Like Coorg, Chikmagalur is a beautiful hill station (and district) in Karnataka that is famous for its coffee plantations and pleasant climate. With so many things to do and places to visit, Chikmagalur attracts many tourists and travellers every year owing to its natural beauty and landscapes which are perfect for adventure seekers. Apart from the coffee estates and the famous Bababudan Giri range, Chikmagalur has a rich history, and beautiful landscapes, and is a favourite place for travellers and tourists to explore. In Chikmagalur, you can also find places to visit such as beautiful waterfalls including the famous Hebbe Falls, Shanti waterfalls, and others. This has caused the tourism industry in the district to bloom and just like Coorg, there are many hotels and homestays in Chikmagalur and around the district to cater to the many tourists and travellers.

The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge shifts in the travel industry. It has also affected the way we live and travel and what we choose to prioritise. Cleanliness and hygiene are huge mandates regardless of where we go. People are also wary of places with huge footfalls as it increases exposure to such a virus. This has caused a shift in people’s thinking to opt for local travel and to minimise their exposure. With local travel comes the desire to help local communities and get a more intimate experience. Homestays fit the bill here perfectly.

Although there are some splendid hotels in Chikmagalur and resorts in the region as well, homestays offer a different kind of experience. Homestays allow us to connect directly with the owners. We can speak to them to address our concerns and also to get some insight into the things we can do in the place they are most familiar with. So, if you are planning a vacation among coffee plantations and hillocks, then try the homestays in Chikmagalur for a more intimate experience. Some of these homestays are contemporary while others are ancestral homes that are converted to tap into the market. You will also find luxury as well as budget homestays. All in all, you have plenty of options to choose from based on your tastes and needs.

Also Read: 10 offbeat things to do in Chikmagalur

Here Is A List Of 11 Homestays In Chikmagalur That Are Perfect For Staycations

1. Gonakal Homestay: A Heritage Stay In Isolation

homestays in chikmagalur - Gonakal Homestay

This 350-year-old ancestral homestay in Chikmagalur makes for a great weekend getaway as it is located amidst a coffee estate and the lush green forests in the Malnad region of the state. In addition, the wood-carved door frames, dark, polished pillars, and open verandah will take you back in time to a whole different era. The three bedrooms in the heritage home are decked with antique beds and cupboards and are great for families. Couples looking for more privacy can opt for the more modern wooden and brick standalone cottages located on the property.

Those looking for fun activities can sign up for a trek and go explore the trails of Chikmagalur. The Gonakal Homestay serves traditional food that is absolutely delicious. Some of the facilities available here include free parking, complimentary breakfast, taxi service, a children’s playground, an outdoor fireplace, and a washing machine. Pets are also allowed here. The Gonakal Homestay is located on the road connecting Chikmagalur and Tarikere and was once occupied by royalty.

Check-in and out: The check-in time is 12 PM and the check-out time is 10 AM.

Tariff: Room starts at INR 5,100

Hosts of the Homestay:  Mr Girish and Mrs Leela

How to reach: Located 24 km from Chikmagalur on Thogarihankal, Post, Tarikere Road, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 577101

2. Zak’s Homestay: For Couples On A Weekend Trip

Zak's homestay

One of the best homestays in Chikmagalur for couples, Zak’s Homestay offers accommodation with a balcony and terrace, free WiFi, parking, flat-screen TV, laundry, and a beautiful garden. Guests here can also get the opportunity to ride a horse. Located on Golf Club Road in Chikmagalur, the homestay is 5 km from the centre of the city. Close by is a golf field located within a range of 3 km. Things to do around here include going golfing or on treks or exploring the areas nearby. Zak’s Homestay has two types of rooms – a double and a studio – each of which has a beautiful view. This homestay in Chikmagalur is particularly loved by couples, although it is also frequented by families with children. Pets are not allowed.

Check-in and out: Guests are required to check in at 11 AM and check out by 11 AM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 1,300.

Hosts of the Homestay: Moin Khan He

How to reach: Located 6 km from the centre at Mountain Valley Home Stay Road, Allampura, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 577101

3. Villa Vibes: For A Family Getaway With Pets

Villa Vibes - homestays in chikmagalur

Located on Thondavalli Road, in the Chikmagalur taluk, Villa Vibes is 9 km from the centre and offers a garden and a terrace. While Villa Vibes is one of the very few homestays in Chikmagalur that does not provide internet access to its guests, it more than makes up for it with various things to do and activities like hiking, walking tours, themed dinner nights, and a tour/class on the local culture. The homestay also comes with facilities that include free private parking, room service, continental breakfast, a dining area, a fireplace, a balcony, and a terrace. Pets are allowed at Villa Vibes on request and additional charges may be applicable.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in between 1 PM and 6 PM and check out between 11 AM and 11.30 AM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 2,500.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Naveen and his family 

How to reach: Located 10 km from Chikmagalur centre.

