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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Anitha Prabhu
  • Anitha Prabhu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Very refreshing !!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very refreshing. Quite beautiful place away from the city. Beautiful Coffee and Tea plantations. Lovely view of the hills and the hill locked valleys. Lots of water falls and rivers for people who enjoy water. Lots of beautiful temples to visit. Just good to relax and enjoy with family.
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Kuldip Patel
  • Kuldip Patel
  • Lives in Rajkot
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"Touching the sky: A weekend at Chikmagalur- land of coffee"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was 26th Jan long weekend of Jan 2015. I started researching to locate a decent accommodation in Chikmagalur and fortunately I bumped into SK Regency. I searched about this hotel and it was good review by the people who wants to get a budget hotel near by the all places. Initially planned for the weekend of Dec-2014 but had to postpone the dates as it was already booked. Then, checked for weekend of Jan- 26 2015 was lucky this time for which I got the booking confirmed.

Accommodation: SK Regency

Rate: 1. 4K per Room per night inclusive of all (No Breakfast and no meal).

Onward Journey: (NH 48) BLR -> Nelamangala -> Channarayapatna -> Halebid -> Chikmagalur

Started at 6:30 AM from home (Outer ring road) and took NH4 which was a breezy drive all the way to Nelamangala. From Nelamangala we had to take a left towards Hassan and this route also was very good all the way to Hassan. Stopped for breakfast at on the way hotel for breakfast around 8AM. We had hot tatte idly with and coffee. We took halebid diversion to see all historic temples on the way and reached Chikmagalur around 1:30PM. With no time i checked in into hotel and upon asking he gave me one route of all sight and distance. Hotel staff was average in communication but they will manage the show.

Places Must visit:

Please check out the map attached. Its very much self descriptive and you need not ask anyone.

But we reached around 2:00PM so we don't want to go to Mullayanagiri as morning visit to this place will be good. So covered buttermilk falls, kavikal gandhi and returned back to hotel by 7PM.

Mullayanagiri -go early morning (be careful while driving)

Kavikal Gandhi- Climbing 50 steps behind check posts take to horseshow view of chandradrona hills, enjoy scenic beauty of inner and outer Giri

ButterMilk Falls- Nice place, no car will go down after reaching near by, if you can walk 2. 5 KM in dust or mud you can go and another option is JEEP by local people. Be careful, who have back or spin, slip disc issues avoid jeep as its like coaster ride.

Hebe falls- You can go, avoid personal vehicle there but rent the JEEP and go so nothing to worry about and again careful with bumpy journey.

There are many small falls and points where you can stop and enjoy.

I'll suggest spend the time where you like and don't spoil your journey by visiting so many places.

Food: As north guy, i found the restaurant "Kanha" combined with Giri Inn hotel. Fantastic food by them encourage us to go there twice in day. You can have south Indian food in town all hotels are good but avoid any resto bar and specially prefer restaurant near by KSRTC bus stops. If you are a coffee drinker than ask any local person and they will guide you to get the best coffee in town.

Advice: Prefer south indian food, avoid resto bars, book hotel well in advance as weekend everything full, spend time where you like, drive carefully, visit Mullayanagiri in early morning 7 and stay there for 10AM.

Always have something before going some where as, all places are situated on remote location and no proper food will be available. If you have children with you so prepared yourself for warm clothes and baby food.

Don't be so enthusiastic for photo and risk your life in hills and sharp curves. Keep place clean by not throwing your trash at all places, avoid throwing plastics bags & bottles.
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Ashwathi Kaimal
  • Ashwathi Kaimal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews

"Perfect for a day off from the busy week"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2014
Chikmagalur is one of my favourite destinations. Friendly people, good climate, loads of places to see and good food. One can visit around the whole place in just two days. One can also extend the stay and go to nearby places such as belur, halebidu and shringeri mutt. The architecture and temple would add to the collection of photographs and should not forget to buy coffee from the land of coffee.
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Joy Saha
  • Joy Saha
  • 1 Review

"A very nice weekend retreat"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2014
If you want to go out of city buzz on weekend/holidays, take a trip to chikmagalur. It will surely refresh your mood with its green Coffee gardens and wide spread hill-locked valleys. Surely take a homestay there, and feel the pleasure of holiday while living like a king.
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Nikit
  • Nikit
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome Chikmagalur"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2014
Visited in the month of September. Not a great time to visit. It was raining heavily, but the added advantage of visiting during this time is that there is greenery all around. Could not visit most of the places due to heavy rain and tight schedule. Kemmanagundi was fully covered in mist which is just awesome. Kalhatti falls is yet another nice place to visit. Hirekolale Lake is a must visit place.
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Arjun Raghunandan
  • Arjun Raghunandan
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A good place to travel"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2014
The overall experience was excellent and as a group we had a blast with the various activities that were arranged. The hospitality was nice. The highlights of the trip was definitely the overnight trek, the view from the top is just magnificent and the river rafting was fun as well.
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Dibyendu Mukherjee
  • Dibyendu Mukherjee
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place to visit in the monsoon"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2014
Chikkamagalur town is very small. Go out of the town, the view is excellent, should visit in rainy season. If possible can have stay at the outskirts hotels to enjoy the silence and scenic beauty. If you are visiting in rainy season, rain coat/umbrella is must to carry.
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Nutan Surya
  • Nutan Surya
  • 4 Reviews

"Religious destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
There are about three very beautiful temples in the region. One of them being the Sringeri Sharadambe temple. Along the river Tunga. Other temples are Horanadu Annapurneshwari and Hariharapura temple. All that's temples are worth visiting. Do not visit in the rainy season. The region experiences very heavy rains. The winter is also very cold.
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Satish
  • Satish
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 5 Reviews

"A good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2014
Better to enjoy the ride along with friends. Hills between the Baba budan giri and falls is fantastic, where you can enjoy the photography along with friends. Also you can enjoy weather and cold winds. Really awesome hills to visit, you can enjoy a good picnics there.
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Rakshitha Radhakrishna
  • Rakshitha Radhakrishna
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Amazing trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2014
Awesome place to visit in Karnataka. Have to visit that place in mid year. We visited baba budan giri which is also called as dattha piita. Then mullayanagiri and kalatha giri falls, Srungeri, horanadu annapoorneshwari temple. You have to visit mullayanagiri hills in early morning to get the exact feel. Its one of highest peak of Karnataka. A good family trip.
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