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Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is India’s coffee country: plantations big and small spread over the hillsides of the gleaming green Western Ghats mountain range. This ‘Scotland of India’ is a year-round destination; the dry season between October and March is particularly popular, especially with holidaying families as well as adventure travelers. Even the monsoon season between June and September brings out fifty shades of green in the hills and is the perfect time for a romantic escape. There’s a range of accommodation options in the area with many resorts nestled into the emerald hillsides or located inside coffee or spice plantations — either way, stunning views are guaranteed. Just keep in mind when planning that weekends are best avoided, as Coorg is a popular hill station getaway for traffic-weary Bengaluru folks. Below, our favorite resorts in Coorg now.
Best Overall: Evolve Back, Coorg
Formerly known as Orange County Resort, the recently rechristened Evolve Back retains its crown as the best place to stay in Coorg. Ensconced in Chikkana Halli Estate, a 300-acre coffee and spice plantation, the resort offers 43 villas (all with private pools) in different categories. Heritage Pool Villas are done up in the local Kodava style of architecture made of stone and brick, topped with the traditional sloping tiled roof common to Coorg.
The resort has no fewer than seven dining options, including a moonlit dinner by the lake, and private dining in a treetop machan — don’t miss the local specialty of pandi curry (spiced pork curry) with akki otti (rice flatbread). Relax and rejuvenate at the Ayurveda Village, the resort’s sprawling spa where you can experience the best of Ayurvedic therapies including herbal baths, oil massages, and beauty treatments. If you’d like to step outside the resort, take your pick from activities such as nature walks, plantation visits, bicycle tours through nearby villages, and even a ride on the river in a coracle, the circular fishing raft used by locals.
Best Budget: The Casiita
Just off the Madikeri-Kushalnagar Road that goes through Coorg, The Casiita is a conveniently located budget option that offers 17 rooms and cottages set amidst swaying palms. Rooms are done up in vibrant colors and come with all basic amenities including en-suite bathrooms. The resort offers family and group rooms suitable for 4 to 8 guests as well as elegant thatched-roof cottages. The Casiita offers a buffet breakfast of South Indian specialties along with a bakery menu. Apart from breakfast, the restaurant doesn’t serve any meals, though the resort can organize an outdoor barbecue in the evenings upon request. You can also head out to the nearby town of Madikeri which has a range of restaurants serving local and international cuisines.
The resort has a large garden and a play area that doubles as a campfire site on request. The front desk is quite helpful in arranging transfers, car hires, and local sightseeing tours. The resort also has a small gift shop, a coffee shop, and spice hut where you can buy local coffee and spices if you're looking for a practical souvenir.
Best Boutique: Old Kent Estates
Go back in time to the British Raj era at Old Kent Estates, a refurbished plantation lodge set amidst an English garden and surrounded by a 200-acre coffee plantation and dense woodlands. The heritage property dates back to the 19th-century, with a stately colonial-style lodge now housing the hotel's reception, dining room, library, game room, and theater. The resort’s eight cottages are spread around the estate offering plenty of privacy. Each cottage is done up with period furniture and comes with a spacious bathroom with a sky roof and natural, locally made bath products. Each cottage also has a manicured, private garden with outdoor seating.
Dine on local Coorgi delicacies or partake in Anglo-Indian and ‘Continental’ fare; whatever you do, just don’t miss out on freshly brewed specialty coffee from the surrounding estate. Play pool, browse the library, or go on a plantation walk; there are several marked hiking trails nearby as well as quite a good bit of bird watching. Later, de-stress at the spa and spend the night counting stars with one of the hotel's telescopes.
Best for Romance: The Tamara, Coorg
Nestled in the lush greenery of coffee, pepper, and cardamom plantations, and surrounded by gurgling streams and cascading waterfalls, The Tamara Coorg is a luxury hideaway like no other. The 56-key resort offers a range of cottage-style villas built on stilts. All cottages are done up in warm wood paneling, pastel colors, and elegant furnishings, and come with large picture windows which overlook the Coorg valley. For something extra special, splurge on one of two Eden Lotus cottages which feature two bedrooms, massive living rooms, and a sundeck with loungers and a Jacuzzi.
Meals are served in The Falls restaurant built on a bridge spanning the valley and a natural stream that flows underneath. For a more intimate experience, the resort can arrange a candlelit dinner by a picturesque waterfall. Take a plantation tour, go trekking or bird watching, or take a few sessions at the Yoga Temple under the guidance of a qualified guru. Wind down in the temperature-controlled pool with attached bar or try the resort’s signature coffee therapy at The Elevation Spa. You can also try your hand at blending your own coffee and bring back a unique memento.
Best for Singles: The Ibnii
Spread over 125 acres of a coffee estate, The Ibnii is a stunning luxury resort that’s just perfect for a solo sojourn. It offers 22 ‘Kopi Luwak’ pool villas, 10 ‘Arnetta’ wooden cottages overlooking a lake, and one ‘Poinsettia premium suite'. The suite and villas come with an open shower, an infinity pool, and Jacuzzi. The Ibnii is India’s first eco-luxury resort to receive the Indian Green Building Council’s platinum certification for its many green initiatives like rainwater harvesting, plastic-free premises, and the use of recycled fabric for bed and bath linen.
