India’s Most Stunning Farmstays to Unwind

Nowadays we live in the craziest and busiest time ever. Many of us are struggling to meet work commitments with the demands of family and keeping up with friends. Maybe you have dreamed of giving up the mad rush of city life, or even plan to take a sabbatical, but you can already start small by frequently unwinding for a couple of days and even go off grid. More and more people are extracting themselves from society for a while and living closer to nature by staying on a farm for a couple of days. A farmstay is a way to savour country life at its best and re-set yourself.

I noticed that India is one of the countries that has the most unique farmstays to relax, enjoy healthy food and connect yourself with nature. I have made a selection of my most favorite farmstays in India. Have a read and maybe I can convince you to also go off the grid for a while on one of these farms.

Coffee Farmstay in Kerala

Coffee farmstay South india

Photo credit Bruno and Molamma

Bruno & Molamma run a farmstay in the south of India along the principles of natural farming. The farm is tucked away in the middle of the forest, plantations and surrounded by cardamom hills. They grow mainly black pepper and coffee. Along the farm you can find numerous of indigenous trees, Ayurvedic plants and vegetables, timber and fruits as well.

Farmstay activities cleaning-the-cowPhoto credit Bruno and Molamma

There are many things to do on the farm. You can learn to cook Indian food, help them with plucking coffee, watch the enormous amounts of birds, hike through the forest or learn how various spices are used.

butterfly-on-a-leafPhoto credit Bruno and Molamma

They offer you two double bed rooms with separate bathrooms. Molamma is also a great cook who loves to cook vegetarian food with vegetables from their farm that will satisfy your taste buds for sure.

You can already stay from 15 euro per night. Have a look at Coffee farmstay.

Immerse yourself in Rajasthan farm life

Farmstay Rajasthan IndiaPhoto credit Arvind

Arvind dreamt of an oasis in the middle of an arid region and found the answer in organic farming. Together with his wife and a local family, they created an organic farm near Jaipur. They grow seasonal crops and herbs and the farm is surrounded by lush greens.

You can indulge your taste buds in delicious Rajasthani cuisine and even try your hand at indigenous outdoor Indian cooking as well. All food is prepared with vegetables and herbs grown on the farm.

On cool winter nights, you can gather around a campfire under the stars, and listen to captivating tales of local legends, and dance to folk tunes from the region.

Thatched roof huts farm RajasthanPhoto credit Arvind

If you like to join in some farming activities as well, you can. Help in milking the cows, feeding the goats, and in sowing, harvesting and cutting crops.

You will sleep in a thatched roof huts and wake up to the sweet chirping of birds.

You can already stay from 33 euro per person per night full board. Check the farm of Arvind on Immerse Yourself in Rajasthan Farm life.

Farmstay on a coffee plantation

Farmstay coffee plantation IndiaPhoto credit Sunil

Sunil’s family runs a coffee and rubber plantation from the last four generations. The main reason for them to open up their farm to people from outside was to promote responsible tourism and provide homely accommodation. It is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, do some hiking, and view one of the best sunrise or sunsets.

They have two exquisite eco-friendly bamboo cottages amidst the coffee plantations, which will provide you with a serene ambiance and a strong connection with nature.

Bedroom farmstayPhoto credit Sunil

You can relax on your spacious veranda and enjoy the cool nights illuminated by hundreds of glowworms.

From 35 euros per per night, including breakfast and dinner. Check their page on Farmstay on a coffee plantation.

Unwind on an organic farm in Karnataka

Farmstay KarnatakaPhoto credit No Man’s Land

George, his wife Susheela and three daughters live in the northern part of Karnataka. They gave up their corporate jobs to build this farm and grow their own food.

The farm is serene, relaxed, and surrounded by forest. In the distance you hear a little stream flowing. It is as close as one can be in living in perfect harmony with nature.

Farmstay rooms IndiaPhoto credit No Man’s Land

They have a simple and spacious cottage that is in tune with its natural surroundings. It has a kitchenette and an attached bathroom.

From 22 euro per person per night full board. Check Unwind on an organic farm in Karnataka.

A rejuvenating jungle farmstay

Farm guesthouse IndiaPhoto credit David, Morvarid and Katrina

Do you love the outdoors and the feeling of being miles away from your day-to-day life? Then the farm of David, Morvarid and Katrina is your cup of tea.

The farm is located in The Western Ghats on a gentle slope. They have three types of accommodation; a home on stilts with wonderful views, a traditional style village home and a rural cottage. All accommodation is made of natural materials and designed so that it blends in with the environment.

Farm George KarnatakaPhoto credit David, Morvarid and Katrina

There is plenty to do around the farm. Hire a bike, trek and walk around, take a swim, learn to cook traditional Indian food or learn pottery from the local village potters.

With the farm they try to create a positive impact on the local community and enforce sustainable living, discourage use of plastic, recycle material and handle waste disposal efficiently.

