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Why Travel Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalur means the town of younger daughter, the name originating from the historical event in which the city was offered as dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the chief of Sakrepanta. Situated at the foothills of the Mullyanagiri ranges, it is a great attraction for trekkers and those wishing to experience the peaceful ambience of the city. The other attractions that the town has to offer include Mullain Giri, the highest peak in Karnataka, Jamia Mosque, Kondadarama Temple, St Joseph's Cathedrals well as the Siddheshwara temple, which is just nearby. Fondly known as the "Coffee Land of India", Chikmagalur is the first town to be planted with the coffee beans in India during the British rule.

For a relaxing getaway amidst the beauty of nature sojourn at scenic Chikmagalur that is around 280 km from Bangalore. Known as the coffee land and hill stations, this destination offers the ideal respite from the city life. Step into a fairy tale land with the lush valleys, gushing streams, and aromatic coffee plantations.

The rugged hills provide a great backdrop for trekking. When here, you can go trekking and camping at the highest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri Mountain. You can also revel in a coracle ride that smoothly glides across the pristine water.

Chikmagalur, with its warm hospitality, various stay options, pristine and untouched beauty, makes it for an ultimate offbeat experience. Take a plantation tour, trek to some of the captivating peaks and historic fort, indulge in indoor and outdoor games, go for 4x4 jeep safaris, and enjoy bird watching along an array of other enthralling activities.

The coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is famous for its beautiful hills and views, along with its aromatic coffee.


Connectivity :
By Rail - There are no direct trains from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. Nevertheless, you can board a train from Bangalore to the Kadur railway station that is the nearest railway station to Chikmagalur. Kadur railway station is around 45 minutes from the Chikmagalur city centre for which you can either rent a cab, an auto-rickshaw or a local bus.

By Road - You can hire a cab from Bangalore to Chikmagalur, an extremely comfortable option. Although, there is also an option of taking a direct bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur.

The local cuisine, known as Malanadu cuisine is known for its richness and spice, mainly supplemented by the flavors of coconut milk and having rice and fish curry as staple items of the local platter. One must sip in some fresh and local coffee here. The popular items of this town are Akki Roti, Kakadu, Nendranga chips (Banana chips) and more. Authentic Kannada cuisine as well as typical North-Indian food is available here.

An Ideal Itinerary :
Day 1- Check-in at the hotel. Visit the endless fields of coffee plantations in Chikmagalur. Then, trek to Mullayangiri, the highest peak of Karnataka in Chikmagalur is situated at an elevation of above 2,000 m.
Day 2- After breakfast, head to Kemmangundi, a hill station at a distance of 61 km from Chikmagalur is famous for its trekking and landscapes of hills. Visit the famous waterfalls nearby Kallathigiri Falls and Manikyadhara Falls, the most famous cascades around the town.


Few Places of Interest :

Baba Budan Giri

A very popular attraction in Chikmagalur, Baba Budan Giri peak is around 28 km northwards of the town. Christened after the Muslim Saint Baba Budan, this peak has a height of 1895 m above the sea level. Also known as Dattagiri, it offers some amazing views of the surrounding. You can also indulge in bird watching here.



Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Horanadu is around 100 km south-west of the hill town. Visit the ancient Annapoorneshwari temple, revamped and renamed as Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. A visitor to the temple is offered food and shelter, within the temple premises. From the temple complex, you can also enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and forests.

Manikyadhara FallsSituated quite close to the religious site of Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha, Manikyadhara Falls gushes down from an amazing site and offers an amazing sight. When you will visit the site, it will look like the water is gushing down like small pearls. Treat your eyes to the surrounding beauty.


Kallathigiri Falls

Around 10 km from Kemmangundi, Kallathigitri Falls cascade from a height of 122 meters from the Chandra Drona hill. Also referred to as Kalahasti falls, the pool formed at the base of the fall becomes a beautiful sight amidst lush scenery. In the gap between the rocks of the waterfall, there is an ancient Veerabhadra temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Once you cross the falls, you reach the temple.


Shanti and Hanumana Gundi Falls

Shanti Falls is an extremely beautiful waterfall, which lies on the road towards the Z-Point in Kemmangundi. While the Hanumana Gundi Falls, which is located around 32 km from the Kalasa, this waterfall gushes down from a height of more than 100 feet on natural rock formalities.


Hebbe Falls

Placed at a distance of 10 km from Kemmangundi, Hebbe Falls is a beautiful waterfall that cascades from a height of 168 meters in 2 stages to form Dodda Hebbe, which are the Big Falls and Chikka Hebbe, which are the Small Falls. A visit to this waterfall is quite refreshing and memorable.

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