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Another man looking out for the niche traveller is Ajoy Thipaiah. Six years ago, this coffee planter opened the doors of his four-cottage Kerehaklu Eco Retreat in Aldur, a tiny village 275 km from Bangalore. "We welcome travellers with ecological sensibilities," says Thipaiah
Accommodation is in four comfortable cottages, the food is local Malnad, the ambience entirely rustic. No fear of television or telephone here, all you can and should do here is go for walks in the surrounding spice, coffee and vanilla plantation, bird watch, hike or fish
Basics done Beautifully! 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 :)
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.