Posted: May 6, 2012
My friends and I went recently to Chikmagalur and I must say this place is highly overrated and.....
My friends and I went recently to Chikmagalur and I must say this place is highly overrated and is off my personal tourism map. I would not recommend this place to anyone. It is a small, filthy city which has the good fortune of having some good sightseeing places around?nothing more. If you want to see Belur, Halebid and the mountains, better stay in Hassan or just do a day trip from Bangalore. The drive till Hassan from BLR is good but after that it is not so great with the narrow 2 lane road. You will read a lot of things on the web about how good this place is, but I guess that must be just marketing. We could not get a booking at the The Serai or Taj so we had to make do with a smaller hotel (with good ratings on many travel sites Planters Court). We arrived at around 2 pm, checked in and then in the evening went to M G Park which has a good walking path, toy train for kids and some musical fountain. It was ok?.nothing spectacular. If you stay around after 6, you will be of course devoured by mosquitoes, so be prepared with some repellant. And carry water.