Honey Pot Homes, Coorg
C/O Sandal cad Estate P.O 50 Madikeri
The hotel was located conveniently hence I did not face any difficulties in finding it. The staff members at the hotel were friendly and quick in service. The ambience was also very well maintained and room provided to me was neat and clean with basic facilities. There was no delay during check-in and check-out process and the hotel is worth for the money.
Nice hotel to relax your vacation , Good location , good service ,Staff is very helpful Worth of money ,Overall good experience in this hotel Recommended for relax vacation ,The food and drinks do no have much options but whatever available is good
Honeypot Homes was exactly as promised and more. HolidayIQ helped us narrow down our options and the reviews helped us choose. We had a wonderful holiday and recommend a stay of at least two nights. Try to get there by lunch so that you can make the most of your stay. Getting there: We took SH 17 from Bangalore towards Mysore: once out of the city limits the journey was a breeze; four lanes and a good surface. The stretch between Ramanagaram and Maddur has several places to stop for a quick breakfast: Barista, Café Coffee Day, Kamat, Kati Zone and a Mc Donald - the latter two attached to a petrol pump with clean loos. On our return we stopped at Kamat Loka Ruchi just short of Ramanagaram for an authentic Karnataka meal. Just past Srirangapatanam we turned right at a traffic island marked for Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary – this short cut completely bypasses Mysore and joins the Madikeri highway (SH 88) at Elivala. It does not have a road surface as good as SH 17 & 88 but the scenery and kilometres saved make up for it. Incidentally, this short cut will also take you to KRS dam. Just beyond Hunsur on SH88 is a Y fork – left leads to Siddapur and Virajpet and the main road carries on to Kushalnagar. Though more circuitous, the Siddapur route is more picturesque. Till Kushalnagar the road surface is very good, after that it can at best be described as ‘promising’ with several uprooted trees and other preparations to resurface and widen the road evident. As we started to climb up towards Madikeri, the bamboo groves along the road gave way to coffee plantations interspersed with pepper vines wrapped around tree trunks. We needed no sign boards to tell us that we were in Coorg. Look left for the Honeypot Homes turnoff, which is exactly at the 7 km milestone to Madikeri. There is a cluster of three-four shops and houses at this point as well. Turn left into the gate marked Sandalkad Estate and drive along the hillside for about half a kilometre. The cottages come up on your right. Accommodation: The entire plantation is set on a hillside. The main house is at the highest level, two service buildings at a lower level and the cottages below. All planned to offer great views of the plantation and complete privacy. We had barely switched off the car when we were greeted warmly by Janardhan, the man Friday, and escorted to our cottage. The neat, smart and cozy cottages are very charming. There are just three of them at slightly different levels. Each cottage has its own sit out and there is a common, bigger sit-out for all the guests on the lowest level. From here one stepped off the tiled surface right into coffee bushes and onto a path leading to a tree house. This was another feature that we were immensely pleased with. The tree house is large enough to accommodate 5-6 adults and has gradually inclined steps leading to it: a perfect spot to curl up with a book or silently watch all the bird activity. Needless to say that we were torn whether to scoot up to the tree house or to explore the cottage… the bathroom beckoned and we were inside the cottage. The cottage interiors were as nice as the exterior. The spacious room was very well furnished and fairly luxurious. It had a double bed, TV, mini fridge, hot water kettle and best of all - a mezzanine floor with two beds. The steps to the mezzanine were a little steep but that’s what kids love. The room had a little dressing area and a neat, clean bathroom attached. Hot water was piped into the bathroom from wood-fired boilers behind the cottage. Food: All the food is delivered to the cottage. The proprietors very graciously offer several options: meals in your cottage, in the common area, packed meals, picnic hampers by the stream, and moonlit dinners in the tree house. In short one is spoiled for choice. They serve a good variety of home cooked food, all prepared in the family kitchen. It was tasty, different and in generous portions. There were four of us and we didn’t need to ask for seconds. Coffee and tea can be ordered from the main kitchen, else a kettle and tea/coffee sachets are provided in the cottage. Activities: Basically one is left to amuse oneself. The only structured activity is a plantation tour every afternoon at 3:30. The tour takes approximately two hours and is very informative. For the rest of the time, guests are free to explore the plantation, which is quite vast and safe. Or spend time at the stream flowing within the plantation. Some guests like to visit other tourist spots during the day: Abbi Falls, Tal Cauvery, Raja’s seat etc and head back to the homestay by evening. We didn’t stir from the plantation, just a quick drive to Raja’s Seat one evening, that’s all. It was wonderful just to lounge around in the tree house, chatting, sipping our coffee and when all conversation was exhausted watching the squirrels and birds flit about. Janardhan took us down to the stream in the Honeypot Bolero. My son and my husband sat in the open back, thoroughly enjoying the bumps and wind in their face. The jeep goes down to within 200 meters of the stream and from there one has to walk down to the water. Even though the water level was probably at its lowest at the height of summer we happily spent two hours there. The plantation tour was an eye opener, what seemed like a mass of different shades of green could now be identified. It also made us appreciate the intricate eco balance that has to be engineered into a healthy coffee estate. I can only imagine how much more interesting the tour will be when the coffee blooms and during harvesting. Must buys: Sandalkad spices and vanilla. Apple wine and passion fruit squash from Madikeri. We left for Dubare Elephant Camp via the shortcut through the plantation to get to the Madikeri-Siddapur road. The shortcut is a public road but isn’t marked on the map. The road is quite picturesque and worth exploring during your stay. In case you are taking the Siddapur-Madikeri route to get to Honeypot Homes, remember to ask the owners for specific directions as the turn off is not marked. The road to Siddapur offers lovely sights and is a gentler slope
