The birth place of coffee in India is Chikmagalur. The first seeds were sown about 350 years ago on the slopes of Baba Budan Giri Hills in Chikmagalur. As history tells it is the Arab Connections that led to the mushrooming of the coffee industry in India. The story goes like this a pilgrim known as Baba Budan also known as Hazarat Shah Janab Allah Magatabi smuggled seven seed of coffee from Mecca while he was on a pilgrimage. The seer sowed these seeds in his garden near a cave in Chandragiri.
The Hills was called as Chandra Drona in the ancient age and now called as Baba Budan Giri after the seer. Mysore Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar III gave away lands and established norms for growing coffee in India. Even Tipu Sultan gave inam and rent free lands to farmers to grow coffee.