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Popularly known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range and is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Karnataka. Chikmagalur has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air with it plenty of coffee plantations. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quick retreat for the people of Karnataka.

Being the largest producer of coffee in the country, Chikmagalur is mainly all about its coffee.  So if you’re a coffee enthusiast as well as a nature lover, taking a walk through one (or a few) of the numerous coffee plantations in the city is a must-do activity. Many of these coffee estates not only allow visitors to take guided tours through the plantations, but they also provide home-stays right within the estates, so you can literally wake up to and end your day with the smell of coffee in the air. Chikmagalur is a very popular trekking spot and boasts of many incredible trekking trails, such as the Mullayangiri trek, the Kemmanagundi trek, and the Baba Budangiri trek. Mullayangiri is the highest peak in all of Karnataka and is the best place to get a perfect view of the sun rising from behind the mountains.

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Chikmagalur Itinerary – A road trip in the land of coffee

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Tucked in the foothills of Mullyangiri range, lies the charming city of Chikmagalur. The land of coffee as it is often called attracts thousands of tourists every year for its verdant valleys and green vistas. If you are in Bangalore, Chikmagalur must be high on your weekend bucket list. Planning for some adventure with friends or looking for a serene family getaway – Chikmagalur has something for everyone.

But it’s not only that! If you travel to Karnataka , from anywhere in the world this monsoon- beauty is something you shouldn’t miss. Here is a road trip itinerary for Chikmagalur which will inspire you to plan a trip this monsoon.

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A Quick Outline

Bangalore to Chikmagalur Road Trip

Chikmagalur is located 240 km away from Bangalore and there are daily buses that you can avail for this trip. But the beauty of Chikmagalur is best enjoyed on a road trip. On a normal monsoon day, it will take about 5 hours to reach Chikmagalur with a short meal break. The route via NH75 is the fastest and the best route from where we stay in central Bangalore.

However, if you live near Tumakuru you can drive through NH 73. A major attraction on the route is the Jain temple of Shravanabelegola . A beautiful 900-year-old temple that houses the largest monolithic statue in the world is located here.

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This break may extend your trip by a couple of hours as you need to climb 660 stairs to reach the temple! The next stop is at Hassan, followed by Belur and Halebeedu. You can stop at these places if you have a lot of time or simply follow the route and reach Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur in monsoon

So this is the route I suggest:

Bangalore –> NH75->Shravanabelegola –>Hassan-> Belur –> Chikmagalur

Related: 21 Exciting One Day trips from Bangalore

Chikmagalur Itinerary

Through my multiple weekend trips in this route, I have been able to explore the place well enough to plan the ideal Chikmagalur Itinerary. While I strongly recommend a 3-day trip for Chikmagalur, even 2 days are enough to enjoy the best of this little hill station near Bangalore . Here are three variations of Chikmagalur itinerary for you.

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Ideal Chikmagalur itinerary for 2 days

I do not like the touch and go experience with attractions, and Chikmagalur is not a place for that either. You will feel like stopping at a number of places just to enjoy the views, there are many opportunities for trekking and exploring the coffee plantations. So, this is what you can do on an ideal weekend trip to Chikmagalur.

Day 1 in Chikmagalur Itinerary

Start early morning around 5 am. Reach your hotel by 11 am and freshen up. Then go for a trek to Mullyangiri if the weather is cool. However, if you visit in the dry summer, I’d suggest that you reserve the trek for the next morning.

Start with a jeep ride to the Jhari falls , then drive to Bababudangiri hills . Come back to the Chikmagalur town for lunch. There are many restaurants in the town as opposed to the countryside which has limited options.

Visit the Mahatma Gandhi Park, Basavanahalli lake and watch the sunset at Hirekolale lake.

If it’s too late you can skip Mahatma Gandhi park and Basavanahalli lake for the day.

Wake up early if you missed the Mullyangiri trek on day 1. If you have complimentary breakfast booked at your hotel, you can visit Mullyangiri at the sunrise and return to your hotel for breakfast and check out after that. Otherwise, give your feet some rest to make up for the exhaustion of two short treks on the previous day.

Check out at around 10 am, explore the tea and coffee plantations on your way to the Ayyanakere Lake . From here you can visit the Chennakesava temple of Belur or explore the temples at Halebeed . Then proceed towards Bangalore.

For first-timers, I highly recommend booking an excursion to Shravanabelegola and Halebeed here .

If you have an extended weekend you may dedicate a day for a tour of the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary or for the Kudremukh trek. Well, Kudremukh trek can be a weekend trip in itself.

Modified Chikmagalur trip plan for 2 days with family

If you are travelling with little kids or elderly family-members who have issues with mobility, you can still have plenty to do in Chikmagalur in 2 days. The last time I visited with my extended family we booked an Airbnb inside a coffee plantation. It was quite hot in the summer, so this turned out to be a good decision. This is a road trip itinerary you can consider in this situation.

Day1: Stop at the temples of Belur on your way to Chikmagalur, Yagachi dam, then visit Jhari falls, Mahatma Gandhi Park and Hirekolale lake

Day2: Explore the plantations, visit Belavadi (Halebeed).

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Best places to visit in Chikmagalur in 2 days

So now that you have a rough itinerary let’s take a look at the best places to explore in Chikmagalur so that you can decide what interests you the most. Really, Chikmagalur district has so many gems that sometimes I feel that the label “weekend destination” does not do justice to it. The best thing about living in Bangalore is that you can keep visiting places like these every weekend, and still discover something new.

Mullyangiri Hills

Mullyangiri Hill in Chikmagalur

With an altitude of 1950 meters, Mullayangiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. A trek to Mullayangiri peak is, therefore, the top attraction for adventure lovers. If you love trekking you can take the 3 km long route starting at Sarpadaari. This moderate level trek usually takes up to 1.5 hours to reach the peak. There is direct road connectivity to a closer point which is just 1 km from the peak and has steps leading to it. It takes only 20-30 minutes to reach the peak from here. I’d prefer this one on my first-weekend trip. However it was raining cats and dogs when we first visited Chikmagalur with our family, and our parents were clearly not prepared for the rise.

