A great place to socialise with eco-minded Indians, this nature-soaked refuge is immersed within forest and plantations, and has an organic, sustainable set-up. Accommodation is lazy camping (prepitched tents with beds) or cottages with solar power. Rates include plantation tours and treks. Check the website for volunteering opportunities. An autorickshaw from Madikeri is ₹250.
Faraway Cottage, a cute self-catering rural abode overlooking a forested valley, is also managed by Rainforest Retreat and available for ₹7000 per week.