Outback Farm & Homestay

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The Outback Farm and Homestay

An outdoor experience. Close to the city.

With forested hills on one side, a lake spread out in front of you and birdsong throughout the day, this is a nature-lover’s ideal getaway.

The Outback Farm & Homestay is Bangalore’s best and closest nature escape. Set in surroundings straight out of a storybook and nestled at the periphery of the Bannerghatta National Park.

Bannerghatta can boast of being the worlds closest wildernesses to a metropolis that is home to wild Asiatic elephants. The park is also richly diverse and is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs and sloth bears apart from commoner mammals like gaur, wild boar, various species of deer and an array of nocturnal wanderers including the rare honey badger or ratel. The park is also a birdwatchers paradise, with over 150 species of bird, including the yellow-throated bulbul and rufous-bellied eagle. It’s hard to believe that it’s a mere 35 km from the heart of the city.

If you are in the mood to have the time of your life, just visit us at The Outback.

Where you feel 24 hours is just not enough

At The Outback Farm & Homestay there are activities for everyone, including bird-watching, trekking and trail biking (cycling) for the more active and boating or fishing for those inclined to a more relaxed holiday. You could also just soak in the jacuzzi and later soak in a drink at the campfire – all of this in the most serene and scenic surroundings.

A typical day goes as follows: Wake up to the songs of birds serenading the break of a new day. Walk onto the verandah with a steaming cup of coffee prepared in your room and watch the sun spread its magic over the lake. Walk around the lake and property to work up an appetite for a sumptuous breakfast. Later you could go on an adventurous jungle trek up the neighbouring hill or a more relaxed nature walk around the area. Alternatively, you could go for an exhilarating cycling ride and explore the beautiful neighbouring countryside and villages. For those not inclined to exerting themselves, there are more relaxing activities like boating and fishing, however the latter may not be relaxing if you hook onto one of the monster fish from the lake!

After an exciting day, sit around the campfire with a glass of your favourite brew and watch the moon and stars light up the night sky unspoiled by glaring city lights. Finally, settle down for the night in the most peaceful surroundings, as the silence of the neighbouring forest settles softly around you.

White-Throated Kingfisher

Bird Watching

Bannerghatta is a birdwatchers paradise, with over 150 species of bird, including the rare yellow throated bulbul and rufous bellied eagle. Be assured to sight at least 30 species within the property.

Kids Angling


The lake is well stocked with various species of freshwater fish including carp and snakehead. Please note: Angling is practiced on a strict catch-and-release basis only. Fishing equipment and bait is provided at The Outback.

Trail Biking

Go on a trail biking (bicycle) ride along various paths that criss-cross the property or go on a long ride to explore the surrounding countryside.

Trail Biking

Nature Photography

Nature photographers are sure to take home gigabytes of memories. There are tons of opportunities for bird photographers, macro and landscape photographers.

nature_photography_Phillip Teaching


We offer various treks depending on fitness levels. Treks range from a short 20-minute nature walk to a long 2.5-hour trek.

Indian Gaur

Wildlife Tracking

Bannerghatta has a rich diversity of wildlife, including Asiatic elephants, Indian gaur and spotted deer among the herbivores. If one is very lucky, you may also chance upon a tiger, leopard, Indian dholes or even a sloth bear, too.


We take utmost care to ensure that our guests are comfortable in all the accommodations we provide.

Explore our accommodation options below.

The Outback Farm and Homestay

Luxury Room

Our luxury guest rooms built over a private lake are fully air-conditioned with a private jacuzzi and a large verandah that allows to you to soak-in the gorgeous surroundings especially when sunrise and moonrise reflects off the calm waters of the lake.

  • Large and spacious rooms
  • King-size beds in all luxury rooms
  • Air-conditioning in all luxury rooms and ceiling fans
  • Large verandahs
  • Jacuzzi
  • Modern and spacious bathroom
  • Tea/coffee maker in every room and luxury tent
  • Lake facing with incredible views
The Outback Farm and Homestay_Luxury Tent

Luxury Tent

Our luxury tent is one-of-a-kind, and brings to you an incredible immersive experience. The tent is surrounded by the jungle, and gives you the feeling of staying right out in the wild. The luxury tent is spacious and comfortable, with an attached modern bathroom.

We guarantee you would want to stay here again and again.

  • Large spacious tent
  • Queen-size bed and comfortable mattress
  • Attached modern bathroom
  • Dining table
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Electricity for charging appliances
  • Reading lamp
The Outback Farm and Homestay

Two-person Tent

Our two-person tent is perfect for the ultimate camping experience. Meant for those who want to rough it out with the elements of nature, you may choose the location for the tent yourself, by the lakeside or close to the forest edge. Children absolutely adore the idea of camping out in these tents.

  • Fully covered
  • Insect proof
  • Spacious sleeping enclosure with a comfortable mattress and bedding
  • Portable fan and emergency light
  • Waterproof
  • Choose tent location, depending on your mood

Outback is an extremely peaceful place to getaway from the bustle and din of Bangalore without driving too far.