4. Eastern Giri Homestay: A Birdwatcher’s Heaven

Eastern Giri Homestay

About 7 km from the city centre is the Eastern Giri Homestay, where the food, coffee, honey, and spices are sourced locally. The homestay comes with a gorgeous mountain view and a beautiful garden and is located at Kaimara near Hosahalli in the Chikmagalur district. Facilities here include free access to the internet, on-site parking, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, dining table, tea/coffee maker in all rooms etc. Eastern Giri Homestay is a perfect getaway for birdwatching enthusiasts and nature lovers and your stay is guaranteed to be pleasant and serene while in Chikmagalur. Pets are allowed at no extra cost. Outdoor activities include a bonfire

Check-in and out: Guests can check in after 3 PM and check out by 11 AM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 5,600.

Hosts of the Homestay: Kartik

How to reach: Located 8 km from Chikmagalur centre.

5. Blue Mountain Valley Homestay: For Those Craving Natural Beauty

homestays in chikmagalur

Located on State Highway 57 in Allampura, nearly 6 km away from the city centre, Blue Mountain Valley Homestay offers you the opportunity of witnessing the beauty of lush tropical forests, hills, and coffee plantations- all at the same time. The homestay comes with three rooms, each of which is blessed with charming views of the dense forests and hills where you can soak in the scene. It is also close to the Hirekolale Lake and offers facilities like a playground, free parking, kitchen, complimentary breakfast, room heating, TV, private living room, patio, garden, and swimming pools. A restaurant is also available on-site. This is another one of the Chikmagalur homestays that do not offer internet service (except for public areas), however, guests can spend the time playing indoor and outdoor games. Pets are not allowed. The homestay is well-connected and you can reach here by private or public transport.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in after 12 PM and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 6,300.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr and Mrs Kariappa

How to reach: 4.3 km from KSRTC bus stop in Chikmagalur.

6. Green Leaf Homestay: For A Smoker-Friendly Stay

homestays in chikmagalur Green Leaf Homestay

Conveniently located at Jyothinagar Post, Halenahalli in Indavara, Greenleaf Homestay is 3.5 km from the centre. The homestay has two rooms that are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Other facilities at the homestay include a terrace, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast every morning, 24-hour security, a CCTV camera facility, on-site parking, and a garden. Smoking rooms are also available where you can take a smoke break during your stay. Guests are not allowed to get their pets along.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: Prices start at INR 2,700.

Hosts of the Homestay:  Mohammed Ali Maidu He

How to reach: 7 km from Chikkamagalur Railway Station.

7. Aakriti Homestay: For A Great Family Holiday

homestays in chikmagalur Aakriti Homestay

This family holiday destination is a great homestay near Chikmagalur that is located 11.3 km from the city centre at Mallenahalli Old Post Office near the Deviramma Temple. Aakriti Homestay is a perfect getaway for families, couples, office groups, and students. For people in groups of eight and above, the entire property is let out for the duration of the stay. The property has great views of the pool, garden, and river.

Aakriti Homestay also comes with a bar, an in-house restaurant, a caretaker, swimming pools, a kids’ play area, power backup, and CCTV surveillance. Other facilities include free parking, daily Asian breakfast, TV, living room and dining area, housekeeping, room service, and lawn/garden. Guests can also indulge in indoor games and a bonfire (paid) at the homestay. Additionally, the property is located close to major attractions and places to visit in Chikmagalur like Mulayanagiri, Kalathgiri Falls, Kemnagundi, Belur Halebedu and more. Guests numbering 10 and above can also bring their pets. 

Check-in and out: Guests can check in by 1 PM and must check out by 11 AM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 5,000.

Hosts of the Homestay: Kumar Family

How to reach: Near Devaramma Temple in Chikmagalur.

