Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy and agrarianism is one of the latest concepts to revolutionize the travel industry in India. Encouraged by the increasing popularity of homestays in India, farmstays (originally homestays in a farm) are in bloom around the country. They provide an authentic and interactive experience of rural life, happily in the air of fresh country. These farmstays are among the best in India and range from simple to sublime.
Devalokam Farmstay Retreat, Karimanur, Kerala
Devalokam is the biological ancestral farm of a welcoming Syrian Christian family. The name means “heaven” and the property definitely is! This faulty farmstay is conveniently located only a 90-minute drive from Kochi Airport, in the Masala Belt of Kerala, surrounded by a river and nature reserve. Fruits, vegetables, spices, milk and honey are all produced.
A variety of activities are available for guests including spice walks, village walks, bamboo rafting, temple visits, cow’s feeding and swimming. Or, just chill in a hammock! Yoga, Ayurveda and cooking holidays are also offered. The main guesthouse has eight spacious air-conditioned rooms with river and forest views. The forest also has a private traditional house with three bedrooms.
Rates: Rs 10,000 per night for a double. All meals and most activities are included. Website
Vanilla County, Kottayam District, Kerala
Another splendid Kerala farmstella run by a Syrian Christian family is a 70-year-old heritage bungalow in a 150-acre organic rubber and spice plantation in Vanilla County. It is near Vagamon in the Western Ghats mountain range, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Kochi Airport. Guests can swim in natural rock pools, go on plantations, go trekking, beading, tour villages and local meditation shelters and visit Kerala backwaters. Up to four families can be housed in the main bungalow. The property is child friendly and the rooms are interlinked.
Maachli, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra
Machli is a divine farm, located in the village of Parule on the far south Konkan coast of Maharashtra. The nearest beaches are Bhogwe and Tarkley. The name “Machli” means “high hut” in the local Malvani language. There are four architecturally designed huts, built deep in nature amidst the coconut, betel nut, banana and spice plantations of the feudal family. Everything revolves around nature, and a sweet water stream is flowing through the property. Responsible tourism is also a strong focus.Activities include village walks, cooking lessons, farming experiences, trekking.
Rates: Rs 4,500 per night for a double. Breakfast (Rs 200 per person) and food (Rs 500 per person) are extra. TripAdvisor
Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay, Goa
Was it enough for the beaches in Goa? How about heading inland to live in the forest instead? The Dudhsagar plantation is set on 50 lush acres and grows everything from pineapple to cashew nut. It also has its own cashew feni distillery, with production from March to May every year (you can check it out and definitely try feni). When the hosts purchased the land in 1985, there was neither electricity nor running water. They bathed in a well. Gradually, he built the plantation that it is today, and eventually opened it to guests as a farmstay with five jungle cottages.
The farmstay is located on the way to the famous Dudhsagar waterfall of Goa. However, it gets super crowded with jeeps of tourists visiting there every day. Instead, you can trek to a small waterfall in the forest. If you do not feel like doing anything, the farmstead’s stunning swimming pool is the perfect place to hang out. Otherwise, stroll through the plantations and swim in a spectacular river nearby. Visit the monsoon season for a natural fish foot spa in the river!
Rates: From around 3,500 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast. TripAdvisor
Konyak Tea Retreat, Mon District, Nagaland
You must have heard of many popular places to visit tea gardens in India. However, in Nagaland in the Northeast region of India it is truly unbeatable and remarkable! The host is the great-granddaughter of a tattooed headhunter, and she is actively involved in researching and documenting the various tattoo patterns of her tribe. The boutique farmhouse is located in the middle of a remote, privately owned 250 hectare tea estate. However, tea is not grown there.
The farm also has an orange tree orchard and an organic botanical garden. During the harvesting season (from November to mid-December) guests can come and dine. Other activities include feeding cows and goats, working with locals in their paddy fields, going on nature walks, learning to smoke meat traditionally, and visiting local Konyak tribal villages. Try home-brewed rice beer too! The atmospheric stone-walled farmhouse is decorated with tribal paintings and has two guest rooms with a view of the valley.
