Earlier this week we stayed at a coffee estate in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is a town located about 5 hours from Bangalore and is known for its coffee and tea estates. The town is set within the foothills of the Western Ghats and the estates are all located along narrow, winding roads up in the hills. The estate was beautiful and a nice break from the city. There were around 40 workers on the coffee estate, 3 writers (who are in charge of the workers), and the owners. It was nice to see what life would be like living up there. During the rainy season, the estates frequently lose electricity. We had electricity for a few hours each night and it was mostly off during the day. We gave the cook on the estate a light pillow to help him with his work. He had a small, kerosene lamp that he was using.
We also used the light for our evening activities. It was really handy to have around and we were all very happy with the amount of light it gave off.