A slice of Coorgi hospitality with Magnolia Resorts

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Most of us recognise Coorg as a weekend getaway from Bengaluru, the Scotland of India and the Coffee County. With its serene atmosphere, cool fresh greens, chirping birds and natural wildlife – Coorg manages to charm everyone who visits it. I have spent numerous weekends here and have always returned feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. According to me, the best way to experience Coorg is to stay in a coffee estate. Most such stays are generally, a home-stay. However, for the first time I experienced a resort set in a coffee estate – Magnolia resorts Coorg.

Magnolia Resorts Coorg
Magnolia Resorts Coorg

Magnolia resorts recently, opened doors to travelers visiting Coorg and I was one of the lucky few to be invited for a stay here with my family. What I discovered and experienced was authentic Coorgi hospitality in a luxurious manner. Set in a huge coffee estate, this 22 rooms resort promises you a fascinating, relaxing and an engaging stay in Coorg. Here are some things that I really liked about Magnolia resorts Coorg.

The sprawling campus of Magnolia Resorts

Through the coffee estate at Magnolia Resorts Coorg
Through the coffee estate at Magnolia Resorts Coorg

The thing I loved most was the fact that Magnolia resorts was set amid a coffee estate. This itself, gives you an authentic flavor of Coorg. The estate is owned by Retd. Major Srikanth Manchala and his wife, who are now settled in USA. His own residence is set up in the campus and we were treated to a tour of the same.

The house of Retd. Major Srikanth Manchala and his wife at Magnolia Resorts

The unique thing about their home is that Mrs. Laxmi Srikanth designed it herself. She went around collecting artistic artifacts – antique furniture, pillars, doors etc from old homes that were being destroyed. After a bit of restoration, she added those aesthetically to her own home. She further extended this to the various aspects of the resort as well – some of which you can see in the reception of the resort.

Reception of Magnolia Resorts, Coorg

The estate has numerous coffee plantations – both Arabica and Robusta varieties, Coorgi Oranges, Pepper plants, Avocados and other spices growing within. The resort arranges for a tour of the same and it is quite educative and refreshing – the staff is quite knowledgeable about the plants and are happy to share some unique properties of the same with you. The resort also, sells its products at the reception and you can always take back pure honey, coffee and other spices from here.

Pepper trees at Magnolia Resort, Coorg

The entire estate rests along a hill range and that itself, makes the whole scene scenic and gorgeous. To add to this picturesque setting are two lakes within the campus – The Emerald lake and the Turquoise lake – one man-made and one natural. The best part of this is that it is all within walking distance from your rooms . There are benches set up along the lakes that allow you to just sit there and enjoy the unusual birds that fly over for a drink.

Emerald Lake at Magnolia Resorts, Coorg
Turquoise lake at Magnolia Resort, Coorg

Luxurious Rooms

Our room at Magnolia Resorts Coorg

The luxury part of our stay was largely due to the lovely 800 sq feet rooms that are located right at the base of the hills. The rooms have a small sitting area with antique furniture sets and a TV. The beds are quite comfortable and cosy that once you are snuggled in, you are in for a good night’s sleep. For my daughter, they had a separate bed set up in the room – not one of those folding ones but a proper single bed with an equally comfortable mattress and covering.

View from our cottage room at Magnolia Resorts Coorg

We were also, lucky to have a room that overlooked the hills. The view from our windows was just amazing. It is indeed a treat to wake up to the misty hills of Coorg. A perfect start to the day.

The rooms are well equipped with a coffee maker, a mini bar, hair dryers etc. The rest room in the rooms are huge but are a little more traditional in their set up. They have the traditional open shower area and a bucket bath setting. Clean and nice nonetheless.

Entertainment Options

Badminton and Basketball courts at Magnolia Resorts, Coorg

Magnolia resorts offers you a perfect blend of some activity and relaxation. While the latter is taken care of by their serene atmosphere, the former is by the way of an outdoor basketball and badminton court, tons of indoor games and cycles. While we spend a quiet evening with a few indoor games, could not manage the cycling owing to the rains. However, with the smooth paved paths within the estate, I am sure it would have been an experience to remember.

Besides these, you can also go for some guided treks within the campus, where they say that you can spot some unique bird life and animals – like deer and elephants. Again, as we had to cut our stay short owing to a personal commitment, we missed out on the treks.

The Coorgi touch at Magnolia Resorts

The authentic Coorgi touch is evident at Magnolia Resorts – right from the way the cottages and the reception are decorated to the way you are greeted and the warm Coorgi staff. It is not just limited to the things that you see but also, in the food that is served. You can try the traditional dishes in their restaurant – Peppervine. The restaurant also, serves other Indian and International food.

