L - R: Pranoy, Ajoy and Prashun
[kay - ray - huck - loo] - noun
1. Definition: the shelter (‘haklu’) by the lake (‘kere’)
2. Origin: 11th - 12th Century Kannada language
Kerehaklu is our home. It is a green haven tucked away in the Western Ghats, a place that inspires you to gather yourself, unwind and create. The plantation is spread across 250 acres and is a 15-minute drive from the closest village of Aldur, making it a secluded getaway amid fascinating flora, fauna and fungi.
Our land and its specially curated activities are rooted in nature, and our way of living places conservation and cohabitation at its core. Allow yourself to find a space of calmness, away from all the commotion, with a visit to Kerehaklu.
Ajoy: A fourth-generation coffee producer with immense knowledge of the area, Ajoy has spent his adult life combining traditional and scientific processes of cultivation and conservation. The plantation as it stands today is all thanks to his experience and attention to detail. See if you can name more species, we dare you!
Pranoy: Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Biology in Sydney, Pranoy’s goal is to make people more mindful of the biodiversity in the Western Ghats through Kerehaklu’s produce. He does this via a focus on the history of the interactions between indigenous and introduced species. Pranoy can most commonly be spotted making the rounds of the estate — documenting the natural world with Kivi by his side.
Prashun (alumnus): After two years of closely observing and documenting Kerehaklu’s wildlife movements, Prash is now part of a brilliant organisation called Melbourne Water, helping to conserve Australia's natural landscapes. He also scuba dives at some of the best sites Down Under. We’re not jealous at all…
Kivi: With a nose for adventure and the heart of an explorer, our beagle pup Kivi is undoubtedly Kerehaklu’s cheekiest resident. Now a year old, Kivi spends most of his day accompanying Pranoy or Ajoy while they work on the estate. In his spare time, he’s busy reading all the comments from his fans on our Instagram.