Beforest introduces the concept of wilderness collective. Here our focus shifts from farming to conserving a forest system. Why ? Because we believe a forest is worth growing. Bangalore and Chennai survive on the water which comes from the rainfall in the Malnad region of South Karnataka. Preserving these parts of the western ghats is a question of survival.
The idea of a wildnerness collective is to take up a large coffee estate and diversify it into a healthy forest system. We will not be eliminating the coffee production completely but reducing its scope and importance in the survival of the estate and introducing other native varieties into the system to make it self sufficient.
To know more about the Kakkabe Collective, please go through the brochure below.
Poomaale literally means, the hill of flowers. This beautiful estate spans 127 acres of which around 70 acres are under coffee cultivation today. The estate encompasses three hillocks, two lakes, a perennial stream and countless natural springs and monsoon nullahs. We intend to have a very small footprint here of not more than 5 acres in terms of non-forest activities. The rest of estate would be a mixture of tropical forest, with wild coffee growing mixed with other native plants like peppers, spices, oranges, cardamom, mangoes, figs, avocadoes, etc.
Thanks to the lack of maintenance of the previous owners, the eco system has strong indicators of a forest system. For eg, even in the peak of the monsoon, Kembuva Poley, our perennial stream runs crystal clear water. This tells us that the root systems run deep and the soil is being held tight by the tropical system.
To understand the state of the eco system, we are undertaking a detailed study of the biodiversity of the system in collaboration with ecology experts. The first study was done in the month of october and showed us that there are definite signs that wildlife is using the estate as a corridor. Our aim is to handle the plantation activities without disturbing their movement. We are striving hard to establish a multi use forest landscape that is both ecologically and economically viable.
The Kakkabe Collective is located just about a km from the kakkabe town market and a stone’s throw from the brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary. Another prominent landmark is Tamara, a 5 star luxury resort. Here s a google maps link to the place.
By Air: The estate is about 75km from Kannur international airport. The airport is well connected with daily flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
By Road: The estate is a breezy 5.5 hr drive from Bangalore. Depending on what route you take, you will reach us about 30 km after Madikeri or Virajpet. Drive to Kakkabe Town Market and we are about 2km from there.