Rates: About 3,000 rupees per night for a double, including meals and a tour of the tea estate. Website
The Goat Village, Garhwal District, Uttarakhand
One of the best ways to experience rural India, the Goat Village was established by the Green people to take the initiative to increase local income and organically grow markets for agricultural products. Organic farming and agriculture are done on property – including breeding of goats. The hotel offers purpose-built cottage accommodation with private bathrooms for guests.
It is essentially run as a homestay, providing hospitality to the villagers and cooking delicious regional food. In addition to exploring the local way of life, guests can visit the nearby Naga Tibba Mountains and go camping (all arrangements are taken care of). Approximately one hour trek is required to reach the village. The nearest motor-friendly village is a few hours drive from Mussoorie.
Note that the power is minimal (just enough to charge the phone). There are other properties of Bakri village in Uttarakhand.
Rates: 7,000 rupees per night for a double, all inclusive. Dorm beds are available for 3,000 rupees per night, all inclusive. TripAdvisor
Enchanted Forest Farm, near Gangtok, Sikkim
The Enchanted Forest Farm is an 18-acre forest farmstay that can aptly be called a hidden gem. It is located in the village of Ranka-Parbing, 45 minutes from Gangtok, but to reach it you will have to walk for about 15 minutes (there will be someone to carry your luggage). Quiet setting, deep inside the forest with a waterfall, and delightful hosts are totally worth it! The farm is completely organic and the property is very self-sufficient. There is a fish pond, cows and goats.
If you are a music lover, then you are also in luck. The host plays guitar and loves a good jam session. The guest accommodation consists of three rustic yet elegant standalone cottages. You will feel rejuvenated. Enchanting indeed!
Rates: From about 2,500-5,000 rupees per night for a double, with breakfast included. TripAdvisor
Destiny Farmstay, near Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Children will like Destiny Farmstay! This huge resort is about an hour from Ooty’s popular hill station. It has a stable filled with horses, cows, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and geese. And, of course, farm dogs to watch over them. A large range of production is grown on the farm, which includes coffee, spices, fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. For adults, there is a luxury spa, perfect for being pampered and loved. The accommodation has 35 guest rooms.Zip-linings and day camping are additional experiences that are possible.
Rates: Around Rs 13,500 per night for one night including breakfast and tax. Special packages are offered. This is on the pricier side for the given facilities. Also, note that the approach road is not maintained and is in poor condition. The farmstay uses its own 4WD transport to cover the last few miles to guests. TripAdvisor
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Frequently Asked Questions About Farm Stays
Q. What is agro tourism India?
A – Agri tourism is the latest concept in the Indian tourism industry, which normally occurs on farms. It gives an opportunity to the tourists to experience the real enchanting and authentic contact with the rural life, taste the local genuine food and get familiar with the various farming tasks during the visit.
Q. What agritourism means?
A – “Agritourism” means the travel or visit by the general public to, or the practice of inviting or allowing the general public to. travel to or visit a working farm, ranch, or other commercial agricultural, aquacultural, horticultural, or forestry operation for.
Q. Why is agro-tourism important?
A – Agritourism also provides communities with the potential to increase their local tax bases and new employment opportunities. Additionally, agritourism provides educational opportunities to the public, helps to preserve agricultural lands, and allows states to develop business enterprises.
Q. What is an example of agritourism?
A – Examples of agritourism vary by municipality, but may include: farmers markets, farm-stays, farm visits, roadside markets or stands, U-Pick operations, community supported agriculture, farm museums, corn mazes, cider mills, pumpkin patches, petting farms, on-farm retail such as dairies, creameries, woolen goods
Q. What is farm house in India?
A – A farmhouse is a type of a house, which serves a residential purpose in an agricultural setting. It is surrounded by a farm or a well landscaped garden. These can also be called as country houses, away from one’s residential address, where one can go to spend some time in the lap of nature.