Linger’s Second Campsite near Bangalore is live!!

We just kickstarted our second overnight camping option at the Alphonso By The Lake Farm, a 60 acre mango farm with a large wooded section (where the campsite is) near Nachikuppam. There are hills – state reserve forests – on 2 sides, a huge lake and lots to explore.

TheBigHut Shaded Tents Hammocks3

More campsite pictures here (click to open)

This is a little before Krishnagiri – about 75km from Bangalore via the Bagalur-Berigai-Krishnagiri road. It’s even with cycling distance over a weekend!

We can host about 20 people, with some flexibility. The usual Linger experience promised, of course.

Kerala Weekends – From Chennai

Kerala is an extremely underrated weekend-breaks-destination. From Bangalore, and even from Chennai. It’s extremely well connected both by roads and trains, and recently, Air Asia has started operations there with some sweet pricing.

From Chennai, for instance, there are a dozen and a half trains between Chennai and Ernakulam (Cochin)!



This makes for easy options for a 3 day break. And Kerala is one of the richest experiences in terms of what you can do and see around there – so you can keep going back for more.

Check out the Linger locations in Kerala. And get in touch for more at

Experience the Deeper India

“People from my country, they come and visit the same old stuff. The Golden Triangle – Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, a couple of popular resorts in Kerala – and that’s all! They miss out on the real India” – said Daniel of Aventura/Chalo-Spain over breakfast when he was in Bangalore. He’d just done a motorbike ride to our locations at Gokarna, Balur Estate and in Chettimani (Coorg), and is trying to get folks to visit the deeper India.


Made me think about how much of a disservice the travel industry inadvertently ends up doing to both the traveller as well as the beautiful places, cultures and people that represent the true India in all it’s variety, across geographies, seasons, the profusion of colours, terrain, customs, food, festivals – everything. And this India is outside of the major tourist locations, outside of the cities and off the bigger highways. It’s in the little towns and villages – with their unique stories. It’s when you stay in the homestays. It’s when you walk, take it slowly and interact with folks around. Coorg’s Pandhi Curry, the catch of the day along the coast, the quiet solitude of a large coffee estate, the profusion of flora and fauna deep inside a Himalayan forest – these are all small bits of that huge jigsaw puzzle that India is – and they’re best seen from outside the comfortable familiarity of a “resort”.


This is the India that Daniel is trying to showcase to his clients, and that we at Linger would like our guests to experience. It’s not about the “points”, or checklists, but the experiences of a civilization that has been through more iterations, changes and adaptation than we can usually imagine. It boggles the mind and mesmerizes even those of us who have been born here and live here all our lives. I can only imagine how much of an amazing – indeed incredible – experience it will be from someone coming in from Europe etc. It can be experienced however you like – on a bike along with one of Daniel’s tour, on a slow bicycle ride, on bus and train journeys that let you interact with so many real people in real life situations, on a road trip that stays off the bigger towns and roads – the only thing to remember is to explore with an open mind, ready to embrace the myriad surprises that greet you at every turn. Sure, not all will be pleasant, but that’s what travel’s about!

So do yourself a favour – and don’t stop with that Golden Triangle 🙂

Birdwatching At Coorg – A Recent Guest’s List Of Species

Garima, a recent guest at Chettimani, Coorg, who’s an avid birder – and whose event we’d been part of earlier – spotted 50+ species just around the property!

Here’s a few links to her checklists on eBird:

The Malabar Trogon, we’re told, was a special catch! Here’s a few shots she captured

Malabar Trogon
Lesser Yellownape
Long-billed Sunbird

For those interested, here’s an exhaustive list of birds spotted there:

Eastern/Western Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis Crested Serpent-Eagle – Spilornis cheela eagle sp. – Haliaeetus/Aquila sp. White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus Red-wattled Lapwing – Vanellus indicus snipe sp. – Gallinago sp. Spotted Dove – Streptopelia chinensis Greater Coucal – Centropus sinensis Little Swift (Indian House Swift) – Apus affinis Malabar Trogon – Harpactes fasciatus Malabar Grey Hornbill – Ocyceros griseus Malabar Barbet (Crimson-throated Barbet) – Psilopogon malabaricus White-cheeked Barbet (Small Green Barbet) – Psilopogon viridis Lesser Yellownape – Picus chlorolophus Rufous Woodpecker – Micropternus brachyurus falcon sp. – Falco sp. Plum-headed Parakeet – Psittacula cyanocephala Malabar Parakeet (Blue-winged Parakeet) – Psittacula columboides Vernal Hanging-Parrot – Loriculus vernalis Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike – Hemipus picatus Ashy Woodswallow – Artamus fuscus Common Iora – Aegithina tiphia Orange Minivet – Pericrocotus flammeus Long-tailed Shrike – Lanius schach Indian Golden Oriole – Oriolus kundoo Hair-crested Drongo (Spangled Drongo) – Dicrurus hottentottus Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – Dicrurus paradiseus Indian/Eastern Jungle Crow (Large-billed Crow) – Corvus macrorhynchos Red-rumped Swallow – Cecropis daurica Velvet-fronted Nuthatch – Sitta frontalis Flame-throated Bulbul (Ruby-throated Bulbul) – Pycnonotus gularis Red-whiskered Bulbul – Pycnonotus jocosus Yellow-browed Bulbul – Iole indica Green Warbler – Phylloscopus nitidus Greenish Warbler – Phylloscopus trochiloides Booted Warbler – Iduna caligata Blyth’s Reed-Warbler – Acrocephalus dumetorum Plain Prinia – Prinia inornata Oriental White-eye – Zosterops palpebrosus Dark-fronted Babbler – Rhopocichla atriceps Indian Scimitar-Babbler – Pomatorhinus horsfieldii Puff-throated Babbler – Pellorneum ruficeps Oriental Magpie-Robin – Copsychus saularis Malabar Whistling-Thrush – Myophonus horsfieldii Indian Blackbird – Turdus simillimus Southern Hill Myna – Gracula indica Jungle Myna – Acridotheres fuscus Nilgiri Flowerpecker – Dicaeum concolor Purple-rumped Sunbird – Leptocoma zeylonica Crimson-backed Sunbird – Leptocoma minima Long-billed Sunbird (Loten’s Sunbird) – Cinnyris lotenius Little Spiderhunter – Arachnothera longirostra Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea

Linger <3 TFN. And we loved hosting the rockstars - the volunteers!

The Tour of Nilgiris is India’s Original Bike Tour, and still one of the best, toughest, funnest and best known rides.


Cycling is a fun activity at our locations. And for this, and for the awesome event it is, Linger was proud to partner with TFN Edition 7 as a prize sponsor, and as a host for the volunteers team. These guys are the backbone of this awesome event, and do this completely selflessly.

The TFN team had headed over to the Balur Estate for a quick offsite last weekend, and they had a ball there!


Team TFN, we’re delighted to have been associated, and honored to have hosted the kickass volunteers team. Look forward to more such over the coming years. Keep riding, and have fun!