Malnad treat at Vihangama, Thirthahalli.

There is something magical about staying close to a water body like a lake, a river or a sea. One can spend hours listening to the soothing sound of the waves crashing the shore or the soft burbles of the flowing water and feel a sense of calmness all around. And this is exactly what we were looking forward when we planned a family getaway at Vihangama Holiday Retreat.

Vihangama Holiday Retreat is a beautiful homestay located in the outskirts of the beautiful town of Thirthahalli in Shimoga. With the swiftly flowing Tunga River on one side and long stretch of Areca nut farm on the other side, this seemed like an ideal place to spend before the summers began. After going through their website, which gave us all the information required, we booked the riverside villas.

The drive from our hometown, Karkala to the retreat was about 3 hours taking us through some incredibly beautiful scenic locations of Malnad region We reached Vihangama around mid-noon to the lovely view of the lazy countryside. As the place is located midst a private estate, the first glimpse of the rustic surroundings makes instantly relax and be a part of it. After checking in to our rooms and quick freshening up, we decided to take stroll around the property.

VihangamaVihangamaVihangamaVihangamaThere are 4 villas facing the river, with single and double bedrooms, and since it was entire family, we took u the double bedroom villa. The bedrooms are simple and quaint depicting the local Malenadu architecture with a double bed and attached dressing room and bath. There is a spacious balcony facing the river on the backside and this is what we feel is the best part of the villa. One can literally spend hours here watching the Tunga River along with the beautiful view of the fauna in the background. With a cup of tea and some evening snacks we were happily ensconced in our own private world enjoying the feeling of being connected to the nature.

VihangamaVihangamaWe wandered the estate until the sunset and then took a quick detour of the Thirthahalli town, getting back to the villa just in time for dinner. The dinner was a quiet affair of freshly made akki roti (rice roti) and spicy chutney and some local delicacies set in a small buffet in the common dining hall (sadly we do not have any delicious food pictures). There was a certain nip in the air and it came as welcoming change for from the humid weather back home. There was cute hammock tied just outside our room and after a little tug of war (literally!!) among us siblings, we took turns to lie on it and gaze at the stars.

Next morning was a flurry of activities as we had an event to attend nearby and hence trying to make ourselves move from the comfy bed. Once awake the first thing we did was rush to the balcony to catch a glimpse of the early morning view. It was completely covered with fog outside and with our teeth’s chattering we waited for the fog to lift off and the sun to make its presence felt. Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying the still morning air, listening to birds chirping far away and the delicious sound of the flowing river!!!

Early morning view!!

Early morning view!!

VihangamaAfter a light breakfast at the estate we bid adieu to this beautiful place, disheartened that we couldn’t spend more time here as we had intended on initially. The Vihangama Retreat might not be a quintessential luxury getaway, but it surely bowls you over with the simplicity and natural beauty. The picture perfect surroundings and the peaceful atmosphere gives you a sense of calm living you replete and happy in the end.

To know more about Vihangama Holiday Retreat click here.

Vihanagama Holiday Retreat,
Bharathipura Post, Thirthahalli Taluq,
Shimogga 577432
Contact: (+91)08181 228211/ 227025
Rooms from INR 2500/night (Standard room) to INR 10000/night (Riverside villa).

TOTS were the guests at Vihangama Retreat, these are our opinions based on the stay experience.Β 


  1. June 15, 2016    


    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 18, 2016    

      Thank you Rupam πŸ™‚

  2. June 16, 2016    

    Nice place!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 18, 2016    

      Yes it indeed is. If you happen to be in the area to visit the place.

  3. June 16, 2016    

    What a beautiful and serene place! Great captures πŸ™‚

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 18, 2016    

      Thank you for the sweet words Purba πŸ™‚

  4. June 17, 2016    

    I agree, the place does look truly magical. I loveeeee such green places πŸ™‚
    Awesome pictures πŸ™‚

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 18, 2016    

      Thank you Archana πŸ™‚

  5. this is something i would enjoy with my family….a cozy hometsay with good food, amazing views and tucked away in a lesser known place!!

    your post is written beautifully!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 19, 2016    

      Thank you dear πŸ™‚ This is an ideal family getaway and we highly reccomend this place if you want to enjoy a peaceful and less commercial location.

  6. June 19, 2016    

    This is a lovely find… thanks for posting. We are always looking for places like this one…

  7. June 23, 2016    

    This looks like a nice and relaxing place. I would love to just lie in the hammock and read for a few hours. I actually had no clue where this was and had to google it to find that it is India πŸ™‚

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 23, 2016    

      Hahah sorry about not mentioning about the exact location in the post, will update it soon and thanks for visiting our blog πŸ™‚

  8. June 23, 2016    

    Gorgeous place – I love being surrounded by nature like that!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 23, 2016    

      Yes, nothing beats the feeling of being in the midst of the beautiful surroundings like this πŸ™‚

  9. June 23, 2016    

    Lovely grounds! I could just get lost in the hammock, or walking around.

  10. June 23, 2016    

    This is a charming place, a great place to relax and commune with nature. Will bookmark for future reference. Loved your writing style and the pictures.

  11. June 23, 2016    

    Seems like a very tranquil place…a little too much for my taste. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the city too much but too quiet places freak me out…maybe watched too many horror movies.

    I love nature and the peaceful outdoors but only during the day! Night comes and I can’t sleep with the sounds of crickets and things creaking around the house.

  12. June 23, 2016    

    I have never even heard of Shimoga and it looks so peaceful. I quite enjoy slow travel whilst at such places – Just a great way to unwind from the hustle bustle of big city life.

  13. June 23, 2016    

    The hammock looks inviting. Would be hard to get out of it!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 25, 2016    

      Hahah yes!! You will just don’t feel like moving away from the perfect setup.

  14. June 23, 2016    

    This looks like the perfect place to retreat on a weekend. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city lights and noise. I can imagine myself in the hammock perfectly content watching the water flow by.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 25, 2016    

      This was an ideal getaway, peace and quite all around!!

  15. June 24, 2016    

    You’re totally right – staying near bodies of water is the best! That morning picture is so cool and eerie!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 25, 2016    

      Yes the picture doesnt do justice, the morning scene was even more beautiful in person!!

  16. June 24, 2016    

    This place looks so secluded and “mystical” like the leaf village in naruto. Sorry, I just totally geeked out on you there. What an escape though!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 25, 2016    

      Hahah what a lovely comparison!! But yes this place is indeed amazing!!

  17. June 25, 2016    

    I love such quiet and scenic places!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      June 29, 2016    

      Yes, it provides a perfect from the city life!

  18. September 25, 2016    

    Seems like a nice place. One can plan a visit to Kundadri, Kuppalli, Agume etc from here

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      October 13, 2016    

      Yes, you can combine several places along with the visit to Thirthahalli.

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