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Monday 4 April 2022

Simha Farms

A trip was long pending in our group of friends and we wondered about the perfect place to visit that would satisfy all our needs – to relax, to be with nature, to have fun, to catch up on some photography, to connect with ourselves, to disconnect from stress, to have some amazing food, to travel or just chill -Simha farms was the first place that came to mind. 

 I had visited this place a few years back and it felt like the perfect place for all of us to visit. Tucked away in Madodi near Nittur, at a 400 kms distance from Bangalore, Simha farms is also very ideal for those who enjoy long drives. 

The entrance to the farm

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:

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Giridarshini Homestay - BR Hills

Last updated on : 9th December 2022

Tucked away in the base of BR Hills is a quaint homestay. I first visited this place around 2011 and have frequented there pretty often. In this new 'We recommend' section we are starting, I thought I could introduce this place to all our readers in case a trip to BR hills is planned. This is the Giridarshini homestay.

The front view