A small house in verdant forest with the compelling aroma of coffee blossoms wafting through the cool air against the backdrop of snow-capped undulating hills may sound dreamlike but it is a reality if you head to Forestvalley Tree House in Coorg, a hill station in Karnataka.
This incredible retreat, which is spread on one acre of land amidst forest in Katakeri village, offers superlative amenities along with the opportunity to be on the lap of Mother Nature. This facility, which is a perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture, is situated 2km away from Madikeri, a main town in Coorg.
The tree house, which has 'superior studio' and 'deluxe studio' rooms, is made of wood and is the highlight of this resort in the wilderness. The balcony of this unique house gives a mesmerizing view of the greenery all around. The ground floor of the 'superior studio', which can accommodate six people, boasts of refrigerator, microwave oven, dry kitchen and space to make tea and coffee. The upper floor has the ‘deluxe studio’ with a private balcony abutting the forest.
The tourist spots such as Madikeri fort, Abbey waterfalls, Omkareshwar temple, Tibetan monastery and Iruppu waterfalls are a stone’s throw from the nature-embedded holiday home run by Coorg-resident couple Sathish Rai and Shloka. The room tariff ranges between Rs 7,800 to Rs 20,700 and rates will change according to tourist seasons.
Undoubtedly, Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is a sought-after tourist destination of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. This scenic hill station in the Western Ghats with its pleasant and cool climate has earned the sobriquet ‘India’s Scotland’. Coorg, the biggest producer of coffee in India, is also a paradise for bird watchers, and has Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Animals such as elephants, wild cats, sambhar deer, spotted deer and gaurs, and birds like Nilgiri flycatchers, Malabar grey hornbill, blue-winged parakeets and Nilgiri wood pigeons could be spotted at this breathtaking place.
The best time to visit Coorg is between October and May.