8. SilverShine Homestay: Great For Outdoor Activities

SilverShine Homestay
Image source: Silvershine homestays via Google Photos

The SilverShine Homestay, located at Balehonnur Road Aladhgudde (v), Vastare (p) in Chikmagalur is a great place for anyone looking to partake in outdoor activities during their stay in the district. Located 7.9 km from the city’s centre, guests can enjoy golfing at a golf course (within 3 km), fishing, hiking, horse riding, water park etc in the area. Guests can also enjoy themed dinner nights, happy hour, a tour or class on the local culture, cooking classes, and live sports events (broadcast). Some of the facilities provided at SilverShine Homestay are free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a shared lounge and garden, continental and buffet breakfast, a children’s playground, BBQ facilities, laundry, dry cleaning,  on-site parking etc. Guests can make use of the car rental service available at the homestay. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, grocery deliveries,

Check-in and out: Guests can check in after 12 PM and must check out by 11 AM.

Tariff: Rooms starting INR 1,400.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Nithin Gowda

How to reach: 7.9 km from the centre at Aladagudde, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 577133

9. The Inchara Hill View HomeStay: For Couples Who Love A Hill View

The Inchara Hill View HomeStay

This homestay offers a wonderful mountain view and is located at the Mavinahalla Village, Arashinaguppe, in Chikmagalur. Located 8.1 km away from the city centre, The Inchara Hill View HomeStay is a great place for people looking for a country retreat and a chance to connect with nature. The property comes with an in-house restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. In addition, a caretaker also stays on the property. The homestay is couple-friendly and is open to hosting unmarried couples, bachelors, and families. Facilities available at The Inchara Hill View HomeStay include Wi-Fi, free private parking, daily buffet and Asian breakfast options, sun terrace, children’s playground, barbeque, garden, nightclub/DJ, karaoke, car rental service, flat-screen tv, refrigerator, fireplace, outdoor dining area, and room service. Pets are not allowed, although there are pets living on the property. Private parties and events are also allowed.

Check-in and out: The check-in time is 12 PM  and the check-out time is 12 PM

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 3,000.

Hosts of the Homestay: Harisha

How to reach: 12 km from the city of Chikmagalur.

10. The Vintage Chikmagalur: For Those With A Taste For Luxury

The Vintage Chikmagalur - homestays in chikmagalur

One of the most expensive homestays at Chikmagalur, The Vintage Chikmagalur is about 5.4 km from the heart of the city at The Vintage, Baptist Farm in the Gavanahalli village of the district. While pets are not allowed here, you can check with the hosts in advance if you want to take your pet along with you for the staycation. The property houses 10 rooms so it is perfect for large groups of people looking to vacation together, although private parties and outside food are not allowed on the premises. Here, guests can chill with good company and light music at the bar, eat at the in-house restaurant, or soak in the natural beauty of the garden from the patio. The Vintage Chikmagalur is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday for families as the property has a calming farm atmosphere.

While here, guests can experience the full extent of the Malnad hospitality, culture, and food. The homestay is decked with carefully curated artefacts and colonial heritage furniture with a modern touch. Facilities include free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the property, on-site parking, air conditioning, a safety deposit box, flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, kitchen utensils, CCTV surveillance etc. Like some of the other homestays in Chikmagalur, a breakfast buffet or vegetarian breakfast. The Vintage Chikamagalur also has billiards, board games and puzzles, an indoor play area, kids’ outdoor play equipment for the guests to pass the time. Guests who are more outdoorsy can also go on walking tours.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 2 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 22,600.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Charles Baptist

How to reach:  The Vintage, Baptist Farm Gavanahalli Village, Mugathihalli, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 577133

11. Mallandur Homestay: The Perfect Nature Retreat Near A Waterfall

 Mallandur Homestay

This homestay in Chikmagalur is near a waterfall, making it a perfect place to stay for adventure seekers as you can engage in activities such as rock climbing, trekking, river rafting, nature walks, and pathfinding. Located in Mallandur, 20 km from Chikmagalur, the Mallandur Homestay offers its guests a unique holiday experience that comes from the natural beauty of the area and the hospitality of the staff. This is an ideal place for families, friends, birdwatchers, and adventurers. At this Chikmagalur homestay, you can go birdwatching and as the jungle trail of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is just a 15-minute drive away from the homestay, this is a great place for all types of wildlife lovers.

