mullayangiri trek

Walking the coffee path and climbing the Mullayanagiri

Words: Ambica Gulati

It was a curvy green ride through the hills from Mangalore to Chikmagalur. Though the road was not smooth, the crisp air, the blue sky and the promise of rejuvenation kept the heart singing. Known as the coffee country in Karnataka, Chikmagalur has over 15,000 coffee plantations.

Locals say that coffee came here with a saint, Baba Budan, in 1670 AD. On his pilgrimage to Mecca, Baba Budan went through the seaport of Mocha, Yemen, and discovered coffee. He wrapped seven coffee beans around his belly, got them safely from Arabia and planted them in the hills of Chikmagalur…. to read the full article, click here