Kerehaklu

Kerehaklu

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Kerehaklu is our home. It’s a green haven tucked away in the Western Ghats – a UNESCO World Heritage site – which will inspire you to gather yourself, unwind and create. The plantation is spread across 275 acres and is a 15 minute drive from the closest village of Aldur, making it a secluded getaway. Kerehaklu is densely populated with diverse species of flora and fauna which can be seen and heard at any point. It is the ideal place to take things at your own pace and de-stress. The space and activities radiate comfort and allow you to calm yourself away from all the commotion.
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Aldur, Chikmagalur 577 111 India
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Antaraa V wrote a review May 2021
Mumbai, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, charming Kerehaklu may be just the place for you! A different kind of bustle is all around you at Kerehaklu - from peahens nesting, to coffee being processed, it’s a wonderful world of its own.

Ajoy and Pranoy were the most gracious hosts. Their passion is infectious and it was a treat listening to their stories about the plantation, the wildlife and the importance of coexistence.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they took care to ensure that we were the only guests at the property during our stay. The cabins are very well appointed and the food that Raju and Bhagya prepare is just spectacular!

Being at Kerehaklu felt like a once in a life time experience and we can’t wait to be back :)
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 28 Nov 2021
Hello there! We are extremely sorry we missed this review that you very kindly sent in and that we are also very grateful for the kind sentiments that you have expressed. We are so glad to learn that you liked your stay here with us and we will look forward to seeing you here again. With our very best wishes to you.
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Dan Sequeira wrote a review Nov 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kerehaklu Coffee Estate, Chikmaglur. This marvelous resort situated on the Western Ghats, is owned and run by a father-son duo. Cozy, wooden cottages/cabins are surrounded by dense foliage on the hills. Breathtakingly beautiful view of the magnificent hills and the sunset from the Coffee Drying Yard is something that can't be described in words. Tour of the estate on an open Jeep with the owner and host, Mr Ajoy Thipaiah, was definitely one of the main highlights of our stay at Kerehaklu. The hike to Doddagandi Betta, the six trails in the coffee estate, the hospitality, the food, the list goes on... There's nothing that one will not like at Kerehaklu Retreat.

A couple of things that deserve a special mention:
*Mr Ajoy Thipaiah and his son, Pranoy, are excellent hosts.
*The food cooked by Raju and his wife Bhagya was DELICIOUS!

If I were to summarize the whole experience in a single sentence, it'd be:
"There are homestays - And then, there's KEREHAKLU"
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 14 Dec 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Kerehaklu and the very kind sentiments you have expressed. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay here. With our very best wishes to you for the New Year.
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Rohit Sak wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing way to cap off 2019! After the hustle and bustle of the year, getting cozy around a camp fire, surrounded by nature was the best thing I could ask for!
With cottages that are comfortable and clean and food and hospitality that is bar none, I can't recommend Kerehaklu enough.
What's more, the hosts were kind enough to take us around the property on hikes and drives that only enhanced our entire experience. I would undoubtedly recommend Kerehaklu to anyone who wants a break from the rat race - trust me, you won't have any regrets!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Kerehaklu. We are very glad to note that you enjoyed your stay here with us. Our very wishes to both of you.
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Komal C wrote a review Feb 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Kerehaklu. We are extremely grateful to you for the kind sentiments that you have expressed therein and are also glad to note that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay here. With our best wishes to all of you.
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Avantika Jain wrote a review Dec 2021
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Right from the booking emails to the stay, it was a wonderful experience at Kere. With Mr. Ajoy sending through an extremely detailed email, including recommendations for breakfast on the drive from Bangalore and the route, it was very easy to get to the estate in about 5.5hrs by road. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with some lemonade, a most adorable Kivi (their beagle/hound), and super cozy cabins. A jeep ride with Mr. Ajoy through the estate in the evening, and a walk the next day with his son Pranoy, helped us understand how much goes into maintaining the ecology and coexisting in an extremely biodiverse coffee estate. Overall, it was an amazing experience, with really good food, nature, and Kivi <3
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 3 Jan 2022
Thank you for your very kind review of your stay here with us. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and our very best wishes for the New Year.
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Mayuk Rebello wrote a review Mar 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 15 Mar 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Kerehaklu! We are also glad to note that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was our pleasure hosting you. With best wishes.
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apu@vistas wrote a review Nov 2020
Bangalore District, India3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For those looking for a A quiet and peaceful getaway in the hills...this is it
Found it safe and away from the maddening crowds something we were looking for during the pandemic times.
The rooms are well maintained and clean and loved the bathroom!
The food delicious with a nice spread at every meal.
Look forward to long walks in the plantation and a morning trek to see the view of the western ghats! The cook and caretakers are as unobtrusive as can be and you are pretty much on your own through the day.

