Karnataka's Coorg region is a fabulous place to escape from city life and enjoy nature. There are plenty of resorts in Coog to pamper and entertain you. However, when deciding on the right one to stay at, it's important to consider what kind of experience you want to have. Some resorts are better suited to couples, while others are focused on families. Some are also closer to Coorg's attractions than others. Here are seven of the best ones to choose from.
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Formerly Orange County, Evolve Back is a place where you can completely remove yourself from the rest of the world and indulge yourself in the culture of the region, as well as pamper yourself with Ayurvedic treatments. It's perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. This ultra-luxurious resort is set up with 42 thatched cottages facing the paddy fields, to give it a village feeling. It's surrounded by 300 acres of coffee and spice plantations, with the River Cauvery on one side and Dubare Reserve forest on the other, ensuring seclusion and tranquility. Private pools amidst lily ponds are a feature. Plenty of activities are offered to enable guests to explore and enjoy the environment, including plantation and nature walks, bird watching, coracle rides, and village visits.
- Location: Siddapur, around 30 kilometers southeast of Madikeri.
- Cost: 37,000 rupees per night, including tax and all meals.
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Newly opened in early 2017, The Ibnii is the first resort in India to receive an Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Platinum certification for its sustainable, cost-effective, energy and resource-efficient buildings. The resort also has LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. Meaning "dew", The Ibnii is set on 120 acres of pristine land that's situated surprisingly close to Madikeri town. It was 10 years in the making, and provides two types of accommodations -- 22 "Kopi Luwak" pool villas (with indoor Jacuzzi and outdoor pool) and 10 "Arnetta" wooden cottages overlooking a lake. While the villas are suitable for families, only couples can stay at the cottages. A total of 50 acres of land on the property is being used for coffee cultivation, and it's possible to get a first-hand experience of it on the Bean to Cup coffee tour. Nature and bird watching tours are also offered. Other facilities include wellness spa, greenhouse where vegetables and herbs are grown, and lakeside yoga pavilion. Do note that there's no rooms service or phone network (although wireless Internet is available).
- Location: Ibnivalvadi village, 4.5 kilometers away from Madikeri town.
- Cost: From around 12,000 per night for a cottage, including all meals and taxes.
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From the moment it opened in November 2012, the Vivanta by Taj has been impressing its guests, particularly with the stunning panoramic views of rainforest and paddy fields from every room. The resort is situated on an idyllic hillside, 4,000 feet above sea level, near Madikeri town. The approach to it is guaranteed to take your breath away! There are 62 villas and rooms to choose from, with the pick being the Bliss Villas with private indoor pools and retractable sunroofs. Rejuvenate at the Jiva Spa and meditate in the Buddha Garden.
- Location: 7 kilometers from Madikeri town.
- Cost: From 14,500 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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The well-maintained and managed Club Mahindra resort has a convenient location near town and is a popular choice for families with kids rather than solitude seekers. It's large, with 200 luxurious apartments, gym, two swimming pools, three restaurants, lobby lounge and bar, plus a children's activity center all set over 20 acres. Outdoor activities are available for adventure lovers, including quad bike riding, air rifle shooting, rock climbing, and trekking. There's even a creative corner offering a huge range of arts and crafts activities. It's impossible to be bored!
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- Location: 6 kilometers from Madikeri town.
- Cost: From 7,000 rupees per night for a double, including tax and breakfast.
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The Tamara is another stunning new resort in Coorg that opened in 2012. This boutique resort is a remote, scenic hideaway with 30 luxury cottages made almost entirely out of wood and sitting on stilts. They're all elevated and offer expansive views of the plantation and waterfalls. The fine dining restaurant, built on a stream, will tantalize your taste buds. Trekking and coffee plantation tours are offered, and include picking and processing the berries. You can also meditate under one the numerous holy Rudraksh trees on the property. The resort is best suited to couples wanting a quiet vacation together among nature. It's not child-friendly.
- Location: Kakkabe, around 35 kilometers southwest of Madikeri.
- Cost: From 21,000 rupees per night, including tax and all meals.
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The highlight at the Amanvana Resort is the Cauvery River, which flows right next to it. The resort's bungalow accommodations are also delightful -- each has its own private plant filled courtyard, lotus pond, and reading nook. Both children and adults are catered for. Children will love the sandpit and camping outdoors under the stars. For adults, there's a spa, yoga, golf putting ground, library, herb garden, and fine wines. In the evenings, barbecues are held by the river. The resort also offers complimentary picnic hampers which can be enjoyed on the resort's island, amidst a multitude of flora and fauna.
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The Windflower is a peaceful yet family friendly resort, with 44 rooms spread over 25 acres of lush coffee estate. The rooms are divided into studios, villas, and suites. The villas are particularly appealing, each with its own private courtyard and outdoor Jacuzzi. The resort also as a remarkable infinity pool entwined around towering teak and rosewood trees. Activities on offer include yoga, plantation tours, zorbing, horse riding, quad biking, rough road jeep rides, zip-lining, and gravity cycling. Or simply indulge in a spa treatment.
- Location: Just off the Mysore-Madikeri Road, around 10 kilometers east of Madikeri.
- Cost: From about 14,000 rupees per night, including tax and all meals.