As kids, many of us have watched fairytales on TV every Sunday morning, but in real life how many of us have got a chance to live or even be at a place like that? Well, I have!! A place which is far from the maddening crowd and amidst a huge coffee plantation. Where Drongo’s make such cute yet unusual sounds that it blows your mind away. A place where huge mammals are welcome as well as cute little pups..a place which I call “LALALAND”
For those who believe that fairy tales exist and childhood dreams do come true then this place is definitely for you. Nestled in COORG-KUTTA, the unique cottages, and their architecture is enough to remind you of your fairytales. No wonders its owners-Mrs Meena and Mr. Ravi fell in love with this property the very first time they saw it and decided to sell their house in Gurgaon in order to buy this plantation which they now call Turtle Pond.
In the beginning, the huts were just shells and it was with the help of an Estonian traveler and his girlfriend who were on a cycling tour of Coorg and fell in love with the region. They stayed at Turtle Pond for many months and decided to design the shells and turn them into cottages. Later the cottages were also painted by them. The most amazing part about these wooden cottages is that every single bit of it is handbuilt and they typically look like cottages that are found in rural Estonia and Northern Russia.
The rooms of the cottages are cute, quaint, spacious and very comfortable. Apart from the beds, there is an almirah, a cooler, a dressing table and a big washroom. Every cottage has a small and cute deck outside, where one can listen to the birds; their early morning chatter, or sip a cup of coffee, or even watch some wildlife pass through the property. Moreover, Coorg, that has a cool temperature throughout the year, makes this homestay an ideal place for you to relax and lose yourself in nature.
The owners/ host (I like to call them Uncle and Aunty) are an absolute pleasure to be with. They take such good care of you and ensure you are at your utmost comfort during your stay in Turtle Pond. The food served is just delicious. Girish, their cook cum helper, prepares it all along with aunty. I still cannot forget the taste of that yummy chicken gravy which was served to us for dinner that night.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience at Turtle pond. The stay, the place, the room, the food, the gossips, the campfire, and the warm hosts were all just perfect. Exactly what you want when you are on a vacation. Oh and not to forget the thrilling discussions we had about their working days and Masai Mara!!
The owners of Turtlepond are trying their best to restore the pristine beauty of their property and the plantation. They are putting in all their efforts to turn their plantation into an organic one.
Although our first visit to this place was planned for 1N2D, I am coming back soon and given a chance I would spend days staying in this place. The homestay is so serene, beautiful and has a perfect blend of wild outdoors, coffee plantations, nature trails, and beautiful scenic views. A perfect destination for us to be ! Read more about them here!
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Turtle Pond looks out of the world. The cute cottages indeed give the impression that you have entered the realms of fantasy. Waking up in this wonderful place is definitely the stuff of dreams.
OMG such a cool getaway this is. I’ve heard and seen so much of Coorg, but till date haven’t been able to visit. This escapade looks perfect specially in times like this, when all I want to do is escape in the lap of nature.And those huts look so cozy, and Instagrammable.
Oh yes… didnt realise the connection before. thanks for the lovely article. One more reason for the visit now.
Thanks for reading
Turtle pond looks like a fairyland belongs out of the World. Such green , such cute cottages make me to go there right now and escape from this phase.
And u must try authentic coorgi food there
The cottage does look like it’s out of a fairytale. I absolutely love Coorg and this place just adds to the beauty. I will make sure I write down the name of this place so I can plan my stay here the next time I am in Coorg.
Yes and do check out apple farms nearby
These are such beautiful cottages, honestly I haven’t seen anything like this in India before. Yes, the Estonian impact can be clearly seen, and I believe that lends it uniqueness. After reading your blog, I feel like getting back on the roads.
Am waiting for a roadtrip too
Woah, had no idea such architecture existed in Estonia! Seems like straight out of a fairy tale. Coorg has been on my list for a loooong time now, definitely pinning this for when I get to travel down south!
You should such in the villages there. This was built by an Estonian architect
Wow this looks like an awesome place to visit. Touching nature is what I love on holidays. Amazing place to get away for a few days. Will keep note of it for our next travel plans
Thanks. Coorgi has so much nature all around