Chikmagalur Tourism
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Chikmagalur Tourism

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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Nittur srikantaiah Shivashankar

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"Overall, a nice place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chikmagalur is a heaven for my wife and me. Both of us like the place very much and want to go on each vacation. The place is surrounded by religious place like khandya temple, Kalahasti temple, belur and halebeedu, deva vrinda and others.

The place is surrounded by lush green forests and mountains with good environment and people. Overall, a nice place.
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"Fantastic with plantations all round" new review

  • 5.5/7
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The climate is very cool. People are very good and friendly. There are very good hotels to stay and is very reasonable also. Apart from hotels there are homestays for a comfortable and affordable stay. There are many interesting places nearby and one should not miss to see it.
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"Must Visit in Malanadu" new review

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Entering into Chikmangalur with coffee flowers fragrance is extremely nice feeling. Dont miss to buy Panduranga Coffee powder, local coffee. Going from Hassan road and bite in Hotel Rama temple and straight drive is best. You can visit nearby places in three days and have relaxed time in hotel.
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"The best hill station" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A very pleasant place. There are very nice places around. Cool climate and clean city. Mullayanagiri is the best one. Don't miss baba budan, Hebbe fall's, Buttermilk falls. This places are awesome after a short jeep trekking, Sringeri, Horanadu, Hanuman gundi falls, kemmanagundi. Overall, a very good package. Best hill station in Karnataka I can say.
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"A memorable trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was a pleasant and memorable trip to Chikmagalur. Enjoyed each and every moment of the trip.

Chikmagalur is a district in Karnataka. Known for its awesome nature Beauty. It has loads of attractions like Mullayanagiri, Baba Budan Giri, Kemmangundi, hebbe falls, sirimane falls, Kudremukh, bhadra.

It is well known for its calm green nature which is very peaceful. One must opt to spend holidays in this region. Best place for all category of people. I would like to recommend all to.
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"Best place to relax yourself"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Just go there without any expectation or if you tired of your hectic life. I can promise you that you will be completely relaxed and refreshed. There are so many spots to visit like temples, waterfalls, highest peak in Karnataka, coffee estate, near by villages.
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"Peaceful holidays"

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Chikmagalur is well known for its calm green nature which is very peaceful. One must opt to spend holidays in this region. Best place for all category of people. I would like to recommend all to have such a heavenly experience once in a year at least to get relaxed from busy life!
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"Must visit in a lifetime"

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  • Posted 3 months ago
Chikmagalur is a district in Karnataka. Known for its awesome nature Beauty. It has loads of attractions like Mullayanagiri, Baba Budan Giri, Kemmangundi, hebbe falls, sirimane falls, Kudremukh, bhadra wildlife sanctuary. Also Religious places like sringeri, horanadu adds beauty to its name.
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"Great place for a family outing"

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Travelled to various placed like Mullangiri, Jhari falls, some more temples and falls. Overall the weather was very pleasant. Also around 2 pm, it started to drizzle, added to the already pleasant weather. We were with kids, so had to go slow on everything which I guess we enjoyed.

Loved Jhari falls - worth the pain of reaching there.
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"A pleasant holiday and memorable trip to Chikmagalur"

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  • Posted May 18, 2015
It was a pleasant and memorable trip to Chikmagalur. My family and I enjoyed each and very moment of the trip. The Last Resort, Chikamagalur, where we stayed for two days was like a Home away from Home for us! The places we visited, like Kallathi Falls, Babudangiri, Mullayyanagiri were extremely serene, full of nature's beauty! Belur Temple is more than worth visiting! On the whole, it was a memorable trip.
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