There’s a treasure of beautiful estate bungalows in the southern state of Karnataka. Chikmagalur, also known as the 'Land of Coffee' is a hidden gem embedded deep inside the picturesque Western Ghats with gushing waterfalls and green meadows, much like the Scottish highlands.
Perched on a high slope at 4000 ft below the foothills of the Baba Budan Hills is the Arabidacool Bungalow, one of the first of the “Ama- Plantation Trails” series offering by The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) along with Tata Coffee.
Built in 1914, the beautiful gleaming white bungalow with lush gardens and rose bushes is reminiscent of the Raj. Moreover the guests get to stay in the immense rooms with antique mirrors and almirahs, all of which are lovingly restored along with the modern television sets in each of the four rooms. The executive rooms are smaller and don"t have a garden view. The Heritage rooms are extremely spacious and provide generous views of the gardens and the rolling hills in the distance.
Run by a professional group of staff they take care of your every need. The kitchen can be felt all over the place with the beautiful aroma of local Malnad chicken delicacies. The lovely lounge surely takes you back in time with the old artefacts and furniture. All in all, the IHCL truly encompasses an extremely fine taste of aesthetics along with a team of caring staff which runs with a well oiled efficiency.
Mornings can be addictive here as you wake up to floating clouds and endless birdsongs which is followed by a lovely plantation walk and an intro into the arabica coffee which the estate is known for. The same is followed by a sumptuous breakfast which is served in the common dining room.
Moreover, since the bungalow has only four rooms you might just make new friends and connections which may last a lifetime. As the group promises to add more bungalows under the Ama brand in the coming future, do stay here for a trip embracing nature in all it's glory.
Address: Mylemoney Estate, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 573132
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