Chikmagalur & Coorg
Surrounded by blooming coffee plantations, magical mountains and imposing waterfalls in the midst of green nature lies the fascinating Chikmagalur and the enchanting Coorg. Enjoy an incredible adventure between luxury and pure tranquillity on this experience in the state of Karnataka. Upon arrival in Bangalore, you will be driven to the city of Chikmagalur, at an altitude of approximately 1000 meters. Feel the liberating sensation of the greenery around you becoming a paradise, the birds twittering peacefully and the hectic life disappearing. You have the opportunity to visit various places or to explore the hotel and the plantations. Later you drive through the small provincial town “Belur” and the small village “Halebid”, to the magnificent Coorg. Covered in the luxuriant 300-acre plantation retreat, your hotel is perfumed with the subtle, intoxicating aroma of coffee and spices. You can also take a beautiful look at the attractions, including an elephant training camp. You can watch how tame elephants already take over the training of their new, yet wild conspecifics. Finally, it leads back home, where you will return relaxed and fascinated.
Day 1 – Arrival in Bangalore & Drive to Chikmagalur
Upon arrival at the airport from the capital of Karnataka; Bangalore (Bengaluru), in the south of India, you will be picked up by private car and driven to Chikamagalur (Chikkamagaluru). The magical city lies with its coffee plantations and surrounding mountains of Baba Budangiri, at an altitude of 1035 meters. The luxurious The Serai will be your hotel for the next few days. You will be welcomed here in the world of coffee, where lush green plantations fill miles of open land. The rest of the day you can relax.
Day 2 – Chikmagalur
You can only relax on this day. Enjoy a sip of delicious homemade coffee, take a dip in your private pool, or just a brisk walk through the plantations for an adventure like no other. But you have the opportunity to visit the city including Sharadamba Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Kodandaramaswami Temple, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Vidyashankara Temple. Also, you can visit the thundering Hebbe waterfall; it is a fantastic sight that is undoubtedly worth it. Otherwise, you can let yourself be pampered in the beautiful spa.
Day 3 – Drive to Coorg – via. Belur & Halebid
After breakfast, your chauffeur will pick you up by private car and drive you to Coorg (Kodagu). You make two extremely interesting stopovers during the drive. The first stop is in the provincial town of Belur, home to numerous 12th-century temples built in Hoysala architecture. Amongst these buildings, you will visit the 12m Victory Tower, Gopuram Gate, Chennakesava Temple, Chennigaraya & Jain Temple and Ranganayaki Shrine. The last stop is in the small village of Halebid, the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. As in Belur, many temples, including rare Jain temples, are the main attraction. Ask your guide about the ancient stories that hide in these structures. After arrival in Coorg, you will be transferred to the fabulous Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate (Orange County). There you can rest now.
Day 4 – Coorg – Sightseeing
Today we have planned a sightseeing tour, mainly in the city of Madikeri. Among the attractions are the beautiful Abbey Waterfalls, Raja’s Seat Park, Sri Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fortress, Raja’s Tomb, Elephants Statue and the Tibetan settlement of Byle Kuppe. Otherwise, you have the opportunity to visit the Elephant Training Camp, where you can see how tame elephants already take over the training of their new, still wild conspecifics. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the hotel, you can relax and watch birds, use the pool, read a book in the “reading lounge” or settle down in the Ayurveda Spa.
Day 5 – End – Drive back to Bangalore & Flight to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Trivandrum or Goa
This is a luxurious experience between coffee and spice plantations in the city of Chikmagalur and the district of Coorg. The itinerary has been adapted by us so, that you manage to enjoy everything in peace. Of course, the entire program can be changed, if you wish. You can start this extension via Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Trivandrum or Goa. If you are looking for a trip to connect with this experience, it’s worth taking a look at our Luxury India Tours or simply creating your own journey.