Chandoori Sai Guest House

Chandoori Sai Guest House

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Western standard accommodation (toilets, bathrooms and showers) with American tariff in the heart of tribal Orissa. Listed in the latest edition of Lonely Planet India in "Best places to stay" in Orissa.
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Goudaguda Village, Goudaguda 765013 India
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Guido wrote a review Dec 2023
Geel, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to escape the rigors of Indian travel for a couple of days, this is the place to be: there is absolute silence, no Wi-Fi (there is a very weak mobile internet signal), no blowing car horns in the distance, no plastic garbage, large garden, manicured lawn, nice flowers, and beautiful mountain views (in clear weather, that is). Rooms are big and clean, with good shower, fronted by a veranda for a relaxing afternoon tea or cold beer in the evening. Because of complete safety in the confines of the resort, door keys for your room do not exist. There is also solar power, and the tap water is locally sourced and purified at the resort.
The friendly tribal girls from the village working in the resort are preparing excellent Indian food, but Western food is also available, which is admittedly sometimes a nice change from the Indian food if you spent already some time in India. The interaction with the girls demonstrates the warmth and curiousness of these lovely people who are not spoiled yet by Western consumption stress.
Breakfast and dinner are served at one large table, where you can enjoy the company of all other guests and Leon, the Australian owner, for socializing and listening to, or telling, interesting travel anecdotes.
Leon is an excellent host with fascinating stories about his Indian travels of the past and about how the resort came to be. He will also assist you in booking train tickets, or other transportation, and provide local guides to visit the surrounding markets or walks through nearby villages and rice paddies.
The price for the accommodation might seem a little but high at first, but it is not, considering the fact that you get breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and refreshing drinks in between. When your onward journey is by night train, Leon will also prepare a lunch box for you to consume on the train.
If you are planning to visit the tribal area of Odisha, this resort is highly recommended to stay at least 3 or 4 days.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vikastayal81 wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
1. "Sitting on an easy chair, sipping on a hot cup of coffee or masal chai, gazing at those white and grey clouds touching the lush green hills not very far away from you," such was the magic of the coming monsoons at Chandoori Sai.

2. Our family holidy in the guest house, nestled amongst small green hills all around, the general elrvation itself around three thousand feet, cool breeze, pleasant weather was something that I feel will pull us again to this beautiful homestay.

3. The guest house itself, "Chandoori Sai", named after the huge Chandoori mango tree in the compound, manicured lawn in the garden, flower and fruit bearing trees, all add to the magic of the place.

4. Built by Mr. Leon, whose love for the place and more importantly for the local people reflects in the way he has desiged it. Every little detail has been looked into. A place designed keeping in with the local traditions, yet every modern facility has been incorporated to cater for your comforts.

5. The range of food they can prepare is truly global. We enjoyed each and every meal, gorged on the pizzas, gobbled up everything put on the table, fresh and with so much love by the staff. The Apple pie, a speciality of Mr. Leon was the icing on the cake, each time we had it.

6. The seven days we spent at the guest house flew away even before we realised it. The kids just loved to be at the place, to play in the garden, to listen to Mr. Leon's stories and the food on the table.It was great to experiece the the love and warmth that the Chandoiri Sai team have for their guests. The smiling faces, ever so ready to help you out.

7. Add the local village potter community, the long and short walks and the tribal markets giving a sneek peek into the lives of the simple tribal folks. Do not forget the traditional varities of toddy and other country made drinks prepared by the tribal women who bring it to these weekly markets. The whole atmosphere oozes happiness and calmness by way of its simplicity and unpretentious conduct of the people engaged.

8. We are glad that we decided to visit Chandoori Sai. We look ahead for many more such visits to the place. Thank you Mr. Leon for the immersive experience, for creating such a beautiful place and sharing it with us...

Will see you all again soon...

Vikas Tayal
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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LaurensHagens wrote a review Nov 2022
Vught, The Netherlands
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been in India many times but staying at the Chandoori Sai Guest House was one of the best and certainly now in our top 3 locations!!!
What a great place, beautifully decorated and designed, very comfortable, super atmosphere and the best staff ever (great cooking)

We stayed for 3 nights and the owner Leon is a great host and very helpfull in making your stay worthwhile. He knows the area and the local people and can arrange good guides.

