It’s not often that you would think of a small town of Madekri or a Homestay like Silverbrooks as the perfect destination for your next vacation. After all, we are the more phoren (foreign) bound guys, packing our bags to head to the Alps or Thailand or the U.S but it won’t be a bad idea at all for us to look “inside” and explore some of the amazing lesser known destinations in India…..
I have to admit that I pretty much didn’t think of Silverbrooks or Coorg either till my tour operator at Makemytrip suggested I should go and I would LOVE the place and the Homestay. Couple of clicks on trip advisor and reviews were encouraging enough to take the leap of faith. Next day, 3 hour flight and a 5 hour drive later, we were at Silverbrooks Homestay in Madekri, Coorg. Here we are.
Before talking about the Homestay, it’s great to share the interesting trivia about the city of Madekri. This little town, also known as “Mercara” is nicknamed the Scotland of India for its lovely weather and amazing natural beauty. The etymology of the town is that it was formerly known as Muddu raja keri, which means Mudduraja’s town, named after the prominent king, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu (Coorg) from 1633 to 1687. Madekri is small by town standards with roughly a population of 47,000 people but houses an amazing number of historic sites such as Madekri Fort, Omkareshwara temple, Raja seat and other touristy places like Abbey Falls, coffee plantations and nice little local markets where you can buy locally made organic food items & cosmetic products. So the little town is pretty packed and spending your time is quite easy.