Varkey ChakoBangalore

It's a revelation that a place so quiet and beautiful exists just 40 kilometres from the heart of Bangalore.

Raghu and ArunaBangalore

This farm is far off the beaten track but rewards you with a wonderful experience. Drove down on a quiet, beautiful weather in July. It was our casual team outing but an unforgettable one.

Lohith NKBangalore

I wish, if I could have added few more stars in trip adviser, then I would have given all stars to "Outback Farm ". The two days spent here can never be forgettable.


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Luxury Room

INR 6,900

Per Night For Two People
  • Twin-sharing Accommodation
  • All Meals + Coffee/Tea
  • Activities*
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  • Single Occupancy: INR 4850
  • Extra Person – 12 years & above: INR 2900
  • Children – Below 12 years: INR 1900
  • Children – Below 5 years: Free

Luxury Tent

INR 6,500

Per Night For Two People
  • Twin-sharing Accommodation
  • All Meals + Coffee/Tea
  • Activities*
  • •••••••♦•••••••
  • Single Occupancy: INR 4550
  • Extra Person – 12 years & above: INR 2900
  • Children – Below 12 years: INR 1900
  • Children – Below 5 years: Free

Two-person Tent

INR 5,800

Per Night For Two People
  • Twin-sharing Accommodation
  • All Meals + Coffee/Tea
  • Activities*
  • •••••••♦•••••••
  • Single Occupancy: INR 4060
  • Extra Person – 12 years & above: INR 2900
  • Children – Below 12 years: INR 1900
  • Children – Below 5 years: Free

The Activities* included in the above mentioned costs are:  Angling, Trekking, Nature Walk, Trail biking (cycling) and Camp fire.

There will be a surcharge of 20% from 20th December to the 2nd of January, as this is peak time and our staff work overtime.

Our special ‘Magical New Years’ on December 31st is priced at INR 4900/- per person. Please contact us for more details.


Choose from well crafted add-ons to make your holiday even more exciting and memorable.


A bird photographer and ornithologist’s dream. Sit in the well-camouflaged hide and be assured of watching numerous species of Bannerghatta’s rich avian fauna visit one of the natural perches or the bird bath, allowing for incredible images and an up-close experience with these feathered beauties. Some of the key species that visit the bird bath are Indian scimitar babblers, grey-bellied cuckoo, red spurfowl, jungle bush quail and oriental white-eye, apart from many others.

Rate per person:

7AM – 10AM: Morning bird photography session INR 1000
3PM – 6PM: Afternoon bird photography session INR 1000
Morning and afternoon bird photography session, if accommodation is booked INR 1500
Full day birding – Morning and afternoon bird photography session, with breakfast, lunch and tea/coffee. INR 2500
Full day birding – Morning and afternoon bird photography session, with lunch and tea/coffee. INR 2250

Please Note:

  • Full day birding also includes an optional trek (11AM – 1PM)  to a nearby hillock known for good raptor sightings and a chance to sight the much desired yellow-throated bulbul.
  • The rate for children below 12 years of age will be 25% off the above-mentioned rates.


Enhance your dining experience at The Outback Farm & Homestay by booking a BBQ dinner amongst the stars. We offer various options of succulent meats and vegetarian BBQ delicacies as a perfect starter to your main-course.

The rate per person and options are as follows:

3 Meats (Chicken, Prawns & Fish) + 2 Veg (Corn on the Cob & Cottage Cheese) INR 450
2 Meats (Chicken & Prawns or Fish) + 2 Veg (Corn on the Cob & Cottage Cheese) INR 400
3 Vegetarian (Corn on the Cob, Cottage Cheese and Stuffed Capsicum) INR 250
2 Vegetarian (Corn on the Cob and Cottage Cheese) INR 250

Please Note:

  • The BBQ package can only be booked subject to a minimum of 4 persons.
  • The BBQ package must be booked in advance, preferably at the time of booking your stay, we unfortunately cannot cater to the BBQ package being booked directly at the venue.


Too busy and can’t stay the night with us? No problem! Come and see what the fuss is all about and get your own taste of The Outback Farm & Homestay by spending one full day with us.


10:30AM: Arrive at The Outback Farm & Homestay and get to meet the Ross family over a welcome drink.

11 AM – 1:15PM: Angling at the lake – Build up an appetite after a fun experience hooking onto one of the big fish in the lake.

1:30 PM: A piping-hot and tasty lunch awaits you.

3:30 PM – 6PM: Trek to a nearby hillock. Experience an amazing sunset amongst stunning views and surrounded by beautiful forests.

6:30PM: Return to the farm for a steaming cup of tea/coffee along with some snacks before a final rendezvous and drive back to Bangalore.

