations, is full of colorful flowers and plants, very well manteined. The place itself is veeery quiet and perfect if you want to escape from the noise of the cities. There are beautiful walks and trekkings to do around there, long and short, easy and difficult. A little trekking booklet is also available and it explains the paths.
The dogs are very friendly, if they see you walking somewhere they come with you!!! And the 3 donkeys are beautiful too!!!
I stayed at Chingaara for one week, it's the perfect place for taking rest and having good food!! It was hard to leave, but for sure I will go back!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Part of the charm is getting there. By arrangement, we abandoned our tour car temporarily in the village below and were then taken to the guest house by Land Rover: the uneven stone paved road to it is at a gradient of one in four at least. Certainly an exciting way to arrive.

The Chingaara Estate Guest House is secluded among trees and even quieter than the nearby Happy Valley establishment (both are owned and managed by members of the same family). It is truly a blissful place.

There is a small number of rooms in the main building and annexe combined. In the main building, the dining room / lobby / common room situated on the ground floor works well for guests, since the space is large and serves its different purposes well. The kitchens are close by and the food is well prepared and largely locally sourced as far as we could tell. And it is all very clean.

Our rooms had three beds and friends next door had the same; both rooms had walk-in wet rooms (shower and wc) with hot water. When we reported an apparent problem with the hot water we were told that it was heated via solar panels and piped from a distance: we then found that, with a little patience, it worked fine.

Be prepared for some occasional noise: two pet adult donkeys and their offspring sometimes cavort about the stone paving outside. They gave us several endearing moments of fun.

Management is attentive and they and their staff are most willing to please. We were sad to leave when it came time to do so.

Room Tip: Our room and our friends' room were on the south side and were quiet despite being over the kitc...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxed, rejuvenating holiday spot you can count on Chingaara. It's amidst woods taking us close to nature. We can take a nice walk around the coffee estate in the morning and enjoy the music of birds which we often don't get to hear in urban cities. The host was very friendly and gave good hospitality. They also served tasty hygienic food with few Coorg delicacies. Getting to the place might be little difficult because of bad roads; and once we reach the spot, the host picks us up in a jeep as it is hard to climb a kilometre uphill.It's a good place for families and couples to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We decided to visit the Chingaara Estate Guest House in December 2013 inspired by the wonderful reviews and pictures we saw on trip advisor. However, the place is nice but definitely not worth the hype. The road to reach the estate is horribly bad and no road signs or any directions are available to lead us to the place. The drive from the main road to the guest house is also really bad and even in the estate's 4x4 vehicle it is a very bumpy ride. The rooms are decent and spacious but the bathrooms could have been made a little better and cleaner. The rods in the bathroom were falling apart and didnt give an overall nice feeling. The good thing was we were 3 families together and luckily we had the whole floor to ourselves including the huge sit-out. This was a nice experience but as soon as the other rooms got filled 2 days later there was chaos.
The food is home cooked and preparation was the local coorgi way. The manager was very helpful and catered to all our needs which was a huge help since we all had small babies.One huge plus point is that you are in the lap of nature n short walks lead you to a waterfall and treks which are fun.
Overall my view is the place is good for the rates offered but better options can be made available which are more accessible and easier to reach.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

First a word of warning!
If you like to holiday in style with all the luxuries at hand & want to dash around sightseeing, then do not come here & do not read further!

Now, for those who prefer a more sedate holiday in the lap of nature, this can be one of the places to be! Yes, there is no TV & no fans / AC available, but that is part of the joy in this place.

We, a family of 6 & one child stayed here for 3 nights in Nov 2013 after reading some good reviews & had high expectations of the place.... & our expectations were exceeded!

To reach this place, you have to first reach Kabinakad junction, from where you will be picked up by 4x4 jeeps & driven up a winding & bumpy route to Chingaara. All supplies & pickups/drops are done by these jeeps owned by the estate.

The rooms are huge, & two of them were more than enough to accommodate all of us. The weather is so cool, that you do not feel the need for fans or AC.
The vistas are fantastic & we would spend hours in the balcony & lawns watching for birds, butterflies & the ever changing skies. There are many trails around where you can take leisurely walks at a languid pace, observing the various flowers & other beauties of nature. Because of the isolation, you can wander around in the coffee & pepper plantations for long hours without encountering many people. Close by within the estate is an amazing waterfall where you can take a dip! A longer uphill walk (or a 4x4 jeep ride) can take you up to Honey Valley Estate, which is also another beautiful property of the same owners. There are a few indoor games & lots of books available for those who would prefer to spend their time indoors. We never missed TV & other such entertainment in all our time spent here.

Food is served buffet style except for non-veg which you have to order in advance. The food is like home cooked stuff & a lot is obtained from produce of the estate itself.

Hospitality is excellent & Mr.Sharath & his manager take all pains to ensure that you a have a good stay.

For those jittery on creepy crawlies, a few words of caution - you are likely to encounter a lot of flying insects such as moths, but there are all harmless & a part & parcel of living in such places. Also, you may sometimes get the occasional leech in the damper areas of the trails, so just be on the lookout for these.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We had a great experience at Chingaara on our two days stay. The entire place is serene to the core. One can here only the chirping of birds thro'out the day.The building has a great outlook with its red brick wall,surrounded by lush greenery. The rooms are very spacious and well maintained. The food was basic and simple, more like home cooked meals. The entire team did their jobs very well. The ambience and decor at Chingaara blends well with nature. And to add a small note ,their rates are very reasonable . Chingaara truly rocks!!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Excellent place for weekend gateway. Located amidst the vast greenery, every corner around the home-stay is a picturesque.

Each square inch of the place is well decorated with verities of flower plants. Rooms are very clean and well maintained. Excellent service provided by Mr Sharath and staff, attended to each of our needs and requests.

There is a stream in the property just a stone throw, from the guest house, which you can trek to. You can explore the estate around the guest house, trek to honey valley which is another property from the same owner.

We just spent hours gazing at the scenic beauty around, rain drops dripping from the roof. Enjoyed the lazy afternoons reading books, enjoyed the evenings with n number of coffees and teas, admiring the beauty of nature at it's best.

Throughly enjoyed the stay and looking forward to make another trip soon.

Room Tip: All the rooms on 1st floor have good views.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Yavakapady Village Post | Kabbinakkad, Madikeri Taluk, 571212, India
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Region: India > Karnataka > Kodagu (Coorg)
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #23 of 355 B&Bs / Inns in Kodagu (Coorg)
Price Range: £49 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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