Stayed at the Retreat with my wife and extended family. Could not have asked for a better Retreat in the lap of nature. Absolutely stunning property and great food. Definitely going to go back again. Ajay, the host showed us around with great enthusiasm and passion. The nature trails he has marked out are a delight to explore, especially with binoculars in hand.
Although we have been regular consumers of Kerehaklu coffee, we were pleasantly surprised to find its name as one of the most highly rated retreats in Chikmagalur during our research. We were incredibly lucky to book a cabin at short notice. That was effectively the end of our effort in the trip, since Mr. Ajoy Thipaiah, the host, took over then onwards. Starting from planning the trip, with precise instructions and directions, to checking out, Mr. Ajoy personally oversaw every little detail of the stay, including personally guiding a lovely trek. Kerehaklu is a paradise for any nature enthusiast. Four lovely cottages lie nestled in dense, pristine greenery. The cottages themselves are very comfortable, with a large bathroom, and include all amenities. The dining hall is very close to the cottages and guests are regaled with the choisest Malnad dishes three times a day! Raju and Bhagya, the ones responsible for the kitchen and the food, are just wonderful. The estate itself is huge, and one would probably not need to venture outside the estate for the entire stay. There are multiple trails, with varying levels of difficulty, each offering its own set of beautiful surprises at different times of the day. Last, but not the least, and probably the best thing about Kerehaklu it is very own resident mascot, the "Kerepuplu" Kivi! Kerehaklu rejuvenates. Like no other.…
Having been a longtime fan and regular of the coffee produced from their estate, I was delighted to find that Kerehaklu also had an eco resort. Our communication throughout the booking process was comprehensive and succinct. Ajoy made sure we had all the information at our disposal before and through our arrival at the property. The cottages were cozy and well equipped. Ajoy's passion for coffee and Kerehaklu are palpable through his conversation and demeanour. I would give my highest recommendation, this place is a must visit.
Kerehaklu is a must stop for any coffee enthusiast. We were served some delicious speciality coffee and taken on a tour of the production unit. We learnt a lot about coffee and the challenges for a grower. There are multiple trails through the estate which shares a boundary with a forest. Ajoy the estate guardian and owner took us through two trails, showed us historically significant trees and plants and told us stories about the jackfruit loving elephant and tiger spotting. We were accompanied by Kiwi the lovely estate dog. Food was great. The cottages are beautifully constructed timber structures with clean bathrooms. Their is a sit out for each cottage with ample privacy.
Kerehaklu is a beautiful property and Ajoy was a welcoming host making our stay really enjoyable. He took us around the estate and gave us a lot of insights on coffee. It definitely exceeded our expectations and we didn't want to come back. A perfect detox. To add, the food made by Raju and Bhagya was brilliant and well curated for the two days. Will definitely visit again!
We had attended a brilliant workshop conducted by Pranoy and his father, Ajoy. Suffice to say, it exceeded our expectations. We spent 3 days learning about their plantation, the lives of the locals and just everyday things. Our rooms were clean and cozy, and we had the heartiest home cooked food. It was a work trip turned serendipitous vacation. Would definitely be coming back soon!
Very insightful workshop and awesome stay at the Kerehaklu estate! Highly recommended! The workshop spanned three days covering coffee plantation tours, coffee picking, processing, roasting and finally cupping
Eight of us (all involved in the coffee industry) attended a 3 day coffee workshop at Kerehaklu hosted by Mr.Ajoy and Pranoy Thipaiah, owners of Kerehaklu Estate. We occupied all 4 cabins at their homestay for 3 days and 2 nights. Apart from the workshop itself, we found the cabin to be beautifully rustic, spacious enough, very tidy and comfortable. You can see that the wood used to make the cabin originates from within the estate. Mr. Thipaiah has also used Coffee wood stumps very creatively. The cabins are tucked into the Estate but bordering the forest boundary, opening up the best of both worlds. Coming to the food, the dining area is located very close by to the cabins and we were well looked after by Raju and Bhagya (Hope I haven't mixed up the names) cooking up some great South Indian delectables throughout the three day. They mixed things up really well so no meal tasted like the previous one. The super knowledgeable combination of Father and Son both focused on Estate operations will definitely offer a detailed insight into Coffee production and moreover, the life of coffee producers living remotely in the hills of Chikmagalur which is an eye opener particularly for City folks. I'm sure you'll enjoy Kerehaklu as much as I did!…
Waking up in this farm that’s surrounded by so many trees was just blissful. The food and the staff are the loveliest people. But my highlight of the trip was the farm tour where I hugged a massive 400 yr old tree. Thanks for being so kind and having built this wonderful place Ajoy. And your dog kiwi is the cutest thing ever! The place is comfortably reachable by road. 4 of us drove down to it and stayed for 2 days where all our meals were sorted. So all we had to do was sit and have a peaceful time and not worry about any amenities. Everytime we went into the dining area, we’d be excited to see what was served. It was a surprise everytime and the taste always reminded me of home. I’m really greatful for this place and the people who run it.
Spent the New Years here and it was absolutely wonderful. The cottages are comfortable and the food was 'home cooked' good. The best part of Kerehaklu is the beautiful surroundings - there are ample walks and pretty spots to discover. The sounds of nature - the rustling wind, the myriad bird calls - and the smells of nature provide a perfect haven for reflection and connection. Ajoy and Pranoy are excellent hosts and I would highly recommend Ajoy's jeep ride through the estate :)