Rate per person:

Day Excursion with Breakfast, Lunch and Tea/Coffee INR 2000
Day Excursion with Lunch and Tea /Coffee INR 1750

Please Note:

  • For guests choosing the option with breakfast and lunch, you may arrive at the farm at 8:30 AM instead of 10:30AM.
  • The rate for children below 12 years of age will be 25% off the above mentioned rates.


Want your stay to be highly productive? Then book a customised guided photography workshop and take back a comprehensive and easy understanding of the basics of photography, post-processing or a topic of your choice.

What’s better, with award-winning wildlife photographer Phillip Ross as your instructor, you are sure to learn a lot, and gain new insight into the process with some amazing tips and tricks, and have super fun while learning a new skill.

The workshop is spread over one-and-a-half days, beginning at 10am on the day of your arrival and ending after lunch on the following day.

Rate per person:

One-on-one learning INR 14000
2 – 4 adults INR 7000
5 – 10 adults INR 6000

Please Note:

  • The rates mentioned are only for the cost of the workshop and for an extra lunch on day two. You will also need to pay for the accommodation and meals as per the regular tariff.
  • The workshop can be custom designed as per a topic of your choice, e.g., basics or advanced photography, time-lapse photography, post-processing workshop etc. Speak to Phillip on +91-9900147018 for further details.

Have Questions?

We hope you'll find your answers here

How do I make the payment?

We have multiple payment options available from which you may choose one as per your convenience. Details will be shared when we receive your enquiry.

Do you offer any discounts for bigger groups?

Yes, we do offer discounts for groups of over 8 persons. Talk to us to find out how much of discount can be availed.

Can I cancel my stay ?

Yes, you may cancel your stay with us. However, you are subject to the following cancellation fees: You will receive a Full Refund if you cancel your stay more than 30 days from the date of your booking. You will be subject to 10% cancellation fees if you cancel your stay between 7 and 30 days from your date of booking and 50% cancellation fees if you cancel between 2 and 7 days from your date of booking. There is No Refund if you cancel your stay within 48 hours from your date of booking.

I have a large group. Can you accommodate us?

Our homestay can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people at a time in a combination of rooms and luxury tents.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed! This is provided the entire homestay is booked by you or your group. There will be an extra charge levied when you bring your pet along.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, carrying your own food for a snack or as a side to your main course is fine. However, the use of our kitchen to cook your own food is prohibited.

Will I get transport to and from your homestay?

Transfers to and from the homestay are not included in the package. However, if you would like us to help arrange transportation for you at an extra cost, please call us for details.

Are the tents water proof? What do I do incase of rains?

All our accommodations and tents are 100% waterproof. You need not worry in case of a downpour.

Do you have electricity?

Yes, electricity is available at the homestay. In case there is a power outage, we have a UPS backup as well as a back-up generator.

Can I play loud music ?

No, we do not allow loud music to be played as the homestay is located right next to the forest, and this will disturb the wildlife. However, soft music will be allowed for your listening pleasure.

What wildlife can I get to see ?

Bannerghatta has a rich diversity of wildlife. Though tough to spot, the wildlife includes Asiatic elephants, Indian gaur, various species of deer and, if one is very lucky, you may chance upon a tiger, leopard, Indian dholes or a sloth bear, too. The park is also a birdwatchers paradise, with over 150 species including the rare yellow-throated bulbul and rufous-bellied eagle. Be assured to sight at least 30 species of birds within the property. Call us to enquire about recent sightings.

Is it safe to bring children along?

Absolutely! Children are completely safe as long as they stay within the premises of the homestay.

Do you have cellphone/internet access?

Yes, there is good cell-phone reception from service providers such as Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL available across most regions of the homestay. 3G services are available from Airtel and BSNL, whereas Vodafone only has its ‘Edge’ service available here. There is no wi-fi available at the homestay.

Are there any other interesting places to visit nearby?

Once at the homestay, one wouldn’t want to leave because of the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the place, however, if you want to explore the surrounding area, there are a few places that you can drive to:

Bannerghatta Biological Park: Located 16.8 kilometres away from the homestay, the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) is known for its famous zoo that houses a variety of mammals, reptiles and birds of both exotic and Indian origin, comprising 1301 animals belonging to 78 species that are displayed in captivity. There is also a ‘grand safari’ available that offers visitors a chance to see the tiger, lion, sloth bear and herbivore enclosures, along with a visit to the very beautiful butterfly park.

Muthyalamaduvu (Pearl Valley): Located 35 kilometres away from the homestay, this place is famous for its waterfall that pours onto shining rocks, creating an illusion of a string of pearls, hence the name Pearl Valley. The falls overlook a beautiful mountain range. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the waterfall.

Thattekere Lake: Located 9 kilometres from the homestay, this beautiful flat lake surrounded by forests is a fantastic place to visit. During the summer months, there is a high chance of sighting Asiatic elephants and other wildlife along its banks. The lake is also home to a plethora of birds including many species of duck, storks and other water fowl, which are especially seen during the winter migratory season.

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