AUGUST 22, 2023
Loyola Estate is situated in the Lower Pulney Hills in the Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu, India. The estate is spread over an area of 150 acres with coffee and other crops like cardamom, orange, pepper and banana in an integrated plantation model.
The fascinating history of Loyola Estate can be traced back to 1925 when the estate was purchased from the Zamindar of Chatrapatti by the Roman Catholic Jesuit Missions. The Jesuit Missions started the coffee plantation with the help of P.R. Karuppiah Nadar and his sons. Subsequently, in 1985 P.R Karuppiah's son P.R.K. Joseph purchased the estate from the Archbishop of Madurai. His son J. Nagarajan and his grandson N. Peter Naresh presently own and run the estate.
The coffee bushes grow under a carefully maintained natural shade of the native tree species like Artocarpus heterophyllus(Jack), Terminalia bellarica (Thandi), Syzgium jambolana (Nava), Cedrella toona (Santhana vembu), Acrocarpus fraxinifolius (Nelarae), Pterocarpus marsupium (Vengai), and other trees, such as Gmelina arborea (Kumul), Erythrina lithosperma (dadap) and Grevillea robusta (Silver oak).
The rich flora of the estate supports an abundant fauna, including a number of species of birds, butterflies, honeybees and other useful insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. The estate is blessed with perennial streams flowing throughout the land, with the check dam spreading over 4.5 acres and two sides of the estate bordered by a thick tropical rainforest.Click here to try our seasonal coffee from Loyola Estate.