About Us

Shanthi Kunnj Homestay - one of the best homestays near Chikmagalur, is a paradise, cocooned in the misty nature amidst the coffee estates of Chikmagalur. It is nested in the cosy embrace of Holy Cross Estate. This place is adorned with breath-taking views, dewy mornings, lush green surroundings and the sound of flowing river. You will lose yourself in nature’s tranquillity, feel refreshed and rejuvenated while you stay at the naturally endowed location.

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping, walk beside green plantations and enjoy discovering the serene, pure and breath-taking environment around our homestay. Stay comfortably in Shanthi Kunnj, plan your nature explorations and transform your visit into an exciting and unforgettable experience.

We are the proud recipients of the 'Golden Category Recognition Award' instituted by Ministry of Tourism, Karnataka State, Government of India. Shanthi Kunnjaims to provide the best possible service to make your visit truly memorable.


The history of Holy Cross Estate is both unique and inspiring. Founded in 1979, it stands testimony to a saga of dedication and determination of the estate founder Mr. Anthony Saldanha, who converted a once barren land into a booming plantation.

The region surrounding the estate is known as Masigadde, which means 'coal field'. The place once produced charcoal which was used to run the steam locomotives during the British era. The entire forests were burned down for this purpose.

Mr. Anthony Saldanha had a vision like none other. His lifelong passion for coffee plantations foresaw lush green lands in a place where growing vegetation was a challenge due to years of burning charcoal. He was undeterred, Bhadra river was his lifeline while he embarked on turning his vision into reality.

The land started to yield in the year 1983-84, converting barren land into lush green territory. Presently the estate is managed by his son Neethan Saldanha who has dedicated his life to continuing his father’s legacy. The estate produces coffee – Robusta, most of which is exported. Alongside areca, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla, banana is also grown.


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