Best Coffee Plantations And Coffee Resorts In India
Coffee...the very mention of it means more and more mugs of steaming frothy coffee with some snacks snuggled up in the bed with a favourite book and some good music - pure bliss! Be it hot or cold, served black or with loads of milk, each one has their own way of making this drink their own. Contrary to popular beliefs, a lot of people do drink coffee across India. Yes, production is restricted to the southern areas and probably the best is the the filter coffee with piping hot idly served in South Indian restaurants all across.
Before you get on to the coffee growing regions in India and coffee plantations, here are some facts about coffee that you should know-
- India is the 6th largest country in the world that grows coffee after Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Ethiopia. An estimated of 318,000 tones of coffee is grown at a value of Rs 47 billion.
- Karnataka is the largest scale berry area in the country. India has production of both Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties.
- Karnataka grows about 58% of the coffee with Kerala growing about 22 and Tamily Nadu about 8%. The other nontraditional areas where coffee plantations exist include Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and North-East India.
- Coffee (robusta) is also traded as futures on MCX and NCDEX commodity exchanges.
History of Coffee in India
Coffee came to India accidentally. It was this
wonderful mistake that led to production of coffee in the country,
especially southern regions.
Monsooned Malabar AA
this name you would assume that the Monsooned Malabar AA is exclusive
to India, but that is really not the case. Centuries ago, coffee beans
came to India accidentally. The beans were being transported in one of
the European ships. It sure was a pleasant accident because it gave
India a taste of something that would be relished forever. The coffee
beans started to swell up as a result of the monsoon winds. They changed
color and became more intense. Not only did it change the taste
of the coffee but also gave it a bigger nod by the connoisseurs. This
led to production of the Monsooned Malabar AA world-famous specialty
Monsooned coffee beans tend to get swollen as a result of the
moisture. The curing treatment that coffee beans get natural because of
the monsoon wind in the West Coast of Southern India works well for
these beans. Though the curing makes it more aggressive, it also adds a
mellow flavor. This reduces the acidity in the flavor and adds a
heavy flatness, which makes the beans more delicious. Only dry variety
of both Robusta and Arabica are used for this process. Monsooned Malabar
AA is the highest grade of this coffee.
Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold
Arabic exotic beans are all about the majestic Chamundi Hills of
Mysore. These beans are large in size, rare and also one of the most
premium coffees available today. The exotic coffee is prepared after
washing the exotic Arabic beans, which are common in the region of
Chikmagalur, Coorg, Biligiris, Bababudangiris and Shevaroys. They almost
have a blue-green color in appearance but when served in a cup all that
you get is an aromatic thrill. The medium bodied coffee beans offer a
distinct and acidic flavor with a light tinge of spice.
Robusta Kaapi Royale
is considered to be one of the most premium and royal coffees of the
country. It is made using Robusta beans and the making process is
elongated and specialized. It is made using only the Robusta Parchment
AB found in the areas of Coorg, Wayanad, Chikmagalur and Travancore.
These bold beans have rounded shapes but pointed ends. They are greyish
or bluish incisor and have a full body with mellow flavor.
Coffee Growing Regions and Plantations
is one of the first few places in India where coffee was grown. It is called the land of coffee and is located in Karnataka. It is a hill station that is located on the northern part of the Mullayanagiri foothills range. It is the highest peak of the Karnataka range and is located in the western Ghaats. The climatic conditions here support the growth of coffee and is one of the biggest estates. Some of the other closer regions that grow coffee here include Kodagu, coorg and Hassan.
Wayanad is the greener region of growing coffee and is located right in the middle of the majestic Western Ghats. This Kerala hill station gives way to other plantations like Munnar, Nalliyampathy and Rajamala. Lush evergreen forests surround the area along with the Pookkode Lake and Karapuzha Dam. As a result the area experiences a pleasant climate all year through, which makes it perfect for growing coffee. Rubusta coffee is grow here along with Arabica.
