Sunday, 24 May 2015

5 ‘Offbeat’ Stays In India I’d Like To Experience

I have always believed that an offbeat stay experience on your travels adds a lot of substance to your trip. Thus, you should always make it a point to choose your accommodation carefully. Like in my case, I wouldn’t want to stay in a characterless, plain and lacklustre hotel room. For me, it’s important that I get an experience in each place that I visit. Whether it’s a simple village hut in the mountains or a swanky heritage haveli in Rajasthan, I want a certain aura that I can take back home.

Offbeat stays in India

Of late, there has been an influx of ‘offbeat stays in India’. I think it isn’t a challenge anymore to find your kind of space while travelling. More and more people are opening their homes for travellers. Even more and more tourists are turning into travellers, who have the curiosity to know a place profoundly rather than just rush through it.

Well, I’m certainly one of those travellers who like to experience a place deeply, and there is no better way to do that than to discover it from a local’s eyes. Although there are so many amazing stays in India that I fancy experiencing, I’d like to share 5 offbeat stays that are on my wish-list –

Wooden Cottages of Morjim Hermitage, North Goa

Goa is so fascinating. Staying close to one of its beaches would be even more beguiling. The Ac Wooden Cottages of Morjim Hermitage are right next to the Morjim Beach in Goa. I can already imagine myself swinging in a hammock!  

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Bamboo House In Panamaram, Wayanad

I have been dreaming about staying near the coffee plantations for quite a while now. So when I came across Bamboo House in Panamaram, I couldn’t resist adding it to my bucket-list. I can’t wait to chat with my hosts at Bamboo House, stroll through the plantations and simply take in the lush beauty.

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Meriyanda Nature Lodge- Coorg

Staying in the midst of a rainforest would be a totally new experience for me. Yes, Meriyanda Nature Lodge is a forest lodge in Coorg. What excites me about this stay is the abundance of natural beauty around – mountain views, river, pepper & cardamom plantations and orange trees. Ah!

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Billy and Sanjiv's Cottage in Shimla

I have been to Shimla so many times, but I am yet to experience its offbeat side. I guess I can do that with Billy and Sanjiv’s fully furnished cottage in old Shimla. Since it’s hidden away in the quietude of a sublime valley and deodar trees, I might just get back to my love for story writing!

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Rani Mahal, a heritage haveli in Jaipur

I simply love heritage havelis. I’d really like to check out Rani Mahal whenever I visit Jaipur this year. And, I am glad that it’s in my budget, too. 

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WOULD YOU ALSO LIKE TO EXPERIENCE SUCH AMAZING OFFBEAT STAYS IN INDIA?

You may want to check out "MyIndianStay” – it’s a platform that connects travellers and local hosts in order to provide unique holiday experiences to the traveller.

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20 comments:

  1. I was looking for a place to stay in when I go the Coorg, hopefully soon. Meriyanda Nature Lodge looks like the perfect place now. Thanks :).

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    1. Yup, even I have been longing to visit Coorg, and a nature oriented place like Meriyanda would be a perfect way to savour it.

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  2. Lovely off beat places to stay. soon Ill try Rani Haveli in Jaipur has been to those kind of home stays. Btw loved the website MyIndianstay who supports local life. Do check out my Off beat travel place too !

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    1. Yeah, Rani Haveli sounds exciting!

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  3. I loved the coorg stay and shimla cottage ... Its good that people are welcoming travelers to their hone ... nothing better than staying at a place and exploring like a local :)

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    1. Absolutely! I'm looking forward to staying in one of these places... :-)

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  4. Nice picks! The Shimla one looks absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Chaitali! :-) Yeah, I also think so.

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  5. Waynad was best experience I've had so far.. yet to explore the Northern sides.. All these options are really breathtaking and dream like feeling.. we must visit such places often.. Thanks Renuka for sharing this..

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    1. You're welcome! I'm yet to visit Waynad. Any suggestion for experiential accommodation?

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  6. Rani Mahal for me, thank you!! Looks amazing, and I love Rajasthan <3

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    1. Haha! :-) Yep, I, too, love Rajasthan! It's amazing!

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  7. Those places look really cool! I also love staying in offbeat accommodation, or ordinary accommodation that has something a bit out of the ordinary about it :-) ... some of the more interesting places I've stayed include spectacularly beautiful campsites, brewery/guesthouses in Germany from the 16th century, high alpine huts in New Zealand, onsens in Japan and some truly characterful pubs in the Australian outback. But then again there a have been times, particularly when backpacking in Europe where these things can be a bit expensive, where I've gone on price rather than novelty and stayed in some pretty average youth hostels. There is however something to be said for the youth hostel experience, and I'm glad I did it!

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    1. I have never experienced a hostel. Perhaps I should! Yeah, I also love different stay experiences on my travels. I love character and atmosphere in a place.

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  8. Wow, Renuka you've made a fabulous selection here. They all look divine and a perfect place to relax.

    I know from my stays in India that many of the hotels are designed and serviced for luxury and pampering. These places just demonstrate that whilst oozing with character. I love it.

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    1. Exactly! That's why I'd like to stay in these properties. I'd prefer 'character' over 'luxury' any day!

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  9. Can you please book Billy and Sanjiv's Cottage in Shimla also for me? ;) ... It looks amazing!

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