Untravel weekends: The Last Resort

The Last resort, set in a certified organic farm, offers a serene experience enveloped by nature and the warmth hospitality of a homestay.


The Last resort, set in a certified organic farm, offers a serene experience enveloped by nature and the warmth hospitality of a homestay. But TLR has gone beyond its backyard to develop the rich and resourceful piece of land in Coorg, where they are situated, to the extent of being successful at putting sand mining to an end in the nearby river bank. Hariharan talks to The Alternative about why a sustainable homestay is not the last resort.

This homestay offers serene natural surroundings.

Can you share your story of setting up the resort? Tell us about your motivation for starting this venture.

Mr. Rajashekar bought the property in 1994. As the house was not used much it was falling apart. He then later started giving it to his friends who used to go there for a few days, clean up, buy a few things and maybe pay some bills (water/electricity). Slowly they started sending their friends who we slowly started charging. Seeing this, a couple of my uncles and NRI friends bought properties in Madikeri and are running it as homestays.

What are the 5 aspects of responsible travel you have worked on and what it took to implement?

We have an IMO certified organic farm. We have only local people working at TLR. Whether it is permanent staff or those who come on daily wages (throughout the year). All guests are made aware of organic farming.

The dining area of the resort gives an ethnic look to the place

What has been the impact of your venture – on the local people, environment, the place itself, traveller sensitization and anything else they’d like to stress on?

After great difficulty we have stopped sand mining from the river bank around our area. We have educated the locals on keeping the environment clean, use more recycled material and less plastic.

Can you share experiences/anecdotes from travellers who’ve visited?

  1.  “Peaceful. No nonsense place.”

If you are planning to spend some time in peace, with great food and reasonable pricing, this is the right place for you. The ambience and surroundings where the homestay is put up is excellent. The food served is simply superb, and more importantly, the house keeper Satish is very courteous and helpful all the time. Overall a nice place, close to Dubare Elephant camp (Abt 1.5 kms away), Nisargadhama, Bylakuppe. Completely satisfied, worth every rupee spent.

Lat resort has a flowing river nearby which brings it closer to the nature

  1. “Peaceful, Picturesque”

My friend and I stayed at a last resort home stay for a day earlier this February. Our stay was comfortable to say the least. Shanti aunty cooked us some heavenly food to satiate our hunger post trekking and walking in the estate area. The area in itself is beautiful, with Cauvery River just a 5 minute walk away. We spent a lot of time here as it has various spots where you can sit and enjoy the calm waters and the view of beautiful towering trees and varied fauna without any intrusions. The water is perfect for swimming and you can find spots to do so. A walk along the stretch of the river is a must! I saw many beautiful birds which I have never seen elsewhere. There were many moments when nature took my breath away. The Last Resort is a nice place to getaway. 🙂

  1. “Great Retreat!”

A friend and I chose this place based on the Trip Advisor reviews. The owner was in Bangalore, but in close contact with us throughout our stay to make sure we had everything we needed – from directions to the place to dietary considerations! The staff there are absolutely lovely. Though we did not speak the same language, they were extremely kind and considerate of our needs. They took us to the nearby swimming spot and to the elephant camp, cooked delicious meals, and made sure we had the quiet space we craved from our otherwise hectic lives. They worked the background like masters to set the stage for an amazing few days in Kushalnagar. We explored the town (about a 15 minute rickshaw ride away) but mostly waded in the water, ate, slept, and gave thanks for our blessings (including The Last Resort) at the Golden Temple. This place balances comfortable accommodations with a simplicity and humility respectful of its natural surroundings. Highly recommend this place!

The Last Resort is a great retreat for the visitors.

Read what our Community Editor had to write about her first homestay experience in The Last Resort.

Untravel Weekends is a feature series on resorts, homestays and guesthouses that are built and run on the foundations of responsible travel by means of nature conservation, using alternative energy, reducing waste, recycling, rain water harvesting, organic farming, sourcing and feeding into the local economy or promoting indigenous cultures.


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. more

   FOLLOW US

   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER
  Top Stories on TA






  Top Stories in LIFESTYLE






   Get stories like this in your inbox

  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. more

Discuss this article on Facebook