Peppervine -the restaurant at Magnolia Resorts Coorg

Magnolia Resorts also, recognizes that you have not really experienced Coorg if you have not tried their coffee. 🙂 Here is one unique and interesting thing that I found in the resort. You can order coffee anywhere in the resort through their house mobile phones and it will be delivered to you right then. Their Coffee Anytime Anywhere service is best used when you are sitting by the bench on one of their lakes and taking in the refreshing sights. 🙂

My rating of Magnolia Resorts

On the whole, though a short stay, I enjoyed this Coorgi experience of Magnolia resorts. I think it makes a great outing with friends, family and even office staff. Magnolia Resorts can be a good option for office offsite gatherings – they even have conference rooms that allow official meetings.  Here is a quite snapshot of how I would rate the resort –

Are you guys game for this luxury experience of Coorg at Magnolia Resorts? What did you like about this place? Leave your comment and let me know.

Magnolia Resort Coorg

Getting here:

  • The nearest airport to Coorg is Bengaluru. Mysore and Bengaluru are the closest railway stations.
  • The best way to get to Coorg is to hire a cab from either of the two cities – Mysore or Bengaluru.
  • Magnolia Resorts Coorg is located in Virajpet area. Here is the link to the map that takes you to the resort in Coorg.

Travel Tips:

  • Click this link for the official website of Magnolia Resorts. You can make your booking through this site.
  • The rooms at Magnolia Resort cost you anything from INR 8000 onwards. The rate depends on the package that you choose as well as the category of rooms.
  • There are no shops within walking distance of the resort. You will have to rely on a vehicle to take you to Virajpet town.
  • The resort arranges for a car to drop you anywhere within the estate but frankly, the best way to enjoy the place is to walk around.
  • Mobile signals are not too good here, unless you have a BSNL connection. The resort hands you a house mobile for you to contact them during your stay.
  • WiFi is limited only to the reception area and is available to the guests.
  • The weather in Coorg is always on the cooler side. Hence, keep some light woolens with you when here.
  • If you choose to do some sightseeing in Coorg, remember that the distances between the places are huge. Hence, keep aside sufficient time for travel.

 

 

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46 Responses

  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan (@pythoroshan)

    Thanks for this detailed post. Have been to Coorg only once for a wedding but loved the overall sense of tranquility and their culture. One question…how are the roads for the last hour leading to Coorg? The last time I traveled, they were horrible for a very duration with pot holes and cracks all over.

    • Ami

      Thanks Roshan for stopping by. The roads were actually quite decent. I think they have patched things up. Hope you get to Magnolia soon.

  2. Dashy

    Aah, I’ve been to Coorg twice…lovely place. The second time it was for an adventure trip and it was simply splendid, I would recommend the place to anyone who’s in for some adventure. Beautiful clicks and nice descriptions you’ve got here. Mongolia Resorts seem very hospitable.

    • Ami

      Thanks a ton. Magnolia is perfect for some fun activities and some relaxation. Hope you get there the next time.

  3. traciehowe

    It sounds like a wonderful escape. The view from your window must have been lovely!

  4. Rajlakshmi

    I loved the idea of decorating the house with artifacts… it must look so stunning. The whole place looks like a perfect Holliday destination. Gorgeous pictures.

  5. Neha Verma

    Coorg is famous for these kind of resorts. I love the architecture of this place. I have been eyeing it for some time now..will stay here for sure on my next visit

  6. The Travel Ninjas

    The resorts farms and plantations sound very nice. We love coffee, maybe too much. We’d love to tour all the different crops. Is there an extra charge for the farm tours?

    • Ami

      I don’t think there is a charge for the farm tour. The staff at the resort will be happy to take you around 🙂

  7. Chi

    Good review on Magnolia resorts! I’ll definitely take your post into consideration if I ever have chance to visit Coorg.

  8. deepagandhi

    I love Coorg and its natural beauty. We have been to coorg twice and stayed in Honey pot homes. It was a nice resort with coffee plantations but this one looks good too. We can surely try it in our next visit. 🙂

  9. Joanna

    I would love to spend some time at a resort in an area known for the coffee plantations. I am a big coffee lover but I haven’t experienced yet a visit to a plantation. I would love to do that here. I really like how big the rooms are: 800sq.. wow! You don’t get that often from a resort.

  10. Anna

    What a lovely retreat! I was sold at the coffee estate.The property looks great, I would love to visit this place one day.

    • Ami

      Thank you so much. Glad you liked them. The place was so beautiful that I did have to do much with the clicks.

  11. Abigail

    The accommodation is beautiful – I love resorts that make me feel like I’m truly going on an escape. The rooms are beautiful too!

  12. Sophia

    Nice blog.. Good job.. It is very important for traveller to know about the places where they want to visit. Places to visit at that time. Places famous for. everything they must. And this type of informative blogs helps a lot at the time of travelling. Thank you so much for the information. And photograph was just amazing !!!

  13. Bhusha

    Isn’t it a gorgeous place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city? Being at the foothills, I loved the nature there! Those sprawling rooms & lakes were just so beautiful!

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