Nestled within the vast scape of the Western Ghats in India, is the Malnad region (land of rain and hills) of Karnataka, with its rich heritage, culture and abundance of some of India’s best coffee plantations is Golden Wood. Be it a relaxed, adventurous, educative or even a romantic getaway, there’s something for everyone, with its widespread greenery, constant streams of flowing water, ‘mountain-esque’ landscape and plenty of history.
Situated in Sakleshpur in the historic Manjarabad region, lies Harley Estate dating back to the early 1860’s. Amidst the 800 acres of coffee plantation, lush green, many lakes, and a gurgling stream at Harley estate, lies Golden Wood, making it a perfect place for a totally relaxed getaway.
Harley Estate is situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet above sea level. The temperature ideally varies between 10 degC to 30 degC. The estate on an average receives a rainfall of 125 inches annually. The plantation consists of crops such as coffee, cocoa, banana, areca, vanilla, coconut, cardamom and pepper. All crops are carefully planted in between natural and jungle shade trees. This natural spread not only provides an ecological and sustainable growth to crops but also helps in preserving both the environment and natural wildlife. Harley Estate, not only offers some of the best and award winning coffees of the world, but also supports a sustainable eco system with a large variety of flora and fauna, being home to over 200 types of birds (identified in the region so far), and various other wild life, and an Elephant Landscape.
Golden Wood prides itself in being ecologically friendly. The electricity used within the resort is generated hydraulically at one of the gushing waterfalls on the estate, or by solar. And it doesn't just stop there; even your meals are made from produce grown organically on the plantation!