Karnataka offers an immersive experience to travellers passionate about coffee and its cultivation. As a significant coffee-producing region in India, particularly in areas like Coorg and Chikmagalur, the state has many homestays allowing visitors to stay in the heart of lush coffee plantations, offering a first-hand glimpse into the coffee-making process. Guests can often participate in picking coffee bean and processing activities, gaining insights into the various stages of coffee production.
So, if you are a coffee enthusiast looking for a serene retreat, head to these homestays set amidst the coffee estates in Karnataka:
At Old Kent Estates in Coorg, a 200-acre colonial-era property, you can wake up to the scent of coffee and the sounds of birds. Explore the plantations with the estate manager, where coffee, cardamom, and pepper are grown. This 150-year-old heritage property offers a rustic and serene setting. The cottages are spacious and designed in a traditional British style. The main bungalow maintains its original furnishings, giving you a glimpse of the past. Col. Wright's bungalow features a remarkable library and antique rosewood furniture. The Perch is a great place for meals. Click here for more details.
Located in the secluded Baba Budan Mountains, on a coffee estate, are the Halli Berri Cottages. These cottages offer a genuine plantation experience, furnished with antique furniture and a mix of English, Japanese, and Atthingudhi traditions. You can enjoy the fresh, pure air and the scent of 100% arabica coffee while overlooking misty tea gardens and hills. The cottages feature bay windows, sit-outs, and outdoor showers to connect with nature. Take a leisurely walk in the estates or savour a coffee at the Coffee Barn Cafe. The coffee is Rainforest Alliance-certified for sustainability. Click here for more details.
The Kedakal Estate is a homestay within a coffee plantation and is located 5 km from Suntikoppa. Built in the early 1900s, its history and tradition has been preserved immaculately alongside the natural surroundings. The aim is to offer high-quality luxury with a distinctive English-county living atmosphere.
Kedakal, formerly known as Kedukal, was initially owned by British Messrs. In 1900, the land was cleared of jungle, and coffee was grown. The ripe coffee cherries were hand-processed on-site, and the coffee was later sent to Tellicherry for curing and then shipped to England. While coffee-making processes have changed, the peaceful ambience remains the same. Click here for more details.
Serene Woods is dedicated to providing a comfortable and welcoming stay. The fully furnished mini cottages are affordable and designed to meet diverse needs. It offers a communal dining area with an in-house kitchen serving local and other dishes and accommodates guest preferences. The homestay also assists guests in finding local eateries, shopping spots, and Coorg's tourist attractions. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the coffee estates, take a refreshing dip in the on-site waterfall, observe kingfishers and hummingbirds, and gather around the bonfire for warmth and relaxation. Click here for more details.
Silver Brook Estate in Kadagadal is a peaceful homestay surrounded by coffee plantations and a perennial stream. The estate has silver oak trees, pepper vines, and various fruit and flowering trees that attract birds and butterflies. It's located in the evergreen forests of the western ghats in Coorg, providing a break from the busy schedules with fresh air and jungle sounds. The spacious rooms include colonial-style furniture, with a private verandah for reading from the homestay's library. Click here for more details.