Chikmagalur Tourism

Chikmagalur Tourism

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Chikmagalur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1894 m
  • Pincode: 577101
  • District: Chikmagalur
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 08262
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 35°C, Winter 14 to 32°C

History of Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is a small town located at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range in the South Western part of Karnataka. It is a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore and Mangalore. The name ‘Chikmagalur’ translates into ‘younger daughter’s town’. It received the name because of a historical event in which the town was given as dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, who was the chief of the place Sakrepatna. Chikmagalur was earlier known as ‘Kadur’.

Chikmagalur is known for its vast estates of coffee and tea plantations. The first coffee plantation in Chikmagalur was brought by Baba Budan Giri from West Asia.

People and Culture of Chikmagalur

The population of Chikmagalur mainly comprises Hindus and Christians. Kannada is the predominant language of the place. Ganesh Chatruthi, Ugadi, Dussehra and Deepavali are some of the festivals celebrated in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur places to visit include waterfalls, lakes, hills and temples.

Things to Do in Chikmagalur

Among the many beautiful places to visit in Chikmagalur, Mullayangiri is the most popular place. Lying at an altitude of 1930 metres above seal level, it is the highest peak in Karnataka. It lies in the bara Budan Range of the Western Ghats. Tourists looking for adventurous things to do in Chikmagalur can enjoy activities such as Trekking, mountain biking, road biking etc. Regarded as sacred by both Hindus and Muslims, Inam Dattatreya Peetha is also an eminent Chikmagalur sightseeing place. A three-day celebration known as ‘Urs’ is held at the place every year.

Kudremukh National Park is also among the important places to see in Chikmagalur. Accredited as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, one can enjoy outdoor activities as well as sightseeing at the park. Tourists can explore the flora and fauna of the dense forest in a Safari.While sightseeing in Chikmagalur, one must not miss the Hebbe Falls which is a natural spring fall. The water stream is enriched with minerals and believed to cure skin diseases.

Food and Shopping in Chikmagalur

After exploring the various Chikmagalur tourist places, one can savour the local cuisine of the place which is known as ‘Malanadu’. The local dishes are generally flavoured with coconut milk and rice and fish curry are the staple dishes of the local cuisine. Some of the other specialties of the cuisine are Akki Roti, Kakadu and Banana Chips.

One must definitely take back different varieties of coffee and cashew nuts from Chikmagalur tour. National Coffee Research Station is where you can buy exotic varieties of coffee. Market Road is another place from where you can pick up souvenirs and other handicraft items.

Accommodation in Chikmagalur

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Chikmagalur can choose from among various options since it is well connected by road, air and rail. The closest airport to Chikmagalur is in Mangalore which is located at a distance of around 170 km. Daily buses ply from places such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Coimbatore to Chikmagalur. One can also rent a car and drive down to the place.

Homestays and guesthouses are the most popular form of accommodation in Chikmagalur. One can also look for resorts in Chikmagalur that lie close to the major Chikmagalur attractions.

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Chikmagalur Traveller Reviews

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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  315 helpful votes
  •  7206 readers

"Get lost in the clouds!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The main reason for me to visit Chikmaglur was to cover the three mighty peaks of Sheethalagiri, Bababudangiri and Mullyanagiri. After these three exhausting treks, I rode solo to Hebbe falls through forest ed paths to dive into the white frothy water that cascades down the hills. The final day of my trip was spent rafting down the Bhadra river which is definitely recommended for every adventure lover out there!
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Raghavendra Bhat

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  • Raghavendra Bhat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 photos
  • 56 Reviews
  •  159 helpful votes
  •  56117 readers

"Good to visit during monsoon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chickmagalur is a peaceful hill station. It is fun to visit here during monsoon when there are many waterfalls on the roadside and you will be literally walking in the clouds. Drive to the upper spots like Mullayyanagiri and Bababudangiri is worth it. There are also many religious places around.
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Girija shanker

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  • Girija shanker
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1502 readers

"Perfect place to enjoy natrure"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is mini hill station of south. Coffee garden, so many falls, full of cloud. We traveled inside cloud. Thrilling experience. Filter Coffee was excellent and good experience. We also bought coffee powder and small utencil to prepare filter offee liker.
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  • Srikudoc
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3075 readers

