Chikmagalur Tourism
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Chikmagalur Tourism

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It was just another instantly planned trip where destination was still 'x'. After constant browsing for destinations 4-6 hours from Bangalore, we concluded to hit Chikmagalur. Although there were advises not to travel to the place in this season where it rains a lot. But... believe me it was nothing less of real beauty, might be that in better seasons, this place seems more heavenly..
There are a lot of waterfalls and hills to be explored.
Internet suggests a lot of activities but since we had been there during the off season, we did not find much adventure activity. Also the short duration did not allow much bandwidth to explore of adventure sports.

Note: Any description of the place would be an under-statement.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food: Did not hunt much for the food and settled down with whatever was available. Carry lot of snacks(useful during the treks and journey) but please bring back the waste and dispose it carefully.

Due to short schedule(1.5 day) we covered Kemmengudi, Mullayyanagiri, Bababudan hills. Hebbe falls and Jhari falls. We were not able to do real treks owing to the rains and a couple of travelmates who were too sick of the leeches(always try to pick a group of enthusiasts for the place) but the hill ride was worth doing it million times.

Do not miss the temple at top of 'sheetalagiri', it has stairs which at time would seem to be staircase to heaven. This was the place where I felt the over the top of cloud feeling, when towards the top it was not raining and dark clouds could be seen from the top. And as you descended, you could explore that you were above a raining cloud. It was just heavenly and awesome experience. Winds were blowing at amazingly great velocity and made you feel 'if I had wings'.

Shopping: Not a place where you want to waste time in shopping.

Activities & things to do: Internet suggests a lot of activities but since we had been there during the off season, we did not find much adventure activity. Also the short duration did not allow much bandwidth to explore of adventure sports.

Just roam around and spend minimal time in your hotel rooms.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach to Chikmagalur by early morning 4-5AM; get freshened up and hit the road again by 6-7AM although it wont matter much as we had complete cloud cover until 11AM.
Carry extra pair of footwear as your shoes are proned to get wet in the falls. Have shoes to protect your legs from leeches. Carry salt for the same reason during trek.
Trekking in rainy season might be tricky so try to avoid it during the month of September.
Since we had hired a cab, cannot advise much on public transport to the place.
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Waseem Syed

"Touch of Heaven." new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Best place to visit all over the year. Plan to reach by evening so that you can enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and cool breezes next morning. Take some warm clothes. Don't forget to carry a good camera to capture best moments and landscapes on....... More
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"Best place for peace seekers" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chikmagalur is a amazing hill station. We had visited along with my friends; and it was a 2-day trip. The trip was fantastic and we enjoyed a lot, and had a great time indeed. The whole of Chikmagalur is covered with trees and coffee estates;....... More
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Mukunda B

"Best time spent" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Overall experience was mind blowing!! We all enjoyed the beauty of nature so much! It was best holiday!! Chikmagalur is famous for its calmness and coldness!! And it will make you feel so relaxed!!! Time spent here will be very valuable!! The....... More
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Mukunda B

"Such a heavenly experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Overall experience was fabulous! It was the best time of my life spent with my family! Nature has its own value and its proven at this place! I would like to recommend all to have such a heavenly experience once in a year atleast to get....... More
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Nishanth
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  • 3 Reviews

"Nice Relaxing place close to Bangalore"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Loads of things to do like trekking, walks down coffee estates and a sunrise point among many others. It is a relaxing escapade close to Bangalore. Ideal destination for Couples and young people. While there do try the fresh coffee at various....... More
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Chikmagalur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1894 m
  • Pincode: 577101
  • District: Chikkamagaluru
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 08262
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 35°C, Winter 14 to 32°C
Chikmagalur is a small town situated in the Chikamagaluru district of the state of Karnataka. The city is located in the south-western part of Karnataka on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range . The name Chikmagalur means ‘younger daughter's town’ in Kannada. It is 250 km from Bangalore, the state capital and is a popular weekend getaway.

History of Chikmagalur

Earlier, Chikmagalur was called by the name of Kadur district till 1947. Later it was given the name of Chikmagalur, because of its history. It is believed that it was given as dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, who was the chief of Sakrepatna and the other part was given to the elder daughter, which is known as Hiremagalur.

Chiklamaglur is famous for its tea and coffee plantations. In fact, it is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. It was Babu Budan, a Muslim saint who brought coffee seeds from Yemen in 1670. Today a mountain range to the north of the town is named after him. Later, when the Europeans came to India, they took over the plantations and trade of coffee and tea.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur has several historical monuments and places of interest like the Kodandarama Temple, which is a synthesis of the Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, the Jamie Mosque and the new St.Joseph's Cathedral which has a shell shaped portico. The Ishwara Temple at Hiremagalur, which is now part of Chikmagalur town, is well-known for the 1.22 metre high figure of Jademuni.

Chikmagalur is surrounded by unending high hills, waterfalls and rivers like the Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi and Vedavathi and wild life. Being a hill station at an altitude of 3,400 ft in the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats it has a pleasant climate.

The climate of Chikmagalur is pleasant all year round but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. Chikmagalur is considered as the most sought after hill station for summer hideaways, since the place remains cool even during summers. 

Main festivals celebrated in Chikmagalur include Ganesha Chatruthi, Deepavali, Ugadi, Dusherra and more. 

Food & Shopping in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, the Land of Coffee is well known for the coffee plantations and production. Local Cuisine of Chikmagalur is called as "Malanadu" cuisine, known for its richness and spice. The typical flavor in the Chikmagalur Cuisine is brought by the aroma and taste of coconut milk. A famous example for Chikmagalur cuisine is the Akki Roti, kaikadbu, and many more treats prepared with coconut milk. However, tourists can have customized food as per their needs, such as north Indian, Biryani, purely vegetarian food, Jain cuisine, etc.

Travelling to Chikmagalur

To reach Chikmagalur by air, Mangalore domestic airport is at a distance of 170 km from Chikmagalur and serves as the closest airport. From here, tourists can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Chikmagalur. Taxi costs around Rs 2000 to Rs 2500. Next closest airport is Bangalore International Airport at a distance of 270 Km. Cabs from here costs around Rs 3000 – Rs 4000.

The Main railhead near Chikmagalur is Hubli which is at a distance of 239 km from the city. Kadur Railway station is the closest railway station at a distance of 40km from Chikmagalur and by taxi from Kadur to Chikmagalur costs around Rs 600. Hassan Railway station is at a distance of 60 km from the city.

Chikmagalur is well connected with the State owned bus services to other major cities in the state. Deluxe luxury buses and Volvo buses are available from Chikmagalur to Mangalore (170 km), Bangalore (270 km) and Hubli (239 km). 


Travelling within Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is in a hilly region and the roads are very steep. Best way to traverse in the town is by the public transport buses or by jeep. Jeeps are available at a rent price of Rs 500 for a day. Through hotels tourists can also hire cabs to visit nearby places.


Accommodation Options in Chikmagalur

Accommodation options in Chikmagalur are plenty that range from star hotels and luxurious resorts to budget hotels. Hotels in Chikmagalur are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.There are home stays in Chikmagalur which cater to the needs of all types of visitors. 
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