Chikmagalur, or Chikmagaluru, is a town in Karnataka. The birthplace of coffee in India lies at the base of the hills is surrounded by a backdrop of the Western Ghats, just a shade darker against the bright blue sky. The town made me fall in love at the first site. Being a huge coffee lover, this place had been on the list for almost two years now. It has easy access by road from Bengaluru - 245kms and Manguluru - 151kms. The many coffee estates are situated around the picturesque hills, a little way away from the town. Apart from being famous for its coffee, it is also famous for spices! You will find many odd shops selling great arabica coffee and beautiful spices around M.G road in Chikmagalur. So here's my three day itinerary in coffee land - chill, coffee, repeat.
We left early from Bengaluru and reached Chikmaglaur by 2.30pm. We were staying at the Taj resort and all we did on the first day, was relax. They had a little get-together for all the guests at 5pm with fresh brewed coffee and snacks. We were greeted with rain as we made our way to the pool for coffee. Aah the perfect weather and coffee, with the mountains framing my vision! :) We went to a 1500 year old Rama temple in Chikmagalur. On the way back, we dropped by the coffee museum, which was extremely informative - if you are a coffee aficionado, you will be enthralled by the information and the effort that is put behind your daily cuppa. You will get a chance to know the history and the process right from plucking, to roasting and powdering with the perfect concentrations of coffee and chicori to suit your taste.