Of Coffee plantations and the highest peak

Chikmagalur Mountains

This beautiful picture shows the highest peak in Karnataka in Mullyangiri range nestled in Chikmagalur. It is at a height of 1930 m (6317 ft.) above sea level and is the by far the most beautiful mountain range that I have seen. We were there in January this year with the nephews and the nieces, and this quaint little hillstation proved to be more than a quick getaway from Bengaluru. ( a good five hour drive factoring in breakfast and breaks enroute)

Our Xylo was packed to the hilt with kids and adults and we stayed at a cosy homestay called The Spectrum. Budget travel was the mode and Spectrum fit beautifully in the scheme of things. Located in a scenic coffee estate, this place provided us spacious rooms, good South Indian food and some lovely memories to cherish.

Mullyangiri Range – We drove up the hill and the drive was by far the most nail biting road trip that I have been on. With no barriers on either side of the narrow roads up,I wondered if it was a wise thing to do with a packed Xylo. But then Caveman gets in his truckdriver elements when it comes to a driving challenge and there is no stopping him from there. This time he had the kids cheering him and I sat like a scared crow howling away. Note to self–  Watch out for the combination of testosterone and scope of adventure before planning a trip. Worst was when we had to drive the car in reverse for a kilometre to make way for the vehicles that were coming down. If you ever visit the place please ensure that you have a very experienced hand at the wheel. Anyways, the destination was beautiful, with the quality of air oh so pure, that refreshed my lungs and we stood there soaking in the aura of the place.

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Noticed the forest fire on the slopes on our way down,which was a scary but a breathtaking sight.

Forest Fires

The next morning we were taken for a trip around the coffee estate, where we got to see the different stages of coffee production. These red gems situated in the greenery are the coffee beans ready to emerge. They made for a beautiful sight.

Coffee plants

Pictures were not allowed inside but I took the liberty to make a small collage of its journey from the plant to the end product.

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I was quite impressed with the flora of the place and maybe someday would like to settle down in a quiet little town like Chikmagalur, somewhere between the hills.

Here’s the stepfarming technique, farming along the slopes of the hill.

Step Farming

And along the teak plants was the pepper vines. Pepper corns just waiting to be picked.

Pepper corns

Vanilla vines around the plants.

Vanilla

The next day we went to Manikyadhara waterfalls, where the Caveman and the lil monkey enjoyed themselves to the hilt.

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My loot –  Aromatic coffee beans, coffee powder, a pepper plant and a vanilla tendril. Please do visit the Panduranga coffee depot in Chikmagalur which I can vouch for,  houses the best coffee in the hill station.

So if you want to beat the heat of summer with your kids, zip away to Chikmagalur for its beauty and greenery.