Exquisite villa in 20 acres of lush forest and gardens

Kahani Paradise

Kahani Paradise

, Karnataka
, India

Kahani (meaning ‘story’) Paradise is as beautiful inside as it is outside – perfect for glorious sunny days or dramatic monsoonal moments. There is a grand sitting room and dining room along with an airy verandah and a stunning pool terrace with plenty of shady dining and sunbathing spots, not to mention a dreamy spa. The 6 bedrooms are each different but glorious in their own way, with huge beds, state of the art bathrooms, and their own balconies / verandahs that tempt you never to leave.

This exquisite villa / hotel sits in 20 acres of lush, green forest, garden and farmland in the hills just above Paradise Beach, a short distance from the sacred city of Gokarna, nestling in the far north of Karnataka, just over the board from with Goa. Dripping with tropical vegetation, the gardens sprawl across the hilltop, and the views across the palm jungle, towards the sea, are sublime. The surrounding hills are superb for walking and picnicking. The gardens are truly stunning and bursting with exotic blooms and landscaped lawns.

Whilst here, if you can tear yourself away from this garden idyll, you have the wonders of sacred Gokarna to explore nearby, along with many beaches. Paradise Beach is only a 5 minute walk down through the jungle. Alternatively, explore the extraordinarily lovely, tropical gardens, take long or short walks in the hills and finish up with time at the ‘surprise’ hilltop plunge pool – another secret spot with views from heaven and the perfect chill out place – aka ‘The G & T Shack!’.

Our Rating: Luxury
Property Type: Boutique


There are 6 suites, made up of 4 categories – 3 Junior Suites with ocean view, 1 suite with sea view, 1 Queen Suite and 1 King Suite. No twin beds. Each suite is different but glorious in its own way, with huge beds, state of the art bathrooms, and their own balconies / verandahs with views over the gardens and jungle. They have state of the art bathrooms with tubs and showers and double basins.


The cuisine served here is simply delicious – light, fresh, local, organic and all tastes can be catered to – be it Western, Oriental or Indian. There is a beautiful dining room with sliding glass doors. There is also a large outdoor dining terrace. Buffet breakfasts, table d’hote and a la carte menus for lunch and dinner. Private dining is available.


Visit the sacred town of Gorkana; Nature walks; Hill walks; Paradise Beach is just 3kms away; Other beautiful beaches also nearby; Fishing; Beach shack lunches; Visit the famous Thursday market

Why we love this place

This really is a place where ‘you only have to ask’! Kahani Paradise is all about peace, privacy and pampering and makes the perfect end to an Indian odyssey.

A truly unique place which raises the bar for villas in India.

About your host

Kahani is the brainchild and much loved ‘Indian home’ of an inspired Englishman Anthony Bellam, who has overlooked no details in its creation. It’s the epitome of style, rustic / contemporary comfort and elegance. Built of the trademark, local red laterite, the interiors are light, lofty, spacious and make the most of the huge views. Limed furniture, cool stone / warm wood floors, beautiful wooden artefacts and furniture, deep sofas, oodles of space, soft colours and beautiful furnishings are the bywords here – everything has ‘feel appeal’ or ‘sit appeal’! There is a stunning sitting room with floor to ceiling windows; plenty of outdoor terraces, dining areas and pool space.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

The 3 main buildings sit on top of huge concrete water tanks built into the rocks. This gives the villa a natural rainwater storage capacity of around 1.2 million litres. During the monsoon the water falls from the roofs via various filters and into the tanks. The water is then put through an extensive filtration system (Sand, Charcoal, UV and Chlorine) and what comes out of the taps is actually better than packaged drinking water! They have a uniquely simple sewage system called a DEWATS system which is gravity fed. At the bottom of the estate is a reed bed and multiple tanks with ZERO electrical consumption so that the bacteria gets to work and the end product is pottable water that they use on the garden – nothing better. The bulk materials for the house are as local as possible for as much of it as possible. The stone used to build the house and the numerous rock walls came from the ground under the house and when that ran out they used it from down the road.

Our Recommendation

If you are here with a special someone, you'll enjoy the most romantic sunset view in the secret hangout. Discover the Gokarna coastline with a local fisherman boat, or explore Gokarna and further afield on the old restored Jeep & Motorbikes, visit the Thursday market, or nature walks to the lighthouse surrounded by sea and garden.

Can’t find a suitable itinerary that features a destination, experience or accommodation you fancy? All our group tours and holiday ideas can be personalised, or we can create a tailor made itinerary for you.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)