Run by a family, Philipkutty’s Farm is set on a spectacular farm island in the backwaters of Kerala, and combines a luxurious stay with nature and seaside views. The waterfront villas are adorned with antiques and traditional touches, as well as modern amenities, and the views of the palm-fringed waterfront, tranquil canals and ridges add to the appeal. Foodies will be delighted here, as organic farm produce and freshly caught fish are among the delicacies on offer. This place also offers a plethora of activities, like sunset backwater cruises, canal cruises, fishing, bird-watching, yoga and acres of fields to explore.
Spread over 130 acres of verdant farmland, the Country Retreat is a boutique farmstay with three luxurious rooms, decorated in Rajasthani style and equipped with modern comforts, while maintaining the natural essence. It’s just the place for a true nature holiday, with farm activities and tours, animal herding, cycling, ethnic massages and bird watching. The traditional food on offer might tempt you to book a Rajasthani cooking lesson in-house, too.
Nestled in the scenic Nilgiri biosphere of mountains and lakes, the Destiny is the perfect retreat for adventure enthusiasts and families. Choose from 35 self-contained rooms, each boasting views from the mountains to scenic lakes, and complete with country furnishings and wooden flooring, along with glamour touches. This farmstay is a haven for kids as there are game rooms and an animal farm where they can see cows, horses, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits, geese and several other animals roaming around; you can even touch and feed the animals. Destiny Farm Stay also caters to thrill seekers, with rappelling, valley-crossing and some trekking options around the property. You can also spend your day golfing, horse riding, fishing, camping in the nearby hills, or simply enjoying the serenity and seclusion while breathing refreshing mountain air.
Destiny, Vakkiel Thotum, Muligur Village, Emerald Post, Ooty, +91 0423 224 4000
Experience the slow rhythm of life at the Dani Pani Organic Farmstay, set in the Himalayan foothills overlooking the Kosi Valley. The organic farm is brimming with herbs, fresh vegetables and fruit, natural vegetation and plenty of animals, simple and laid-back accommodation with scenic mountain views, and mouth-watering authentic Kumaoni fare made from natural ingredients. In addition, you can indulge in organic farming, jungle yoga, trekking or a traditional cooking classes.
Dana Pani, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, +91 9719243939
For an authentic rural experience, Farm of Happiness is the perfect option. You can sleep soundly in the traditional Konkan house with a clay floor, wooden décor and antique beds and furniture. Go bird-watching, fishing, trekking, star gazing, taking a farm tour and farming lessons, or simply relax on the hammock and soak in the nature, and munch on home-cooked food. Warm and homely hospitality, and unperturbed surroundings accentuate the experience.
Nestled in the Western Ghats, Off the Grid offers a simple and laid-back stay with limited phone connectivity, and no internet and electricity, only lush greenery and fresh air, which provide a refuge from the chaos of city life. It has two rooftop rooms, a tent and two cabins amid scenic waterfalls and dense forest. Completely immersed in organic farming, they grow their own produce that is used in their kitchen. Here you can go for trekking to the nearby waterfall, wander the farms and tribal villages around, and go for wildlife safaris. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards, porcupines, beers, gaurs, etc.
Off The Grid, Aveda Poppal Wadi, Karnataka, India, +91 0832 325 8928