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Awesome place to visit

Awesome place to visit  Video Review


Thejasvi Bhat
2nd May 17

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!  Video Review

Hebbe Falls

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

U need luck!

U need luck!  Video Review

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17


Adventuresome!  Video Review


Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

A peak rich in culture and history!

A peak rich in culture and history!  Video Review

Baba Budan Giri Hills

Sheena Benedicta
24th Apr 17

Excellent view

Excellent view  Video Review

Baba Budan Giri Hills

Pallav Taladhi
19th Jun 17

Good morning safari

Good morning safari  Video Review

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Santosh Rao
10th Apr 17

Chikmagalur Grassland

Chikmagalur Grassland  Video Review

Chikmagalur Grassland

Divnay Bhutra
12th Nov 17

Highest peak of Karnataka, awesome experience

Highest peak of Karnataka, awesome experience  Video Review


Vinit Singh
3rd Oct 17

Place near Hebbe Falls

Place near Hebbe Falls  Video Review

Hebbe Falls

Vinit Singh
3rd Oct 17

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Reasons to go to Chikmagalur

1The Spectrum, Chikmagalur
The Spectrum, Chikmagalur

HolidayIQ traveller Ajith says,"Our trip to Chikmagalur was a short one. We stayed only one night. The homestay is located inside a coffee plantation. The staff were courteous to suggest us the places to visit. They also arranged for a cab to visit Mullayanagiri Peak. The rooms and food was good. Overall it was a good trip. Will choose Spectrum once again to enjoy the beauty of Chikmagalur at a leisure pace."


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2Scale the Baba Budangiri Hills
Scale the Baba Budangiri Hills

About 35 km from Chikmagalur is the picturesque and holy Baba Budangiri Hills. This place has the "best views of the surrounding mountains and what's special is that it's always cloudy here." says HolidayIQ reviewer Sreejesh.  

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3Adorning the foothills of Mullayanagiri Range
Adorning the foothills of Mullayanagiri Range

HolidayIQ reviewer Dinesh says, "Chikmagalur is different from the usual hill stations which boast of a fleet of spots in a short radius. The attraction of this place is the drive to each of the destinations and the trekking options. The people are decent folks, unaffected by the attention that a popular tourist spot gets."

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4Get cold and cozy at Chikmagalur
Get cold and cozy at Chikmagalur

HolidayIQ Reviewer Deepika Ashwant shares, “Picturesque lake; The lake is the second largest in Karnataka. It is located 4 km from the Chikmagalur-Kadur road. The lake looks mostly deserted with no commercial activities around. We visited the lake to enjoy the sunset..”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Karthik Achar says, “The temple on top gives one a beautiful view of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the beautiful sunset!”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rahul Shankar adds, “A nice trekking place; Highest peak of Karnataka and one of the best trekking place. Sunset view is spectacular. There is a temple located below which is a tourist attraction mainly due to its cave. But the access to the cave is blocked these days.” 


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5Welcome greenery and wildlife of Chikmaglur
Welcome greenery and wildlife of Chikmaglur

HolidayIQ Reviewer Deepika Ashwant says, “Picturesque lake; This lake is the second largest in Karnataka. It is located 4 km from the Chikmagalur-Kadur road. The lake looks mostly deserted with no commercial activities around. It is such a beautiful place with breathtaking views to sit, relax and indulge in photography. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Karthik Achar shares, “Tallest peak in Karnataka; There are two ways to go to the top of Karnataka's tallest peak. One is to trek from an obscure trail called Sarpadari and the other one is the ride to the top. The temple on top gives one a beautiful view of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the beautiful sunset!”  


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Reviews (249)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

421 reviews

Nature at its best at Western ghats

The main attraction of Chikmagalur is treks to its peaks like Baba Budan giri, Mullayanagiri etc. Keeping as base, we can reach many places nearby, Like Halebidu, Belur, Sringeri, etc . I went there to attend a conference of our society. All the arrangements were made by our local organising committee . The weather was hot in February itself though by evening it becomes pleasant . The roads are well laid with tiled footpaths on either side. But their lake is in a pathetic condition with lot of hyacinth. There is a statue of Vivekananda in the middle of the lake . Adichunchanagiri runs a an engineering and business college there with a nice auditorium and play ground . Many coffee powder sales shops are there. The locals recommended Panduranga. But I did not buy coffee powder . In general, people are friendly and helpful. Most of the tourist spots are dirty and the vehicles are dirty jeeps to reach. One beautiful waterfalls is inside a private estate . The road to Baba Budan giri is nicely laid. Few kilometers are cemented also with a whitewashed parapet wall . Though the attractions are dirty the drive to those places are beautiful with good view points.

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Divya Vinayagamurthy

Divya Vinayagamurthy5.0/5

1 review

Must visit spot

One must not miss to experience the view of mulaiyangiri peak. It feels like heaven when you're at the top of the hill. It was fully covered with fog and mist. People say that it the sunrise and sunset view point. But since it is covered with fog sunrise can't be seen. I'm not sure about the sunset view since we went in the morning. We started around 7. 30. It took one and half hours to reach the peak. Some vehicles can reach up to the top. But we got down 2 kms before the peak and started walking to enjoy the climate. We were all drenched because of the fog droplets. Guess it was 20 degree Celsius. Best part is there is a person selling ice creams at the top of the peak. We enjoyed that too. When one is at Chikmanglur, this becomes the must visit place, don't miss the Karnataka's highest peak "Mulaiyangiri

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Chikmagalur Overview

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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Amazing weekend getaway.Good cite, good people.
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Chikmagalur, Karnataka
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