Honnammanna waterfall

After the trek to Mullyangiri take some rest and drive to Honnammanna. It’s just a cascade on a flight of stairs which the people seem to be rather crazy about. I am not a big fan of the place if you ask me, but it’s easily accessible and looks pretty. This is where you can indulge in some seasonal wild fruits, roasted corn, tea, and coffee.

Jhaari Falls/Buttermilk falls

Chikmagalur itinerary - Buttermilk falls

Located deep inside a private coffee estate is the most beautiful waterfall of Chikmagalur – the Jhaari falls. It leaves up to its nickname Buttermilk falls especially during the monsoon. I still remember that scary drive in the hills last year when our vision was blurred by the monsoon mist. The mesmerizing view of the Jhari falls is what made our day. You cannot enter the coffee estate without hiring jeeps from that estate itself. Even walking was not allowed when we went, although I have read a couple of blogs mention that it is.

Bababudangiri Hills

Chikmagalur itinerary - Bababudangiri hills

Next on the same route is our second hill spot – the Bababudangiri hills. It is named after a Muslim saint Baba Budan who lived here in the 17th century. Legend has that he smuggled some coffee beans from Arab and sowed the first seeds of coffee here. Today Chikmagalur is called the land of coffee for the huge coffee production in the region.  The views from the top of Bababudangiri hills is absolutely delightful. The place is also sacred to the Hindus as there is a cave which is believed to have been the residence of a Hindu saint, Sri Dattareya Swami. If fortunate you can get a glimpse of the rare Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once every 12 years.

Toy train at Mahatma Gandhi park

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The Mahatma Gandhi Park is a large park decked in beautiful trees and flowers and a musical fountain. But the main attraction here is the Toy Train ride in the hills. The entry fee to the park is just Rs. 2 and for a train ride, the ticket price per person is Rs. 10. That is crazy cheap fare for a fun ride. Don’t expect too much from it, and you will thoroughly enjoy it. I especially loved the views from the train ride. It’s not a must-visit but a nice place to visit with family, friends and kids alike.

Coffee museum(closed on weekends)

Seriously, I don’t understand what’s the point of having a museum that remains closed on the weekends! But that’s what it is. Visiting the coffee museum in the land of coffee was on top of my bucket-list but we missed it anyway. If you visit on a working weekday and get a chance to visit it, do share with me your thoughts in the comments.

Sunset at Hirekolale lake

Chikmagalur itinerary - Hirekolale lake

Now you may not have time for it in day 1 but if you do, drive to the beautiful Hirekolale lake. I am sure the sunset must be magical there. I visited the lake in the morning the next day and was charmed by its beauty even though I couldn’t capture it well in the rains. It is not very big, but one of the most beautiful lakes that I have seen.

Ayyankere Lake

Ayyankere Lake is another beautiful artifical lake in Chikmagalur. It’s historically significant because it is believed to have been built long ago and renovated in 1156 AD during the reign of the Hoysala rulers. There fascinating legends around the lake located 18km from the Chimmagalur town adds to its charm. The Shakunagiri peak rising to 4600 ft provides the perfect photgenic backdrop for the lake.

Coffee and tea plantations of Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur coffee plantations

There’s not much you have to do to find a coffee estate in Chikmagalur. Most resorts and Airbnbs have one in the backdrop. Even if it’s not on the premises of your hotel, you will find it on both sides of the road when you are driving towards Mullyangiri. Some of the best waterfalls like the Jhaari falls and Hebbe Falls is located within a coffee estate. Although it is known for coffee, the landscape of Chikmagalur is also adorned by some large tea plantations. You can enjoy both on your trip. This is one thing you cannot miss when in Chikmagalur.

You can also experience aromatic coffee groves in Wayanad if you plan to visit Kerala.

Explore around Kemmangundi

If it’s your second weekend trip to Chikmagalur and you have already visited the places on my suggestive itinerary you can visit the nearby hill stations. One of the most beautiful hill stations near Chikmagalur is Kemmangundi, which is located in the same district Chikmagalur. You can trek to the Kemmanagudi peak, visit the famous Hebbe falls and the beautiful temples of the Hoysala period.

Bhadra wildlife sanctuary

Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is a part of the UNESCO natural heritage spots in the Western Ghats. Located between Chikmagalur and Shimoga, this site is home to 120 species of trees and 250 species of birds. A famous attraction here is the Bhadra dam built on the mighty Tungabhadra river. This place is known for adventure activities like jeep safari, water-rafting, rock-climbing, and camping.

Want to know more about the Western Ghats of India? Read my dream Western Ghats road trip itinerary . 

Temples of Belur and Halebeed

Chikmagalur itinerary

Belur and Halebeed are the temple towns that you will come across on your way to Chikmagalur. The Chennakesava temple of Belur, built in 12th Century AD is the most prominent landmarks of Belur. The intricate stone carvings at this temple is a part of the Hoysala trail of South India. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Where to stay in Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalaur Itinerary - land of coffee

Chikmagalur town is the best place to stay if you want to explore most of the places. But to appreciate the slow rural lifestyle in the Chikmagaluru district, stay at a place away from the town. On our first visit, we stayed at Sunrise Treebo hotel, a 3-star property near the Basavanna lake in Chikmagalur town. It was in the town-side and made it very convenient for us to explore the key places listed on my itinerary. On our second visit, we stayed at a homestay in a village at the foothills of Mullyangiri. We spent the whole morning exploring the coffee estate and the gardens in the property. The Serai Chikmagalur has raving reviews if you looking for luxury resorts.

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A wonderful compilation of everything one needs to know about this place! We did plan for a getaway to Chikmagalur, this summer, but couldn’t materialize it. Shall peek in again into this post when planning a trip 🙂

Thanks Meenakshi. Plan a trip in August – October when it gets light showers.

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I love how you always find these unique natural gems in India to take road trips to. This place looks so beautiful with those hills, waterfalls, and coffee plantations. And seriously who keeps a museum closed on the weekends. We are planning a trip to Belur Halebid sometime. I will try and include this wonderful Chikmagalur Roadtrip Itinerary too. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you Soumya. I hope you include Chikgalur trip to in your itinerary. June to October is a great time to visit.

