Indian coffee is reckoned as the most refined versions of coffee produced in the world and Karnataka accounts for 53% coffee production within India from its hilly areas where coffee plantations are plenty in areas of Chikmagalur and Coorg. With considerable monsoons in the hilly region of Mullyanagiri Mountains in Karnataka; Hassan, Chikmagalur and Kodagu are regarded as the best coffee trails in South India.
The Coffee or Kaapi Trail program involves a vacation to the coffee
plantation or estates in Karnataka comprising activities through which
tourists are imparted knowledge regarding the history of coffee and the
procedure through which coffee beans are processed, absorbing the local
culture, food and customs, residing in home stays, bungalows amidst
plantations, cycling tours and mountain trekking, wildlife jeep safaris
The coffee trails transport vacationers into the hills of Coorg,
Chikmagalur, Baba Budangiri, BR Hills and Hasan in Karnataka as these
regions are immensely popular for the coffee plantations as well as the
scenic landscape. A coffee trail vacation might cost between INR
28,000-INR 32,000 per person.
Coffee Trails of Chikamagaluru
is renowned for being the pioneer in coffee production in India as this is the region where coffee plantations commenced in 1670 AD by a saint called Baba Budan. Coffee trips are organized by travel agencies and tour operators in collaboration with state governments where tourists get to know the process of cultivation and brewing among foreign and domestic tourists.
Chikmagalur hill station is located in Karnataka’s Baba Budan Hills fondly called as the ‘Coffee Land’ and houses the sole ‘Coffee Research Station’ in India. Home stays, bungalows within the lush coffee plantations of Chikmagalur entails a tourist to observe the panorama that unfurls beneath, green valleys, streams, white coffee blossoms amidst the coffee estates.
Coffee lovers who prefer waking up to the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and the smell of coffee invading their nostrils will be overly pleased as the fragrance of coffee always fills the mountain air in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is renowned for Robusta, Arabica and Mysore coffee production of the finest order with private estates allowing visitors to observe the cultivation and coffee production procedure (pluck coffee beans with their bare hands and roast them) along with the assurance of taking home packets of purchased freshly brewed coffee.
Coffee Trails of Coorg
Coorg or Kodagu in the state of Karnataka is also referred to as
the Scotland of India covered in lush green forest, mystic hills, orange
groves and of course estates which amount to 30% coffee
production in India. It is also known as the ‘Coffee Bowl of India’ and
several estates are scattered in this hill station with old
bungalows and home stays for the tourists to stay.
Coffee’s plantations in Coorg in Karnataka provides the unique experience for its guests by putting them up in the heritage bungalows with private butler and amenities previously inhabited by colonial planters and treat the vacationers to indulge in activities like bird watching, play golf in the golf course, trekking, hiking, rafting and boating.
The distinct feel of visiting the factories with expert escorts and observe the procedure of coffee making continuing in the area for the last 85 years is quite thrilling. Tourists can put up at Arabidacool Bungalow housed inside TATA Coffee‘s plantation units in Chikmagalur at an elevation of 3,400 meters and catch a breathtaking view of the hill station.
Vacationers can reside in Cottabetta Bungalow, Thaneerhulla Bungalow, Surgi Bungalow, Woshully Bungalow and Yemmengudi Bungalow in Coorg housed within the private coffee estates managed by TATA group. These are all heritage bungalows with mesmerizing view of the coffee estates whereby guests are accompanied by guides to the coffee plantation areas and observe wildlife, wine and dine, enjoy a few days in leisure.
Coffee Trails in Virajpet
Virajpet, a soul sister of Madikeri Hill Station in Coorg is also famous for its century old coffee estates and home stays which will enhance a coffee lover’s experience by witnessing the action live. Private home stays in Coorg offer a luxurious stay with comfort assured, great South Indian food, outstanding hospitality by its’ owners with stupendous view of the coffee estates and misty clouds passing over the hills and valleys.
An ancient Shiva temple is just a few meters walk away in the hills of Virajpet which is also worth visiting. During monsoons an idle stroll across the private coffee estates is sure to transport the vacationers to a dream world filled with the fragrance of coffee blossoms. The home stays in Virajpet might cost between INR 3,500 and above per day with complimentary breakfast.
Coffee Trails are an interesting exodus to be undertaken by admirers who cannot wake up without a cup of coffee in their hand. More information, best time to visit coffee trails, cost estimates, directions can be availed online on the websites of private coffee plantations and estates who organize these trips in Karnataka.