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Romance on the hill slopes of Coorg - The Tamara Coorg Resort

Updated on February 23, 2016

The Tamara Coorg - Abode in the woods!

The wooded abode at The Tamara Coorg Resorts.
The wooded abode at The Tamara Coorg Resorts.
Stilted Cottages made up of fine Canadian Pinewood with ultra luxurious interiors with state of the art automated sensors and energy efficiency measures. Luxury inside as well as outside.
Stilted Cottages made up of fine Canadian Pinewood with ultra luxurious interiors with state of the art automated sensors and energy efficiency measures. Luxury inside as well as outside.

The Second Leg

This was the second leg of our trip. In the first leg, we stayed at the beautiful Bison Wilderness Resorts at Kabini. We left from Bison resorts on morning of 26th December 2013. We had hired a cab that drove us all the way up to our resort at the Kabikanad Estate in the Madikeri district of Karnataka. Madikeri is famously known as Coorg and is also known as the Scotland of India and Coffee land of India. After a handful of online research for a worthy and valuable place to stay amongst the CoorgResorts, I finally came across this beautiful resort which was nestled on a 172 acre working Coffee Estate on the hill slopes of Kabinakkad Estate in Coorg. This was the newly opened The Tamara Coorg Resort and I readily put an enquiry for the same. The resort was in it's second year of operation and we were lucky to get a special discount offer of 40% on overall package. As the first look of the resort from it's website looked pretty impressive and the fine deal that we were offered, We booked newly opened The Tamara Coorg resort for 3 nights for our stay at Coorg.

The Tamara Coorg Resort Restaurant and office building
The Tamara Coorg Resort Restaurant and office building
Location and Route Map for Tamara Coorg Resort
Location and Route Map for Tamara Coorg Resort | Source

Reaching the Resort...

We started from Kabini for our next destination which was Coorg. It is a beautiful 4 hour road journey passing through the road which are carved through the hills donning coffee cultivation. As soon as you enter the Madikeri district, the beauty of Coorg, as it is known, mesmerized me. My wife, Pranali, was hooked to the view from the wind shield of the car, the green pastures and the coffee laden slopes of the hills. Most fascinating thing that we saw in Madikeri were the beautiful houses with local architecture constructed on the slopes of the hills surrounded by the coffee plants. The houses were beautifully painted and decorated and the vicinity around the houses were very neat and clean.

We reached The Tamara Coorg resort, which is situated in the Kabbinakad estate which sprawls over approx. 172 acres of coffee plantations. Of this the Tamara Coorg resort is spread over 12 acres of hill slope having stilted wooden cottages and suites on 3 levels. The Kabbinakad estate is situated in the steep and densely shaded hills of the Western Ghats which are considered a bio-diversity hotspot. The estate comprises of shade grown Arabica & Robusta coffee varieties and Cardamom plantations along with pepper vines on silver oak and hardwood species such as rosewood surrounded by wealth of native flora and fauna in a bio-diverse eco-system.

Our stay at The Tamara Coorg was like "A Breath of Fresh Air" with a flavour of Coffee. While on way to the resort, the moment our cab took a right turn and started climbing the approach road to the resort and estate, the beauty of nature took us over. The stilted cottages on the hill slopes covered with coffee plantation under the shades of tall Silver Oak treas was incredible and captivating. The cottages are constructed on iron and concrete stilts using Canadian Pine Wood. The cottages are complete with plush interiors and installed with energy efficient lighting and equipment. The most important aspect of The Tamara Coorg is that, very minimal disturbance to nature was done during the construction of the resort.

As we reached the reception area of the resort, we were warmly greeted by the resort staff at reception. We were given a warm towel and a refreshing drink made of coffee to freshen us up. After the regular check-in formalities, the staff put our luggage in the electric buggy cart and took us to our cottage in the buggy.

There are 3 types of cottages at The Tamara Coorg - Luxury cottages (44 Single room cottages), Suite Cottages(8 Cottages with separate living area and bedroom) and Eden's Lotus (single & largest having a sundeck with a jacuzzi). We were booked in a Suite cottage which had a spacious Living area, two bath room and a beautiful bedroom. The living room opened up to a spacious balcony overlooking the coffee estate and forest.

The resort is spread across the kabbinakad estate hill slope and is divided in 3 levels. The reception is at the lower level, along with certain other amenities such as The Verandah - coffee processing building and museum.

Banana flower
Banana flower
Floral decoration at the Reception
Floral decoration at the Reception
Floral decoration at the admin office building entrance
Floral decoration at the admin office building entrance
Buggy path meandering along the slopes of the hill leading to each cottages and other amenities
Buggy path meandering along the slopes of the hill leading to each cottages and other amenities
Buggy path and the tall silver oak trees
Buggy path and the tall silver oak trees
Shadow....
Shadow....
The Falls - restaurant above a natural stream besides a water fall.
The Falls - restaurant above a natural stream besides a water fall.
The Falls - restaurant with glass floor.
The Falls - restaurant with glass floor.
Interior of the Suite Cottage - living room
Interior of the Suite Cottage - living room
Suite Cottage interior : living room
Suite Cottage interior : living room

Living and Culinary Experiences

The Tamara Coorg, has 53 well appointed beautiful stilted cottages built of fine canadian pine wood. The cottages are neatly done with plush interiors and energy efficient measures. The cottages gives two completely different experiences, Modern interiors with natural surroundings. Each cottage has a large balcony with provision of a sit-out and wodden bed to lie down watching tall trees of silver oaks.