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you have the best road trip ever! you have a beautiful view, and you can see the waterfall! you can have so many activities, i just can say “the best road trip!” thank you for sharing x

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I cetraintly think of tea plantations. but I’d never have associated coffee with India. This sounds right up my street, I’ve visited coffee plantations in South East Asia, and love when you can sample all the different varieties. It was shame (and crazy from the managements part) that the shop is closed at weekends. Even in the wet weather, then place still looks stunning, much prettier than the cold uk rain we have.

Thank you so much. I am more of a tea lover, but my parents did buy freshly roasted and grounded coffee from the plantations we stayed at.

Thank you so much Becki for your comment. I am yet to visit south-east Asia, but m longing for a trip there. You will certainly enjoy the Indian monsoons in Western Ghats.

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We had been to Chikmagalur and absolutely loved it. And yes, the trip to Bhadra is definitely recommenced…

Thank you so much 🙂

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I’m a sucker for coffee! My typical day has atleast 4-5 coffees, and that is after I’ve reduced drinking coffee! So far, I’ve used coffee 4 times in this comment. So yeah, I luuuuuurve coffee!!! Hahaha…. I’ve been to a couple of coffee plantations but yet to visit Chikmangalur. Thanks for this itinerary! Good to know the Hoysala marvels are in the route from Bangalore to Chikmangalur. Bababudangiri hills look fascinating. The way you’re sitting at the tip looks just wow! I should definitely visit Jhaari falls as well!

Thanks Bhushavalli. You should definitely visit Chikmagalur and buy the freshly roasted coffee then. Jhaari falls is a must-see.

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I absolutely love road trips and my favourite one was a trip to Coorg and Chikmagalur. Loved the greenery, plantation and the hills. We didn’t do any treks since I was with my kid but I loved exploring the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary. I was there during monsoon and loved the freshness it brought along.

Wow. I am yet to visit the Bhadra wildlife park but I loved the small treks.

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That waterfall is amazing! Looks like visiting during monsoon season isn’t all that bad if you’re rewarded with such a view. Every time I read posts about India I am amazed at how diverse the country is and this is no exception. Coffee is definitely not something I would have associated with India, but now I know better. A great way to spend a few days in nature!

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Wow! Chikmagalur sounds like the dream vacation that I didn’t know existed. I love coffee and trekking and your itinerary satisfies both. In particular, the Jabari and Buttermilk Falls look amazing. I like that you provided two itineraries for families and friends. Very helpful for planning purposes!

Thank you so much. I realise the struggle especially because our parents are not particularly used to travels

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I haven’t been in Chikmagalur. It looks like a great place to visit. I love coffee so I think I’ll put this in my travel bucket list as this is considered as “The Land of Coffee.” Hope to book my ticket soon!

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What a great idea to set out different itineraries depending on who is going to accommodate everyone. The thought of staying at an Airbnb on a coffee plantation sounds enchanting and practical. I also don’t understand museums that close on Sundays – don’t most people visit during the weekend? Great list of stops along the way too for a beautiful weekend (and those waterfalls look amazing!).

Thanks, Annick. Seriously, most museums are closed on Monday or some other weekday. Keeping it closed on both the weekends sound silly.

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This is an elaborate itinerary for sure. I have been to Chikmagalur but I missed a couple of places. I did not know about the buttermilk falls. They look great. Coffee museum sounds great. I too don’t understand why are museums closed on Sundays or weekends. Loved the misty captures.

Thanks Manjulika! I am longing to visit again.

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I am happy to have found this blog. It is an apt itinerary to follow. Keep posting!

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Hi there. Really enjoyed reading this page

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Wow looks amazing road trip to chickmangalur feeling excited to visit this place soon. Loved your blog feeling happy by reading your blog you have shared a great thing to us.

Thanks Nishi! Good to know you liked it.

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Thanks so much…I will be traveling with senior citizens and most travel blogs don’t take that into account. Your tips were really helpful!

thanks for your comment. I wish you an amazing trip.

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Nicely written about my birth place, please visit us again and stay in my homestay

Thanks Keerthana.

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Hii Sinjana, very well articulated. Can i post your blog in my webiste ??

Hi Kashif. Thanks for your kind words? Which website is it?

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Chikmagalur Itinerary For 3 Days – 72 Hours In Chikmagalur

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Located 241 KM or a 4-hour drive from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a beautiful hill station in the Karnataka state of India. This beautiful hill station is also known as the Coffee Land Of Karnataka . With its pleasant weather, beautiful mountain ranges, amazing waterfalls, lakes, coffee plantations and ancient temples, Chikmagalur attracts tourists from all around. In this comprehensive Chikmagalur itinerary, we will take you on a journey through the exciting journey of Baba Budangiri, Mullayanagiri Peak, Z Point, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls, Kudremukh, Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, river rafting, and hidden gems of this captivating destination.

Whether you’re seeking tranquility, thrilling adventures, or a rendezvous with nature, Chikmagalur has something for everyone. Join us as we unravel the beauty, adventure, and serenity that await you in Chikmagalur. Let the journey begin!

Best Time To Visit

September to May is the best time to visit Chikmagalur. During these months the climate stay pleasant with avg temperature of 14 to 35 degree Celsius. Also, the cool breeze through the mountains makes the weather perfect for sightseeing and adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, rafting and biking. The winter season (September to February) is perfect for activities like trekking & hiking and summer (March to May) is best for exploring the top tourist attractions of Chikmagalur.

How To Reach

In the last couple of years, Chikmagalur becomes a hotspot among travelers. Therefore, Chikmagalur has excellent connectivity via road and railway. And if you’re coming from other parts of the country then Mangalore has the nearest airport around 150 KM away from Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur Itinerary For 3 Days

  • Start Your Day Early in the morning
  • Z Point – 2 to 3 hours
  • Hebbe Falls – 2 hour
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Kodanda Rama temple
  • Start your day by seeking blessing at Veera Narayana Temple in Belavadi
  • Mullayanagiri Peak – 2 hours
  • Jhari Waterfalls – 2 hours
  • Baba Budangiri 2 hours
  • Manikyadhara Falls – 2 hours
  • Rafting in Bhadra River
  • Enjoy the Sunset at Hirekolale Lake

Day 1 In Chikmagalur:

1. z point, kemmanagundi (58 km).

z view point Trek

  • Start your trip early in the morning around 5 PM as in the afternoon the way to Z point gets overcrowded with lots of cars and bikes.
  • You would need around 1 hour to reach the starting point of Z point from Chikmagalur.
  • This is the perfect time to enjoy the stunning sunrise at top of the point.
  • Try to pack your breakfast.

