Last year, my family and I decided to take a much-needed break from our daily routines and explore a tranquil destination close to Bangalore. We discovered The Annexure Homestay, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Siddapura, and it turned out to be the perfect choice for a relaxed workcation. Joined by my wife, daughter, and our beloved pet dog, we found ourselves immersed in nature, enjoying a peaceful retreat.
The drive from Bangalore to Siddapura covers approximately 250 km and is both scenic and enjoyable. We recommend taking the Bangalore-Mysore Highway (SH 17) for a smooth and well-maintained route. Upon reaching Mysore, continue on to Hunsur Road (SH 88) and Madikeri Road (SH 88A) until you reach Siddapura. The best time to start your drive from Bangalore is early in the morning, around 6 AM, to avoid traffic congestion and make the most of the pleasant weather.
With the recent opening of the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway, travel time between the two cities has been significantly reduced, making the journey to Siddapura even more convenient. This expressway offers a quicker alternative to the existing route and allows travelers to enjoy a hassle-free drive. The toll fee for using the expressway ranges from INR 90 to INR 130, depending on the type of vehicle. This small investment is worth the time saved and the smooth driving experience.
Upon arriving at The Annexure Homestay, we were instantly struck by its simplicity, cleanliness, and warmth. The property is surrounded by lush greenery, creating an ideal atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our accommodations included two spacious rooms, both featuring attached bathrooms and comfortable furnishings that made us feel right at home. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor sitting spaces, which provided stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
The estate itself was a beautiful and serene place, perfect for taking leisurely strolls and exploring the flora and fauna. We spent hours wandering the grounds, admiring the vibrant foliage and listening to the soothing sounds of birdsong.
As this trip doubled as a workcation, we required reliable internet connectivity to stay productive. We were pleased to discover that The Annexure Homestay offered excellent internet speed and coverage throughout the estate, allowing us to balance work and relaxation seamlessly. Whether we were working from our rooms or taking advantage of the picturesque outdoor settings, we found the environment both inspiring and conducive to productivity.
One of the highlights of our stay was the delicious, authentic local cuisine prepared by the caretaker family. We had the option to order breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with each meal featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that perfectly captured the essence of the region’s culinary traditions. From mouth-watering dosas to aromatic curries, every dish was a delightful culinary journey that left our taste buds craving more.
A Pet-Friendly Paradise:
Our pet dog was welcomed with open arms at The Annexure Homestay, making our stay even more enjoyable. The estate provided ample space for him to explore, play, and interact with other furry friends. The pet-friendly environment, coupled with the warm hospitality of the hosts, ensured that our four-legged family member had an unforgettable experience.