Kini Hotel, Kumta

pics of chai and breakfast at Kini Hotel Kumta by Arun Shanbhag

This tiny tea shop in Kumta is my main eating and meeting place in Kumta. It’s in the main paent (market) and only a few steps from the Shanteri Kamakshi Devasthan and the Venkatraman Muth/Devasthan.

It opens by 6 am and I get there by 6:30. Then it’s crowded with laborers sipping their chai or kaapi. Early in the morning they serve puri bhaji, phovu, shira and upma. By 8:30 am they’ll start serving buns and around 10:30 dosas are spread. Last orders at 8 pm and the place shuts down by 8:30 pm; so does the rest of Kumta paent. *sigh*

The tables are tiny, but expect strangers to ask you to scoot over and sit. Just enjoy the chai (or kaapi or kashai). The front has the requisite glass cabinet of laddoos, various mithai and savory farsaan. Sorry Meera, no jalebis.

Early in the morning, only a few other stores are open on the strip. The vegetable and flower stalls are slowly setting up. Its a wonderful time of day to stroll along and strike conversations with the locals. My Konkani vocabulary is improving and am getting more comfortable with Kannada. What a beautiful life!

11 thoughts on “Kini Hotel, Kumta

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    1. Shridhar,
      I can put you in touch with one of the real estate agents from Kumta, whose office is a few shops down from the Kini Hotel?
      let me know if it is ok to forward your email address to him (Vinayak Baleri).

  1. Dear Arun
    Is this Mankini hotel, if yes this is rennovated one, Jelebi in mankini hotel with chai is delicay.
    I grown with these jelebi

    1. I am not sure of all the Kini brother’s names. I know they have (at a least) two restaurants. The other one is next to the Mahalasa Devasthan on the other side of “Mooru Katte”. Did not know the older version, so this might be the renovated version.

      I did not see jalebis, but it might be a seasonal one. Should ask on my next visit. Meera loves jalebis. Love their chai.

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