Amongst one of best drives going out of Bangalore is the NH48 going to Mangalore via Hassan. The fields, windmills & streams offer ample opportunities for the adventurous to take breaks exploring the Malnad.
Balur Estate is about 300kms from Bangalore in Mudigere. It is a 400 acre plantation (or 1200 acre depending on the source of information) growing Arabica coffee & pepper amidst thousands of silver oaks.
Nestled within this huge estate is this colonial style bungalow – which is not only the centre piece of the estate, but also the warm host to Linger at Balur Estate guests.
The long corridor is ideal for doing just nothing – just what the Linger tagline recommends.
The library that Sameer & Co. dutifully mention about in all their communications offers the reader in you an opportunity to indulge. A warm cuppa coffee, the drizzle outside & the view of the mountains are idyllic.
Balur Estate houses a couple of dining rooms. One with a spectacular view (as above) & other a cozy hall used for dinners. A high point of Linger at Balur Estate was the hospitality of its hosts who make you feel at home away from home. The local delicacies that they dish out are just YUM – akki rotti, neer dosa, kadabu, kai obattu, etc. – try them all.
Balur Estate & its surrounds offers some fantastic views & walking opportunities. You can opt for either a plantation walk (mild | 60 mins) or a mountain trek (medium | 4 hrs). If you are there during the rains, be prepared for a leech fest ..& some exotic insects.
If possible, plan for a break by one of the fields / streams on the way back to Bangalore. The Linger – Balur Estate hosts were generous to pack us a fantastic lunch that we feasted on under a jackfruit tree in the middle of ginger farm.