The last weekend was a long one, and a happy one that the better half and me spent at Chikmagaluru. With its serenity, lush greenery and the smell and sight of fresh coffee flowers made it just the perfect weekend getaway. It was my first ever stopover at a proper homestay and I thoroughly had fun. It was a trip that we both will not forget in a long, long time. The vacation was something that our tired minds were craving for, and gave us a chance to get re-acquainted with the beauty and bounty that is part of India.
Wiki says, “Chikkamagaluru literally translates into The town of the younger daughter in the native Kannada language. The town is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakkaraypatna and hence the name.” Isn’t that interesting? After having seen the place, I am jealous of Rukmangada; the place is just so pretty.
This was the homestay that we had rented for the weekend. With no other house in sight in quite some distance and with a huge coffee estate around it, it was a restful place to stay in.
This was the owner’s cutie pie doggie that got so friendly with us in a couple of days:
A view of the coffee estate, which was no less than a forest, from the house. For the entire weekend, I had the feeling I was inside Avatar-land, and would disturb nature even if I spoke too loud.
Coffee plants in bloom. Before this trip, I didn’t know coffee flowers could look so pretty or smell so nice. The flowers would turn into coffee beans around the start of next year, we were told.
A nice little stream hidden under some lush trees made for two very happy tourists and a very excited doggie. Thanks to the wonderful caretaker of the estate who took us for a long, guided tour!
Bursts of colourful flowers brought great bursts of joy.
We visited the amazing Mullayanagiri Hills . The landscape there is stunning. We were literally on the edge of our seats as the ar took those hairpin bends on the narrow roads that ran throught the hills.
I was depressed at having to come back after the beautiful weekend. Who wouldn’t want to stay on when the scenery is like this?
I was enchanted by the Halebidu temple and the better half had to literally pull me out. I would definitely want to visit the temple again and explore it to my heart’s content.
The temple at Belur was equally awesome:
C for Chikmagaluru and C for coffee – the two are synonymous. How could we come back without a bag of coffee powder? 🙂
Coffee beans put out to dry at the estate:
So, that’s how we spent the weekend. 🙂