I am a traveler who largely depend on recommendations and reviews before choosing a stay option. In this case I solely went by trip advisor reviews, but looking at more positive reviews I thought it would be a good experience. This is not the first time I am booking a home stay and in the past we have done a lot of home stays. I was very disappointed with the host and food of this homestay. traveled as a family over the long weekend of Aug 15, lucky that I got this homestay at the last minute when most of them were running full.
Some of the positive features of this home stay.
1. Excellent property and greenery all around
2. Clean and Spacious Rooms
3.Well Maintained Common areas
4. Enough space of privacy midst lot of other guest.
5.Center to visit Sakrebaylu, Manndegadde,Tavrekoppa and Gajnur Dam and Jog Falls.
6.Helpful support Staff and cook.
Since its a large property and there is enough space, it wont harm them if they can have a small kids play area with slides, see/saw , swing etc... when you travel will toddlers they easily get board as there is noting much to do, one can a take a nice stroll but that wont help much. There TT/Badmiton or Carom wont help much if there are too many guest around or with toddlers. When we verbally gave this feedback to the owner of the homestay he was not even ready to acknowledge this. Also he clearly lacks friendliness and helpful attitude which is required in such a profession.
Next the most important aspect Food
The food was very basic by nature, when people travel on holiday next to relaxation the most other important aspect is good tasty food. the food we were served for two days were more or less the same for both lunch and dinner with only difference is the vegetable used. And it was quiet a put off. after my second meal I got really bored and just did the curd rice.just so to mention the mango pickle they served was awesome.
The breakfast option was very limited only to one of the variety
Day 1 it was Neer Dosa and chutney and
Day 2 it was Akki roti with Alu Curry, god save those who do not like it.
They had absolutely no options of any kind for evening snacks, infact we requested them to make something for us on Day 2 as we were quiet hungry.after a day long outing to nearby places. Thankfully the cook obliged and made us some onion pakoras.
They should really look at the menu options they serve in the house. We were served just the same type of curry/sambar/rasam for all the meals with just the variation in vegetable used. Just imagine eating the same things for the rest of two days :( Bad experience especially for foodies.
The other thing which came as a shocker was, they made us spend an additional 1000 K for the driver for his lunch/dinner expense which I found was very expensive for the kind of food we were served. Let alone they did not even have a common dorm for the driver to stay and this was sheer exploitation from the landlord.we did not argue with them as this would have spoiled our entire vacation.
TV in the common area , the remote was not functioning well,
The landlord was quiet unfriendly and at a point made us feel that we were at his mercy. After dusk we literally had nothing much to do. Initially we had plans to just spend time at the homestay and relax but we had to alter our plans as we we had nothing much to explore in the property nor had friendly host.
But to some degree the landlady engaged us during our dinner with some small conversations.
I manged to get back home some of the yummy pickle she had made.
Overall we did not enjoy much of our stay in this place. Surely not a recommended place if you have other options available. It might be a good stop over option if you are visiting other places, but might be quiet expensive for just a overnight stay.
- Also Known As:
- Inchara Homestay Shimoga, Karnataka