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Tarikere Road, Chikmagalur 577101 India
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#9 of 180 B&Bs / Inns in Chikmagalur
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Experience hospitality at its best at Gonakal, a 360 years old heritage abode midst the scenic beauty of Malnad's lush green forests, widespread coffee plantations and the intoxicating aroma of the black pepper creepers. Situated at just 24 ks from Chikkamagalur, Gonakal has a history of more than 700 years earmarked by Tipu Sultan's visit and the reign of the Hoysalas. A famous temple dedicated to the triumphant warriors of the glorious past is at a stone throw distance. Dwelt by six generations of Royal family, Gonakal is located on the road connecting Chikkamagalur and Tarikere. The unmatched melody of streams trickling down the valley while sipping steaming hot coffee augments the already perfect evenings. Find yourself very close to nature as you listen to the silent call of the passing clouds. Homely Malnad dishes unheard of in other regions makes the stay all the more special and enjoyable.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Children's playground
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Outdoor fireplace
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Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
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English, Hindi
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Naresh Sadasivan wrote a review 17 Nov
Bengaluru, India12 contributions7 helpful votes
If your idea of a relaxing holiday is good food, sightseeing, and ample rest, Gonakal Homestay gives you all of these and more. First up, the place. Nestled in the midst of dense plantations & forest, is a 300-year old mud home (call it palace) that Girish, his wife, their dogs, and the house helps stay. Beautifully laid out, the house should be a heritage site, for the marvellous design and the beautiful upkeep. The five of us took 2 cottages, of the total 5 they have on their grounds. The rooms are well laid out & functional, with 'comfort' being the primary goal. Next, the food. If there is a finer chef in Malnad that the lady of the house, I would like to meet that person. Once we had informed them of our vegetarianism, and of our desire to taste local cuisine, Girish and his wife ensured that the best of Malnad was on our plate for each meal. Akki Roti, tomato rice, vegetable rice, kadubu, kara roti, kara chutney, nellikaayi uppinkayi, and to top it all, awesome filter coffee, the beans of which are from their own plantation. And finally the ambience. If you are headed to the woods from the city, the peace, solitude, clean air, and the unhurried pace of this place is to die for (no pun intended). Finally the people. If Girish are his wife are lovely hosts, his two helps - the man from Bihar and the young Tamil lady from the neighbouring village are efficient, hard working, and pleasant. All in all, we had an awesome time at Gonakal homestay, and hope their quiet warmth, and earthly charm gives joy to a lot many visitors over the weeks, months, and coming years. Yes, I will give a huge high five for Gonakal.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: The wooden cottage with a living room is possibly the best choice.
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Deepika wrote a review Jul 2022
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We were family of 5, me, my husband, my 2 year old, and my parents staying at Gonakal home stay. All of us thoroughly enjoyed what it provided. Home stay is in midst of mountains with breathtaking views. My mind and soul got refreshed. My husband loved the architecture and heritage of the homestay. And my kid loved roaming around and playing with two dogs. Hospitality is never seen like before. Food is completely cooked by owner and tastes delicious and earthy. Best tomato soup I have ever had. I might go back to the homestay from America just to have the tomato soup. My parents thoroughly enjoyed socializing with hosts and other guests. All is all memorable experience of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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pinky r wrote a review Jun 2022
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We were 4 women on vacation. Location - Serene Service- Excellent Hospitality- Genuine Feather on cap is home cooked comfort food by Aunty. Uncle is very passionate about the Homestay and the guests. We felt very safe. Overall great stay. Will revisit for sure.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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JAYARAJ V wrote a review Jun 2022
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3 days pleasant stay at this heritage property .good food and homely atmosphere at this heritage property ..green and homely mthe owners went out of the way to make our stay comfortable . Need to keep doors windows closed by evening to prevent all sorts of insects creeping and flying into the rooms . On the negative sides the rooms lacks storage space to keep your stuff though my room did have a cupboard . Lookout for the leeches if you stray of the beaten path .they suck your blood without even knowing about it .felt the owners need to earn the guests on this . V.jayaraj
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vishakha G wrote a review Jun 2022
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
Lovely hosts. Very very homely . Good fresh home cooked food. Nice place to walk around . Overall a very good place to have a paeceful holiday . has a nice tiny stream for a one day tea or drinks picnic too.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Ravishankar N wrote a review Jun 2022
Bengaluru, India3 contributions1 helpful vote
Been at Gonakal homestay to spend weekend with my wife and 6 year son. We all loved each and every bit of our stay here. 1. Unique location, surrounded by mountains 2. Nice and clean rooms ( took wooden cottage ) 3. Excellent food ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) 4. Awesome locally made coffee 5. Good interaction with owner Girish 6. Pet friendly 7. Safe and secured location 8. Unique experience with "Totti Mane" which has 300 years of history 9. Exactly opposite side of my Bangalore lifestyle, very relaxing and body mind recharging 10. Highly recommend this unique place worth the money
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Sid B wrote a review Jun 2022
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Stayed in wooden cottage. Spacious. Good food, especially the sambhar which is so different from what we get in normal restaurants. Amazing views on a cloudy day. Enjoyed with hot pakodas served in evening with tea. Last 1.5kms are dirt track, but we saw BMW 3 series sedan being able to come on its own unscathed, so I assume other sedans will also manage. Loved the 2 dogs. I hope they get more time to spend outdoors and not in the cage. Super friendly.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kajal B wrote a review May 2022
Hyderabad, India3 contributions2 helpful votes
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A must visit place to unwind..detach from the noisy and hectic life. Nothing can beat the tranquility, beautiful view from the cottages. And what stands out ..hospitality.. Girish uncle and aunty (owners) will ensure you get the best out of the stay. The food is just amazing, you will relish every bit of it.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Errol N wrote a review May 2022
Bengaluru, India3 contributions
Dream Cottages. Hospitality at its best. Home away from Home. Food unbeatable. Must visit. Can't wait to go back time n time again. Couples or Family or Friends great for all. Had the best holiday in years. Nature lovers will have it all. Up in the clouds. 10 out of 5 stars.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Leena Uthaiah wrote a review May 2022
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Beautiful place, great ambience, excellent home cooked food. Built beautiful memories. The two pet dogs there were the friendliest i have ever seen. The staff doesn't bother you, but gets you the orders on time. Already recommended to friends.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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$64 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKarnatakaChikkamagaluru DistrictChikmagalur
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gonakal Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Gonakal Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Jhari Waterfalls (7.0 km), Baba Budangiri (5.2 km), and Dada Pahad (5.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gonakal Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Gonakal Homestay?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Gonakal Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Gonakal Homestay?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Gonakal Homestay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gonakal Homestay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Does Gonakal Homestay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.