Chikmagalur Tourism
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Chikmagalur Tourism

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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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Rajar shi

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  • Rajar shi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Very nice destination!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Nitin bhuta

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"It was a great experience at Chikmagalur"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice destination. Clean Air Scenic Jungles but very limited wild life. Good People. It recommended to book well in advance to avoid disappointment for the non availability of rooms being very small village town. One should avoid any jungle safaris as it is not worth visiting because they don't have any trained personnel to explain they just drive you round and it is not worth spending any monies at all. Even not proper basic arrangements in place. Technically nothing to shop around. There is Jeep Mountaineering activity which worth exploring once in a life time with beautiful morning sun set as well as sun rise. We went in for sun rise.
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Jayakumar

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"Good place to go!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Though I had been on official visit I could not visit much place. Climate wise it is good there are some good hotels which serves good food. Over all experience was good. When I visited weather was unpredictable. Travelling by Road to Chikkamagluru via Hassan is suggested.
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Highest but not the best-Mullayanagiri"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the highest peak in Karnataka and also the highest between Mt. Abu and Nilgiris. Well connected with all parts if Karnataka. Best place to taste raw coffee. Lots of stay options. A ride & drive to Chikmagalur is easy and smooth but humble request- please don't try and ride to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak. You get Jeeps in the town which can make you reach the top and if you are a trekking n hiking lover, you can test you feet. This may take you about 9 hours to reach the top. Best time to visit, November to January. Waterfalls are a bit of attraction but difficult to reach. All in all - a blessing for Karnataka.
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Harishab Gowda

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"Enjoyed the trip!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to visit. Feeling refreshed. Unforgettable moments with family. Enjoyed nature. Good Road trip in the weekend. Pollution free environment.
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Dayanand

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"Good place to visit-Chikmagalur!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chikmagalur is the hill station places we must visit the destination, because very nature place and very good sightseeing around Chikmagalur, Such as Kemangundi kudremukh, sringeri, belur and hellabidu, badra N/P, Etc.. The food are all good in hotel but some people of tamil nadu not like this karnataka food, but all of the hotels are very good in breakfast, like masala dosa, idli vada, and some etc.
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Harsha K

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  • Harsha K
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Very Good visit to Chikmagalur"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We decided to make Chikmagalur our next travel destination. This destination was ideal, as we want to relax and enjoy quality time with friends. Places we visited around Chikmagalur are: Mulyanagiri ,The Baba Budan Range , Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Shivagiri Trails , Kemmanagundi , Hebbe Falls , Kallathigiri Falls .We stayed at Nestinggrounds Homestay, Chikmagalur and the experience was amazing. We learnt a lot about coffee plantation.
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Niraj Adhikary

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"The highest point in Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a cool experience in a home stay that is situated almost 10 km away from the town of Chikmagalur, the best place to stay in Chikmagalur. The best thing to do is to visit the highest peak called Mullayanagiri. You can do camp fire with the group in night here.
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Varun Jayaram

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"Perfect for to take leave from pollution"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We visited couple of places like Horanadu, Sringeri, Udupi, Mangalore. There are lot of scenic places in and around all these places. Very good location for a holiday. The food offered in all the temples are very very good and the people in those region treats us very good.
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"Chikmagalur, awesome place!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wonderfully awesome superb good place to visit adventure. There are many things to visit and Rome around. Weather is awesome many hotels are there. River rafting trekking adventure sports fully advent too. Good for week ends. Hotels were nice restaurant also too good.
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