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“Wow! What a Monsoon Holiday we had!”
Review of BelHome Homestay

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BelHome Homestay
Ranked #1 of 3 Madapura B&B and Inns
Bangalore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow! What a Monsoon Holiday we had!”
Reviewed 18 October 2009

I was at Bel Home Homestay, with my sister and relatives for two days. I must say it was almost a "National Geographic' experience. It was raining (not unusual in these parts during the monsoon season) and we had to walk across the river as the water had risen. We were then taken by the hosts in their 4Wheel across the plantation road to this awesome place amidst the plantation and trees.
The two rooms set aside for guests is a little away from the main home of Vijay and Ramolla, the owners. A little adventure at night though if one were to walk across over the wet mossy surfaces.
I used my camera till the batteries died out and my 2-giga memory stick is filled with birds and flowers around the place.
The hosts did give us value for money when it came to food. And one cant stop eating during the monsoons. It was as if we rubbed aladin's lamp and a genie was out there to cook for us. Yummmmmmm!
The next day, Vijay took us on a long trek, and we walked through the coffee plantations till our shoes complained. It was worth the walk though. It seemed endless but once again we came back to a plate full of goodies.
Vijay also briefed us on all the local customs and the evenings were enlightening.

We definitely would like to be back in Bel Home sometime soon.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2009

When you think of visiting Coorg what you expect is lots of greenery,fresh air,clean environment,the quiet serenity of living with nature and of course the amazing hospitality of the Kodavas and their tasty cuisine - you can experience this at Bel Home Home stay.
We specially enjoyed waking up to the sounds of birds chirping away which was music to our ears (after all these years of waking up to vehicular noise in the city)
The rooms are nice,clean & cosy and you have your privacy and the hosts are an amazing couple!!!!!

Stayed April 2009
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Bombay, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2009

Drove to Coorg for a vacation, first half of May. When we started looking for a place to stay there, there were two things I didn't want.

* I didn't want to stay in a "resort" that looks like every other "resort" on the planet, complete with swimming pool and chocolate mints on immaculately ironed pillowcases.

* I didn't want to stay in the dim "lodge" opposite the bus station in Madikeri, where a buddy and I hung out on a previous trip to Coorg. Him and me going again, we might have picked it again. But family, including kids and my ma? Something a mite more comfortable, is what I thought.

So we began hunting for a homestay in Coorg, and very quickly understood just how powerful a buzzword it currently is in travel circles. Coorg alone has 600 (and counting) establishments that say they are homestays, and that they are eco-friendly and tranquil and beautiful surroundings and close to nature and ... so forth. How do you choose?

I don't know, except that we truly felt we were extraordinarily lucky with the place we found and spent four days in.

It's called Bel Home. It's up a dirt track in the middle of a tract of what -- to this city-zen, at any rate -- seems like thick forest. It's two comfortable rooms in a coffee estate, surrounded by bushes and flowers and colours and a plethora of chirruping insects and birds. So plentiful is all this, that they even combine in a particular obstacle as you approach the rooms: you have to bend your head to sidle past the bush and its little white blossoms, listening to bees buzz in your ears as you go, and it's like a welcome song.

Despite a health crisis in her family the morning we arrived and all through our stay, Ramolla Deviah looked after us like we were, indeed, her family. Our room was airy and spotless. Her food was varied, sumptuous and elegantly served. Eating while looking out onto butterflies and trees was a treat. Walking uphill along the road to the next coffee estate, the only sounds were birds and crickets, our footsteps and the panting of Ramolla's two dogs who tore around like happy dervishes.

It truly was an escape. Not just from the mad rush that is Bombay, but also from the trash and general disorder that, sadly, blights even small towns in Coorg. But what made the escape extra-special was Ramolla's care and attention to detail.

Three things to note, before I end.

* Yes, there's a spot on the estate where you can, if you contort your body just so, get a weak cellphone signal. No, I will not tell you where it is.

* Make sure you don't stand in that other spot on the estate where a coconut from the tall palm may land on your head.

* No chocolate mints on the pillows.

Charm, you see, comes in various forms.

Lots of establishments want to be known as homestays. (Well, not the lodge opposite the bus station). Most are clearly just cashing on on the cachet of the word. But Bel Home is, in every sense, like a home.

In a word, go.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the owners
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2008

Belhome Estate - a quiet small private homestay in Coorg, which we would strongly recommend to anyone wanting to spend a quiet and relaxing holiday amidst the coffee plantation.

We ( me and my husband) were on the look out for a rather private homestay in Coorg and after some extensive research, came to know of this place. We took a look at their website and decided to take a chance. Believe me it was more than worth taking that chance.

It was an amazing experience at Belhome right from the moment we landed. This homestay is run by a coffee planters family. This is a 2 room homestay and is detached from the main bungalow. This is a renovated place with the rooms having all the basic amenities. No TV and phone ( believe me thats a blessing!).The best part of the place is the long corridor just outside the rooms overlooking the beautiful garden and the coffee estate. You can pretty much spend the entire day lazing around on the planters chair ............a book and a camera would definitely help!!

Let me talk about the hosts coz our stay was wonderful because of them. Vijay and his wife Ramona run this place and they make sure the stay is an absolutely pleasant experience. We couldnt have asked for better hosts..........believe me...........we were absolutely pampered by them. Vijay would take time out to be with us after every meal engaging in endless conversations about coffee, life in the estate, Tibetans and the list can go on..........!! He took us on a personal tour of his estate and through the entire coffee bean processing. Ramona would ensure every meal would be different with a variety of curries, rice, local cuisine to choose from. She took the pains to set the table every time with neat cotton table cloth, table mats, neat crockery and cutlery. We felt absolutely pampered with the wide variety of food being served. Vijay stays with his family that also consists of his old parents. I must tell you that his dad would put us all to shame with the amount of the energy he exudes. At 77 years, he is extremely healthy, fit and full of life. Unlike his peers, he takes long walks in the estate, enjoys doing household shopping, engages in insightful conversations and enjoys life to the fullest. His wife always dressed in the traditional Coorg saree is an amazing homemaker and one of the most beautiful women I have met. She takes complete credit for maintaining such a beautiful garden around the bungalow. She infact sent us off with some fresh baigan grown in their garden.

We spent most of time taking long walks, lazing on the planters chair, watching the stars and listening to the forest. No TV and cell phone coverage was such a blessing.........you then realise how much time you really have to do all the things you dont do.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this place and would definitely go back in the future.

My only suggestion if you are considering this place.............don't think twice.

  • Liked — The place and the people
  • Disliked — Nothing!!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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ramolla, owner at BelHome Homestay, responded to this review, 18 November 2008
thank you for the review
how r you both?
pl call on us when u visit coorg next or even better if u could stay here
we are in the process of adding 2 tents in the
vanilla patch by the year end
mum and dad are well
regards all the best for the coming year
vijai and ramolla
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Additional Information about BelHome Homestay

Property: BelHome Homestay
Address: Bellarimotte Estate, Madapura Post, Madapura 571 251, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Coorg > Madapura
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Madapura
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belhome is situated in a coffee plantation and is run by the owners of the plantation.The food that is served from the Coorg Cuisine and is prepared from locally procured products.NO electronic entertainment [TV]is provided as the guests are expected to explore the outdoors. ... more   less 
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BelHome Homestay Coorg/Madapura

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