One sure way of confusing a planter is to ask him to choose the best thing (just one) about plantation life. Is it the breathtaking scenery that follows the eye everywhere? The heritage bungalow he calls home? The countless cups of fragrant fresh coffee and tea? Perhaps, the adventurous visits to and from the wild? Or is it the right blend of urban luxuries with the serenity of the countryside? The choice is difficult. A choice you won't have to make when you holiday at Plantation Trails.
'Scotland of India' or 'Kashmir of the south' or just simply Coorg: it doesn't matter what you call it as it still has the power to captivate you with its charm leaving behind in your memory the picturesque hills, verdant valleys, tranquil vistas of coffee and tea estates and the refreshing fragrance of teak wood forests.
Tata Coffee has built a heritage with its coffee brand in the middle of these picturesque plantations and situated amidst these scenic locales is Tata Coffee's holiday homes 'Plantation Trails'.
Plantation Trails is located in and around the idyllic coffee growing estate of Pollibetta. Pollibetta was once renowned for its high yielding and fine flavoured 'Coorg Mandarin' which was grown as an intercrop. Spread over an extensive area, these estates also grow pepper, cardamom and vanilla as intercrops. Following the plantation's trail along the beautifully pruned hedges, you can breathe in the invigorating air and take in the enchanting scenery of expansive estates. You also interact with the coffee planters whose life, they say, are poured into every cup of coffee. Walking through the estates, you can discover how India has consistently produced and exported a remarkable variety of high quality coffee for over 150 years.
The estate also has a number of activities that you can choose from. You can stroll through the estate and if lady luck is on your side, you can spot a lumbering elephant. A guided tour of the coffee-making process can be arranged and a sports enthusiast can have many activities to choose from. For those who are interested only in relaxing, the estate has lawns where you could curl up with a good book and, of course, a steaming pot of coffee.
From a one day break to a leisurely 5 day trip, plantation trails has it all. So little time, so much to do - yes, that's the sentiment that echoes through most of our guests. So how do you fit in the best of your holiday destination in the little time off you have from office - without needing a break to rest your bones once you get back home? That's where our holiday-planning expertise comes in. After all, they do know the region like the back of their hands.
A suggested itinerary is listed below. Please contact us for customized itinerary.
Coffee, culture and adventure
12.30 pm: Check in, freshen up and feast on traditional Kodava Outhana or a Coorgi meal.
4.00 pm: Jump into open jeeps for a complimentary tour of the plantations with our trained guides.
6.30 pm: Head back as dusk falls and find your spot around the bonfire. A starlit night, the company of friends and another fantastic dinner - just the perfect finish to your first day here.
7.30 am: Wake up to a stimulating cup of coffee, breakfast early and go birdwatching with your cameras and binoculars around the plantation. Coorg has as many as 300 different avian species. Or you could go for a round of golf.
9.30 am: Pack a nice picnic lunch and drive out to Irpu Falls (28 km) and then on to Nagarhole (40 km) in time for the afternoon jungle safari.
5.30 pm: Start on your way back to Polibetta - before you return to the bungalow, you may drive around and take in the scenic beauty of Polibetta. Enjoy the evening as you please - with a book, boardgames or around the bonfire and end the day with a mouth-watering dinner.
8.30 am: After a good breakfast, drive to Bylakuppe (35 km) to see the many Buddhist monasteries, visit the Dubare Elephant Camp or raft down the waters of Nisargadhama. By the time you get back to your bungalow, you'll be ready for dinner and a good night's sleep.
7.00 am: Drive out to Talacauvery (80 km), the birth place of the river - this sacred spot is a tourist favourite for it religious significance as well as natural splendour. Or you can go to Madikeri (48 km) which has quite a few sights to see like Raja's Seat and Tipu's Fort, Omkareshwar Temple and Abbey falls. Get back to the bungalow for a light brunch before you leave Coorg.
12 Noon: Check out
By Air: Nearest airports: Bangalore, Mangalore and Calicut
By Rail: Nearest railway station: Mysore, Tellicherry and Mangalore
By Road: Nearest bus station: Gonicoppal - 9km and Mysore - 100km.
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