Z Point is one of the best short treks in Karnataka that is famous for offering amazing views of the Western Ghats. Located 57 KM away from Chikmagalur, Z Point is one of the best places to visit on your 2 day trip to Chikmagalur. To reach the top of the point you need to cover a 3 KM trek that traverses through the thick forest, steep hills, beautiful waterfalls, wonderful views and refreshing breeze. While going towards the point don’t forget to stop at Shanti Falls which is located around 1.5 KM from the starting point of the trek.

Trip Duration – 2 to 3 hours

After completing the trek eat your packed breakfast and leave for Hebbe falls.

2. Hebbe Falls (66 KM)

hebbe falls

After admiring the beauty of Z Point, let’s head up to Hebbe Falls which is located around 8 KM from the Z Point. Situated amidst the dense forest and high mountain peaks, Hebbe Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka. The journey to the waterfall makes it more beautiful as the way is surrounded by dense forest and coffee plantations. To reach there you need to take a jeep from the forest counter that charges around 3200 INR per jeep (6 to 8 people) including return. After covering the 13 KM by jeep you need to take the short trail of 1 KM to reach the bottom of the Hebbe Fall.

Don’t forget to take bath in the water of Hebbe Falls as the water comes through the mountain then it is believed that water is infused with medical herbs offering healing qualities for skin diseases.

Trip Duration – You must spend 2 to 3 hours enjoying this natural wonder at its best.

You can explore both Z Point and Hebbe Falls before 12 PM in the afternoon. If you get more time then you can also explore the Kalhatti Falls which is located 14 KM from Hebbe Falls. Now, after exploring these places have lunch and move back to Chikmagalur to explore Coffee Plantation.

3. Coffee Plantation

Coffee Plantation

After enjoying the beauty of Z point and Hebbe fall now it’s time to explore the Coffee plantation of Chikmagalur – The Coffee Land of India. Wandering in these Coffee Plantations is going to be the best part of your 2 days trip. There are many local coffee estates where you can go and witness some of the freshest coffee being planted and brewed. As you enter the coffee plantation you will be greeted by the sweet aroma of coffee beans. You’ll find many locals harvesting coffee beans. You can also try to harvest the coffee beans. These coffee plantations is heaven for coffee lovers.

  • Top coffee estates in Chikmagalur – Taj Garden for Panduranga coffee, Arabic coffee available in Eagle Eye, Jungle Greens for Vanilla Coffee, Woodway estates for Blended Coffee and Riverwoods for Mysore Coffee.
  • Pro Trip – Try to stay in these homestays and resorts to enjoy the coffee plantation. There are many coffee plantation homestays in Chikmagalur that keep organizing tours and activities in which they give brief about history and the process behind making the coffee powder.  
  • Trip Duration – 3 Hours

4. Kodanda Rama temple (3.5 KM)

Kodanda Rama temple

After enjoying all the natural beauty now it’s time to go to Kodanda Rama temple where you can seek some peace for your soul. Located 3.5 KM away from Chikmagalur at the Sampangi Rama Nagar of Hiremagalur, the Kodanda Rama temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is one of the most ancient temples of Lord Rama where the idol of Goddess Sita is placed at the right-hand side of Lord Rama.

According to the legends, this is the place where Lord Parshurama requested Rama to show the scene of his marriage. And due to that Sita is placed at the right side of Rama and Lakshmana to his left. This temple is also famous for its amazing Dravidian-style architecture. In the complex of the temple, you can see many idols of Lord Hanuman, Ram, Laxman, Yoga Narasimha, Kalinga, and Mardhana Krishna. Since it is located near the main town then you can visit it any day of the trip.

  • How to reach : You can easily get a bus, taxi or cab from the main town to the temple.

Day 2 In Chikmagalur:

5. veera narayana temple in belavadi (29 km).

Veera Narayana Temple

Start your day with the blessing of Lord Vishnu at Veera Narayana temple of Belavadi. Located just 29 KM from Chikmagalur, the Veera Narayana temple was built in the 13th century by the Hoysala empire. The temple is situated in Belavadi town which is mentioned in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Krishna and Venugopala. The Indian architecture is the main highlight of this temple especially the design of the idol of Lord Krishna is wonderful. There are 108 pillars in the sanctum and each of them is carved beautifully. Surely, with its design, peace and surroundings it is a must-visit place when you’re in Chikmagalur.

  • Trip to duration – 1 to 2 hours
  • How to reach – You can easily get a bus to taxi to reach up there.

6. Mullayanagiri Peak (20 KM)

Mullayanagiri peak

After seeking the blessing of Lord Vishnu now it’s time to head up to the highest peak of Karnataka , Mullayanagiri Peak. Located 20 KM from Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri Peak is situated at a height of 6317 feet. After parking your vehicle you need to climb around 550 steps to reach the top of the peak. There is a temple of Lord Shiva at the top of Mullayanagiri Peak. At the top, you’ll get amazing views of the Western Ghat ranges. Therefore, there you can capture some Instagrammable clicks.

  • Trip Duration – 2 hours would be enough to enjoy the beauty of this peak.
  • Pro tip – Try to come early in the morning to capture the amazing sunrise.

7. Jhari or Buttermilk Waterfalls (22 KM)

Jhari Waterfall

After the Mullayanagiri peak now it’s time to visit another famous waterfall of Chikmagalur, Jhari Falls. Located 11 KM from the Mullayangiri peak, Jhari Falls is surrounded by coffee plantations and dense forest. After reaching the entry point you need to hire a jeep that charges you around 700 INR per jeep (max of 6 people) including return. The 4 KM jeep ride to the fall is full of scenic views and adventure as the road condition is not so good. After reaching there you can easily spend an hour with the soothing sound of falling water and amazing views.

