We planned a 3 night trip to Chikmagalur, Kemangundi , including an over night stay at a tea estate. In Chikmagalur, the stay was arranged at the Golf Club located at around 2 kms from the city. It was an absolute delight to be surrounded by vast tracts of green land with limited habitation. Pleasant weather, good food and good company added to the fun. After a 6 hour long drive from Banglore (including a lunch break at Chikmagalur city), evening was spent in the sprawling lawns of the club gossiping over cups of coffee and pakodas. Next day was was spent exploring the nearby points (Hebbe falls, Mullayangiri,Baba Budangiri ). A bonfire in the evening with music made it a perfect evening altogether. Next morning, after a sumptuous south Indian breakfast, we drove to kemangundi, passing through Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (Our agenda for the trip was to relax which prevented us from trekking, but it's advisable for trekking enthusiasts). Drive to the top point and the view was mesmerizing.
Stay for that night was planned at a tea estate which was some 100 odd kms from kemangundi. After a bumpy ride, we reached our destination- located some 14 kms from the main city. If one is looking for rustic surroundings and absolute calm, this is the place to be. The tea estate had quite a few wild animals within its periphery, giving it a tea-estate come forest feel. We managed to catch a glimpse of a wild elephant while on our way to the highest view-point. Sunrise at the view- point was the most beautiful part of the trip and spotting the elephant added to the adventure (which was injured and was deemed to be quite dangerous by the estate staff). After a lazy lunch, we set on our drive back to Banglore with memories of the 3 days well spent.