Coorg is sometimes described as the Scotland of South India. With all due respect to Scots, Coorg has a charm that is very very unique; geographical altitude, attitude of the locals, weather (yes it is fun to watch the incessant rains during the monsoons), the beautiful yet rugged hills, waterfalls et al. We have visited Coorg before staying in well known resorts, but this time we wanted to try the famed \'Home stay\' in Coorg. To be honest we had our share of worries about security, cleanliness, transparency of transaction et al. With a good amount of reservation and some friendly references we decided to stay at SandalCad estates (aka honeypothomes). A small digression here, the road from Bangalore to Madikeri has seen vast improvements over the years .... Bangalore-Mysore road which is now a fully divided 4-lane road is a pleasure to drive (especially in the early hours of the morning say before 8a). Then one can take the short-cut at Srirangapattana to the Madikeri road or follow the highway to the Mysore ring-road and then onto the Madikeri road. We did the former on the way to Madikeri and then did the latter on our way back. The short-cut is a little bumpy but goes thru gorgeously green paddy and sugarcane fields. Then the highway upto Kushalnagar is an absolute pleasure to drive. We left our house around at 7a on a Friday (from Domlur, Bangalore), we were mostly successful in beating the notorious Bangalore city traffic , we reached the estate a little after noon even after a 30 minute stop at the spacious McD just before Maddur. There are many pitstops on the Bangalore-Mysore road, there aren\'t any once you leave the Bangalore-Mysore road. Overall the drive was very pleasant and memorable. The experience at HoneyPotHomes was absolutely FANTASTIC. Honestly this was one of the best vacations we had. The reservation process was straightforward and easy and the responsiveness and the follow-up was very very professional. The cottages (there are three of them) are very spacious (two can sleep on the lower level and two can in the loft, the kids had a blast sleeping and playing in the loft), clean and well serviced. The food home cooked, fairly simple (Roti, rice, dhal, vegetable item and curd) was excellent (and healthy too !). The service which was personally supervised by the owner was very very friendly but at the same time not over-bearing. The outside eating area and the tree house within walking distance from the cottage was a hit with the kids. There is a waterfall in the estate ! The adventurous ride in the owner\'s Bolero and then the walk to the falls was absolutely fantastic. The stream originates in the mountains and then eventually joins the mighty Cauvery. We had the opportunity to drink real mountain spring water (not the bottled variety !). The estate tour is another highlight of the stay. Now we know a little about the life of the coffee bean and for the first time we saw Cardamom in the plant. Vanilla and oranges are the other produce from the estate. The hosts are also very helpful in arranging transport and guides to the many surrounding usual tourist traps (Dubare, Abbey, Raja seat et a). In my humble opinion those are distractions from the beauty and tranquil of the cottages in the sandalcad estates. This is absolutely fabulous place to unwind, read and contemplate (and spend time with the family together doing things we NEVER get to do in the city) This was the first time ever we have tried home stay, from now on I think we will try more of these, the price is very very reasonable and the experience is something we can cherish for a long time. Just in case anybody gets a doubt, Sandalcad group of estates is a fully functioning estate, home stay is their side business (in my experience the side businesses are run well with a personal touch, because the owner\'s heart is on the side business)
I stayed in one of the cottages at Honeypot Homes during my visit to Coorg. My friends and I were very impressed with the estate as soon as we entered the premises. We were even more delighted when we were ushered into our cottage. The cottage was very spacious and had all the necessary amenities, such as TV, DVD player, cable connection,..... There is adequate alternate power supply during power outages so that the guests aren't inconvenienced. The cottage also had a mezzanine floor which contained a large bed that could be occupied by 2 more members; a blessing for parents vacationing with their children. Everything is maintained in excellent condition. Even the bathroom is very spacious and clean. The food served was excellent. We were served piping hot coffee and sumptuous breakfast at our cottage in the mornings (we opted to dine outside in the midst of lush greenery). They apparently serve lunch and dinner as well but we didn't get a chance to sample the same as we would venture out of the estate post breakfast and only return post dinner. Well, perhaps next time :). All in all we had a wonderful stay at Honeypot Homes and Shamveel and his staff are just brilliant hosts. Thanks a lot guys for making our vacation a very comfortable and pleasant one.
I along with my family (wife and 3yr old kid) spent the most delightful, relaxing and pleasurable vacation in the last week of Dec. (3 day and 3 nights) at Honeypot Homes. It truly felt like a home away from home. Mr Faisal, who felt more like a friend than the owner, and his team at Honeypot Homestay have covered all bases and provide more than expected. In fact I am still not able to find fault with either the place or the services provided by the courteous and friendly people of Sandal Cad Estate. It is even prettier than what can be seen in the photographs provided. I would definitely recommend this place to anybody who wishes to spend some quality time at a truly serene and peaceful destination.
Asha Narayan Iyer
Our stay at Honey Pot Homes in the first week of June 09 was truly out of this world. A home away from home in so many ways. The atmosphere, the surroundings and the experience was fantastic - the week seems to have just whizzed past! Honey Pot Homes is really aptly named - any visitor to the place is really like a bee to the honey pot..bzzzzz!
Honey Pot Homes is ranked #51 among the 1060 hotels in Coorg with an average rating of 5.8 out of 7. It is one of the 90, 1-star Homestays in Coorg. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 46 photos, 79 text reviews and 2 video reviews and is rated top for its Room, Appearance and Location. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 6,100 to Rs 6,600 per night. The hotel offer 20 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (48%) and Couple (39%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 74% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 9% have rated the ambience as religious.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Apr, May and June for the best experience.
Honey Pot Homes is located at Madikeri .
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet.
Other amenities include Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Travel Assistance, Parking Facility and 24 Hours Front Desk. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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