Shanthi Kunnj Homestay
About Us

Welcome to Shanthi Kunnj, Riverside Exotica where, as the name suggests, you can cherish absolute bliss and comfort in the heart of a natural setting.

Situated in Chikmagalur amidst lush green coffee plantations and adjacent to the mesmerizing Bhadra River, Shanthi Kunnj is the ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature.

Whether it is a romantic stay with your partner, a weekend of fun with your family, a break from the busy corporate life with your colleagues, or a humble yet special event that you come to us for, you are guaranteed a memorable experience.

We are also the proud recipients of the 'Golden Category Recognition Award' instituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Karnataka State, Government of India.

Shanthi Kunnj's Golden Category Recognition Award

Why Shanthi Kunnj?

Brimming With Natural Beauty

At Shanthi Kunnj boutique resort property, you can soak in the beauty of nature and all it offers-the rich coffee plantations, calming noise of the river, the chirping of the birds and so much more.

The Bhadra River that flows adjacent to our property is one of the few rivers in India that does not dry up for the whole year, no matter what the season. Additionally, it is also credited as the sweetest river in the world!

Extravagance And Comfort

Shanthi Kunnj is renowned for its world-class luxury and comfort. We offer our esteemed guests an extensive selection of inviting cottages-from the charming Log Houses, to private Superior Villas, or the Premier Rooms with extra layer of comfort and opulence.

Each of these will give you a unique experience with mesmerizing views of the river or nature. While enjoying the stay, you are guaranteed a complimentary sumptuous breakfast, evening tea with snacks, and dinner.

Perfect Weekend Destination

If you are a resident of Bengaluru, one of the most opulent cities in India, a weekend drive to Shanthi Kunnj is the perfect rejuvenation choice for you.

Our homestay awaits you with just a few hours’ scenic drive from the city, promising an experience that will leave you with a radiant smile upon return.


Nestled among the plantations and lush foliage, the reception area on the tropical estate is a true gem, combining both modern amenities and traditional designs to create a warm and welcoming experience for all our visitors with a spacious lobby, high ceiling, and a spacious seating area.

As the sun sets and the stars emerge, the reception area transforms into a magical delight where the illumination inside casts a warm glow over the area. Here, you can savour the enchanting views, capturing unforgettable moments through your lens.

Founded in 1979
From An Estate to A Resort: A Story of Hospitality
Shanthi Kunnj's SK in Chikmagalur, A Story of Hospitality

Shanthi Kunnj is situated in the gorgeous hill station of Chikmagalur in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The area surrounding the homestay is known as Masigadde, which translates to ‘coal field’ in the local language.

Apparently, during British rule in India, this area was used to produce charcoal for the steam locomotives used to carry goods. For this purpose, the forest area in this land was burnt down by the British.

Then how did this land turn out to be the unparalleled charm called Shanthi Kunnj today?

The Holy Cross Estate

In 1979, our honorable founder late Mr. Anthony Saldanha, established a coffee estate known as the Holy Cross Estate at this place.

Though a completely barren land with little hope of life again, an undeterred late Mr. Anthony Saldanha worked tirelessly to transform the land into the mesmerizing area we see today.

As a devoted coffee grower, he transformed the landscape by adding thriving coffee plantations to the area, creating a scenic charm and picturesque ambiance that flourished in the 1980s.

Today, the land is rich not just in Robusta coffee but also in priceless commodities such as black pepper, cardamom, areca, vanilla, and more.

Boutique Bliss by the River!

After transforming the land into a heavenly location, Mr. Saldanha and his wife treated the area with utmost care and were excellent hosts to guests and travellers.

That was how the notion of a homestay came up, and in 2010, Shanthi Kunnj was born.

While currently, the resort is taken care of by a professional team, it is through the principles of hospitality and dedication of our founder that we continue to stride.