A home stay in the lap of the mountains!
Coffee Village Retreat is based at Kimmane Coffee Estate and belongs to the KTG Group from Shimoga. The group is one of the country's largest producer and traders of betel nut, and have been pioneers in the region, being instrumental for the development of the region in many arenas.
Having acquired the lovely estate Jairam G Kimmane, Chairman of the Group, had a fervent desire to spend more time in this wonderful location. For this reason he refurbished the existing 150-year old bungalow built by the British. However, his family and friends visit this place only a few times in a year.
On contemplation, they decided that it was too beautiful a place to be enjoyed or left alone. They wanted to share it with others who enjoyed nature at its best, shared their values for the ecology and who would benefit from its rejuvenating air.
For in more ways than one, Kimmane seems to be crammed with heaven, as Elizabeth Barret Browning, so eloquently puts in her lines -
"Earth's crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God…"
Pursuing this idea they added a dashing and imposing modern day structure on a hill lock offering a 360 degree view of the locale.
It's a landscape that is characterized by rolling hills populated by coffee shrubs, stately silver oaks with pepper vines snaking around its barks, dense jungle and the fragrance of cardamom ripening and rich in meandering streams. Isolated, peaceful and staggeringly beautiful rustic landscape that swells and dips with valleys and peaks and with this, Coffee Village Retreat's two bungalows merge with the landscape endearingly.
The Coffee plantation is located strategically to offer a commanding view of the surrounding plantations. The older colonial bungalow traces its lineage to the British planter of yore and is a testament to the grace and style of a bygone era. Its stately pillars and roomy interior transports one to a more elegant time and period.
The more modern bungalow is a statement in style and luxury and built tastefully keeping in mind the demands of the modern day traveller. This bungalow is set atop a hill which was popularly known as Rabbit Hill, a moniker coined by the British Planters, and offers splendid views of the surrounding habitat.
Both Bungalows together have five cosy bedrooms with double beds and attached bathrooms. A total of 15 adults can be accommodated in the retreat.
You can book single room or the entire retreat. Customized packages are available on request.
The Malnad of Karnataka can be culturally can be clearly divided as south Malnad comprising Northern Somawarpete in North Kodagu, Sakaleshapura, Mudigere, southern part of Chikmagalur Taluk and western part of Belur and Alur taluks in Hassan.
Central Malnad comprising of Chikmagalur, Koppa, Malnad region of Shimoga, and Western Ghat regions of Uttara Kannada.
Although many refer to the Malnad cuisine as an amalgamation of Coorgi and Mangalorean cuisine, it has its own distinct style. And moreover Malnad people are considered to be natives to these part of Karnataka when compared with Coorgies and Bunts and Shettys. So rather Malnad cuisine has traveled to the kitchens of Kodavas and Bunts would be a sensible line.
The cuisine is heavily influenced by the variety of fruits and vegetables available in the rich forests of western ghats. The ingredients like tender bamboo shoots, colocassia leaves, turmeric leaves, raw jackfruit are easily found in the Sahyadri ranges. Steaming is a favored method of cooking in Malnad. More often than not there is minimal use of oils in Malnad cuisine.
All activities within the Retreat are free. For all others, charges as may be applicable including transport, food, etc. Places that boasts of being packed with heaven would surely make people want to relax and soak in the utter beauty that nature unveils in this secluded place. Being at the Coffee Village Retreat will in itself be a treat for the eyes and the soul. The immediate impact would be to savour the tranquility, the abundance of greenery, the fantastic views of the hills and valleys on the horizon and just relax away the time.
But that is not the only thing zestful souls can do here!
Depending upon the time you choose to come and stay here, you can have a pick of all round activities that will keep your adrenaline rushing and ensure that you get a more than a mouth full of fresh air!
Indoor Games: Badminton, Table Tennis, Basket Ball, Carrom & Chess.
Trekking: The surrounding region is a trekker's heaving giving myriad options. You can choose between a day-long or go for a shorter ones.
Boating: A lake and river nearby with cascading waterfalls ensures that you get your wallowing time in the waters or boating.
Fishing: And if you like to fish; you will find it delightful to while away the time while the fishes try to distract you.
Cycling: As an alternative to Trekking you can also opt for cycling around the hills and vales here and get your fill of nature and a good cardiovascular exercise
Bonfire: The chill here justifies a bonfire and the usually merrymaking. We encourage dancing and singing and a sampling of the Barbeque!
Bird watching: The area boasts of quite a bird life and if you bring along your binoculars you will be lucky enough to spot some of the unique species that gather around here.
Forest species like Fairy blue bird, Malabar Trogan [and butterflies like southern birdwing, Paris peacock, Red Helen] can be sighted around here.
Coffee Village Retreat was a lovely place to stay and enjoy the natural environment. We had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it. We plan to return in the monsoons to enjoy the rain.
Mr. and Mrs .Ramakrishna Murthy, Hyderabad
The children has a blast and so had we. The waterfalls was brilliant and the walk in the early mornings make up for all the pollution of the city. We wish we had stayed here a little longer.
The Kumarans Family, Bangalore
What a lovely place! Your brochure definitely puts it rightly that this placed is packed with heaven. We loved the greenery and the views of the hills and the forests. The drive around this place was magnificent and I must add that we loved the Malnad food too!!
Mr and Mrs Vinod Goel, Bangalore
We visited the place out of curiosity as our travel agent suggested it and we have not regretted our decision. What a wonderful way to relax after hectic sight seeing across this region. We loved the Bungalows and the food was nice too.
Mr. and Mrs. Kamalnath Thakur, Mumbai