From 35 euros per person per night full board for more details you can click here.

A unique farm experience

Farmstay south indiaPhoto credit Maachli

Prathmesh and his family have a love for nature. They created this place for travelers to connect with nature and get in touch with their inner self.

The farm is nestled on a banana, beetle nut, coconut and spice plantation. The stream that flows through the farm provides a fresh and pleasant experience. You can enjoy a sunset trek through the area, visit the local village or relax at the magnificent beach.

Bedroom farmstay south indiaPhoto credit Maachli

They offer cozy cottages with balconies that have a wonderful view of the lush green farm. The cottages are free from the urban world distractions of television and artificial pleasures of air conditioners.

You can enjoy delicious meals cooked in a traditional way and served in earthen pots. The food is cooked on a chool (mud stove) that gives it a distinct taste. All the vegetables used are organic and grown on the farm itself.

This unique farm experience you can already book from 38 euro per person per night full board.

 

Stunning Farm Estate in Uttarakhand

farm-lyat-and-juliaPhoto credit Lyat & Julia

Meet Lyat & Julia who live in a beautiful farm estate in Uttarakhand. The members of the family also include their 6 dogs, 4 cats and 6 cows.

Their nature retreat is located on a 8 acre estate with a fruit orchard, vegetable farm and a small dairy. You can participate in their daily life or just relax in the serene surroundings.

dining-roomPhoto credit Lyat & Julia

They offer 3 bedrooms in their family house with attached bathrooms. They also have an independent cottage nearby. All the food they serve is home-cooked food and prepared from the produce of the farm or the nearby areas.

If you love cooking, you can join their baking, desert and jam making classes. You can also go for a lovely hike to Mukteshwar and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

From 31 euro per night.

Beautiful farmhouse overlooking a lake

veranda-with-a-viewPhoto credit Thomas family

The homely farmhouse of the Thomas family is nestled atop a hill in Kerala. The farm is surrounded with tropical forest with magnificent views on the Kanjirapuzha reservoir.

They produce coconut, arecanut, cocoa, coffee and pepper. You can get a glimpse of how cocoa beans are processed or try your hand at plucking them yourself. Lend a hand in gathering the coffee beans from the plantation. There is also plenty to do if you seek adventure and activity; trek through the many acres of plantations or explore the virgin tropical forests that surround the farm.

dusk-at-the-farmPhoto credit Thomas family

Mrs. Thomas loves cooking and will spoil you with her homemade cakes, jams, pickles and fresh seasonal products from the farm! Start your day with a hot ‘Puttu’ for breakfast for example. You will love her food!

another-bedroomPhoto credit Thomas family

From 60 euros per night full board. For further details check this beautiful farmhouse overlooking the lake.

Relax on a tranquil farm in southern Goa

farm-cottage goaPhoto credit Doris and Ajit

Doris and Ajit live in a quiet village located in Southern Goa, at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Their plantation boasts of cinnamon, pepper, chilies and nutmeg, tropical trees like cashew, coconut, arecanut and teak. The farm is also rich of medicinal plants, herbs and flowers, which altogether form a vibrant tropical garden. The farm is also home to a couple of free-range chicken and dairy farming complete the variety this organic farm has to offer.

Farmstay bedroomPhoto credit Doris and Ajit

Enjoy lovely home-cooked Indian food, watch the ongoing agricultural activities and pluck fruits of the season. Enjoy early morning walks, read a book on your veranda or cool down in the nearby river. Some day trips can be made as well to Palolem Beach, or visit famous Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

farmstay bedroomPhoto credit Doris and Ajit

They have a cozy guesthouse with a lovely veranda. Both rooms have spacious attached open-air bathroom and toilet, with hot and cold water.

From 28 euro per person per night full board. Relax on this tranquil farmhouse in southern Goa.

A farmhouse surrounded by mountains

Farmstay sikkim IndiaPhoto credit Thendup

Thendup and his family have a 44-acre rustic heritage farmhouse that was built in 1833. The farm is tucked away far from the crowds, located in the idyllic countryside with a backdrop of the Khangchendzonga group of peaks and the skyline of the Singelila Range.

Their accommodation is simple and rustic with five Tibetan style rooms with private bathrooms with hot and cold running water. It is a fabulous place for an insight into local Buddhist culture. Thendup can organize some nice treks to explore the beautiful area.

living-room-farm-accommodation-sikkimPhoto credit Thendup

Thendup’s wife will serve you freshly prepared, hearty meals to suit non-vegetarians or vegetarians. You can sample Sikkim cheese, nettle soup and a wide range of other tasty, local dishes. All food is served in their cozy living room, on your verandah or in a gazebo overlooking the fields and hills.

This farmhouse surrounded by stunning mountain scenery you can already book from 48 euro per person per night full board

Do you want to see more stunning farmstays in Asia? Have a look at this farmstay overview.

 

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