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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Pompayya Malemath's Ecofarm

The recurring lockdown had taken its toll on all of us. So the moment the air cleared and the cases reduced considerably, we felt safe enough to travel. But we also needed a place that could provide us with enough social distancing. That was easier said than done, with the entire city trying to escape from the humdrum of the lockdown. 
With much trepidation, I called Pompayya Sir, my most trusted contact in Hampi. I was not sure which accommodation will be available there and whether it would be as secluded as we wanted it to be. I can safely say, the one main reason I've visited Hampi as many times as I've done, was because of the absolute confidence I have in Pompayya sir, to make every single trip memorable in his own unique way.
Sure enough, this time too, he immediately replied, 'you can stay in my farmhouse'.  Over the better part of the last decade, I've seen this farm and the structure in it grow tree by tree and brick by brick. But I was in no way prepared for what awaited us as Adhikari, Meera, and myself arrived at Pompayya Sir's Ecofarm. 
 The structure had grown into a beautiful accommodation. Two rooms flanked a 'harate (chit chat) room', a place to just sit around and gossip. It was surrounded by tall trees and green vegetation. The entire setting took our breath away. 
Both rooms have three beds each, with a spacious attached bathroom and a separate dressing area. Both rooms are well ventilated to allow enough fresh air to come in.

In fact, with us visiting during the rains, the nights actually got a bit nippy - something we did not expect in a region where the weather is always 'hot, hotter or hottest' according to Pompayya Sir. This was the magic of the mini forest created by him. 
Home-cooked meals awaited us for lunch before we started our activities there. Most of the meals are prepared in typical North Karnataka style. So simple and so delicious that we had to consciously remind ourselves to eat light.
Right from waking up to the calls of the peacocks and the hot cups of coffee and tea or watching the farming activities right in front of the rooms, every single aspect of this place oozes with unlimited charm. 
I'll allow the images and videos to do the rest of the talking.  Spottedowlets recommends Pompayya Malemath's Ecofarm.

His personal attention to detail and his hospitality towards all his guests add leaps and bounds to the charm of the place. 

Front view of a room
the 'Harate' (chit chat) room

Front View of the 
other room

View from the room

Entrance from the back
(fishpond side)

A view of the fishpond

Sit-out near the room
Perfect for those warm evenings.

And the view from the sit-out

Clean, large bathrooms

Clean, large bathrooms
Even the pump-set and 
the utility room is beautifully 

Design outside the pantry 

Design outside the pantry

A view inside the room

View of the dressing area 
inside the room

The variety of dishes
during lunch hour

Another view just to make
your mouth water

Homemade pappads and fried chilli

Top it off with a glass of
hot tea

 Activities in and around the Ecofarm
 Visit to: Daroji- Sloth Bear Sanctuary
 Visit to: Hampi Monuments
Just Chilling
How to get there:
You can reach Hospet either by train or bus.

The farm is around 30 minutes drive from Hospet Bus Stand and around  35 minutes drive from the Hospet Railway Station.

The travel time from Vidyanagar airport is 50 minutes. 

For driving - The highways are well maintained and the drive from Bangalore is about 6 hours without breaks. 
Tariff and Booking:
The tariff is customized according to the guest requirements of birding, sightseeing, need for guides, visiting the Sloth Bear sanctuary, etc. 

Contact Mr. Pompayya Malemath on +91 9449136252 
or write to him on for booking details.

Location map:


Shankar said...

I have visited the place and had a very good experience, and the hospitality of Mr. Pompayya sir was awesome, and the article is well articulated and lovely pictures

Unknown said...

One of the best place.. near hampi...

Unknown said...

Really nice and very good location

Unknown said...

You are amazing person sir, very down to earth. Home made food is awesome

Rohit said...

Nicely written. Each and every aspect of farm house and Mr. Malemath is covered.
I visited this place with my family of three generations. All of us enjoyed each and every moment spent in this farm house.

hubliclasified said...

He is amazing person and nature lover. It's worth to spend time with him in Hampi and dharji.

Prashanth said...

Fantastic place for birders.. delicious food and more than everything great experience with Mr pompayya

Unknown said...

Amazing place, Mr. Pompayya sir company and his inexhaustible experience in birding just make your stay owesome.. perfect North karnataka home made food... Our stay was memorable and we will visit you again and again...

Farida Lakdawala said...

If you plan to visit Hampi, connect with Pompaya Sir to explore and experience the best. My solo trip to Hampi has been the most memorable one as one other can guide you better than Sir.From the most amazing bird watching experience, sloth bear sanctuary visit, the stay and delicious authentic food, everything was fantastic under his personal supervision.


Exalent organics form house very good location north Karnataka taali veg naati style non veg every person treat pampayya sir very heart full welcome

ArunSamak said...

Simple, extremely hospitable, knowledgeable person who has made tremendous contribution to eco-tourism..

Highly recommend this place - A must visit and must stay.. wish Pompayya every success… 👍

Main sachin said...

Sir very nice stay facility. Would love to visit and stay. Great. All the very best

Unknown said...

Sir it's a wonderful place . I had been there in Feb 2021. It's a very good place for birding and monuments photography.
The hospitality and the food is very good . I would like to visit again
Prasad N

Shiva said...

I Visited this place during construction, If you are a nature and bird lover it is the best place to explore near hampi. On top of this you will definitely enjoy the company of Pampayya Sir. His vast experience over wildlife photography, Snake catching skill, organic farming moreover his company itself makes to feel joyful.

Hello Sir, I will come with my family this time.

Loka said...

Awesome location, paradise for birders, pampayya is very kind hearted person and it is worth visiting

Zabeer said...

Such a Wonderful and very active person. He Helped me lot during my studies. U learned so many things by him. Specifically on Nature, flora and founa....

Unknown said...

Fantastic place for delicious food and more than everything great experience

Vijay Aivalli said...

Looks great.

Unknown said...

Amazing experience with Pompayya Sir.
Saw this place during construction.
Best person in this part for birding and bear watching.

Unknown said...

Amazing experience with Pompayya Sir.
Saw this place during construction.
Best person in this part for birding and bear watching.
James Fernandes

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