Are you a coffee or tea person ? As soon as you wake up, do you head straight to the kitchen or machine for a strong cup of caffeine ? Someone who doesn’t mind lengthy meetings as long as there’s a fresh pot of coffee within reach ? Then, you should definitely visit Chikmagalur. Every coffee connoisseur’s muse and a coffee lovers paradise.
A few reasons why you should pack your bags and head straight to Chikmagalur, the birthplace of Indian coffee. Now one of the most rampant coffee cultivating spots in India, where the finest shade-grown coffee in the world is grown.
Hundreds of years ago, Sufi saint Baba Budan is rumored to have smuggled 7 beans from Mecca, away from the Arabs, who were zealously protective of their monopoly. He planted them on a sloping hillside in Chikmagalur. (now called Baba Budan Giri Hills) That was the start and since then there’s been no turning back. As you visit the hills you should definitely a murmur thanks to the swashbuckling saint.
If you are yet to have coffee brewed in Chikmagalur, you haven’t tasted real coffee. Chikmagalur offers you plenty of freshly brewed coffee from the very hills that began it all. Stunning views that roll on for miles, a ludicrous amount of green and the strong aroma of coffee will accompany the countless mugs you can down. Enjoy the taste of India’s original coffee – it just doesn’t get better than this.
Take a pick of your own coffee beans – One can’t profess their love for coffee if he doesn’t know how to pick them. There are a lot of coffee plantation tours that take you through some pretty cool stuff including picking coffee beans. Wait, did you know that coffee beans aren’t really beans, but the seeds of a fruit?
These walks organised by the plantation owners are an essential experience, providing insights into understanding the history of coffee making, variety available, the seasons, nature and wildlife around the area, the processes and what a planter’s is like. Coffee experts at the Coffee Board in Chikmagalur will enlighten you about the several stages that go into preparing the perfect cup of coffee.
Enjoy your stay in the heart of a coffee plantation – a wide and vast canopy of green. Most of the accommodations lie among the backdrop of coffee plantations. In the midst of thousands of coffee plants and willowy ferns swaying without a care in the world.
Or trek up to the highest point in Karnataka – Chikmagalur’s Mullayangiri peak – almost 2000 meters high, but still easily accomplished by amateur trekkers. There are still some things in life easy to get. Take in the sights, from a quaint, old temple to the jaw dropping view of thousands of acres of coffee plantations. The sight alone will make your climb to the top totally worth the effort. The scenic getaway is also speckled with lots of heritage spots and adventure options with wildlife and nature themes.
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