A hanging bridge welcomes you to the plantation on this man-made island. And, tucked away amid mango trees, coconut palms, silver oak trees and a variety of plants are 10 wooden cottages. That's Winter Greens Eco-Resort for you.
Set up three-and-a-half years ago by Ramesh Arun, who gave up a career in the aviation sector abroad, the resort promises a taste of leisure in a farmhouse.
Fascinatingly, nestled on the foothills of the Western Ghats, the island gets surrounded by water from a nearby lake during the rainy season.
The Texan-style cottages are made from locally-sourced wood and other eco-friendly material. They flaunt terracotta tile flooring and minimalist interior design. Comfortingly, none of the cottages has air-conditioners or television sets. As Ramesh points out: “The weather here remains pleasant for most part of the year — people come here to unwind, and we do not want them confined to their rooms, watching television.”
The rural touch of the cottages continues to the dining area too, complete with weathered wooden tables. The boardroom-style design lends the place a sense of vastness. And, they've permitted a television set here!
And, now for the food. Though there's a set vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet for lunch and dinner, the chef can tweak the menu as per your request. But the most interesting part is, you can don the chef's hat and churn out your favourite dish!
Apart from the wooden cottages, there is a dormitory too.
Ramesh says if a huge group visits the resort, it can request to have the entire resort to itself — no other guests will be entertained during the stay.
WINTER GREENS ECO-RESORT
USP: Far from the madding crowd
How to get there
Winter Greens is located off Kadur Road, 10 km from Chikmagalur town
Rs. 1,850 per person per day on a triple-sharing basis; Rs. 2,050 per person per day on a double-sharing basis; and Rs. 2,500 per day for single occupancy. Includes all meals. For details, call 08262-220869, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wintergreens.in
Things to do
Take a walk in the lush plantation, soak in the smell of rain, watch birds, catch up with your reading (a library is coming up in the resort), indulge in group activities, games or corporate meetings.
Explore the rolling hills of the Western Ghats. Located within a few hours' drive from the resort is the scenic Kemmangundi, Bababudangiri, Mullayanagiri (the highest peak in Karnataka), and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.
Hebbe and Kallathigiri waterfalls are in their full glory during the monsoon.