Gowri Niwas - Legendary Kodava house

Right in the heart of Madikeri, some 125 kilometers from Mysore lies a legendary Kodava house. The hosts- Bopanna and his wife Muthu threw open the doors of their sprawling bungalow to the discerning traveler recently. Bops (as Bopanna is fondly called) and Muthu are a well educated and a widely traveled couple. They both are renowned for their great hospitality and sense of humour. This homestays was once the house of the Mr. Appaiah and his wife Mrs. Gowramma- the grandparents of Bopanna. Every nook and corner of this sprawling house- from the handmade floor tiles to the old doors, pillars and windows that were rescued and painstakingly restored, has its own story to tell. All the 4 rooms of this homestay are airy, tastefully done up and spotlessly clean. Bops and Muthu are as charming as the house they live in.

They try to ensure that guests coming here get to learn more about the rich culture and heritage of Coorg. Bops can take his guests to one of the most important festivals of Coorg- Kailpoldu or the festival of arms, which is celebrated in the month of September every year. Guns are a way of life in Coorg- a birth is celebrated with firing a single shot in the air, whereas a death is condoled with firing two shots in the air. Kailpoldu is that day of the year when Kodavas (the natives of Coorg) polish, decorate and worship their beloved guns. Muthu can take her guests to some of the weddings to which they have been invited. Weddings in Coorg are like something from another world. In a typical wedding ceremony, a bridegroom claims a bride once a member of his clan has cut 6 banana stumps with an odikathi (a curved dagger) - this symbolizes the obstacles a bridegroom has to surmount to win over the hand of his bride. This homestay in the true sense of the word. Bops and Muthu like to invite guests to their homestay not just for spending another holiday, but for an unique experience.

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Room Amenities

  • Double Bed
  • Twin Bed
  • Extra Bed
  • Ensuite Toilet
  • Towel & Toileteries
  • Hot Water
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Heater
  • Television
  • Baby Cot
  • Telephone
  • Mini Fridge
  • Tea & Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Clothes Rack
  • Universal Adaptor

Property Facilities

  • Travel Desk
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access
  • Doctor on call
  • TV in property
  • Pet Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone in property
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Cooking Facility
  • Power Backup
  • Other Meals Served
  • Car Parking
  • Driver Accommodation
Name Review Rating
SMV Subramaniam
Chennai, India
Feb 2014

Very comfortable, friendly and personal. Loved the stay.

Detail Ratings
Location7.5
Ease of Access8
Cleanliness of Vicinity8
Scenic Location6
Safe and Secure Surrounding8
Facilities8
Cleanliness of Home8
General Comfort8
Availability of Amenities8
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets8
Hospitality9.33
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay8
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food8
Food Variety8
Food Quality8
Value for Money8.00
Value for Money8
Over All Satisfaction8.00
Over All Satisfaction8
8.00
Detail Rating
Bangalore International Airport : 300 kms
Mysore Junction : 120 kms

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