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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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 34 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  7740 readers

"Place for Nature's lovers" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
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"Good place for weekend trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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 1 month ago
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 2 months ago
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 3 months ago
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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Nature Craft Homestay

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  • Nature Craft Homestay
  • Lives in Chikmagalur
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Chikmagalur, The enchanting district"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A visit to the enchanting district Chikmagalur with family or friends is a holiday in total. It starts before entering Chikmaglur district with Shravanbelagola en route before Hassan. A world heritage site of having the largest monolith statue of Bahubali. This monument is preferred to view in the early hours (before 10 am or evening after 4 pm).

The drive after continues to Hassan where you deviate of the Mangalore highway leading to Belur. Here you and your family will be enthralled by the architectural marvel of the Chennakeshva temple. Prefer to hire a guide to brief you on the intricacies of the sculptures.

After Belur town you can head towards Chikmagalur, en route you have the backwaters of the Yagachi dam where there are watersport activities.

As you are entering the borders of Chikmagalur districr you will be pampered by the enchanting view of your holiday that awaits you. The mammoth range of Baba budan giri hills.

You can spend a long weekend in this district and still to crave to see more and stay more here.

Drives to Mullayanagiri, Bababudan giri, Jhari falls, make your holiday a photograpy delight.
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Deepika  Ashwant

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  • Deepika Ashwant
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Chikmagalur is a small town with chain of mountain peaks surrounding it. Famous for its pepper & coffee plantations. This place is best to be visited during winter & perfect for 2-3 days stay to do either sightseeing, trekking or just unwind & relax. People who love nature & photography will find this place very interesting.

Chikmagalur has many tourist attractions, but they are all not located along the same stretch. Firstly we need to decide our stay & places to visit according to our liking. Some of the best places are Belur & Halebidu on way to Chikmagaur, Mulyanagiri Peak, Baba Budangiri, Horse shoe view point, Butter Milk falls & Ayyankere lake. We stayed in a property at Dasarahalli Grama to explore all these places. Trek to Mulyanagiri peak is good during sunrise, it has 400 steps to climb by foot & has stunningly beautiful views from top. Be very cautious about driving towards the peak as it is very steep & narrow. Even the roads are not in good condition. There is horse shoe view point on the way towards Baba budangiri(near check-post). It has 50 steps to climb. This place too has breathtaking views of the inner & outer mountain stretch. Butter Milk falls is located inside an estate where we can reach only through Jeeps which are available there on Hire. To hire a Jeep they were charging Rs. 700, which we found to be little expensive. However The falls looks amazing. Ayyankere lake alone is far from all these attractions. This lake is good to be visited during sunset but it will be little isolated & deserted. Really calm, quiet & charming.

In Chikmagalur there is Town Canteen to try for its famous Masala Dosas & Akki Rotis and the Restaurant Annapurna (near bus stand) to try for its best coffee. We tried both & they were really good. Do not come back without buying freshly ground Coffee, Pepper & cardamom from the local stores. Some good out lets are found on the MG road.

We totally loved our stay & sightseeing in Chikmagalur. The old world charm in the Belur/Halebid temples & the bountiful nature along the Ghats will make us fall in love with the place. ATM & other amenities are found only in the Chikmagalur Town. Only BSNL phones work in most of the places along the ghats. So, be prepared for a mobile free holiday.
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Ashwin Belagodu

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  • Ashwin Belagodu
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 8 Reviews
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"For a nature lover!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2016
A superb drive it was from Bangalore. Took just 4 hours including a break for breakfast and coffee. This drive was more of a pleasure. Stayed at The Serai. Beautiful property which is 10 kms from the city. There are so many places to visit in Chikmagalur. But we decided to visit only 2 places. We went to Mullayanagiri early morning. This is the highest peak in Karnataka. It is better to take a cab or a Jeep to this place because of the bad & narrow roads. It took 40 min from the city to Mullayanagiri. 1 has to climb around 500 steps to go up to the one can easily climb the steps. It is not tiring. The fog was dense and the weather was at its best. We spent almost an hour here. The place is not at all maintained. Hope the Government develops this place. From here we went Bababudangiri which is around 25-30kms away. A good place. Nothing much to see as per me. Visited town canteen after the Mulayanagiri and Bababudangiri trek. The Masala dosa, plain dosa and jamoon was just lip smacking. This is a must visit place I will say. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is immediately after monsoons. The trees and plants will be fully green and you can enjoy the nature when it is at its best.
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Ram Kumar s

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  • Ram Kumar s
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Good experience & it was adventures!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Overall the trip we went was good. As the journey which we took by NH209 was very thrill and very adventurous. And the place we visit there was also fantastic. The resort we stayed also was really a nice, well located. And there are so many places to see there. So plan accordingly. I went with my friends there, that makes me the trip a unforgettable one.
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Rajar shi

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  • Rajar shi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Very nice destination!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
Really good destination within 4 hours of journey from Bangalore. You'll get a real flavor of the western ghats. Silent mountains, green valleys and a reserve forest. What else one can expect? There are so many places to visit in and around Chikmagalur that its hard to finish everything in a single day. We took two days, in the first day we visited the peaks, and in the second day we went to Bhadra tiger reserve.
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