Trip duration – 2 hours

8. Baba Budangiri Hill (33 KM)

Baba Budangiri Hills

Now it’s time to explore the Baba Budangiri mountain which is famous for its shrine of Baba Budan, a pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Muslims. There you can visit three caves with buried Siddhas. Also, this is the place where Baba Budan brought 7 Coffee beans from Yemen and planted the coffee for the first time in this region.

4KM to the left there is a lake named Galikere Lake where you can get clear water with beautiful views. And 4KM to the right of the parking area there is place Gali Gopura where you can experience the freezing winds.

Trip Duration – 2 hours

9. Manikyadhara Falls (33 KM)

Manikyadhara Falls

After exploring Baba Budan Giri, you can trek to Manikyadhara waterfalls. This 30 feet high waterfall is an amazing place to capture the amazing beauty of the Western Ghats. Located 7 KM from Baba Budangiri Dattatreya Peetha, Manikyadhara is the best place to visit when you’re in Chikmagalur. It is considered a holy site for both Hindus and Muslims. There you can find lots of shops around the waterfall selling herbs and medicine. The best thing about this fall is that it doesn’t get drained even in summer.

Day 3 In Chikmagalur

10. rafting in bhadra river.

rafting in Chikmagalur

Start your day 3 in Chikmagalur by rafting in the Bhadra River. Chikmagalur is heaven for adventure seekers and rafting is one of the most famous activities among adventure lovers. And the clear crystal water of the Bhadra River is best for rafting in Chikmagalur. The river originates from the Kudremukh in the western ghats and flows through the southern part of the Deccan Plateau.

The 8 KM stretch of rafting with 4 to 4 rapids of class 3 and above would excite any adventure lover. You need to work hard as a team to cross this 8 KM stretch of rapids and it would take around 1 and half hours.

Floating in the boat with your friends with the scenic splendor of the western ghats and Bhadra wildlife sanctuary will make your experience memorable.

  • Best time for rafting – June to August
  • Cost of rafting – 1800 to 3000 INR depending on the season

11. Hirekolale Lake

hirekolale lake

Now after the amazing experience of rafting, it’s time to enjoy one of the best sunsets of Chikmagalur at Hirekolale Lake. Situated just 9 KM from Chikmagalur, Hirekolale lake is a man-made lake. It is the main source of drinking water for Chikmagalur and other nearby towns.

Surrounded by the lush green mountains, this lake offers stunning views of the sunrise & sunset. These scenic views would excite any photographers so be ready with your camera. And don’t forget to capture the sunset shot.

Away from the crowd of the main town, this lake is perfect to enjoy quality time with family and friends. And the drive from Chikmagalur to this lake would be an amazing experience.

Where To Stay In Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur has no dearth of places to stay. From luxury resorts to budget hotels, comfortable homestays to friendly hostels and riverside camps to coffee estate homestays, Chikmagalur has various staying options. And here we listed we top 3 hotels in Chikmagalur which you must check –

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Trivik Hotels & Resort

  • Location – Channagondanahalli, Vasthur Hobli, Elunoorkhan Rd, Mullayangiri, Chikkamagaluru
  • Rating – 4.7 (1941 Reviews)
  • Price – 23000 INR

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Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort

  • Location – Anishka Plantation, Kelagur, Aldur Hobli, Chikkamagaluru District
  • Rating – 4.4 (1424 Reviews)
  • Price – 11518 INR

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The Hosteller Chikmagalur

  • Location – Devirama Temple Path, Arasinaguppe
  • Rating – 4.8 (367 Reviews)
  • Price – 1580 INR

Chikmagalur Travel Tips

  • Chikmagalur and other nearby regions are blessed with lots of attractions. So, to avoid any kind of inconvenience always plan your trip. And to get the best experience follow our 3-day Chikmagalur itinerary.
  • A rental bike or scooter is the best option to travel around Chikmagalur. As the taxi charges are high and sometimes they stuck in traffic too.
  • Apart from remote areas like Hebbe Falls, Kudremukh and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary the network connectivity is good in Chikmagalur.
  • Avoid trekking or hiking during monsoon season as the path become slippery.
  • Come back to your place before getting dark as there might be chances that you get attacked by wild animals.
  • Travel slowly to enjoy most of your Chikmagalur trip.
  • To avoid leeches while trekking always wear full sleeves and carry salt.
  • Pack light woolen and full sleeves if you’re coming here in the monsoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: how many days are enough for chikmagalur.

2 days and 3 nights would be the ideal time to explore the major tourist attraction of Chikmagalur. On day 1 you explore the Mullayanagiri Peak, Baba Budan Giri, Jhari Falls, and Manikyadhar Falls while on the second day, you can visit the Z point, Hebbe Falls, Kalhatti Falls, Coffee plantation and Veera Narayana temple.

Q2: Which month is best to visit Chikmagalur?

Feb, March, April, May and June are the best months to enjoy Chikmagalur. The temperature varies from 15 deg to 24 deg Celsius.

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Chikmagalur itinerary: What to see and do on a weekend trip

Think of weekend getaways from Bangalore , and I am sure that Chikmagalur would be one of the first couple of names on the list. Known for its coffee plantations and scenic beauty, this hill station is a must-visit – whether you are an adventure-seeking solo traveller or a family looking for a relaxing vacation. Having enjoyed my Chikmagalur trip to the hilt, I can’t wait to share my travel tips with you. Read on for suggestions on how to plan your Chikmagalur itinerary, the must-visit places, and more. 

Planning your Chikmagalur itinerary 

There are many places to visit in Chikmagalur, not all of which can be visited over one weekend. I will therefore give you some suggestions based on the duration of your trip. If, like me, you prefer unhurried vacations, you should also build in some time for doing nothing. Someday I plan to return just to do nothing other than enjoy the weather with a book and some coffee!

I am listing below some of the main places to visit in Chikmagalur, followed by a suggested Chikmagalur itinerary for one, two, and three days.

Places to visit in Chikmagalur

Here is my list of places to visit in Chikmagalur, in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to scan. 