The Chandoori Sai is highly recommended and I can suggest this place to anybody who wants the best Orissa experience.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Sayak Chakraborty wrote a review Jan 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
On New Year's Day, at the end of a long 9 hrs drive from Bhubaneswar, when we reached Chandoori Sai in the falling light, we felt that we finally arrived home.
Chandoori Sai, is a blend of modern technology in a tribal setting. The rooms are spotless. A vast lawn centers the guest rooms and we whiled away a few hours sitting on the landscaped garden.
As we discovered later, more than the stay, it was the whole experience. We spent the nights star spotting and capturing trails. Imagine Roasted Chicken or Apple Pies or Fresh baked pizzas or home made bread, at 3000 ft, in a remote tribal village in Koraput. The next day we went on a picnic to Deomali and Leon provided us a packed lunched.

Leon, the man who is the force behind the guesthouse, has even taught the tribals to speak in English with guests.
We stayed for 2 nights - but this place deserves atleast 3 nights - and so with that being an excuse, we will return once during the monsoons!
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Elly B wrote a review Feb 2024
Hampshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been travelling around India for 3 months and this was the best week of our trip so far. It was like slipping off the side of the hectic world into a calm, peaceful parallel universe. Leon and his staff are absolutely wonderful. Everything is done to the utmost high standards and the needs of the westerner are understood and met. The food is superb, cooked and served with care and pride. The entire place is clean and tidy, full of beautiful things which reflect the identity of the area. We felt entirely cared for during our week at Chandoori Sai and can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take advice from the owner, Leon on all incoming taxi/travel arrangements as it is not easy to find.
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J S wrote a review Oct 2022
Hyderabad, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stumbled on this place while reading a biker's travel blog. Not many Indian tourists visit it and that's a shame. This place is a hidden gem. There's probably nothing like it in a 200 km radius. We were two families and the kids enjoyed the place as much fun as the grown ups.

Leon has made sure the place is wonderfully designed. Open courtyard, lawns and great views. The rooms are spacious. Great Indian and Continental food cooked with locally sourced ingredients. No wonder it's tastes heavenly.