The resort has a beautifully built multi-cuisine restaurant called 'The Falls' just beside a natural water fall with a stream from the waterfall flowing below the stilted restaurant. One can see the stream flowing down from the glass floor in the central area of the restaurant.

Apart from this, there is a recreation area where one can indulge in indoor sports such as table tennis, Chess, Carom or can view their favorite sports on a television while having a strong cuppa coffee.

Coffee blending experience at The Verandah: Grinding the roasted coffee seed blend.
Coffee blending experience at The Verandah: Grinding the roasted coffee seed blend.
Our blended and brewed coffee!!
Our blended and brewed coffee!!

The Verandah: Coffee Experience

The Verandah is a heritage building which allowed us to indulge in to the coffee processing experience. It has four sections, first being a gift and souvenier shop. The second section is the Custom Coffee section where the guests are provided with the in-depth information ranging from the first coffee seeds planted and how coffee plantation evolved in the slopes of Coorg hills. Here we roasted, blended coffee beans and ground our custom coffee as per our taste. This blended coffee can be taken away by the guests as a souvenir. The other two sections are a book store and a coffee bar.

The Recreational zone building
The Recreational zone building
Coffee plant
Coffee plant
Coffee plant
Coffee plant
One of the Picnic Spot on the Elaichi trail
One of the Picnic Spot on the Elaichi trail
Giant Wood Spider - photographed during the plantation and nature trail
Giant Wood Spider - photographed during the plantation and nature trail
Flowers and plants
Flowers and plants
Flower
Flower
Giant Wood Spider
Giant Wood Spider
Another picnic spot - Wild Fig
Another picnic spot - Wild Fig

Activities

Coorg is located at at an altitude ranging from 900m and above. The highest peak of Coorg is Tadiandmol at an altitude of 1715m. The Tamara Coorg resort is itself built on a hilly slope of the Kabinakkad Coffee estate at an altitude ranging from 900 to 1200m. The resort grounds and coffee estate region is itself a very good place to roam around.

The resort provides certain activities on request such as Coffee Plantation trails, Nature Walk, yoga and meditation sessions, bird watching around the resort, and trekking and hiking in the surrounding hilly terrain. The resort management arranges plantation trails which are taken on designated foot rails within the estate property on the coffee laden hill slopes. Each trail has a nicely done picnic spot where guests can stop over and relax with breathtaking views beside a stream or a waterfall.

On the second morning, we took a plantation trail, where the resort naturalist gave in-depth information about the coffee and other plantation done within the estate area such as cardamom, pepper, etc. We also saw many bee boxes that were installed at regular intervals. On asking the reason, the naturalist told that bees are very important for coffee plantation as pollination of coffee flowers occur only by Honey bee. Hence a healthy honey bee population is very important to have a good productive coffee estate. The plantation trail ended at the Verandah, where we had an exclusive coffee blending session.

Apart from the in-resort activities, the resort management also arranges day tours to nearby attractions such as Nalakanad Palace, Iguthappa temple, Thalacauvery (origin of river Cauvery), Dubare Elephant camp etc.

Also they arrange full day treks to nearby peaks such as Thadiandmol which is the highest peak in Coorg and the Chelavera falls.

Some Facts....

The resort staff was nice and friendly and warmly greeted us with smiles all the time. The resort manager Mr Vijay was always available and ready to chat, taking views and suggestions/recommendations from each and every visitor/guests. The more we stayed the more we knew about the resort and we were impressed with efforts that are being taken by the resort management in conserving the nature.

All in one it was an EXPERIENCE in itself to spend few days at The Tamara Coorg - the plantation trail was beautiful and the blending -brewing our custom made coffee at the Verandah will always be cherished. We missed out on one part - the treks to the surrounding hills, which we decided to take when we visit next.

We will always recommend our friends and family members to visit this amazing coffee estate resort.

Climate:

• Summer Temperature: 35 - 25 °c

• Winter Temperature: 15 - 20 °c

• Rainfall: Up to 15 inches a month during May - October Monsoon

Time to visit:

All the months are pleasant. Monsoon months recieve very heavy rainfall, so if you just want to enjoy the rainfall of Western Ghats with super luxury accomodation, The Tamara Coorg is the place to visit.

Winters are cold but pleasant. February-March are the months when the slopes of Coorg hills and coffee estates are laden by the white bloom of coffee flowers. The view is beholding.

Only disappointing thing about the Tamara Resort is that due to it's location the resort is built on hill slopes with steep gradient. Due to this geographical feature, the resort management do not allow accomodation to children below 12 years. Hence families with children below 12 years may avoid this resort.

Very much recommended for newly married, as The Tamara Coorg was listed in Conde Nast magazine as Top 25 Honeymoon destinations in India.

Awarded: Most Romantic Resort - CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards 2013


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