Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tea estates in Coffee heartland

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Overview: The onset of summer in Chikkamagalur was early in January when we planned a boys trip to Coffee Gudda homestay. Our ever excited gang was all geared up for an extra long drive to Coffee Gudda through Agumbe and Sringeri. The drive was very scenic and thrilling, no doubts about that. We reached Agumbe just for the sunset, but unfortunately, it was quite hazy and couldn't get a clear view. From Agumbe we proceeded towards "Dodda Mane", the old house which was used during the filming of the TV series "The Malgudi Days". The house is still in good shape and is currently used for offering accomodation to tourists.
From Doddamane we proceeded towards Coffee Gudda via Sringeri and Kudremukh town. The homestay was along the highway connecting Hornadu and Kudremukh. The cottages can be reached by crossing a hanging bridge and a narrow path through the coffee plantations.
Around the resort, taking a small walk leads us to some tea estates, which is quite strange in this part of the Western Ghats. Also, around 10kms away is a beautiful waterfalls called Yeleneeru falls, which can be reached by small trek. On the other side of the highway is the town of Samse, which has 2 ancient Jain temples.
This place is ideal for anyone looking for a break from the monotonous city life into the wilderness.
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How to reach: From Bangalore, take the Bangalore-Mangalore road, from Hassan, turn towards Belur and proceed towards Mudigere and Kalasa to Coffee Gudda.
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