A small and quaint hill station in Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is one of the best coffee plantations in the country. It is situated in the Salem district amongst the Shevaroys range of hills locate din the Eastern Ghats. It gets its name from a forest called Lake Forest. The climate here is rather pleasant and cool. Some of the other coffee producing regions here include the Nilgiris District, Coonoor and Kodaikanal.
is a very popular hill station that is known for coffee production. It is located in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Situated in the midst of the Eastern Ghats of India, many tribes live around here. The name of the coffee plantation Araku comes from the region too. The first tribal settlers here grew organic coffee and since then, this brand has stuck to growing organic coffee. Of course, with more focus on pepper and rubber production, coffee is a secondary production here. The climate here is again pleasant and moist, which makes it just right for growing coffee. Surrounded by the Galikonda, Sunkarimetta, Raktakonda, and Chitamogondi Mountains along with Forest reserves, it is a lush destination for growing coffee. Some other places where coffee is growing here include the Chintapalli, Paderu and Maredumilli regions of Eastern Ghat.
Also known as the Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi is situated in the hills Odisha and is also the only hill station here. It is also one of the youngest coffee plantations in the country. Chintapalli in Himachal Pradesh follows suit. The region is pleasant and is also beautiful and has dense pine forest along with majestic coffee plantations. There is also a beautiful lush mountain and amazing valleys surrounding this region. It is an ideal place for growing coffee. But it is still not explored and touched and there are tribals residing over majority of the areas. Another area in Koraput district in Odisha is famous for coffee production.
Anamalais in Tamil Nadu
Anamalais in Tamil Nadu is a wildlife sanctuary
in the area that also has spotted leopards and other exotic animals. It is here that plantations are while the plantations are home to fine, high-grown Arabicas, including the exotic Kents. Located at 1000-1400 m it grows Arabica coffee with Pepper, Orange, Banana as inter crops.
Bababudan coffee plantations work on the legend that seamen brought seven ‘magical’ beans from Yemen and then placed it in the region here. It is a beautiful locale for growing coffee and houses wildlife species too. It is located at 1000-1500 m and gets about 1750-2200 mm of rainfall. Arabica coffee is grown here and the average production is 10,500 MT.
Biligiris (Karnatka/Tamil Nadu)
The most popular coffee of the region would be the full-bodied Arabicas. It has an elevation of
about 1500-2000 m and average rainfall of about 1100-1200 mm. The main varieties of coffee here include S.795, Sln.9 and Cauvery.
The banks of the mighty Brahmaputra are also the home to some of the best tea and coffee plantations in the area. It is located close to the Kaziranga National Park
in eastern Assam at an elevation of 800-1200 m above sealevel. The region gets about 1500-2000 mm rainfall. The main coffee type grown here is Arabica with emphasis on the S.795 and Cauvery varieties.
Coorg in Karnataka has some lush green coffee plantations that are filled with honeybees that also lead to production of the popular Coorg Honey and is assembled by the nimble-footed tribals. At an elevation of about 750-1100 m, this area gets an average rainfall of about 1000-2500 mm. Both Arabica and Robusta coffee are grown here. The Arabica varieties include S.795, Sln.6, Sln.9, etc. and the Robusta varieties include S.274 and CxR.
This region has gentle hilly slopes, with streams flowing across and providing a quaint little destination for coffee plantations. At an elevation of about 900-1100 m, this area gets an average rainfall of 1000-2500 mm. It is relatively cooler during summers too and gets ample rainfall to promote growth of both Arabica and Robusta. Arabica varieties include S.795, Sln.6 and Sln.9 while the Robusta varieties include S.274 and CxR.
Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu)
Amidst wildlife sanctuaries and dense forest are some of the best coffee plantations in the country. It has some of the best exotic Arabica varieties here. The region is located at a height of about 900-1400 m and gets 1600-2600 mm rainfall. Both Arabica and Robusta varieties are grown here. Arabic varieties include S.795, Kents, and Robusta includes Peridenia, S.274 and CxR.
Pulneys (Tamil Nadu)
This is another popular region where coffee grows and is most popular for the bright, bluebell-like Kurinji flower, which grows once in 12 years. At a height of 600-2000 m, the area gets about 1000-1600 mm rainfall and Arabica coffee varieties like S.795, Sln.5B, Sln.9, Sln.10 and Cauvery are grown here.
