ancestry of the current generation of Cafe Navilu coffee
growers can be traced back as far as 'Churche' Kale M. Gowda
(seen here in the far left). In the early 1700's a war took
place between the landowners of the Makonahalli Region and
a neighboring kingdom.
Kale Gowda was the sole survivor of the Makonahalli people;
all other members of his family were killed. At this time
Kale Gowda was only a little boy and the people from the
neighboring village his family had fought against were plotting
to kill him because he was to own all the land in Makonahalli
(the heart of the coffee growing regions). A local tribe
called the Billavas decided to help Kale Gowda, and they
hid the little boy under a weed called Churche. Since Kale
Gowda was hidden under the weed Churche he became known
as 'Churche' Kale 'M' Gowda, the 'M' standing for Makonahalli.
The plantation owners of today are the ninth generation
coffee growers and are the direct descendants of 'Churche'
Kale 'M' Gowda. To this date none have ventured into other
professions. As the years go by the plantation is divided
between the sons, at present there are 55 heads of the 'M.