School Thota, Vintage Get Away - A Perfect Place for Nature and Peace

School Thota, Vintage Get Away the plantation homestay built in 1878 and about its charming history.

Built in the 19th century, School Thota – the Vintage Homestay in Coorg is amidst the plantation. With its old German style architecture, surrounded by a well-landscaped garden, humming with bees and birds, School Thota has more than a century of history reverberating its walls.

Take a stroll through the plantation, relax in your gorgeous room or simply explore and enjoy the charm of the heritage property. With multiple sitting rooms you can enjoy a quiet evening in front of the fireplace, alone or with your loved ones.

Get up in the morning to the chirping of the birds and gurgling sound of the brook flowing nearby. Do your meditation and yoga in the garden, listening to soft music as you take in your dose of unpolluted, clean, fresh and crisp air. The barbecue and the bonfire areas near the river allow for one to sit by the fire under the starry sky, to grill the food of your choice while you spend sometime relaxing over a drink with family and friends.



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The small rivulet that passes through the plantation reminds you of the famous poem “The Brook” by Alfred Tennyson.

By thirty hills I hurry down, 
Or slip between the ridges, 
By twenty Thorpe’s, a little town, 
And half a hundred bridges. 

Till last by Philip's farm I flow, 
To join the brimming river, 
For men may come and men may go, 
But I go on for ever. 

Your gracious hosts Mrs. K. Saraswathi Aiyappa & Mr. K.A. Kushalppa, the mother and son team can keep you enthralled with loads of stories and anecdotes of the bygone era. In addition, you get to enjoy the delicious, home-cooked Coorgi cuisine in the grand dining room. We highly recommend you to try this authentic cuisine.

Interiors of the Bungalow

The architectural beauty of the place can be seen in its beautiful interiors and exteriors. Pure teak staircase, the high wooden ceiling, the brass bedposts that still sparkle, the blue pottery that has been handed down from generations, the furniture and memorabilia that has been there for ages. The ornamental palms, the bougainvillea, the orange blossom, the seasonal flowers, a small pond with lilies all add color to the bungalow.

Lest we forget there is a gazebo if you want to enjoy a morning or an evening with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or spend time curled up with a good book from our well-stocked library.

There are no televisions in the room but it has been installed in the lounge area. This is to encourage you to enjoy nature, read books or do anything that you wouldn’t do otherwise. If you are interested in books, we have a tidy collection in our in-house library too.

Meet Your Gracious and Charming Hosts

As some unknown author said, “A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia”. Many of the guests look forward to a vacation at School Thota, where they are pampered in a homely atmosphere. A home away from home.

Owned by a family whose history is steeped in the Kodava tradition, the bungalow, School Thota was thrown open to guests in 2014. Your hosts, Mrs. Saraswathi K. Aiyappa, the matriarch of the family and her son Mr. K.A.Kushalappa run the place. Mrs. Aiyappa has been managing the affairs of the plantation single-handedly since her husband passed away.

Kushalappa left his job, to follow his dream to open this beautiful home to guests in 2014. He wanted people to come and experience the Kodava culture. Treating each guest as a family, the mother and son duo make sure that every guest goes back happy.


‘School Estate ®’ the plantation nestled amongst the picturesque locale has its own history to tell. Rev. G. Richter, the first Principal of Mercara High School, which was founded in 1855, wanted to provide good education to the children of Coorg. The biggest obstacle to that was the fees that not every child could afford. His dream and vision were to provide financial support to needy and deserving students. He persuaded the erstwhile British for a grant of land.

The British government gifted the land in Kannangala and Guyya Village. A coffee plantation started on this land, and was aptly named, ‘School Estate ®’ is registered Trademark of Mr.K.A.Kushalappa. The revenue from the plantation was used to give scholarships & in 1863, for the Mercara High School Endowment Education Fund. In his memory, the name ‘School Estate ®’ continues which is the parent organisation holding the name School Thota.

If you are one of those, who cherish the dream of spending a few days in such a bungalow, then call us and we’ll ensure your visit is worth it.


Come experience the solace and rejuvenation that is School Thota.