Experiencing local tribal culture on the walks across nearby farms and villages is a pleasure. Goudaguda is a potters' village and one can watch the entire process and pick up great pieces directly from the potters. There's quiet, peace and starlit skies. There are plenty of books to dive into. Really a great way to get away from bustling cities and experience a different India.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ample parking. Take the suite if possible. It has great views of the hills.
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Malkia wrote a review Mar 2023
Amsterdam
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great place!!!
Just go there and find out for yourself.
Also go for long guided walks in the neighborhood. The lodge can organize this for you.
I was lucky to have mister D. as our guide.
He also dropped me at the station when leaving and waited with me for the train to make sure that I would be okay.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask them in advance to help with your train booking to get there.
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Srath wrote a review Oct 2021
Bhubaneswar, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An unparalleled experience. The host Mr.Leon along with all his team see to all your needs .Loved the place , the atmosphere and everything about it. The nearby Pottery village is an experience by itself.Would love to visit again . All the amenities were better than what we had expected.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sabyasachi1212 wrote a review Apr 2012
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had never heard of Chandoori Sai or Goudaguda till early August 2011. But a few Google searches for a place close to Koraput revealed this brainchild of Leon Mahoney, an Australian Oil rig technician. The rest as they say is history.
We were on a recce trip to Koraput, to find out more about the Bonda tribals and Leon, though not in favour of 'snap snap snap tour' kindly put us through to Niranjan Tripathi, a local guide who knows this area like the back of his hand. Having flown in from Kolkata by the early morning flight to Vishakhapatnam we took the hilly road through Eastern Ghats which in the middle of monsoon was not exactly a cakewalk. After a lunch break at Koraput (where Niranjan officially took us under his care) couple of detours to Tribal villages along the way, Niranjan guided us through to Chandoori Sai almost at dinner time. Having been on the road for almost 12 hours we were exhausted. But the moment we crossed the heavy wooden frame that welcomed us to Chandoori Sai, we knew it was one of those few special places you would love to bond with.
Leon is a wonderful host. He made us feel comfortable and relaxed at the same time. Within minutes we were in his kitchen chatting like long lost friends as he whipped up one wonderful dish after another. Kamla and Tara are local tribal women who have been trained by Leon in housekeeping. Together we named them Leon’s Angels!
The rooms at Chandoori Sai are large and airy, done in tribal ethnic style, very tastefully decorated. But as photographers with lots of gadgets and charging requirements at the end of a long day, the most unique thing I found was the number of plug points (there must be close to a dozen) in each room.
Dinner was all home cooked, simple yet tasty. The mango dessert was yummy! Breakfast consisted of Bread, Butter, Omelette and since we would once again be on the road for better part of the day, Leon packed us a superbly baked cake along with a bag full of custard apple.
Niranjan guided us to the infamous Malkangiri district for a tribal market visited by the Bonda tribes. It was raining cats and dogs but the lush green landscape with the down to earth people of this area made up for it. It is a pity that this area is almost out of bounds for outsiders due to the on-going tussle between the Maoist and government forces. The tribal obviously should not be exploited by the camera totting tourists like animals in a zoo, but an inter action with them is an education in itself. It is so different from the Mumbai - Bengaluru kind of India we know.
The next day we headed for the weekly village market and ‘Leon’s Angels’ showed us the way through Eucalyptus forest and gentle stream. The market in itself was a riot of colours and smell!! A unique experience, not to be missed.
Overall, Chandoori Sai is a five star experience in the wilderness of Orissa. Not in the regular tourist circuit but those not averse to treading off the beaten track, Chandoori Sai is like a paradise in isolation.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: There are only five rooms and they all open up to the same courtyard. They are all equally good.
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GYULAFrance wrote a review Feb 2013
FRANCE
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Chandoori Sai is right in the middle of the most interesting tribal areas of Orissa. The guest house, is wonderfully decorated and very comfortable. Leon the owner is a very good cook and serves everyday freshly made dishes with organic products coming directly from the market.
The staff is composed of girls belonging to the potters' village nearby. they are smiling and very helpful. The area is really interesting to visit, a lot of villages, markets and tribal festivals around. Leon ensures that you make everyday a different trip and visit different tribes and places.
On the whole we had a great stay and I would definetly recommend this hotel to anybody interested by nature, tribal heritage, and offroute travels.
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: all the rooms are the same, big and comfortable
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Adhiraj_19 asked a question Sept 2017
Kolkata (Calcutta), India298 contributions33 helpful votes
How to reach here? We will be travelling in train from Kolkata? What is the process to book? Thank You!!
Answer from User13207
Syracuse, New York2 contributions
You can reach Kakuriguma Station by train (a train goes from Bhubaneswar to KKGM, not sure which train to take from Kolkata). They will pick you up at hotel and drive you the 2 kms or so to the guest house. You cannot book this accommodation through major web sites, you will need to contact the owner, either through FB or through the email address available on the web site. Leon, the owner, is very responsive and will clarify any travel questions and send you documents and info, if needed.
Answer from latika d
Visakhapatnam, India59 contributions9 helpful votes
To reach Chandoori Sai guest house from the airport you have to take the NH-16 and then catch the NH-26 towards Vizianagram. Continue on to Damanjodi on the NH-26. The instruction to reach Chandoori Sai will be best explained by the proprietor Leon from there onwards.
Shubha Chatterjee asked a question May 2016
Wilmington, Delaware98 contributions41 helpful votes
How does one get there? We live in Delhi.
Answer from evansmd2000
Onanole, Canada53 contributions51 helpful votes
We took a train from Visakhapatnam to Koraput then took a bus to Goudaguda. We called Leon and he came and got us in Goudaguda (just outside of Kakiriguma). Good luck... this is an amazing place!
Elly B wrote a tip Feb 2024
Hampshire, United Kingdom18 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take advice from the owner, Leon on all incoming taxi/travel arrangements as it is not easy to find."
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Malkia wrote a tip Mar 2023
Amsterdam134 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask them in advance to help with your train booking to get there."
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J S wrote a tip Oct 2022
Hyderabad, India9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ample parking. Take the suite if possible. It has great views of the hills. "
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Roos D wrote a tip Apr 2019
Bruges, Belgium33 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are excellent !"
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clareacer wrote a tip Jan 2019
London, United Kingdom74 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all the rooms are nice"
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