"Chikkamagaluru super place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Chikkamagaluru - "town of the younger daughter" is a small town district. The town has nothing great in itself but the surroundings are very beautiful. A toy train for kids in the MG park is a good attraction. The mullayyana giri and baba budan giri hill ranges are good. Although its quite risky to drive over those narrow roads, an experienced driver might negotiate. Overall a good place for relaxation. One can plan a stay for 2-3 days.
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Ranish Bera

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  • Ranish Bera
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 86 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Monsoon Love"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2016
Monsoon loves Chikamangalur and Chikmagalur loves monsoon. This bike ride to Chikamangalur from Bangalore is my first monsoon ride and I enjoyed it fully. Chikmagalur will give the travelers misty roads, chilly winds and serene nature to adore. One must visit the Mullayanagiri hill top and Baba Budangiri
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 77 photos
  • 28 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
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"Place for Nature's lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
We went in Bike from Bangalore in the month of November and it was 2 day trip. Total distance is around 250 km out of which you will be travelling in Bangalore-Mangalore highway for around 180-190 km which is a fantastic road to cruise above 120 kmph (though I recommend to drive safe :-) ). After crossing the highway you have to ride in road which full of bumps and potholes (around 30-50).

Just before reaching Chikmagalur you will see some good scenery full of Trees planted in an order, some endless land and if you are lucky enough like us, you may see many horses. We reached Chikmagalur after 7 hours of travel which include Breakfast, many tea breaks and lunch. We started exploring with Hebbe falls. I am not sure about the destination, as entry is not allowed after 10 A. M, but the scenic view on the way is just awesome. While returning we went to a temple located on that hill which quiet. Then we headed towards mid of Chikmagalur where we planned our stay. To reach there we had to travel around 40 km ghati road.

Next morning we left for Mullayanagiri around 5 AM and reached at 6-6:30. I must confess, in my lifetime I haven't seen or felt such wonderful from the top of the hill. It is a must visit place in Chikmagalur even you can afford to miss Baba budangiri.

Then we headed towards Mangalore which is different story:-).
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Khaleel ahmed

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  • Khaleel ahmed
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3708 readers

"Good place for weekend trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 21, 2016
Good place for weekend trip from 300 km distance. Place is developing as tourist destination. Few good places to see, good place to relax if you stay in cottages. Good food is available only in city, very difficult to get food on roaming unlike Ooty. Connectivity is good by buses. Kadur junction is 40 km from Chikmagalur. Weather is fantastic, scenery is beautiful. In couple of years it may develop to popular weekend tourist destinations.
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  • Sridhara
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2016
Beautiful place to visit with family. Awesome sceneries, views and the nature is splendid. Can't be described in words. One should visit this place and enjoy the beauty of nature. Mullayanagiri, Baba Budan Giri and Kemmangundi are superb. Even the people are very good.
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  • Sarvesh
  • Lives in Goa
  • 5 Reviews
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"A beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2016
Beautiful place. Very nice for people who like road trips. Drive to all the destinations are interesting. There are many places to visit but all of them lie about 60 km on average outside town in all direction. The maps provided by one of the coffee shop can be used for sightseeing and are quite helpful. There are almost 8 routes that one can follow from town as centre. Each route will take a day. So if one is very much interested than at least a week is required.

Most of the routes will have famous coffee plantations with their own coffee shops. Don't forget to enjoy them some are located at really scenic places.
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Mangesh Raut

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  • Mangesh Raut
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Chikmangluru- A gift to a younger daughter by a father"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
It will sound weird if say I had visited a gift given by a father to his younger daughter. Chikmagalur, a most beautiful gift a father can give to his younger daughter. A gift covered with beautiful mountains which are decorated by coffee estates and to make it more beautiful is Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka.

An evening in Chikmagalur will make you wonder how beautiful and colourful evenings can be. It's just like a contest amongst the mountains to surprise its spectators with the shades of skies. With such and ambience the Resort Taj Gateway was another reason to my delight. A dip in the swimming pool watching the light show of the evenings and then a star studded sky with a serene and blissful appearance by the moon. Tats worth a life to live.

As every time I say it's not the destination but the roads that make the trip worth, same is with Mullayanagiri. Roads here will always teach you make way for others or even you will not reach your destination.

Mullayanagiri may not have anything better to offer but it will make you hear what nature has to say to you. A life we missed in the the daily chaos, for me it was a conversation with the best person ever I met, 'Me'. And to make the entire 2 days worth some colleagues who are now friends.

Special mention of the our Super Guide Mr. Pramod whose interest of explaining Chikmagalur was more special and spell bound than the information. CHIKMAGALUR it is!
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