Went with family and friends to this charming 100 year old bungalow in Ammathi. Run by the Cariappas, the bungalow has two large bedrooms (sleeps 3) and two smaller ones (sleeps 2). The bedrooms are well appointed and the bathrooms are very large. The lawn is immaculate with some beautiful flowers, overlooking the coffee plantation owned by Mr Cariappa and his brothers. The food is outstanding and is personally served by the hosts. This provides and ideal place to read, have long chats, ruminate (and put on weight!). Don't expect any interruptions from mobile phone calls as you don't get a signal.
Went in as a vacation with family of 4 adults and 1 toddler. Overall a great place if you want to just break free of office hustle bustle.
Location: A little off the road, this beauty is nested bang in the middle of coffee estate. It is a slight walk to get to main road, though we didnt have to head out without the car quite often so we were okay. The place has a small lawn and each room has a very small sit out area which is very pleasant early in the morning. You can go for a walk in and around the estate if you like and see the usual coffee shrubs.
Rooms & Amenities: Rooms are old style and we got the ones in Annexe built later than the old bunglow. Being a homestay at a hill station, this didnt have anything you would expect in a hotel - no TV, AC, Fridge in the room. Perhaps for the better. The rooms and bathrooms were clean. The bed was king sized though the mattresses werent all that thick.
Food: Food is cooked by their regular helps and the menu is very limited as you would imagine in any household. It was a little spicy for our taste but gives you a good feel of local cuisine. Breakfast & Dinner is served in a very limited window in the dining room and lunch is not served at all so you have to get out to fend for it irrespective. The only grouse that we had was that with a 2 year old kid who was scared of the confines of the dinning room, the hosts didnt allow us to carry food to the room.
Service: Practically unavailable to the room. You have to go to the main bunglow to get a water refill. Happy for some and troublesome for others, depending on your preference.
I enjoyed waking up to birds instead of horns and it was a great experience for me. The kid really took a liking to the pet dogs and that helped him settle in a little better.
The hosts carry with them a great family legacy that they are proud of and are very straightforward. A tour of the artifacts from the legacy is in order if you request.
Overall, I would love to go back just for the location and its serenity.
An early morning walk across the Polaycad estate is an exhilarating experience. The nip in the air during the month of May and the natural beauty of the foliage is a walker’s delight. Even the moderately inclined botanist will spot the orange, lime, guava, sapota, fig, avocado and jack fruit trees amidst the vast expanses of coffee and pepper plantations.
Robin and Malligea Cariappa are wonderful hosts and they took special care to make our stay comfortable and the food cooked to our liking. Robin is an accomplished sportsman who missed qualifying for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the triple jump event by a whisker. He also played hockey as a centre forward at the national level and is the Captain of the Golfing Society of Southern India.
The Polaycad bungalow, situated on a sprawling 160 acre plot, was built in 1920 by Robin’s father. The property has been beautifully maintained; many of the furniture pieces are over a hundred years old and the walls and flooring have been preserved all these years with changes made only to the bath room tiling and fittings. The food served during our stay was excellent with a wide variety of traditional dishes from Coorg which included pandi curry, paputtu, akki roti and kadabu.
We reached the Polaycad estate by road from Bangalore in approximately five and a half hours over reasonably good roads although there were some rough stretches. We needed to seek directions to the estate once we reached the town of Ammathi in Coorg (Kodagu). The Cariappas don’t advertise their home stay very much and there were no name boards or signs to guide us to the estate.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were clean and spacious and the food was excellent.
You drive off the main road from Amathhi and enter into a mature coffee and pepper plantation. In the centre of the plantation, at the end of the road we see this lovely red tiled period bungalow. On the paved courtyard in the front, part of the estate's coffee crop is drying in the Sun. and our hosts, Robin and Malligea Cariappa, are waiting for us. My wife and I took one room and stayed for three nights (there were no other guests at the time) at this enchanted property. The room was clean and comfortable and so was the large modern bathroom. The Cariappas were the perfect hosts and Mrs Malligea's Coorg cuisine was outstanding, pork, mutton, chicken and fish, we were spoilt for choice and no item was repeated during our three breakfasts and three dinners. Mrs Cariappa went out of her way to procure Coorg's gastronomic specialities for us to carry back home, in addition to giving us some delightful plant cuttings. We went to Orange County for lunch, which was very nice, but Mrs Cariappa.s gastronomic efforts were truly fantastic. We would recommend this homestay without any reservations.
Ruma and Gautam Majumdar
We stayed at the Cariaaps home stay as a part of our family holiday. With my 76 year old mother in law, a fully vegetarian family and my wifes' love for nature We needed a special place. We found that in Polycaud bunglow!
The old plantation bunglow, with renovated bedrooms and bathroom facilities for a modern day traveller can comfortably accomodate 4 families. The facilities are well laid out, maintained very clean, with lazy verandas and smiling green lawns in front and a sloping plantation which slides into hundreds of trees and coffee beans.
Mr.Cariappa is his attentive best, takes interest in every little detail and shares a lot of family anecdotes and coorg stories. Ms.Mallige, his charming wife, is a hostess par excellence! In 3 days we were pampered with such delicious vegetarian fare, so unique to the Coorg cousine and my wife spent as much time noting down recipes as eating them.
The bunglow has history and class. With Mallige. My MOL would have long conversations with mallige, we would go for long walks and plantation tours besides Coorg explorations and fially come back for yet another indulgent meal!
It was truly home away from home. Any day I would recommend the Policaud Bunglow to families- especially with elders and vegetarians.There is magic and Mallige waiting there!