Once we made it up the mountain and stepped out of the car, we were so shocked at the cold air! I hadn’t realized how high we climbed, although my stomach had and I was feeling so carsick. We’d had a long day already of seeing Nagara Fort and the cow sanctuary (more on that later).
Gonakal Homestay in Chikmagalur
The homestay welcomed us with the cutest soft dog at the front door. The style of this house is something I’ve seen in Goa where the inside is an open courtyard without a roof, and the rooms are all around the edge. What a brilliant idea for a homestay style place.
Although cold, the place had hot water, big cozy rooms with plenty of blankets, and hot chai waiting on us. Being the clean freak I am I always shower before doing anything else once I get home for the day. I put on my cozy clothes and had a yummy dinner with everyone: rice roti, jeera rice, a bean curry, papad, and waterever that dill-like salad is called that I love!
Desert was the sweet carrot desert with nuts. I’m not big on Indian sweets but managed to eat half. For breakfast; puffed rice and uppit which I hadn’t had before in South India and loved! Super spicy though.
I recommend bringing warm clothes if you come in the winter. We were here early November and it was cold. There is no cell service and WiFi is set up but wasn’t working during our visit. They grow coffee so you’ll have lots of good filter coffee here.
Hiking to the highest peak in Karnataka | Mulayengiri 6,300 feet above sea level
Oh wait, did I say hiking? I meant driving to the top and walking up 10 minutes of stairs because this was the second to last day of my month in Karnataka and I was dead-beat! The girls traveling with us were tired as well (backpacking India is hard work!)
It was a cloudy day but the view was stunning. Even though this is the highest, I think the views at Thadiyandamol were even better! There was a Shiva temple at the top, a few cows, and a cave. Caves just smell like bats and I don’t like walking in them so I kind of just peak in.
As always, I found an adorable dog to play with. She had orange eyes! She wanted in on the photo shoots and I think made the photos even better.
- Location: This is in Mulayengiri in Chikkamagalur, Karnataka.
- Prices: 1,700 rs per night per person (not by room) including lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next day. Apparently this is an area more frequented by tourists so the prices are a little higher all over. I did think this was overpriced.
- I visited these spots while on my tour with goMowgli.
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