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Farmstays in India that will make you ditch the city life

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No matter how modern India becomes, its soul will always lie in the countryside. With the rustic charm, earthy charisma and endless acres of swaying crops, this is the place where the real India resides. So ditch the comfort of the Turkish towels and spongy matresses, as the farm life awaits you. We’ve dig up some of the incredible farmstays in India that are an absolute must visit.

1. Off the Grid, Goa

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Set in a stunning and remote location on the border of Goa and Karnataka, Off the Grid is a farm spread across five expansive acres. Owned by John Pollard and wife Sylvia, the farmstay presents a unique way of sustainable living, cutting you off from the modern amenities like phone, electricity and internet. This eco farmstay is enveloped by the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, thus allowing you to explore the same by hiking, trekking, wildlife safari or white water rafting.

2. Surjivan, Gurgaon

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Recognised as ‘The Best Eco-Friendly Design’ by Inside Outside magazine, Surjivan is a rural-style accommodation offering the best of everything to its guests. Besides the green expanse, something that draws people to this farmstay is the aesthetically done interiors and earthy outlook. This farmstay is ideal for a weekend getaway and a corporate outing. Some of the special activities offered here are traditional Indian games including Gilli-danda, Kanchhe and Lattoo, and farm tours.

3. Tathagata Farm, Darjeeling

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With the dazzling views of Himalayas in the backdrop and a whiff of oranges in the air, there’s nothing more you could ask for a blissful vacation. Tathagata Farm is one such beautiful farmstay that will make your dream vacation come true. Situated 45 minutes away from Darjeeling town, the farm offers a much needed break from the daily routine. Here you can spend time exploring the nature and walking down the trails that lead to waterfalls and exotic locations.

4. Philipkutty’s Farm, Kerala

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Actively involved in agritourism in India, Philipkutty’s Farm is a rustic farm situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Vembanad. This sustainable organic farm has luxurious private villas overlooking banana, coconut and pepper plantations. This farmstay is definitely a spiritual haven in God’s own country.

5. Destiny Farmstay, Ooty

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Blending the organic farm life with a touch of wildlife, Destiny Farmstay is one beautiful secret that you would love to keep to yourself. This farm is located at a secluded location which is 25 kilometers from Ooty, and offers picturesque view of lakes and mountains around. Here you can hang out with the farm animals, unwind at the spa or indulge in various activities such as golf putting, hiking, camping, and horse riding.

6. Acres wild, Coonoor

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For a cheesy vacation in the lap on nature, make your way to the Acres Wild in Coonoor. Since this place is known for producing home-made cheese (thus a cheesy vacation), you get to participate in a two-days cheese-making course. Along with this, you get to spend plenty of time in the wildlife and rare bird sightings. The farm is managed by Mansoor Khan, a popular Indian cinema director and his wife, and they make sure their guests have an amazing experience.

7. Maachli, Maharashtra

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Located in the Parule village on the Konkan Coast of Maharashtra is Maachli, a farmstay situated in the heart of nature. The farm has attractive maachlis aka elevated huts surrounded by betelnut, banana and spice plantations. With a water stream flowing through the farm and a mesmerising view of the forest, this place will make you fall in love with its beauty.

Revolutionizing the Indian travel industry, agritourism is one of the latest concept introduced in the country. Ever since the growing popularity of homestays in India, farmstays has also been blossoming to delight the travellers. So, head to one of the farmstays to take a break from your urban routine.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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