  • Ayyanakere Lake

Another beautiful and calm lake near Chikmagalur, Ayyanakere Lake is larger than Hirekolale Lake but equally scenic. Early morning and evening would be the best time to get some pretty shots here. This is supposed to be the second-largest lake in Karnataka. It is about 18 km from Chikmagalur, but you can combine a visit here with a trip to Kemmangundi, etc. 

  • Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri, a popular peak and tourist spot in Chikmagalur, is named after the Sufi saint Baba Budan. Legend has it that he was the one who first brought coffee beans to this part of the world, in the 17th century. The Sufi shrine here still attracts a lot of believers. 

Baba Budangiri is the second-highest peak in Karnataka, after Mullayanagiri. The drive here is one of the most scenic in this region, and you can also enjoy some amazing views from the top. Plan to spend some time here, and remember to carry all your trash back with you. 

From the parking area here, jeeps are available to go further up to Manikyadhara Falls and beyond. 

If you enjoy trekking, there is a trek route to Baba Budangiri from Mullayanagiri which takes approximately 6 hours. 

Baba Budangiri is one of the most popular places to visit in Chikmagalur

Belavadi Temple

Much smaller than the more famous Belur and Halebidu temples, the Veera Narayana Temple at Belavadi dates to the 13th century and sits in the middle of a neat and clean village. Dedicated to three different forms of Vishnu, it is a beautiful and peaceful temple to visit. It’s a short 11 km drive from Halebidu and 30 km from Chikmagalur. If you are interested in history and architecture, you must include this spot in your Chikmagalur itinerary.

Belur Temple

The 12th-century Chennakeshava temple of Belur is one of the most famous Hoysala temples in the region and a must-see sight. If driving to Chikmagalur from Bangalore, you can visit this temple on the way. The temple dedicated to Vishnu took over 100 years to complete and has some incredible workmanship to be seen. I recommend taking a guide (Rs. 500) to truly understand everything you will be seeing.

The Chennakeshava temple at Belur is an important attraction to include in your Chikmagalur itinerary

Built across the Bhadra River, this dam is located about 80 km from Chikmagalur. You can visit here for photography and to enjoy water sports. Boating and kayaking activities are available at the reservoir. You could pack a picnic with you – just remember to leave no trash behind. 

This small but pretty lake is just a short walk ahead of the Baba Budangiri parking area. You will get some breathtaking views from the cliff edge here. I was sad to see the area overflowing with trash though. 

If visiting Baba Budangiri, you can also add Gallikere lake to your Chikmagalur itinerary

Halebid Temple

The Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebidu is another 12th-century Hoysala construction that will leave you in awe. A twin-shrined temple, it is said to be the largest Shiva temple built by the Hoysalas. There are two huge Nandis here, one in front of each of the twin shrines. There is also a museum and experience centre here, which will give you a deeper insight into the history and architecture of the place. I would also recommend having a guide here. 

  • Hebbe Falls

A two-level waterfall, Hebbe Falls is close to Kemmangundi and is very popular with tourists. Getting here is not very simple; the last few kilometers have to be covered by jeeps, after which you have to trek to the actual falls. If you are up to it, it can be quite an adventure. The water here is also supposed to have medicinal value. 

  • Hirekolale Lake

Not far from the main town, Hirekolale Lake was one of my favourite places to visit in Chikmagalur. It is scenic and peaceful since it is not crowded — hope this never changes! A man-made lake, it was built to serve as a water source for the town. The lake is a beautiful sight, surrounded by hills and dense forest. If you like photography, do visit the place close to sunset. There is also a small Shiva temple here.

Hirekolale lake is a must visit to add to your Chikmagalur itinerary

  • Jhari Falls

Also called Buttermilk Falls, this is probably the most famous waterfall in Chikmagalur. You can visit Buttermilk Falls along with Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Getting here is an adventure in itself as you have to leave your car on the main road and take a jeep ride over 3-4 km of very bumpy and muddy terrain to get to the falls. I had to give this a miss as the rain had turned everything into slush in the area. However, I hope to visit again someday in better weather.

  • Kemmangundi

Also called KR Hills, Kemmangundi was established as a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Mysore. Today it is a popular place to visit from Chikmagalur. It is a very pleasant drive and affords some truly picturesque views. There are also some waterfalls and temples in the area for those who want to explore. 

  • Manikyadhara Falls

A short drive from Baba Budangiri over some bumpy and rather hair-raising stretches of road, Manikyadhara Falls is popular both for its views as well as its religious significance. People believe that the water here has healing properties. 

Apart from enjoying the view from the viewpoint, you can also go down about 200 steps to the pool at the base of the falls. Unfortunately, it was raining hard when I visited, and I couldn’t enjoy a proper view of the falls. 

  • Mullayanagiri

The highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri is very popular with tourists for its views and breezy weather. A climb of about 500 steps from the parking area takes you to the summit which has a small Shiva temple. You’ll be able to catch a superb view from the top if it isn’t misty. This place is one of the most famous spots to include in your Chikmagalur itinerary.

It is believed that there is an ancient cave under this temple, connecting it to the Seethalayyanagiri Temple close by. However, this is no longer open for tourists. 

If you prefer something more adventurous, you can also opt to trek to Mullayanagiri Peak. The trek starts from a point about 3-4 km away and is moderately difficult. 

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Muthodi Forest Reserve

Muthodi Forest Reserve is a part of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is about an hour’s drive from Chikmagalur. The drive in itself is worth it, passing through dense forests. The forest department runs morning and evening jeep safaris here. Don’t expect to see tigers but other wildlife views are common. The safari costs Rs. 400 per person, and it can be cancelled in case of rain or if there aren’t sufficient people to fill up a jeep. 

  • Yagachi Dam

A short drive away from Belur temple, this gravity dam on the Yagachi River (a tributary of the Tungabhadra) is popular for water sports. Available activities include speed boat rides, kayaking, and jet ski rides. 

Looking for a moderate trek in the Kemmangundi area? Try the 3 km trek to Z Point from Raj Bhawan. You will also be able to visit Shanti Falls on the way. Z Point affords some amazing views of the green valleys from the top. Most people visit here to catch a sunrise or sunset. 

