India's Hallowed (Coffee) Grounds

Spanning the hills of the southern subcontinent, the vast coffee plantations of India's Coorg region are tranquil sanctuaries known mainly to those who work the land. A half-day bus ride from the nearest airport at Bangalore—and generations removed from the congested tumult of India's other population centers—Coorg is a destination for travelers who prefer their sojourns to be sleepily decaffeinated.

At the 120-hectare Chikkenahally plantation, workers start their days at dawn, and by early afternoon the tending of the berry-laden coffee bushes is largely finished. That leaves plenty of time in the indolent hours before nightfall for...

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