Guests are also treated to a nice bonfire with delicious dishes with music, dance, and games to help you relax after a long adventure-filled day. You can also enjoy outdoor games such as shuttlecock/badminton, basketball, volleyball, and cricket, as well as indoor games such as carrom board and chess. Mallandur Homestay has well-furnished and spacious rooms in the main bungalow, where every room comes with a king-size bed and an attached luxury bathroom. The property also has a separate cottage with two well-furnished bedrooms and attached luxury bathrooms for visitors coming in large groups. Here, guests are treated to a South Indian and continental breakfast and authentic Malnad cuisine is prepared in the traditional style for lunch and dinner.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 1,950.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Hardik and his father

How to reach: 100 meters from Chikmagalur KSRTC bus stand.

12. Weekender Homestay: Enjoy Serenity In Midst Of Coffee Estate

Weekender Homestay

This homestay in Karnataka has located just 13 km from Chikmagalur and 4300 feet above sea level. Weekender Homestay overlooks the highest peak in Karnataka- Mullayanagiri and offers its guests internet services, family accommodation, parking space along with a playground for kids. Located at a point in between ‘Bhadra wildlife sanctuary’ and Mullayanagiri Peak, the Weekender homestay also has a stone-floored outdoor restaurant which offers fresh malnad style specialities to feast on. You can simply enjoy the beautiful view from your hammock while reading a good book.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 3,300.

Hosts of the Homestay: Adarsh

How to reach: Just 11.2 km from Chikmagalur city centre.

13. Nature Craft Homestay: Surrounded By Lush Greenery And Coffee Plantation

Nature Craft Homestay

Among the best homestays in Chikmagalur, Nature Craft Homestay is located 8.5 km amidst an Arabica coffee plantation with beautiful pepper vines. Enjoy the simple decor, and the country feel of this homestay along with its green views through large windows. As it is set amid the beautiful pepper and coffee estates, a warm and hospitable atmosphere will greet you every day during your stay at this cosy bungalow annexe. The host and his family stay in the nearby bungalow and will make sure that their guests are comfortable and their needs are fulfilled during the stay.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: The rooms start at INR 5,000 per night

Hosts of the Homestay: Ansar

How to reach: The homestay is 150 km from Mangalore airport, 55 km from Kadur railway station and 9 km from Chikmagalur bus depot.

14. River Woods: A Peaceful Holiday In Solitude

Riverwoods Chikmagalur homestays

Enter the serene confines of River Woods, which is set amidst 360 acres of Robusta coffee, pepper, and areca plants and a garden full of homegrown vegetables. The homestay offers charming 60s-style plantation bungalows, a verdant landscape, spacious bedrooms, traditional rich red oxide flooring, wooden ceilings and tiled roofs. Tucked away in the Chikmagalur district of the Western Ghats, Riverwoods homestay will allow you to experience beautiful silhouettes of the rolling hills and mesmerising birds in the evening skies. When requested, the hosts also organize activities like kayaking/river rafting, hiking to Merthi Peak, Kudremukh National Park, and a tour of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary for their guests.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: The rooms start at INR 4,000 per night.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mrinal

How to reach: The homestay is a 2-hour drive from Chikmagalur.

15. The Coffee Bean Homestay: Offering Barbecue and Views Of Mountains

This 100-year-old heritage home is located and settled amid the breathtakingly beautiful Western Ghats. The homestay has a beautiful courtyard with a fireplace, a small private library, and private balconies overlooking the forests and hills. As the property is surrounded by avocado, Jamun, and guava trees, you’ll be blessed with beautiful green views and fresh treats. Coffee Bean Homestay is located at a height of 3900 ft above sea level surrounded by hills where the hosts also serve some of the most delicious Malnad cuisines with love and care.

The stay is designed in a totally classic form and is accompanied by necessary amenities like free wifi and parking so that you can enjoy a hassle-free stay. There are also a number of indoor and outdoor activities such as rock climbing at Bande Kallu Gudda, off-road jeep safari to Madugundi Falls and Kyatanamakki, or trek to Mullayanagiri, or white water rafting in Bhadra River, along with indoor games like carrom, ludo, chess, and cards. A bonfire can also be arranged on request during the evening so that you can sit in warmth with loved ones and enjoy the unbounded serenity of Chikmagalur. 

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 11 AM.

Tariff: Rooms start at INR 2,300 per night.

Hosts of the Homestay: Dhanush

How to reach: The location is based at a convenient spot in Chikmagalur and you can reach it with the help of private and public transportation.

