Balur Estate is a 400 acre coffee plantation, running since the 1840s. Standing testimony to the changing centuries, this place is steeped in history and legacy including lots and lots of artefacts, written records and most importantly stories from the years gone by.
We bring to you this unique opportunity to be a part of this heritage. We bring to you Beforest – Private Estates, an undivided holding in The Balur Estate and all its legacy along with a sensitively & ecologically designed bungalow customised just for you. All the infrastructure, including roads, water supply, security & maintenance, etc would be shared between the participants of this estate. You will even have access to a feature from the yesteryears – the planters club – an exclusive club just for all the planters of this estate.
The estate has been intensively cultivated for coffee, pepper and timber for the past 180 years. However, with the current owners becoming increasingly aware of the risks depending exclusively on a few commodities, the goal is to slowly start diversifying the estate and take the load off coffee alone.
The 30 participants would own 300 acres of the estate in an undivided manner, with the current owners continuing to own the other 100. We will be using their experience, wisdom and operational expertise in running the estate. Balur estate coffee is very well known in the coffee circles with hotel chains like the Taj serving an exclusive balur blend as well.
Currently, the estate has all the infrastructure of a running coffee estate including two large lakes, irrigation for over 150 acres, a couple of bungalows, 21 km of trails, processing infrastructure, staff quarters for about 50 folks, tractors, 4 wheel drive vehicles, etc. With Linger running a very low footprint hospitality operation in the heritage bungalow successfully, we look forward to using that as an additional complimentary revenue stream that takes the pressure off in a bad year. This would keep the estate in an economically sound place so that the participants can enjoy the simple things in life.
All said and done, this is a chance to own a piece of living history and witness how the centuries continue to fail to change life at Balur.
By Air: 115km from Mangalore airport (about 2.5 hrs)
By Train: 200 km from Mysuru station (about 4 hours)
By Road: 260 km from Bangalore (about 4 hrs)
Balur estate is really easy to get to. You can feed the following location on google maps and navigate to the spot.
The options start from owning a 10 acre share with just access to the planter’s bungalow whenever you visit to a fully owned bungalow in the estate. The pricing for these options start from Rs. 2.1cr onwards. We are waiting for the first set of 15 participants to confirm their participation with a commitment cheque (that will only be encashed once 15 cheques are in hand).
Currently, we are carrying out our surveys which include the hydrology and contour surveys to plan out the infrastructure. If you are interested in participating at Balur, then please click on the “I want to participate” link below and we will get in touch about the next steps.