Are you a fan of staying at homestays on your travels? Then I am exactly like you. I love homestays and the local feels that these places give. As I think travel is also about experiencing the culture and enjoying what the locals have to provide, I try to stay at homestays, especially when I am traveling to small towns or remote places. Similarly while traveling to Coorg, I had an opportunity to stay at PK Ponnappa’s Court which is I think the best homestay in Coorg that is so close to the town.
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About PK Ponnappa’s Court, Homestay in Coorg
Located just 5 kilometres from Coorg town, the PK Ponnappa’s Court homestay is owned by Sowmya and Bharath, who are the locals. Spread across 25 acres, the homestay is situated in between the plantations and nature. Officially started 6 months ago in late 2022, the homestay is a perfect homestay for people who are looking for peace and want to stay away from the hustle bustle of cities.
Rooms/Villas at PK Ponnappa’s Court
PK Ponnappa’s Court has:
- One main building / villa has 3 floors (including the ground floor) and each floor has two rooms making it a total of 6 individual rooms. Each of these rooms, ideal for couples, have a theme of its own like a peacock, tiger and others. The rooms can either be individually rented out or as a combination depending on the guest’s needs.
- Two cottages that are a small pathway away from the main building. These cottages are perfect for small families and who want their quiet space.
- Note that the construction for more cottages are underway.
Booking and Cost at PK Ponnappa’s Court
The homestay can be booked in multiple ways:
- Online on MakeMyTrip website.
- Contacting the owners:
- Sowmya: +91 88677 90981.
- Bharath: +91 83100 06063.
- Social media channels (Facebook handle: @PK Ponnappa’s Court and Instagram handle: @pkponnappascourt).
The prices of the rooms start from Rupees 4000 + GST. It is best to check with the owners for up to date prices and discounts.
Ambience and Hospitality at PK Ponnappa’s Court
Interiors and Exteriors
The homestay is very thoughtfully built and it follows a black and white theme. Every corner and thing you will find at the homestay is either black or white in colour. And irrespective of which direction you see from the homestay, you will see lush green surrounded by nature.
Owners and Staff members
Everyone in this homestay are nice and soft spoken. They are all locals and know how to respect and treat their guests right. The owner Bharat also stays in the property and he makes sure that the guests are comfortable at all times.
The homestay also has three beautiful dogs, two huskies and one Labrador retriever puppy. All these three dogs are extremely friendly and love to interact if you want to. Even their dogs are black and white.
Food/Restaurant at PK Ponnappa’s Court
The homestay has an in-house restaurant or a place where the food is prepared. The food served at the homestay is authentic Coorgi food. The Kodava community love their food made of Pork which is served at the homestay. But if you are like me who do not eat pork, then you do have other options such as vegetarian food. Also, if you do not want to eat the Coorgi cuisine, then there are options of Indian, Continental and other dishes for extra charges.
All the items are locally prepared in the kitchen located on the ground floor of the big building that has the event halls. The food is served at a common dining area that is located on the ground floor of the main villa. All the dishes that we were served were absolutely delicious and beautiful.
- Note that the breakfast is complementary with your stay.
Amenities at PK Ponnappa’s Court
Each room and cottage comes with tea / coffee makers, microwaves, drinking water, light snacks, and basic toiletries. There is also a complementary Wi-Fi but currently, the network is intermittent.
The highlight of the cottages are the traditional Gudda bath. The Gudda bath is basically where the water is heated in a traditional copper / mud pot with the help of firewood. At these cottages, the water is heated from the firewood burnt outside. These used to be the way the villagers and small towners bathed back in those days. This Gudda or Hande was the way we bathed at my grand mother’s home so it was a nostalgic experience for me.
Barbeque and campfire
To unwind the day, the homestay has facilities for a campfire and barbeque facilities. Both the cottages have individual campfire spaces and there is one common campfire area opposite the main villa.
Party / Event halls
The homestay also has three-storeyed building (apart from the main villa) with ground level used as kitchen and the top two levels used as event halls. The hall (hall 1) located on the second floor has bar counter, book shelves, music system, and dance floor and the hall (hall 2) located on the third floor is more spacious with food and drink counter. These two halls can be hired by the guests, for additional charges, to host private events, parties, and conferences.
Curated Experience(s) at PK Ponnappa’s Court
Bathe at River (Offbeat)
One of the offbeat things or experiences that you can get by staying in PK Ponnappa’s Court is bathing in the river. With hardly any people around, this location is known only to the owners and staff members of the homestay.
