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I was in Bangalore for a couple of weeks and the summer had really begun to get to me. Thankfully a few of my best friends were in town during the same time and we decided to take off for the long weekend and WE DID! We millennials, in-spite of being a "society of social stalkers" are always wanting to cut off for a bit and go on the lookout for new ideas, experiences and adventures. We chose to head to the land of coffee plantations and homestays i.e. Chikmagalur.
How we reached Chikmagalur: We booked our to and fro tickets on the official KSTRC website and traveled by Airavat Club Class both ways. We had a comfortable journey inspite of getting the last seats because of the fabulous roads. (INR 1065)
Since ours was the 06:50 am bus ( BLR to CKM) we ate breakfast on the way. We gorged on some delicious dosa, sambhar-vada, kesari bath and coffee. (INR 350 for 4 people)
Where we stayed in Chikmagalur: Since we were looking for budget accommodation our search led us to Trippr. (http://trippr.world/chikmagalur/). It is now called SilverLeaf Co-Living and it is a backpacker hostel of sorts, away from the city (about 12-14km- Vastare) and amidst a 25 acre coffee plantation. They have clean rooms with beautiful wall paintings and simple bunk beds. The property managers are extremely accommodating an friendly but since the place is still being set up you could experience some problems such as locating it or waiting a little longer for your lunch/dinner to be served. The cook here makes the BEST coffee. We also met a few like minded travelers here and we gave each other company for the rest of the trip.
We took an auto from Chikmagalur town to our accomodation and it cost us INR 150.