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Old 29th January 2023, 21:54   #1
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Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Hello BHPians,

I had some relatives at home and we wanted to visit Puttaparthi from Bangalore.
While I'm charting the trip, I thought of including few more places on the way to make it a complete trip in BHPian style.

We started from Bangalore on Friday and covered Lepakshi on the way to Puttaparthi.

My kid loves strawberries a lot, hence while returning from Puttaparthi, I thought of covering the Strawberry Farm near Chikkaballapur.

In this post, I will cover mostly the visit to Strawberry Farm and Strawberry picking as Lepakshi and Puttaparthi are covered in other travelogues.

This Strawberry picking is offered by a farm which goes by the name " Wholesomefarms". Currently, they have strawberries, Chrysanthemum, Rose Farms and they are adding a restaurant, resort, Golf Course, Grape Vines and other exotic fruit farms in coming days.

Map Link to the Farm : https://goo.gl/maps/hkQe5r1BJBBuP9HY7

Website : https://wholesomefarms.in/

We need to book a slot from their website and show the confirmation to the manager at the farm.

The Farm is on the way to Bangalore on the Bangalore - Hyderabad Highway and its easily approachable.

They charge 200 rupees per person and we can pick as many strawberries as we want and they're charged at 400 rupees per KG.

The taste of the strawberries are amazing and very sweet,unlike the ones we get in market, where the fruits are of a little sour in taste.

Kids will enjoy the activity a lot as they can have some realistic experience in a farm, picking the fruits and purchasing them. My kid had a great time and she enjoyed a lot.

There is no restaurant in the farm currently, so if you have plans to have some food, please pack it and take along with you.

The nearest good restaurant is the age old Nandi Upachar.

There is a washroom available in the premises.

Now, let the pictures do the talking.

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If you have plans to visit, do check it out during the strawberry season.

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Old 29th January 2023, 22:33   #2
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re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Thanks, Krish!

Been planning to head down to Puttaparthi for few months now but has been done yet.

Maybe this farm visit will entice the family.

When exactly is the strawberry season, if you are aware.
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When exactly is the strawberry season, if you are aware.
January - March is the season in India and currently its the peak season.
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Here is the photo of the farm entry gate for identification.

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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Thanks for sharing.

Do one pick the fallen down strawberry or pluck from the plant? If the previous batch has plucked/picked all the ripen ones, will there be anything left for the next batch? How does it work?
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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Lovely!
Such a nice happy useful thread! Thanks!
I have very fond memories of strawberry picking (and eating) as a kid in Munnar and Valparai and Nilgiris. Season used to be Nov to Feb those days. In fact the Tata Tea folks had commercialised the whole strawberry phenomenon under the High Range brand.
Great stuff!
Delicious fruit!
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Old 30th January 2023, 11:08   #7
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Do one pick the fallen down strawberry or pluck from the plant? If the previous batch has plucked/picked all the ripen ones, will there be anything left for the next batch? How does it work?
We have to pluck from the plants directly. The farm is big enough and we cannot cover all the rows of the plantation.

February is good time to go I think, as I had seen lot of red strawberries and we couldn't pluck, as we already plucked enough.

There are fruits at all stages right from flower to green in color and then the deep red fruits which are in the ideal state for consumption.

Here are some pics showing different stages of the fruits.

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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Wow thanks for this post. My kid loves strawberries and this seems like an ideal half day trip to this farm and back.
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Very Nice !! Thanks for sharing, was looking for fruit picking around bangalore and this looks like a nice option.
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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

Amazing thread.
My twin daughters would love it. Planning to go in beginning of March. Do you thing the timing would be right?
Feb is unfortunately jam packed with my and my wife’s exams
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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

This is a wonderful place for a half day vacation. I prefer to travel there on a weekday to avoid the rush. This place is around 50 km's from the airport.
There aren't any decent eateries near by, so its preferred to take your lunch and sit in a shade and have.
They used to lease land and different location every year till 2020. Last year they bought this place and also is setting up a layout in the front. So this would be a permanent setup now.
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Re: Strawberry Picking near Bangalore | Wholesome Farms, Chikkaballapur

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Hello BHPians,


In this post, I will cover mostly the visit to Strawberry Farm and Strawberry picking as Lepakshi and Puttaparthi are covered in other travelogues.

This Strawberry picking is offered by a farm which goes by the name " Wholesomefarms". Currently, they have strawberries, Chrysanthemum, Rose Farms and they are adding a restaurant, resort, Golf Course, Grape Vines and other exotic fruit farms in coming days.
There is one more company which has strawberry farms across outskirts of Bangalore. We had been to one such farm last weekend, and it was an absolute blast for the kids.

Near Malur : https://goo.gl/maps/kA8jQFyzrdjJQ6CQA

The entrance was 200 pp and 500/kg for what you pick. An amazing weekend getaway.
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I went strawberry picking last year. It was fun and we enjoyed the labor and the fruits of the labor too
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Any idea we can take our dogs?
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Any idea we can take our dogs?
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