- Make sure to carry extra pair of clothes, towel and swimwear.
Visit Omkareshwara temple, one of the oldest temples
One of the oldest temples in Coorg is the Omkareshwara temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built in 1820 by King Lingarajendra II and has religious significance among the locals.
Visit Avandi Kote Abbi waterfall
Another offbeat location that is known to only few people is the Avandi Kote Abbi waterfall. Even though the waterfall is inaccessible, you can still spend amazing time watching the waterfall, feeding the fishes, sitting by a small shop near the waterfall that sells local wines, hot Maggie, cut cucumbers, and other products.
One of the interesting things that you can see is this mountain that has a shape of sleeping Anjaneya (Monkey God). When you observe it carefully, you cannot undo it. The mountain definitely looks like the lord is sleeping.
If you have more time and are adventurous, then you can go on a trek to Tadiyanmol peak.
How to get to PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The closest airport to the homestay is Mangalore International airport, which is about 150 kilometres from the homestay. Indigo airlines operate from Mangalore airport.
The homestay is around 265 kilometres from Bangalore city and the journey by road takes about 5 hours 15 minutes. The route is towards Mysore Road and there are toll roads.
- Note that the homestay has plenty of free parking spaces.
By Public Transport
- Train – The closest train station is at Mysore and it is around 120 kilometres from the homestay. You can find up to date information about trains on IRCTC website.
- Bus – There are frequent buses between Bangalore and Coorg, operated by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private bus operators. The bus journey is around 6 to 7 hours and you can find the best deals on Redbus website.
PK Ponnappa’s Court Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Where is PK Ponnappa’s Court located?
The homestay is just around 5 kilometres from the main town of Madikere / Coorg.
Q: How far is PK Ponnappa’s Court from Bangalore?
The homestay is around 265 kilometres from Bangalore and the road trip takes a little more than 5 hours.
Q: How do we get to PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The best and fastest way to get to the homestay is by driving. But if you do not have a car, then there are frequent buses to get to Coorg from Bangalore and the owners of the homestay can organise for a pick up and drop from Madikere town.
Q: What are the different kinds of rooms / cottages available at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The homestay has one main villa with 6 individual rooms and two cottages.
Q: What are the charges for the rooms at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The prices of the rooms start from Rupees 4000. You can check with the owners for updated prices and discounts.
Q: How do we book the villas at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The rooms / cottages can be booked:
- Online using MakeMyTrip website.
- Contacting the owners (+91 88677 90981 or +91 83100 06063) either on their contact numbers or on social media channels with handles PK Ponnappa’s Court.
Q: What are the check-in and check-out times at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The check-in and check-out process is flexible and can be discussed with the owners. But the official check-in time is 12 PM and check-out time is 10 AM.
Q: Does the homestay have Wi-Fi?
Yes, there is a complementary Wi-Fi available throughout the property. But when I was at the homestay, the internet was intermittent which the owners are getting it fixed.
Q: What are the amenities available at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The homestay has below amenities:
- Party hall.
- Gudda traditional bath.
Q: What are the experiences that you can get at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
The owners have another estate that is around 20 kilometres from PK Ponnappa’s Court. And you can visit some of the below offbeat places near that other estate:
- Bathing in natural river.
- Omkareshwara temple (ancient temple).
- Avandi Kote Abbi waterfall.
Q: Are pets allowed at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
Yes, pets are allowed at the property. Ensure to call the owners in advance.
Q: Are unmarried couples allowed at PK Ponnappa’s Court?
Yes, unmarried couples are allowed.
Safety for Solo Female Travelers
Even though I traveled with a fellow blogger, I can vouch that the homestay is very safe for solo female travelers. Everyone, including the owner Bharat, staff members and their pets, were very friendly and soft spoken. I highly recommend this homestay if you are a solo female traveler.
Are you new to solo female traveling? Then read frequently asked questions about solo traveling.
PK Ponnappa’s Court is one of the best homestays in Coorg that makes you feel home away from your home. With comfort and greenery around, I highly recommend this homestay in Coorg.
Would I visit PK Ponnappa’s Court again? Absolutely yes! In a heartbeat.
Note: This post is written in collaboration with PK Ponnappa’s Court homestay. But the views and the opinions expressed are honest and unbiased.
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