Category: Resorts

Silverbrooks Homestay, Madekri, Coorg ~ Karnataka’s No 1 Homestay lives upto its reputation.

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…..

Silverbrooks Homestay

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.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STAY AT A SELF-CATERING COTTAGE

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Self-catering holiday is a challenge for anyone trying it for first time. A growing concept abroad, a self-catering holiday, like the name suggests comprises of stay in a cottage or a home where-in you get all basic amenities that you would normally expect in a home but have to arrange all other essentials including meals yourself. So why is the concept growing if it sounds cumbersome? One primary reason is affordability and secondly, the experience itself. Self-catering cottages or homes turn out to be a more affordable and inexpensive option versus staying in hotels which can become quite expensive especially in Europe. The other lure is that of “trying out something new”. Travelers are always looking out to try new destinations and experiences and self-catering stays offer both – a combination of a new experience and possibly new destinations that are yet not too touristy. For examples, some cottages offer you a purely farm like experience!

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So, how do you prepare yourself for a self-catering cottage? (I am using the example of the cottage since I just stayed in one and you can read more about it on my blog – stay at Cilhendre Fawr Farm Cottage)

First of all, before you make your reservation, make sure you visit the website and look-up facilities and amenities that will be provided at the cottage. It’s helpful to take a print-out of list of items and keep it handy while doing your packing. In case the website isn’t too clear, it may be a good idea to call up the resort and confirm (recommend this anyway to make sure the information on website is updated)

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