Other things to do in Chikmagalur

Explore a coffee plantation.

You cannot visit a coffee town and not tour a coffee plantation. I was able to do this for free within the coffee estate homestay I was staying at. However, if you are not staying in a coffee estate, you can sign up for a tour through your hotel or homestay.

A coffee plantation tour is an interesting thing to add to your Chikmagalur itinerary

Visit the coffee museum

This museum will tell you about the history of coffee and how it is produced. It is located in the main town and is easy to access. However, note that it remains closed on weekends. I would only recommend this if you have spare time and have covered everything else. 

Experience the World of Coffee

This place starts out as a cute cafe for coffee and baked goodies, but you must also explore its interactive coffee exhibit. You’ll learn about types of coffee, how they are made, and a lot more. 

Go for a trek

The hilly terrain around Chikmagalur offers a range of trekking opportunities ranging from single to multiple days. Popular treks include Baba Budangiri, Mullayanagiri, Kudremukh, Kemmangundi or KR Hills, Jenukal Gudda, and Sakleshpur. Check with your accommodation provider for more details. 

Try river rafting

If you are visiting between June and October, you can go river rafting on the Bhadra River. Trips can be booked via online portals or through your accommodation provider. 

You must bring back some local products as memories of your trip. You can buy coffee powder, whole beans, coffee liqueur, locally made wine, spices, handmade chocolates, sandalwood products, dry fruits, and a lot more. 

Day-wise Chikmagalur itinerary for your trip

Chikmagalur itinerary for 1 day.

If you are in Chikmagalur for one day only (why??), then you will have to strictly prioritize your sightseeing to cover the main places to visit. Assuming that you have a full day available, here is a suggested plan for a one-day sightseeing tour around Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur itinerary for 2 days

With proper planning, you can cover a majority of places to visit in Chikmagalur over two days. Here is how I would plan a two-day trip.

  • Coffee Museum

Chikmagalur itinerary for 3 days

Three days in Chikmagalur will give you sufficient time to cover the main places of interest and also enjoy a little downtime. Here is my recommendation for your three days in Chikmagalur.

If you are driving from Bangalore, you can visit Belur Halebid temples on the way (I recommend Belur and Yagachi dam on the way to Chikmagalur, and Halebid and Belavadi on the way back). In that case, here is an alternate plan for your third day in Chikmagalur.

Day 3 Alternative

  • Coffee Plantation tour
  • Jeep safari in Muthodi sanctuary
  • Bhadra dam 

Other things to know about Chikmagalur travel

Best time to visit chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur is lovely to visit during both summer and winter. Summer here is pleasant due to the higher elevation and the widespread green cover, while winter is cool, misty, and largely dry. You can plan a trip to Chikmagalur pretty much any time of the year, except for the peak monsoon months. While I did enjoy spending a rainy afternoon here doing nothing, if you have plans for an active holiday, you should avoid visiting during the rainy season. 

If waterfalls are high on your agenda, then aim to visit right after the monsoon to catch them in full flow.

How to reach Chikmagalur

Getting to chikmagalur by road.

Chikmagalur is very convenient to reach by road; you can either take a bus, a cab or drive yourself. 

Buses to Chikmagalur are available from Bangalore, Mangalore, and Mysore and will take you to the bus station in the main Chikmagalur town area. From there, you’ll need to either take an auto rickshaw to your place of stay or arrange for them to pick you up. If you are a solo female traveller, please check the bus schedules — I avoided the bus as I wasn’t comfortable getting into town at 4 am. 

If you are driving to Chikmagalur (either by cab or self-driven car), you’ll be glad to know that the roads are in good condition. I made the trip by car and liked being able to make detours to visit specific places I wanted to see. 

Getting to Chikmagalur by train

The closest railway stations for a trip to Chikmagalur are Kadur (45 km), Birur (51 km), and Hassan (56 km). You can get a taxi from any of these towns to Chikmagalur. 

Getting to Chikmagalur by flight

If you are visiting Chikmagalur from further away, then you can book a flight to Mangalore (150 km) or Bangalore (250 km), the two closest airports. Cabs are available from both to Chikmagalur.

Where to stay in Chikmagalur

This is a land of coffee plantations; the best way to experience it entirely is to stay in a coffee estate. There are many such estates and homestays where you can have a comfortable stay surrounded by greenery. I stayed at the Coffee Bean Homestay in Mallandur and had a good experience.

If you prefer hotels, no worries because hotels in every price range are available in the town. 

What to eat in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur town has a few good eateries where you can go for a meal. While the Town Canteen has a lot of good reviews online, our homestay host recommended Hotel Mayura instead. Breakfast here was delicious. You should also try coffee and desserts at the World of Coffee cafe in town. 

I had most of my meals at the homestay, where they served delicious and homely Malnad cuisine. 

Some of the main sightseeing spots will have small food joints where you can have snacks and refreshments.

Travel Tips for your Chikmagalur itinerary

  • If you are taking a coffee estate tour, wear closed shoes and long socks. Leeches are common!
  • Loos are not available everywhere – use the facilities at hotels/restaurants where possible. Some sightseeing spots like Baba Budangiri will have basic paid toilets. Carry hand sanitizer. 
  • Weather changes are possible throughout the day – carry a jacket and an umbrella or raincoat.
  • Don’t go off on a trek by yourself – always take a guide or local person who knows the area. 
  • Do try the local cuisine and coffee.
  • Jeep drives to waterfalls are best left to experienced local drivers!

I hope this information about places to visit and things to do in Chikmagalur will help you plan the perfect Chikmagalur itinerary. If you are visiting for the first time, try to plan a trip for at least three days so that you aren’t in a rush and can truly enjoy the beauty of this place. 

Travelling from Bangalore? You should also check out my Hampi weekend getaway itinerary .

Looking for an offbeat place to visit in the hills of Himachal? Consider a trip to Bir Billing or Dharamkot .

If you’ve been to Chikmagalur and have suggestions on what to add here, please let me know in the comments below. Happy travels! 

