One of Karnataka’s best places is Chikamaglur, a hill town nestled among the Western Ghats, where Jaadooghar offers a one-of-a-kind, truly organic plantation stay, secretly tucked away right in the heart of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Perched at an altitude of 1400 metres and surrounded by biodiverse shola grasslands and montane rainforests, this homestay is a hidden jewel.
Region as such is home to over a 120 plant species, about 200 bird species and a host of other mammals and reptiles. Living here is a naturalist’s dream come true!
Here, you discover the joy of being completely immersed in your private nest, with calm mountain breeze, melodious chirping of birds, fruit trees, the sound of water gushing through a fresh water stream, colourful butterflies, cotton candy clouds, magical sunsets and star-studded night skies.
Think of this as your long overdue detox from the evils of city life, an overworked lifestyle, and an overdose of social media and technology. This place is meant to disconnect, to sit back, observe the stars, dance with nature and enjoy the slow conscious living.
What is worth appreciating and experiencing is that the property is an ecological haven, with the hosts aiming to secure a piece of land where human activities would have the least possible impact on Mother Nature.
As a result, the farm is modelled on sustainable principles of permaculture with an aim to conserve and promote biodiversity through organic/agro forestry, annual reforestation, water and soil conservation, off grid living and sustainable tourism.
For instance, the farm produces its own electricity through a hydropower plant; all furniture on the property is made out of repurposed wood. The hosts even ensured that no trees were cut unnecessarily during the property’s construction, which is why you will also find some tree friends in your cottages 😉
The farm is mammal-friendly and home to many native species of rabbits, the giant Malabar squirrel, civet cats, macaque, deer, bats etc. So keep your fingers crossed for you may get lucky!
Lounging and Community Building
Common Areas on the property are hotspots for age old style of community building. You can meet other guests on the property and share life stories in our common dining area, also equipped with a plethora of unique interesting books. We also have an activity room equipped with foosball, space for yoga, board games; a garden and an area for bonfire, where you can chill and chat your evenings away, or set up a cosy barbeque. You could play some outdoor games like badminton and cricket on the farm. Go all out and dip in the natural streams and splash pools on the property.
Trekking and Plantation Tour
Trek along the scenic hills, shola forests and plantations of the area. Watch and learn about the bird and flora species as you take a walk around. You can opt for long treks or take leisurely walks to the stream and waterfall in the property, or even take a dip in the stream 😉 you can also take an educational walk to the hydro system in the property and learn how power is generated here from our hosts!
The hosts would love to indulge you in an informative tour of the farm to show how coffee is grown sustainably and what it takes to give you your morning cup of joy. Here’s a gist of the life cycle of the coffee plant. The shrub is planted organically which grows up to 30 feet in height. It then grows into multiple stems…. Ah no, we’ll let all that be for the tour! 😉
Jaadooghar Recommends: Since the farm is home to a host of species and trek worthy routes, do carry a pair of sport shoes to fully enjoy all the activities around.
Organic maintenance of the farm and large canopy of trees and shrubs has made many bird species make this property their home. So take binoculars from us and watch out for these and maybe make a list too of what you see!
Jaadooghar Recommends: The owners have one set of binoculars to let out for bird watching, but if you’re in some serious mood for this, we recommend you carry your own.
Coffee Harvesting (November to February)
Living on a plantation, comes with its set of advantages- you can experience picking and processing of coffee first hand!
Jaadooghar Recommends: This is a very unique and hands-on experience and requires you to get into the plantation where things can get messy. We recommend you wear casual clothes and shoes while doing this.
If you want to take this a notch up and partake more fully and properly in the coffee harvesting process, you can also do some serious volunteering on the farm and learn all about it. This requires you to work for at least 5 hours per day for at least 7 days at a stretch in exchange of lodging on the property. You will be required to only pay a nominal amount for your daily meals in this plan. You can opt for this option while checking out on our website or can get in touch with us for more details if you’d like.
Prices start at: ₹3,390 per night (includes taxes and fees)
A pleasant family suite with a picturesque view of the coffee estate’s dense canopy, this eco-lodge has one queen size double bed, two single cots and a bunk bed at the mezzanine level with a big bathroom. The balcony also has a beautiful swing. Please note that the prices mentioned are for per person.
Prices start at: ₹3,390 per night (includes taxes and fees)
This eco-lodge is the perfect option for a family to spend some good quality time. It comes with a queen sized-double bed, a single bed and a bunk bed for the kids to play around. A beautiful scenic valley view surrounded by the sound of crystal clear stream. Please note that the prices mentioned are for per person.
Prices start at: ₹2,712 per night (includes taxes and fees)
Perfectly suited for a group of friends or usually reserved for the farm volunteers, this cottage has two bunk beds and attached bathroom with one of the biggest balconies on the property. Please note that the prices mentioned are for per person per bed (subsidized rates apply for volunteers).
Located at a distance of about 40 kms from Kadur Railway Station and 150 kms from Mangalore Airport, the property can be reached by getting a taxi or bus from the station/airport. It can also be reached via road from Mangalore or Bangalore, which are at a distance of 150 kms and 242 kms respectively. Away from the hustle bustle, it is located only about 30-35 min away from the main Chikamaglur market and at a distance of about 17 kms from Baba Budangiri and 28 kms from the Coffee Museum, which are few of the main attractions in Chikamaglur.
HOUSE RULES AND THINGS TO NOTE
The property has an organic garden and grows a lot of its own veggies,juicy fruits, herbs etc. Food is freshly prepared by the in-house chef using organic local produce. Please note that the tariff is inclusive of breakfast. Other meals can be ordered on the property separately.
You can get in touch with your hosts for arranging transport to places like Baba Budangiri, Mullaynagiri and Muthodi Forest Safari and Kemangundi, Belur at an additional cost.
This property is wildlife friendly hence guests are requested not to make excessive noise after 10 PM. The property has a “TAKE YOUR OWN TRASH POLICY” so the guests are required to take back any plastic, glass bottles back to the city with them as these cannot be disposed of on the farm.
Jaadooghar Recommends: Please note that the property is an off grid nest meant for you to do a technology detox. General mobile networks do not work here and there’s no Wi-Fi at the property. Only BSNL has some limited connectivity.
Also note that last stretch of approach road to the property is best suited for cars with good ground clearance.
The hosts, originally city folk, set up their base here to promote ecological awareness and develop sustainable methods of agriculture. From making their own compost at the farm to adopting water conversation techniques to encouraging the ecosystem to flourish on their farm, they have truly created an atmosphere for sustainable harmonious living with nature. Be sure to spend some time with them when on the farm and make the most of your ecological stay.
CHECK-IN TIME: 12:00 PM
CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00 AM
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