16. Devigiri Homestay: Discover The True Untouched Beauty Of The Western Ghats

Devigiri Homestay

Nestled in the lush green Baba Budangiri range, north of Chikmagalur, Devigiri is one of the best budget homestays in Chikmagalur. It is surrounded by 50 acres of coffee estate and therefore offers panoramic views of the incredibly gorgeous Western Ghats. Along with its quietly elegant and comfortable decor, the homestay lets you experience the best hospitality, untouched natural beauty, and true country life. It also provides coffee plantation visits, wildlife visits and trekking to different mountains around Chikmagalur including the highest peak in Karnataka.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: The rooms start at INR 1,200 per night.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Madhan

How to reach: The Homestay is 279 km away from Kempegowda International Airport, 46.3km away from Birur Junction and 13.1 km away from KSRTC Bus Stand in Chikmagalur.

17. Karadigundi Estate Homestay: A Rich Scenic Surprise In Chikmagalur

Karadigundi Estate Homestay

Nestled in a 40-acre coffee plantation along the Western Ghats, Karadigundi Estate Homestay is one of the best homestays in the region. It is rich with scenic surprises – with hills, beautiful valleys, spring water streams and coffee estates all around you. This vibrant homestay in Chikmagalur is a perfect place to stay; away from the constant hustle-bustle of city life, it has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. It can be visited at any time of the year, but staying here during the monsoon is highly recommended since it turns the region greener and fresher. The homestay offers the perfect retreat for peace, relaxation and, adventure and lets you immerse in the beauty and serenity of Chikmagalur. These are things you cannot get at many hotels in Chikmagalur.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards and must check out by 12 PM.

Tariff: The rooms start at INR 2,250 per night.

Hosts of the Homestay: Mr Prakash

How to reach: This place is close to Aldur Town and easily accessible by road and can be found at the address Karadigundi Estate, Devarunda, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 577132.

18. The Hidden Valley: Government-Approved Homestay

The Hidden Valley

Last, but not the least, the Hidden Valley Homestay is an amazing option for accommodation and among the best homestays for various reasons. This place has been certified by the Karnataka Department of Tourism as one of the best homestays in Chikmagalur and due to the various facilities, privacy and tranquillity on offer it has also been considered among the ‘best resorts in Chikmagalur’. This cosy homestay has it all – a place where you can relax, guided tours, boat rides (on their own pond), views of the lush surroundings, farm life with lots of animals on the property, indoor and outdoor games and more. They also arrange for bonfires and treks upon request.

You can also book your rooms with options to include breakfast only or a full board (all meals) plan. It is also surrounded by 30 acres of a coffee estate. So, if you want to stay amidst coffee plantations in a fully-furnished, aesthetically designed homestay in Chikmagalur, with peace and privacy, then this is the place to be.

Check-in and out: Guests can check in from 12 PM onwards, check-out is at 11 AM.

Tariff: The rooms start at INR 2,500 per night.

Hosts of the Homestay: Aranha

How to reach: Handi, Machagondanahally 20KM Chikmagalur-Mudigere Road, Karnataka 577111

So, Chikmagalur Hotels Or Homestays?

When you have the best homestays like the above options to stay at, many hotels in Chikmagalur won’t even come close. So, choose your accommodation from these various options and have an amazing time in tranquil Chikmagalur amongst coffee plantations and lush hillocks. The best homestays in Chikmagalur are waiting for your visit. If you are planning a trip to Chikmagalur or have visited recently, let us know of your experiences in the comment section below.

Also Read: 10 best tourist places to visit in Chikmagalur

Here Are Some FAQs To Help You Understand About Homestays In Chikmagalur At A Glance

Which homestays in Chikmagalur are good for families?

Some good homestays in Chikmagalur for a family are Mallandur Homestay, The Vintage Chikmagalur, SilverShine Homestay, Villa Vibes, and Gonakal Homestay.

How much does it cost to stay at a homestay in Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalur homestays cost INR 1,200 at the lower end and over INR 20,000 at the higher end.

What homestays in Chikmagalur have nice views?

The homestays in Chikmagalur that come with a great view are Eastern Giri Homestay, Blue Mountain Valley Homestay, and The Inchara Hill View HomeStay.

Which homestays in Chikmagalur are good for couples?

Some of the best homestays in Chikmagalur for couples are the Gonakal Homestay, Zak’s Homestay, Aakriti Homestay, and The Inchara Hill View HomeStay.

Which are the homestays in Chikmagalur for groups?

Chikmagalur homestays like Mallandur Homestay, The Vintage Chikmagalur, and Aakriti Homestay are great for big groups.

What are the luxury Chikmagalur homestays?

The Vintage Chikmagalur and Blue Mountain Valley Homestay are good luxury homestays in Chikmagalur.


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