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The 130-year-old Cot­ta­betta bun­ga­low, nes­tled in a lush green, cof­fee plan­ta­tion of Coorg, is the an­ti­dote to the win­ter blues—not to men­tion the smog and clam­our of the big city. Tele­phones, tele­vi­sion and com­put­ers are best for­got­ten here as you stretch out on a long-han­dled planter’s chair and watch the birds break­fast on worms and in­sects. Your own fare is tastier: a full-bod­ied cup of fil­ter cof­fee and Kodagu multi-grain ro­tis or dosas with an amaz­ing ar­ray of co­conut chut­neys or stew and egg curry. Af­ter you nosh, take a wildlife sa­fari or a ‘Bean to Cup’ tour of the grounds to watch work­ers like Shobha and Priya har­vest shiny, red cof­fee beans that have ripened in the shade of sil­ver oak trees. The crisp, clean air comes at no ex­tra charge.

For de­tails check plan­ta­tion­­er­ties/ coorg/cot­ta­betta-bun­ga­low

—Al­pana Chowdhury

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