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
- 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
Views - Unparalleled valley views from the main lobby. The infinity pool & Jacuzzi with valley views is specially relaxing.
Room - spacious and equipped with everything you need as expected.
Property - Has loads to offer in terms of activities for everyone. Hiking trails for adventurous folks, evening cultural program & conservatory for elders and loads of activities for the kids as well.
Hospitality - I have traveled 18 countries and numerous resorts but have never seen such thoughtful & service anywhere! Its the small things that count. Traveling with my pregnant wife meant I had special requests a lot of times. The buggy driver (Vanith) made sure all rides were smooth & no bumps even if it meant driving super slow. The front desk staff (Luny) was super helpful and spent a lot of time in explaining everything. Jyoti from the restaurant was patient with all our food needs and even packed food for our trip back to Bangalore! Manoj & Hun Lang had a surprise room decoration (not just the usual petals but also flowers done up nicely with intricate designs) done for our babymoon which we can never forget. Whenever anyone saw my wife standing they would immediately offer her a chair to sit. All in all, one of the best experiences I have ever had in terms of hospitality anywhere! Kudos to the entire Taj staff for this.
Excellent. Value for money. From the time of arrival till departure, it was subdued & excellent quality. Food was served per our request. We are south-Indian vegetarian family. Special care was taken care to meet our food requirements, which will ensure our stay is comfortable.
I wouldn't mind visiting again.
The hotel really helps you understand what Tajness stands for. The property is extremely beautiful and the staff was exceptionally courteous. One feels so relaxed walking through the entire 180 acres of property.
It felt terrible, leaving the place after staying there for just two nights!
Right from the main gate (somewhere near the Mercara Downs Golf Course), the experience was welcoming and friendly. The team at the reception and Channa were very welcoming and warm. Jyoti at the restaurant induced us to open up (very unlike me to open up) and get talking. Shivam was friendly too. Mahesh and Wan (from Khasi Hills, Meghalaya) made up the room with a Ganesha made of the bath towel. They put leaves for the eyes and eyebrows. They used Durva grass to decorate the trunk. They also used Rose petals to deck up the area where they placed the Towel Ganesha!
Coffee as the welcome drink was nice and very welcome - after the long drive. The Bella Coffee and the Virgin Toddy counter at the restaurant area was nice and thoughtful. We also had a brief chance to speak with the Restaurant Manager (Andrew) and Chungminlun Kipgen.
All in all, it was a very nice short stay at the resort. Everyone from the outer gatekeeper to the buggy drivers (whether or not we met them) conspired to make the stay exceptional.
Wanderlust took me and my wife and differently abled daughter to Coorg, the land of the valiant Kodavas. Very little is known about Coorg except that its located in the Western Ghats and produced India's first Field Marshall and was home to the second one as well. The resort Taj Madekeri is located in a rain forest spread over 180 acres of land, of which only 30 acres of land is used for the resort the rest is virgin forest. The roads within the resort move up and down and are quite steep. Its quite a challenge to negotiate the roads but the ransport facilities in the resort are outtanding and people are extremely helpful hence we could manage with our wheel chair bound daughter. Quite a number of activities are supported by the Hotel Management including a rain forest walk that is lead by an expert as a result participants get to know about the unique features of flora and fuana of the rain forest. There is a conservatory in the Resort premises which is managed by Col. Muthanna (Retd.) its a treat to be there and talk to the Colonel. We got to know a lot of Kodava custom and traditions from him. I never expected to find a person of such knowledge in a resort. The Lobby of the resort , where administrative office is located is like a stage, and its used as a stage every saturday for a short entertainment (learning!!!) program where a group of men present folk dances of Coorg including prayer, harvest and battle.One has to see it to get a feel of it. The staff is extremely well trained just like all other Taj Hotels and Resorts but having stayed in Kovalam (Mahabalipuram), Westend (Bangalore) Gateway (Baroda) I can vouch staff was more responsive and supportive at Madikeri and its because of them we did not experience any difficulty in moving with a handicapped person. I need not mention about food it was just excellent but I must thank and compliment Shivam, Jyoti, Andrews , Bipro and others at the Fern Tree who made us so much at home. Similarly I will be failing if I dont thank the two boys who came to do the room and pull blinds etc at No 505. The drivers of the coaches who transported us were competent to be in a circus, their driving skills were just out of this world. When we reached the Lobby for the first time we were greeted by Luni with a smile that can make any ones day she sprinkled Cauvery water on us and gave a coffee Jaggery drink. She also gave a small scroll that was a personal welcome note by Mr Cooper the General Manager but it never mentioned that it is a place where you would like to stay forever