Greetings from David, Morvarid & Katrina Fernandez. Your hosts at the M12158. The M12158, is located on a well appointed and secluded organic working farm, set amid the lush forests of the Western Ghats. It offers the international traveller, not only an opportunity to experience the wonderful world of the Western Ghats, but also an opportunity to experience life in rural India. If you are a Wildlife enthusiast or Nature Watcher, keen on Birding in India, a Nature Photographer, enjoy Trekking, or just simply love the outdoors, then the Hermitage is a perfect holiday destination The Hermitage Guesthouse is a small family run business, where the service is personalised. Some of the highlights of a holiday here are a visit to the bat caves at Krishnapur and Talevadi, exploring the Valley of the River Mahadai, walking through interesting and beautiful jungle, and trekking up Bhimgad. Come and discover a wonderful world of birds, insects, and butterflies.
We offer you friendship and camaraderie, good humor and good food!!
Experience the art of simple living without electricity, without television and the other trappings of modern life. Comfortable and very enjoyable nevertheless. There are three independent units available each styled differently. All are comfortable and respect the privacy of guests.
The Machan: A home on stilts eleven feet above the ground with great views. Built with bamboo and wood. There is a private western style bathroom at ground level, open to the sky. Look up and delight in the green forest canopy, you will find it far more interesting than a book!
The Kadaba: Built in the traditional style of the area, the Kadaba is a typical village home. Based on a raised foundation of rammed earth, the Kadaba is built of bamboo, wood and mud plaster. Modern western style bathroom, open to the sky, built with bamboo and thatch. Cold running water supplied on tap, hot water available from a ’Bhum’ located close by in the recreation area. Not electrified (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)
The Gota: Is a rural cottage, with cool soothing interiors. The floors are locally made red clay tiles, and the roof is distinctive, because of the old recycled, hand made village tiles. There is a modern western style bathroom attached, with running hot and cold water. The Gota is electrified. (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)
Wholesome and healthy, traditional Parsee and Anglo Indian cooking. Lots of unusual indigenous fruits and vegetables are included in the menu. Fruits such as the Chikoo, Jamun, Jackfruit, and Breadfruit. Vegetables like the Drumstick, and nuts such as the Charoli and Bibiya, these are just a few examples from a very interesting list. We cater to both non-vegetarians and vegetarians. The charges at at the Hermitage include both food and accommodation.
Nearby attractions and activities:
All sorts of activities can be undertaken at the Hermitage, guests can decide how they want to spend their day, how active or inactive they want to be. Walkabouts on the farm, participating in farm activities, short guided nature walks along jungle trails around the Hermitage, are part of our stay program and are at no extra cost. Those guests interested in the local culture, and interacting with the local communities, will get plenty of opportunities to do so. Guests may also choose just to relax, read, chat, or play a game of mahjongg.
Apart from trekking, hiking and animal viewing, other activities include:
1.Excursions by 4 x 4 jeep
2.Adventure sports at Ganeshgudi
3.A visit to the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, and crocodile viewing.
4.A visit to Ulvi caves.
5.A visit to Tibetan Settlement at Mundgod
6.Other Places of Interest
Other places of interest include a visit to the waterfalls at Gokak; Lalguli falls at Yellapur; the historical town of Kittur; and the temples of Halsie. For those of you interested in birding there is the Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary, and for those on a longer stay, you can use the Hermitage as a base to visit the historical sites of Northern Karnataka at Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal and so on.
The Tariff includes both Accommodation and food. Children are welcome. Children below the age of 6 are free. We charge $10.00 per child per day, for children between the ages of 7 to 12.
Reservations can be made at anytime, and for anytime of the year. Because last minute cancellations disproportionately affect small businesses such as ours, we request a deposit at the time of reservation. When reservations are made, a deposit equivalent to 50% of the total daily tariff only, will be due.
Payment: Kindly note, advance payment at the time of reservation by Bank Draft or International Bank Transfer accepted only, we do not accept payment by credit card. Payment methods at the Hermitage include cash payments in Indian Rupees, Us $, Euro, and £ Sterling.
Advances paid at the time of reservation are refundable for cancellations made one month before the booking date, less a small booking fee. Advances will be forfeited if cancellations are made less than 30 days prior to date of arrival.
Check in check out time is generally 11.00 am.
But we are flexible about this.
So why not spend your vacation in The Western Ghats with your own personal hosts, enjoying all the comforts of home, while experiencing the Colour and Chaos that is India! You’ll take back memories to treasure for a lifetime.
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M12158, is located on a well appointed and secluded organic working farm, set amid the lush forests of the Western Ghats. It offers the international traveller, not only an opportunity to experience the wonderful world of the Western Ghats, but also an opportunity to experience life in rural India. If you are a...
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