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Awesome place to visit

Awesome place to visit  Video Review
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Mullayanagiri

Thejasvi Bhat
2nd May 17

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!

A must thing to do in Chikmagalur!  Video Review
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Hebbe Falls

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

U need luck!

U need luck!  Video Review
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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

Adventuresome!

Adventuresome!  Video Review
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Mullayanagiri

Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

A peak rich in culture and history!

A peak rich in culture and history!  Video Review
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Baba Budan Giri Hills

Sheena Benedicta
24th Apr 17

Excellent view

Excellent view  Video Review
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Baba Budan Giri Hills

Pallav Taladhi
19th Jun 17

Good morning safari

Good morning safari  Video Review
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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Santosh Rao
10th Apr 17

Chikmagalur Grassland

Chikmagalur Grassland  Video Review
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Chikmagalur Grassland

Divnay Bhutra
12th Nov 17

Highest peak of Karnataka, awesome experience

Highest peak of Karnataka, awesome experience  Video Review
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Mullaiyanagiri

Vinit Singh
3rd Oct 17

Place near Hebbe Falls

Place near Hebbe Falls  Video Review
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Hebbe Falls

Vinit Singh
3rd Oct 17

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Reasons to go to Chikmagalur

1DSLR worthy, Chikmagalur
DSLR worthy, Chikmagalur

Move away from the city life and immerse yourself in nature's embrace at Chikmagalur. You get a chance to connect with nature along with mastering your photography in one of the most photogenic places in the state. 

About 40 km from Chikmagalur is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and the ideal place to sight wildlife. Here you can sight  "bisons, mongoose and couple of peacocks, and even though we knew there could be a tiger somewhere nearby." says HolidayIQ reviewer Yogita. 

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.  

Distance from Bangalore: 245 km



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2Your perfect cup of coffee at Chikmagalur
Your perfect cup of coffee at Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises. Legend has it that the first coffee beans where planted at the Baba Budan Giri mountain range. Trekking the gorgeous Kudremukh or visiting the Bhadra wildlife reserve, Chikmagalur is the perfect weekend getaway for the nature lover who likes a cup of coffee

Raghavendra tells HolidayIQ, Chickmagalur is a peaceful hill station. It is fun to visit here during monsoon when there are many waterfalls on the roadside and you will be literally walking in the clouds. Drive to the upper spots like Mullayyanagiri and Bababudangiri is worth it. There are also many religious places around.”

Distance from Bangalore: 245 km

Route: National Highway 75

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3Mullayanagiri for nature and photography lovers!
Mullayanagiri for nature and photography lovers!

Peak | Coffee | Nature | Mountain

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shekar adds, “Misty Mullayanagiri. If you are an ardent lover of photography here is the place. For Trekkers, be careful not to venture deep inside the forest as you will lose track. Keep a guide and venture. Explore and enjoy Chikkamagalur.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Neha Kumari adds, “Not only specific to coffee, but for lush green mountains, sanctuary, waterfalls adventurers, photographers, nature lovers, or if you are looking for just a weekend getaway from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a place to be. Climbing to the highest peak at Z Point was an unforgettable experience. God is one and it can be seen at Bababudangiri where hindu and muslim come together to pray ( what a miracle sight to see). Kalhatti Falls, mullayanagiri mountains and beautiful Shiva Temple and ofcourse the coffee plantation must visit places for the travellers. ”

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Chikamagalur

Peak | Coffee | Hill | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia adds, “there are many 4x4s around which will take you through a private coffee estate to some place near the falls. It's a 11km trip through non existent roads. Now, You've to walk a km or so after where the 4x4s drop you to reach the falls. And for me this part was really awesome;with tress all around and passing through numerous clear water streams with pebble bed before reaching the falls. Now Comes the most awaited Hebbe Falls, You will be mesmerized by the sight of the GIANT and roaring Hebbe Falls. There's a small pond created by the falling water which is accessible, and could be entered to take a Bath. The pool under the falls weren't deep (1. 5m at max) and so you can walk/swim through it. Huge rocks are present, so don't think about diving. The rocks were really slippery. ” 

HolidayIQ Reviewer kamal krishnamurthy shares, “We went for a 3 days trip to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakkavalli, which comes just after Tarikere town on the Bangalore - Honnavar Road. It's a protected area and a Project Tiger reserve, unlike other tiger reserves in Karnataka, it's least traveled place, which can be verified because jungle's Lodge River Tern is the only resort in that area. There were 2 things that made my trip memorable, first the resort location and 2nd is the jungle. ” 

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5Go on a scenic sojourn
Go on a scenic sojourn

Peak | Coffee | Hill | Nature
HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia adds, “there are many 4x4s around which will take you through a private coffee estate to someplace near the falls. It's an 11km trip through non-existent roads. Now, You've to walk a km or so after where the 4x4s drop you to reach the falls. And for me this part was really awesome; with trees all around and passing through numerous clear water streams with pebble bed before reaching the falls. Now Comes the most awaited Hebbe Falls, You will be mesmerized by the sight of the GIANT and roaring Hebbe Falls. There's a small pond created by the falling water which is accessible and could be entered to take a Bath. The pool under the falls wasn't deep (1. 5m at max) and so you can walk/swim through it. Huge rocks are present, so don't think about diving. The rocks were really slippery. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kamal Krishnamurthy shares, “We went for a 3 days trip to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakkavalli, which comes just after Tarikere town on the Bangalore - Honnavar Road. It's a protected area and a Project Tiger reserve, unlike other tiger reserves in Karnataka, it's least traveled place, which can be verified because jungle's Lodge River Tern is the only resort in that area. There were 2 things that made my trip memorable, first, the resort location and 2nd is the jungle.

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Reviews (332)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

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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

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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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Recommended Duration in Chikmagalur

Number of days to spend in Chikmagalur as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

16.7%

2 days

33.3%

3 days

33.3%

4 days

16.7%

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.
Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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