I stayed for 3 days with my son. The food was good and the place was beautiful. If you are looking for the comforts of a hotel, you will be disappointed. There is no room service and no intercom. But the place is beautiful with the bhadra river flowing by.In the mornings you can hear the chirpings of birds and... More
- Also Known As:
- Shanthi Kunnj Homestay India/Karnataka - Chikamagalur
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine living in a luxurious log cabin, a river gushing by. All in the midst of a tranquil coffee estate, enveloped amidst mighty mountain ranges carpeted with lush evergreen forests. That's Shanthi Kunnj for you. Harmoniously blending the best features of a luxury resort and the wilderness of a jungle lodge, while giving you the lighthearted informality of a home stay. Come, enjoy the hospitality of Chikmagalur. Experience the goodies we have in store for you. Shanthi Kunnj is situated adjacent to Bhadra River, in the midst of 60 acres of tranquil coffee estate, overlooking the gushing waters of Bhadra River and the evergreen forests of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary close to Balehonnur town of Chikmagalur, Karnataka. Shanthi Kunnj is nestled in the cozy embrace of Holy Cross Estate. The history of Holy Cross Estate is both unique and inspiring. Founded in 1979, it stands testimony to a saga of dedication and determination of the estate founder Mr. Anthony Saldanha, who singlehandedly converted a once barren land into a flourishing plantation. The region surrounding the estate is known as Masigadde, meaning 'Coal Field' as this place was used for producing charcoal used to run the steam locomotives of the British era. Entire forests would be burned down for this purpose. It was the vision of Mr. Anthony Saldanha, a master planter with a lifelong passion for plantations, that saw a flourishing estate in this land. Even though he was warned that nothing could be made to grow here as the land was degraded from years of burning charcoal, he took this as a personal challenge. Seeing the Bhadra river as a lifeline, he embarked on setting up the estate and yielding began in 1983-84. Converting barren land into wealth, he brought back life to this dead place. Presently this estate is managed by his son Neethan Saldanha. Neethan has an engineering background and has dedicated his life to continuing his father's legacy. The estate produces Coffee - Robusta, most of which is exported. Alongside Areca, Black pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla, Banana are also grown. Location Type: Coffee Estate. Preferred Visitors: Corporates, Families, Couples, Bachelors. Theme: Tourism, Party, Luxury, Wildlife, Unwind, Adventure Activities• Bird Watching• Nature Walk • Plantation Tour• Wild Life Watch - Spot Hares, Wild Hen, Peacock• Boat ride. Coracle ride• Campfire• Access to indoor Games - Dart Board, Chess, Carom Board and Table Tennis. Extra charges applicable for the below activities. Please intimate us about your requirements in advance.• Bhadra Reserve Forest Trekking with guide• White Water Kayaking - 7 kms on river Bhadra (Season - Nov. to May end) • Still water fun kayaking on river Bhadra - 1 to 2 hrs (for families and kids)• Swimming (in the Bhadra River ) with the assistance of a life guard• Coracle ride - all year round. Guests can plan their tour to include the visit to few notable places of interest nearby: • Wild Life Sanctuary - 20 kms• Kigga Falls - 50 kms away• Sringeri Temple - 35 kms• Kandya Temple - 3 kms• Bababundangiri Caves - 80 kms• Kemmangundi - 90 kms. ... more less
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