we were here 3 nights
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 28 Nov 2020
Thank you for reviewing your visit to Kerehaklu. With good wishes from us here to all of you.
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Rony Geo Alex wrote a review Jan 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went out to Kerehaklu to spend some time together. The ambiance and experience elevated the romantic experience we had. We had a lot of fun time exploring the estate and plantation. The tranquility of the place, the surrounding birds and the sound of the stream as you walk through the estate is an amazing experience. The food was super tasty and homemade, hence did not feel guilty about stuffing ourselves. I would recommend this place as a getaway for the weekend. Cell reception is poor, but this only helps us connect with each other and spend time with nature.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 28 Jan 2021
Thank you for taking time off to review your visit to Kerehaklu. We are glad to note that you had a comfortable stay. With our best wishes.
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Zarif K wrote a review Feb 2020
Bengaluru, India7 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was one of my favourite trips of 2019. Kerehaklu is a lovely 300+ acre coffee estate with amazing hiking, and brilliant flora and fauna. Our cottages were very comfortable; set in nature, with a 360 degree view of greenery.

Ajoy hosted us and made us feel at home. He knows chikmagalur and the history of the area as if you were reading a beat selling book about it. We also ran into some bison while driving through the estate - an unforgettable experience.

The food was excellent and the coffee was outstanding. For NYE, we sat around a bonfire and had a scrumptious barbeque with 7-8 different items on the menu. Couldn't have asked for a more satisfying last supper of 2019.

Thank you Ajoy and Pranoy for a memorable stay, will definitely come back real soon!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from kerehaklu, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 7 Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to send in your review and we are glad to note that you enjoyed your stay here with us. With our very best wishes to you.
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Isha Maniar wrote a review Apr 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My stay at Kerehaklu was wonderful in so many ways. The hosts, Ajoy and Pranoy, a father-son duo, were so warm and interesting; the forest so pristine; the staff (Raju and Bhagya) always happy to provide steaming cups of coffee and cook excellent food (make sure to ask for neer dosas).

The drive around with Ajoy and coffee walk with Pranoy were stellar and their commitment to the plantation and the forest is obvious for anyone to see.

Would highly recommend.

P.S.: Kiwi (their sweet puppy) is very, very cute <3
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Ajoy Thipaiah, Owner at Kerehaklu
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay here with us. We are glad to hear that you had a pleasant and comfortable stay. With our very best wishes to you.
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MariaSM82 asked a question Oct 2020
Hyderabad, India15 contributions1 helpful vote
Is there a phone number that I can use to contact the Homestay ?
karthik641 asked a question Jan 2019
Bengaluru, India398 contributions115 helpful votes
How is the approach road from highway to reach the cottages? Will a low car be able to make it?
Answer from Prashun T
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi Karthik! The road is in fairly good condition. You shouldn't have any issues reaching the cottages in a low car.
chetnaagarwal1991 asked a question Sept 2017
Bangalore District, India
Hi, Can you please share the contact details of the owner?
Answer from Prashun T
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi! The email is available on our website (TripAdvisor doesn't allow us to include any HTML or website links in the comments so can't post it here)! Look forward to hearing from you!
Sun3105 asked a question Sept 2016
Bengaluru, India216 contributions28 helpful votes
Hi, Can we have the contact details to book accommodation ? Thanks,Sun
Answer from Soumyak S
Bengaluru, India41 contributions5 helpful votes
Contact details are mentioned on their website.
Arpan wrote a tip May 2023
India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There’s enough parking available. The roads are really nice and great for low sedans as well."
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Apoorva wrote a tip May 2023
7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Carry shoes and take instructions from host before going on trails."
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kumar24 wrote a tip Mar 2022
Bangalore, India6 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would recommend one goes during harvesting season and asking ahead for some of their coffee."
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Apoorv A wrote a tip Mar 2022
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Days tend to get a little hot in the summer. Plan your trip accordingly. Also carry enough clothes. You'll be sending a lot of time outdoors"
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nature_explorer wrote a tip Nov 2021
Mumbai, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dont miss the 400 yr old Banyan which recently got covered by BBC too and if u get lucky, some wildlife too"
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