Walk on nature trails in Chikmaglur
Chikmaglur has top-notch coffee – as well as beautiful boat trips through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, ancient temples and hikes through the hills of Baba Budangiri, named after the 17th-century Sufi saint believed to have brought coffee to the region. Stay in 29 villas on The Serai’s coffee and spice plantation, each with a pool or jacuzzi. At Primrose Villas, choose from elegant glass-fronted villas that open onto a garden and mountain views. At Halli Berri (named after “halli,” the Kannada word for village, rather than a Hollywood star), wake up to the scent of coffee that’s not only great, but Rainforest Alliance-certified and pure Women’s company is made. Book a traditional or luxury room at Ama Stays & Trails’ Arabidacool Bungalow on this Kent coffee-growing estate, close to Mullayangiri, the region’s highest peak. Read more here. Get there: Chikmaglur is a five hour drive from Bengaluru. The Serai, Chikmaglur doubles from Rs22,500. Primrose Villas, Chikmaglur, price on request. Halli Berri, price on request. Arabidacool Bungalow by Ama Stays & Trails, double rooms from Rs36,000.
Find beach happiness in Gokarna
This still tranquil temple town and hippie hangout is an excellent place to relax by the sea. Get your Ayurvedic massages, beach beer and surf or yoga lessons and unwind. SwaSwara by CGH Earth is set on 26 lush acres adjacent to Om Beach and complements its robust wellness program with nature trails, cooking classes and pottery. A short walk from Belekan Beach, Kahani Paradise blends chic aesthetics and sustainable architecture, with some rooms offering sea-view balconies. Get there: Gokarna is nine hours drive from Bengaluru. Kahani Paradise, double from Rs45,135. SwaSwara, price on request.