Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg
What We Love
- The open-air hotel lobby, hovering over a lush rainforest, has restorative properties
- Spacious rooms come with picture windows showcasing expansive views over the valley
- Countless activities: ziplining, nature trails, coffee tastings and even open-air pottery workshops
What To Know
- Most travelers come via Bangalore airport, which is a 6 to 7-hour drive; Mangalore airport is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive away
- WiFi is an additional cost of $9 (plus taxes) per day
- The setting is fairly remote but Madikeri town is a 15-minute drive away and there are tons of activities on-site including mountain biking and yoga
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A sprawling campus tumbling down the slopes of a densely forested mountain, Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri’s sleek, contemporary structures rise unobtrusively from their surrounds thanks to their use of local granite and woods recycled from area homes. The buildings are spare and modern with nods to regional architecture in the form of fountains, arched ceilings and intricate carving. Just keep in mind that some of the locations are set far apart, so you’ll have steep uphill walks if you prefer not to wait around for the golf carts that ferry guests around.
Bed and Bath
The 63 standalone rooms and suites come fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure you’re more preoccupied with what lies outside than in. After sunset, turn your focus indoors to the dark wooden floors, soaring ceilings, stone bathrooms, latticed woodwork and closet doors hewn from coconut shells. The layouts and materials were all inspired by traditional homes throughout Coorg. Premium Indulgence rooms have sunken living rooms and fireplaces, while the Luxury Bliss Villas (at a generous 3,300 square feet each) come with heated indoor plunge pools.
There are four restaurants and a bar dotting the property. Try local Coorgi fare like Kodagu-style chicken biryani and a Pandi pork curry at Nellaki. For something romantic, let the staff arrange a private candlelit dinner at the amphitheater or in the secluded Buddha Garden. Bliss reigns in the 30,000-square-foot tri-level Jiva Spa. Book the signature Gudda Bath, a locally inspired treatment performed in a private pavilion overlooking the forest. There’s also a fitness center and two pools, one of which is nestled in a valley below. The 180-acre expanse is well-suited for a range of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to yoga to mountain biking to bird-watching, but there’s plenty to keep you busy indoors on rainy days as well: schedule a cooking class, pay a visit to the conservatory housing exhibits on Coorgi culture and traditions, or lounge in an activity center stocked with X-box, a pool table and a golf simulator.
In the Area
The hotel is fairly remote, and the range of activities and restaurants on site mean you won’t have much need to venture farther afield. Those who do want to explore, however, can tee off at the nearby Mercara Downs Golf Club, or learn more about the region’s famed coffee with a plantation walk at Sandalkad Estate. For a look at Coorgi history, pay a visit to Raja’s Tomb, a royal mauseoleum dating back to the early 19th century. If you haven’t had your fill of the area’s natural beauty, Abbey Falls and Chelavara Falls are two pleasant waterfalls — just keep in mind that the access roads can be treacherous.
How to Get There
Stay at Taj Madikeri was a wonderful experience. The activities inside th hotel will always keep you busy when you are here to relax. We enjoyed Ziplining, Archery, Shooting, Animated Golf, pool, forest walk etc.
No review and no photos can do justice to the awesome view when you enter the lobby! My husband and I were here for a relaxing stay with the malabar whistling thrush in the background ( if the cicadas went quiet for a bit) and my son was in Madikeri in search of some rare frogs and the pit viper.
He was delighted that all that he wanted to see was right here in the property of the Hotel. Of course we have to thank the fantastic naturalist Nitin Subbaiah who is a local and knows the flora and fauna of the place very well. The Jiva spa is awesome, the heated pool overlooking the hills , the food and the friendly staff..all add to the wonderful setting.
Special mention for the smiling manager Anirudh and lovely Jocin at Jiva.
Awesome experience at the TAJ located in the rain forest in coorg. Amazing property with an equally amazing weather very cool and highly relaxing environment. Outstanding service from the top including general manager Sean and assistant Andrews Roma bipro Kenpin and every other person who served us extremely well at the TAJ. It is hard to believe such a beautiful property is in India and comparable or even better than most international destinations or holiday resorts I have visited over the years. It is located in 180 acres of rain forest and our premium Villa was right in the middle of the rainforest. amazing views. only issue is it’s not hundred percent handicap friendly so wheelchair access to the restaurants is limited and inside the Villa there are a couple of stairs but other than that it’s remarkable experience and I consider this as one of the best kept secrets. truly world class and outstanding experience thank you Taj
The most acclaimed property in Coorg, lives beyond expectations !!
Not only it’s location but services are par excellence!
Sham ‘the saviour ‘ is our dedicated host!
He is looking after our stay , is very punctual and caring!
Food is awesome, so are friends at restaurants, are feeding us with lots of love!
Pool villas are great for families, indoor pool is heated and is inviting too!
With drizzling rain and mist,Taj resort is irresistible to fall in love with 😍!
Go here for best views in Coorg.
Infinity pool is class apart.
Food was great in their multi cuisine restaurent atleast with great views.
All coupled with hospitality of Taj, makes it an easy choice in coorg.