Sheveroys (Tamil Nadu)
Another popular region in Tamil Nadu for growing coffee is the splendid Sheveroys area. It is said that the coffee here gets its flavor or strength like the Gaur or Indian bison found in the region. The Arabica grown here is rather bold in size like the bison. Located at an elevation of 900-1500 m, Arabica coffee like the S.795, Cauvery and Sln.9 are grown here.
Both Arabica and Robustas are grown in the area. Travancore is situated at a height of about 400-1600m and gets about 2000-4000 mm of rainfall. The main coffee here is the Robusta.
Coffee Plantation Resorts
In the heart of Wayanad, Kerala, are some of the best coffee resorts in the country. Located at about 76 kms from Kozhikode is this lovely hill station. It has a unique terrain that is the home to the Coffee Aroma Resort, which is a plantation themed resort. It is located over a 10 acre coffee plantation in the Chembra Peak, which is also the highest point in Wayanad. The stay offers an array of choices like Tree House, Honeymoon Cottage, Bamboo Cottages, Wood House, Mud House, Twin Houses, Tents etc exuding the ambiance of a jungle village.Address:
Coffea Aroma Resort
Kunnumbetta, Saw Mill Stop
Chundale P.O Meppadi Road
India - 673 123 Phone:
+91 9497 833 933, +91- 4936 288588Email
If you want a guided tour of a plantation then this 300 acre working plantation cum resort is a great choice. The Orange County is also a spice plantation along with growing exotic coffees like Arabica or Robusta. Here you can take a tour of the plantation and see the production of Malabar Monsooned coffee or explore the scented spices. The resort has many facilities like dining, library, infinity pool, ayurvedic spa, romantic cottages, etc. Address
Orange County, Coorg
Karadigodu Post, Siddapur, Coorg – 571 253 Karnataka, IndiaPhone
: +91 (0)8274 258 481 – 4Fax :
+91 (0)8274 258 485Email:
Located over a 400 acre private coffee and spices plantation, the Tranquil resort is nestled in the lush green forests of Wayanad in Kerala. It offers the perfect peace and relaxing vacation that you seek along with a unique learning experience of seeing coffee plantation and production. It is a ecological beauty that houses about 7 rooms and 2 tree houses. You can easily rich here from cities of Bangalore and Calicut. The plantation had stared in about 1800 during the British area. Since then the plantation has grown bigger and better. With the resort being constructed, tourists can now enjoy the best of both worlds.Address:
Aswati Plantations Ltd
Kuppamudi Coffee Estate
Kolagapara P.O. 673591, Sultan Battery,
Wayanad, Kerala, India
Planet Green Plantation Resorts in Wayanad boasts of a beautiful locale to experience the growth of coffee and see how it is made. The resort is nestled in the Chembra Peak at a height of about 2100 above sea level. Hence, you get a spectacular view from here. There are lush slopes here that offer a great area for coffee growth. There is no stress or worry here. And this surely is one of the greenest places one can witness in India. You can see monkeys fooling around or a deer peeping from the plants.
Along with coffee, there are also many tea estates surrounding the area. The resort owners claim that no pictures can do witness to the true beauty of the resort, which indeed is true.
Chuzhali, Via KSRTC Bus Depot
Kalpetta, Wayanad, kerala, India Phone:
Another exquisite plantation located in the serene and quite Western Ghats is Coffee Acres. It is an exotic blend of concoction along with luxury & homeliness. Here you can check out the countryside and enjoy the hilly area. The resort is located in the highest and beautiful peak in Wayanad –The Chembrain. At Coffee Acres, sightseeing and staying is all about responsible tourism. Everything is done keeping in mind the ecological balance of the area. Organic food is served to the guests along with eco-friendly stay.
II Floor, G 66, Elders Forum Road,
Panampillynagar, Cochin, Pin 682 036.Phone:
+ 91 98460 43403E-mail:
Coffee Day Hotels & Resorts
Coffee Day hotel and resorts are located in Bandipur, Chikmagalur and Kabini. The resort was made as a part or subsidiary of Coffee Day Global. The Chikmagalur resort of The Serai was first to be declared open. The idea was to prove a retreat that was quite and yet located in the hear of the coffee plantations in India. Address:
Coffee Day Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd.
Coffee Day Square, Vittal Mallya Road
Karnataka 560 001 IndiaPhone:
91 80 40012200Email-