We reach the gate of the estate around 12.30 PM having left Bangalore around 8.30 AM. The security guard opens the gate after checking our credentials. Kadamane estate is one of the largest estates in Sakleshpur with a holding of more than 10,000 hectares of land coverage. It is a big township with hospital, school and post office dedicated to the estate. Established in probably in 1920s by British, the estate is now part of EID Parry group, one of the largest industrial groups of South India.
Oldest tea bush in the estate – planted in 1929!! Look at the width of the bush!!
We are now in green country. The drive from the gate to our cottage is soothing through winding roads of the estate. It is miles and miles of greenery. Thick evergreen forests and valleys of Western ghats mark the boundary of the estate.
The Green road!!
Notice Shola forests acting as boundary at the edge of the estate
Freshened up, we sit out for sometime to savour the fresh air and soak in the greenery of the place.It is dead quiet out here. Clouds gather in the sky and we are hopeful to experience the rain. The location of the cottage overlooking the valley of Kadamane is a perfect place to enjoy the rain.
We are now on the ghat road. The signage says that distance to Bisle village as 16 KMs. We start driving and realise that there is virtually no road. It is more of a gravel path with potholes and craters. Having driven on worst of the roads in Madhya Pradesh in Central India, we are still comfortable. We are betting on the villager’s guidance and hope that the bad patch last only 8 KMs. But the bad road continues beyond that. We are also worried as there is virtually no traffic on the road and we are driving through thick forest. Though there is not much of wildlife, we are more worried if something happens to the vehicle and get stuck.
Suddenly, we see a car behind us. It is Maruthi Omni driven by local driver. We are happy to let him overtake us and we start following him. Being a local guy, he will manoeuvre well and act like a pilot. The road is pathetic and we take one hour to cover 15 KMs. It is a backbreaking exercise and Brinda is not very happy either. We reach the viewpoint and notice a TATA Sumo – a SUV – already parked. We could hear people speaking loudly. It seems like an all male gang having a party. We don’t climb up but savour the views from the roadside. The valley view of Bisle ranges is breathtaking. I have never seen such a valley and huge expanse of virgin forests. It is mind-blowing.
The road from the Bisle viewpoint is in good condition and it is downhill now as we head back to Kadamane. It is cloudy but no rain. The lush green meadows we had seen in August last year is brown and waiting for showers to change colours.
It is time for some bubbly after a hard drive. We sit in the porch and the silence is broken only by cicadas. We want rain gods to answer our prayers. But we are not fortunate as Prabhu calls us for dinner. After a nice dinner we return to sit in the porch of the cottage for sometime to immerse in the silence of the place. Still no signs of rain.We reach Kadamane around 8 PM. The detour via Bisle makes us take longer time.
Kadamane estate in full glory in early morning light
|These two tufts of forest on top of a manicured tea bushes looked like a young boy with mushroom cut!|
|The clouds were chugging the trees and sun plays hide and seek!|
|Pathway between cottages – notice the valley view|
|Tennis court built by British!|
|Thick shola forests populate the valleys|
|Green, Green everywhere!|
|This is my favourite……the monotony of green broken by white of the workers’ shed|
|Wanted to experiment…….Tagore and Tea!!|
|Time for flowering of lovely Orchids|
|Tea garden bordered by forest. The contrast is great.|
|Yours truly with the beast on top of the hill!!|
|The Beast on the greens!!|
|Five Acres – Awesome, Breathtaking and Just beautiful!!!. The following pictures were all taken at Five Acres|
Radhika – Cariappa’s wife – who is the Managing “Sinnadorai’s Bungalow” meet us and we settle the bill, say goodbye to “Kadamane”. An awesome place,we are sure to return to explore further when it is pouring. We missed the rain in Kadamane – a reason for us to get back in Monsoons. But we had an experience of our life as we went up to “5 Acres”.
Kadamane in Sakleshpur is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore.
Post Script – Though there are many home stays in Sakleshpur, we can say that this place is unique. The estate will be closed for visitors due to renovation and monsoons and will open in end August/first week of September. You may contact their website below for bookings. The renovation is done and the beautiful Buangalow welcomes you now. You can see this post on this blog for details Kadamane revisited
Here is their website – Sinnadorai’s Bungalow
- Go for small hikes in forests. You may get a chance to see some animals in western ghats.
- Do a day trip to cover spectacular 57 feet monolithic statue of Bahubali atop a hill in Shravanabelagola, UNESCO Heritage temples at Belur and Halebid. ( See the post Halebid – Zenith of Hoysala Architecture! on sculptural marvels of Halebid in this blog)
- Drive up Bisle ghat for spectacular views of Western ghats
- Picnic on lush meadows
- Visit historic Manjarabad fort
- Visit famous temple of Kukke Subramanya
- Mountain biking
- Off roading
- Do bird watching and see birds of western ghats
- Treks to waterfalls
- Just pick up a book and savor the clean, cool atmosphere!
- Do nothing!!
Darshan – one to one meeting with god!
Sinnadorai – Junior Manager. The Estate manager during British era in Kadamane estate was called as “Dorai” in South Indian language of Tamil which translates as ” King or Boss”. The Assistant manager or Junior Manager was called as “Sinnadorai”. Sinna meaning Junior or Assistant.
Sakleshpur is breathtakingly beautiful after monsoon. You may look at this post
Sakleshpur – Monsoon drive in western ghats!
Shravanabelagola – Serenity of Shravanabelagola
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