Rooted in Nature: Bajan Bopanna’s Journey to Evergreen County

In the verdant hills of Coorg, Karnataka, amidst the gentle rustling of trees and the soothing melody of flowing streams, lies Evergreen County—a sanctuary meticulously crafted by Bajan Bopanna. Born and raised in this picturesque region, Bajan’s childhood was steeped in the rich tapestry of Coorg’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Growing up surrounded by lush coffee plantations, mist-covered hills, and the warm hospitality of his community, Bajan developed a profound appreciation for his homeland—a place where time seemed to stand still amidst the vibrant greens and earthy aromas.

As he embarked on his journey into adulthood, Bajan’s path initially led him away from Coorg. Armed with ambition and a thirst for knowledge, he pursued higher education and gained valuable professional experience in diverse settings. Yet, amidst the bustling cities and corporate corridors, the allure of his roots remained strong—a whispering call to return and share the magic of Coorg with the world.

In 2009, fueled by a blend of nostalgia and entrepreneurial spirit, Bajan took a leap of faith. With a modest investment of Rs. 50,000 and a heart brimming with determination, he laid the foundation of Evergreen County—a venture that would redefine hospitality in Coorg. His vision was simple yet profound: to create an oasis where weary souls could escape the chaos of modern life and reconnect with nature’s tranquility.

From the outset, Bajan’s approach was deeply rooted in sustainability and authenticity. Evergreen County was not just a resort—it was a testament to Coorg’s natural splendor and cultural ethos. Nestled among the hills, the resort’s architecture paid homage to traditional Coorgi homes, with rustic cottages crafted from local wood and stone. Each detail, from the intricate carvings to the earthy hues, spoke of a deep reverence for the land and its heritage.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Evergreen County offered guests a transformative experience. Here, amidst the verdant landscape, visitors could immerse themselves in a range of unique activities. From dawn hikes through spice-scented trails to twilight safaris where the calls of wild echoed through the valleys, every moment at Evergreen County was designed to awaken the senses and nourish the soul.

Central to Bajan’s vision was the concept of responsible tourism. He championed eco-friendly practices, ensuring that the resort operated in harmony with its surroundings. Solar panels adorned the rooftops, rainwater harvesting systems replenished the earth, and organic gardens provided fresh produce for the resort’s kitchen. Even the adventure activities, like night plantation walks illuminated by lanterns and rejuvenating yoga sessions amidst ancient trees, were crafted to minimize impact and maximize connection.

The success of Evergreen County was not merely measured in financial terms. It was reflected in the smiles of guests who rediscovered a childlike wonder amidst Coorg’s natural wonders. It resonated in the stories shared around crackling bonfires, where strangers became friends under the starlit sky. Each accolade—from the Better Holidays Award by Holiday IQ to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame—underscored the resort’s commitment to excellence and guest satisfaction.

Yet, Bajan’s journey as an entrepreneur was not without its challenges. Building Evergreen County from the ground up required more than financial investment—it demanded unwavering resolve and the courage to overcome obstacles. Convincing his family of the viability of his dream, navigating bureaucratic hurdles to secure permits, and assembling a dedicated team of local artisans and hospitality professionals were just a few of the hurdles he faced along the way. Each setback became a lesson, reinforcing his belief in the transformative power of persistence and passion.

Today, as Bajan reflects on his entrepreneurial odyssey, he sees Evergreen County not as a destination but as a catalyst for change. In an increasingly fast-paced world, where digital screens often replace natural vistas and concrete jungles overshadow verdant landscapes, places like Evergreen County offer a sanctuary—a reminder of the healing power of nature and the importance of preserving our cultural heritage.

Looking ahead, Bajan envisions a future where Evergreen County continues to evolve, embracing innovation while staying true to its core values. He dreams of expanding the resort’s offerings, introducing new eco-friendly initiatives, and reaching out to a global audience eager to experience Coorg’s timeless allure. For him, entrepreneurship is more than a profession—it is a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and unwavering commitment to creating positive change.

In sharing the story of Evergreen County, Bajan hopes to inspire fellow entrepreneurs and travelers alike. His message is clear: amidst the challenges and uncertainties of life, there exists a profound beauty waiting to be discovered—a beauty that can transform not only landscapes but also lives. Evergreen County stands as a testament to the enduring power of passion, perseverance, and the timeless allure of Coorg.

As the sun sets over the misty hills of Coorg, casting a golden glow over Evergreen County, Bajan Bopanna’s journey continues—a journey fueled by a deep love for his homeland and a boundless belief in the transformative power of nature.