“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized are beginning to find out going closer to nature is going home, that wilderness is a necessity” – John Muir
City life can get a little overwhelming at times. City dwellers of today, living in congested over-populated spaces, crave more for a simpler, easier life. Farm tourism as a tourism trend can trace its popularity to this yearning for a pastoral idyll and this desire to connect with nature. More and more of the urban middle class yearns for authentic experiences of rural life where they get to soak in the freshness of nature in the truest sense of the term. If you are looking to escape the rising heat in the cities, head to these farm stay resorts for a true connect with nature –
1. Destiny Farm stay, Ooty
Located 35 km away from Ooty, Destiny Farm Stay is an extremely self-sufficient resort with stables, a couple of loyal watchful dogs, hens, cows for fresh dairy products and a huge variety of herbs and vegetables grown in the backyard garden. One can sit back and relax in the garden and watch the playful rabbits, geese living in their own sweet world without a care. You can also try your hands at adventure sports like Rappelling, valley crossing, outdoor games, golf putting, hiking, camping and horse-riding with the trainers provided by the resort staff. What makes this farm stay so popular is the gorgeous view it offers of the lake, the beautiful hills and the perpetual vista of low hanging clouds that afford shade from the mountain sun.
Book a comfortable cab from Bangalore to Ooty and make the most of your trip.
Rates – INR 13, 500 per night including breakfast and taxes.
2. Maachli Farm stay, Maharashtra
Situated in Parule village on the far south Konkan Coast of Maharashtra, Maachli farm stay near Mumbai gives you a divine experience. As the name suggests, Maachli means “elevated huts” in the local Malvani language, and living here truly brings one closer to nature. This farm stay resort is perfect for those who are looking for some much-needed peace and quiet and the landscape, painted only in shades of green, is indeed a sight for sore eyes. Built deep within nature, the farm stay resort is surrounded by betel nut, banana, coconut and spice plantations. The calm-serene vibes of the resort are complemented by the sound of a fresh stream flowing through the property. You can catch up on some reading, relax by the stream, take cooking lessons, walk through the village or indulge in some trekking.
Rates – INR 4, 500 without meals.
3. Citrus County Farm Stay, Punjab
One of the most famous farm stays near Amritsar has to be the Citrus County Farm Stay in Hoshiarpur. What started as an additional source of revenue for the family in 2006, became a huge success story in a few years. With three suites inside the house and nine luxury tents glamming in the garden, Citrus County Resort defines luxury in this little corner of Punjab. Extremely popular for its 70-acre orchard, guests are encouraged to pick fruits, enjoy the bar and café built within the property, explore local villages, understand farming techniques and enjoy some lip-smacking Punjabi food.
Rates – INR 14,000 per night including meals.
4. Malgudi Farm Resorts, Karnataka
Mud walls and thatched roof are what make Malgudi Farm Resorts one of the most interesting farm stays near Bangalore. Go back in time to the simpler days, wake up to the sound of cock-a-doodle-doo with windows overlooking vast endless farms. The joy of simple living is unmatched. Only a 2-hour drive from Bangalore, visit Malgudi Farm Resorts to enjoy the tranquility of quiet farmlands and richness of organic food.
Rates – INR 3, 000 per night without meals.
5. Pratapgarh Resorts, Harayana
Pratapgarh Resorts is a well-known farm stay near Delhi. The resort welcomes one with humungous fields and open spaces on all four sides. There is a nominal entry ticket of INR 1230 for adults and INR 690 for kids between 5-10 years of age. Pratapgarh Farms lets you experience the rural life of a small village for a day. The Farm is located in Jhajjar, Haryana at a distance of about 55 km from Delhi. Spend the day enjoying some music, playing childhood games like Gilli Danda or cricket and volleyball. Do not miss the pottery and matka painting sessions.
6. Heights Farm Stay, Coorg
Height Farm Stay in Coorg is your destination for happiness. Surrounded by lush green coffee, pepper, and orange plants; conserving the biodiversity of the area is of utmost importance to the hosts of this resort. Soak in the freshness in the air, enjoy the night sky full of stars and some authentic local food along with the right dose of nature at Heights Resort. Explore the plantation trails, indulge in nature walks and bird watching or stay in and relax in the warmth of the open campfire with a book and a beverage of your choice.
Rates – INR 4,000 per night without meals
7. Kabini Farm Stay Resort, Karnataka
Immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of rural Karnataka at Kabini Farm Stay Resort. About 80 km away from the royal city of Mysore, Kabini is a veritable paradise and a breath of fresh air. As is rightly said, staying at Kabini is not just about spending some quality time, it is an experience. Situated in the middle of a farm, with dense forest and wildlife around it; Kabini lets you unwind and detox in the lap of nature.
For the best possible experience book a cab from Mysore to Kabini.
Rates – INR 5, 000 including meals
8. Cyka Farm Stay, Telangana
Another famous farm stay resort in Hyderabad is Cyka. It has the appearance of an urban village and promotes rural and agricultural tourism in Hyderabad. A picturesque pond and thatched huts for guests made by bamboo artisans from Bidar welcome you to the resort. A night spent at Cyka truly refreshes and re-energizes one for weeks to come. The host of the resort loves sharing tips on seed germination and planting saplings. Cyka is also famously known as the Bali in India.
Rate – INR 1,900 without taxes.
These are our top 8 picks for this summer. Tell us where you are heading for some quiet time with friends and family. Happy weekends!