For those of you who’d like to add a little quirkiness and change of pace to their idea of a holiday, may we suggest a back-to-roots farm stay experience for your next vacation? Before you completely dis the idea, let’s take a moment to see how exciting and unconventional this experience can be.
Farm vacations are well known around the world but not so much to many Indian travellers. What should I expect at a farm stay? Will it be boring? Will it be dirty? Will I have to ‘work for my supper’? Will I be out of my comfort zone? – NO.
Farmstays offer unique agritourism experiences that you would typically not encounter on a regular holiday. In addition to a comfortable stay, you have the opportunity to enjoy home-cooked meals with fresh produce right out of the organic kitchen. At Betts’ Plantation in Coorg, you can relish a farm to fork experience with homegrown vegetables. The bungalow is set in a lush coffee estate at a short distance from Madikeri. Surrounded by litchi and rambutan trees is a path that leads to a spring-fed lake teeming with fish. You can feed the geese here, or milk a cow, it’s pretty much one of the best farm stay experiences down South.
Another Southern farm beauty is a rustic holiday treat close to Bangalore. At the Captain’s Farm in Javagal, you can live in a true farm-like setup. The villa’s architecture majorly comprises sun-burnt bricks, clays and local stones with a Mangalorean-tiled high roof. Here, you can experience staying in a rural surrounding and enjoy authentic Karnataka style meals cooked in a traditional way on pots with wood and fire. Sounds interesting, right?
Farm stays run a gamut from rustic, rural neighbourhoods to luxurious, country retreats. Some farm stay experiences are more inclusive having guests indulge in farm activities, while some are more focused on stay, allowing you to explore the neighbourhood at your own pace. A farm location that you must check out is the Santoni Farms in Karjat, which is tucked in between a lush green valley on one side and a majestic river flowing on the other side. It is a great spot to unwind with your favourite people and enjoy the greenery.
Another agriturismo that brings you closer to a natural setting is Shivanandini Farms in Udaipur. It is one of those places where you will enjoy spending more time out in the sprawling lawn, outdoor dining and gazebo than curled up inside. Offering an unrestricted view of the scenic hills from three sides of the villa, it is truly gorgeous, we promise!
These experiential vacations are particularly fun for groups and families with children. So, the next time you sit to plan a vacation, remember, farm stays are great for making memories together as a family!