Savor regional fare at the Baalelle vegetarian restaurant, feast on kebabs and grills at Masi Kande barbecue, or dig into some Mediterranean fare at The Fig. Cell service is sporadic here, so it’s easy to disconnect from the world and indulge in one of the many wellness packages offered at The Ibnii; the three-day Mounam therapy (silence therapy) and the Sattvic cleanse both come highly recommended. Other activities include nature walks, responsible fishing, and plantation strolls followed by a cup of house blend coffee from the estate at the Kaldi Kappee coffee shop.
Best for Luxury: Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa
Surrounded by a 180-acre rainforest, Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa is the Taj Group’s luxury offering in Coorg. The resort has 63 rooms divided into cottages and villas, all of which give stunning views of the valley and the rainforest. Apart from the Superior Cottages, all rooms come with a working fireplace. The Pool Villas are the ultimate in luxury: 3,300 square feet of space with separate living, dining, and sleeping areas, a butler pantry, and a four-foot deep heated plunge pool with a fully retractable roof.
Dining options include the all-day multi-cuisine restaurant Fern Tree, Nellaki which specializes in Coorgi cuisine, and the wellness restaurant Dew, not to mention the poolside grill, and the eclectic Hive Bar, which is perfect for lounging and listening to world music. The resort can also create personalized private dining experiences like a four-course meal in the Buddha Garden or a candlelit dinner at the Amphitheatre. If you’re looking for some adventure, go zip lining or off-terrain biking through the rainforest. For a more mellow activity, try your hand at making pottery or learn to whip up some Kodava cuisine specialties. Finally, unwind at the Jiva Spa with a traditional wood-fired Gudda Bath experience.
Best for Families: Club Mahindra Madikeri
Spread over a hillside adjacent to a coffee plantation, Club Mahindra Madikeri is a firm favorite with holidaying families. Its 220 rooms give superb views of the surrounding Western Ghats range. Rooms are divided into one-bedroom suites (that can accommodate up to four people) and studio rooms (for suited for two to three guests). All rooms are elegantly done up and come with a queen bed, a sleeper sofa, and a kitchenette with a microwave and tea/coffee making services. Note that the rooms are not air-conditioned, but the weather is relatively cool — even during summer. The resort has three dining options that serve a mix of local Kodava cuisine, South Indian specialties, and international fare.
Club Mahindra Madikeri offers many activities suitable for both adults and children. Apart from nature walks and coffee plantation tours, the resort’s sprawling premises house a bungee trampoline, a rope course, a cricket-bowling machine, and ATV rides. Kids will also love the indoor game room with board games, video games, and a pool table. Other facilities include the Svaastha Spa, a well-equipped gym, and two full-sized swimming pools.
Best for Business: Purple Palms Resort & Spa
Located just off the highway near Kushalnagar, Purple Palms Resort & Spa is ideal for business travelers and corporate off-sites. The resort has 68 rooms and suites that sport contemporary décor and colors; purple accents abound, but it’s all very pleasing to the eye. The entry-level Panorama rooms look out either over the pool or the coffee plantation. The garden-facing Courtyard rooms come with a private balcony with a coffee table, while the Peaberry Suites feature a spacious living room, dining area, two bathrooms, and a private balcony.
Meals are served at the multi-cuisine restaurant Elephants & Coffee, while the Banduk bar that pays tribute to Coorg’s hunting culture (banduk translates to gun) is great for post-work drinks. The resort’s Cherry Hall can accommodate up to 200 guests for a corporate event and comes with an attached pre-conference area and a lawn. For smaller meetings, the Huddle Board Room can seat up to ten people. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, an ozone-treated swimming pool, a recreation room with pool, table tennis, and board games, and the Earth Glo Spa where you can take your pick from Ayurvedic, Balinese, and Swedish massages.
Best Hostel: Zostel Coorg
AddressAbhyatmangala village and post, Near, Siddapura, Karnataka 571253, India
Phone+91 22 4896 2269
Hostels are few and far between in Coorg and even Zostel Coorg is located a considerable distance from Madikeri and Kushalnagar, the two main towns in the region. As rare as it is, however, Zostel is tucked away in a verdant coffee plantation and forest and designed like a traditional Coorgi house — a single-story structure with a sloping, tiled roof, making it an ideal location for a laidback holiday. Accommodation options include four mixed-bed dorms (with 28 beds in total), one six-bed female dorm, and two outdoor tents with a shared bathroom. Dorms are clean and include linens though towels do need to be rented.
The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, parking facilities, and 24/7 reception. The café provides breakfast and meals at an extra cost, and laundry services are available as well. The largest 10-bed mixed dorm has a common hangout area, while the attic (which has a TV) doubles up as a reading room and boardroom, and is open to all guests. The two adorable dogs on site, Candy and Clyde, are a notable plus. Staff is very helpful with local sightseeing and activities suggestions, and can also arrange a bonfire in the evenings.
Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular Coorg resorts. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different resorts, read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative), and stayed in 3 of the resorts themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.