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About this blog : We traveled to Chikmagalur after Bengaluru unlocked. It was a weekend trip from Bangalore. We stayed in Chikmagalur for 4 days, relaxing in the lap of the Western Ghats dazzling in the warmth of monsoon rains. An apt weekend destination, Chikmagalur is a rewarding road trip from Bengaluru, with plethora of cultural experiences, ancient temples of Belur and Halebidu, sumptuous Benne Dosa doused with butter, aromatic filter coffee and rolling hills covered with a blanket of evergreen forestland! If you are planning a trip to Chikmagalur, read this blog with essential travel tip sand secret finds!

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Nights roll into days slowly as we count yet another spin around the Earth’s vertebrate. Homo Sapiens around the world patiently await normalcy. Nature reclaims the sprawling fields. Monsoon clouds roar. White night illuminates the poles and yet there is no “chaser” posing and rejoicing.

Visiting Chikmagalur was our frantic and desperate attempt to break the mundane and get closer to nature. As close as we could. 

The second wave in India was nerve-wracking. After a prolonged slumber of a few months, we were slowly coming out of the shell. Bangalore unlocked. First for the weekdays, then for the weekends. The night curfews are still in place? Are the pubs and bars open yet? Are they serving alcohol? Is Coorg allowing tourists? Eager questions floated around. The state buses painted in red eventually hit the Karnataka highways connecting state’s hinterlands to the city that boasts of India’s info-tech prowess, Bangalore.

We were hesitant to move out of Karnataka. What if we get stuck in Goa ? What if Delhi undergoes the same eerie silence once again? What if we end up in a hospital without an oxygen cylinder? The what ifs are a scary zone, forever ruining the travel space. In current circumstances, they are all the more pressing. 

Let us go to Chikmagalur!

We chose Chikmagalur. Not because we were keen on Chikmagalur. But the rest of the options were weighing heavier. Coorg, Goa and Pondicherry, the hot favourites of weekend destinations from Bangalore were cut off the list due to accessibility issues. 

We had little to zero expectations from Chikmagalur. We knew the small hill town tucked away in the western ghats is famous for lush green coffee trails. But that is more or less the usual story of all of Western Ghats. What more? We searched the world of web and found a few trails and monsoon treks which were again off the list due to the small kid accompanying us. What more? There was no answer but we had no other options. “At least Chikmagalur lets us get away from the bustle of morose Bengaluru.” We said to ourselves. “At least this will be a holiday!” We thought. 

Boy oh boy, could we have been more wrong?

S had been to Chikmagalur before. He said it is a place located right at the heart of nature. You do not have much to do there. You do not need much to do here. He stressed the last sentence but I did not quite trust him. 

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Preparing for a road trip to Chikmagalur from Bangalore

At the wee hours of a monsoon morning, we started from Bengaluru. Driving to Chikmagalur requires you to drive the car for about 5 hours covering 243 km. In between, you come across a few toll gates and pit stops serving Mangalore special fish dishes or Bengaluru famous Empire chains. 

The sky was overcast. The roads were long stretched and empty. The birds chirped sitting on the swaying palms dotting country roads. I felt elated as soon as we crossed the city boundary. 

We had rented a car from Sawari rentals. The driver, Sai hailed from Hassan, a tier two city located midway between Bengaluru and Chikmagalur. He was blind at the heart of Bengaluru but manoeuvred the car like a trained stallion on NH 75.

We rented an Innova. The middle sit was perfect for a toddler who usually stays protected on a car seat. For 4 days it charged us 14 thousand INR. That included driver’s stay and food and a total commute distance of 900 km. Sai was a nice man who hardly spoke a word and surprisingly did not play music while driving. At the top of Mullayanagiri, he was more eager to click a selfie than the rest of the group! I recommend Sai highly if you are traveling with a family. 

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The Western Ghats had packed a Surprise for our trip to Chikmagalur!

We say Chikmagalur but we were heading for a holiday at the foothills of Western Ghats. The iconic and ancient bio reserve, a UNESCO heritage sight that stands tall along the west of the Indian peninsula and an important factor for deciding climate factors for the rest of the country, Western Ghats is a minefield of experiences for a keen observer! The snow-capped Himalayas (think Tawang , Sikkim , Ladakh, Kargil and likes) steal the limelight on the gram but monsoon in the Western Ghats elevates the region to an ethereal aura. We had rented a hotel at Chikmagalur. The idea was to explore tourist attractions, a few peaks, plantations and beautiful lakes but head back to the usual comforts of a town by the end of the day. 

Chikmagalur is a small town that came to prosperity with the boom of coffee trade. Baba Budan Giri’s Coffee plantation produces export quality coffee. It also happens to be the oldest plantation area in India. It has an interesting story of travel and pilgrimage associated with it. We will come to that later.

A little of it remains for local filter coffee consumption and the rest seamlessly gets shipped internationally. In early days, a few plantations opened their doors for experimental travelers. A family looking to spend the summer in the hills. A writer looking for a peaceful nook. A heartbroken lover seeking to deal with grief in the silence of towering trees. Chikmagalur was the secret gateway for all of them. The city grew. More footsteps followed suit. A few luxury properties bloomed in the dense forests of Chikmagalur. The Serai. Java rain resort. Trivik. 

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Choosing a hotel in Chikmagalur is easy!

The hotels were beautiful but not prettier than the small town. It had a lot of characters. Two parallel roads run simultaneously with a thriving marketplace. I could walk there all day! A few small cafes. Coffee selling shops. Bakeries. Several silk saree shops. Old buildings with distinct architecture. A number of Canteens for a quick refreshment. Chikmagalur surprised us with the number of eateries. Arabic food was found in plenty.

I have previously stayed at a Rainforest Resort in Madikeri. The Taj Madikeri Resort is one of India’s finest and I remember the couple of days I spent in the absolute splendor of nature’s bounty. Vacations like them are tailor cut for the royalty. For the traveler keen on exploring local society, it is important to find a balance between nature and a semi-urban set up. I recommend you stay at the heart of the Chikmagalur Town if you are traveling on a budget.

We stayed at Hotel Aadrika Chikmagalur. This was a three star property located right at the heart of the city. Here is my honest review.

Pros of staying at Hotel Aadrika:

  • Centrally located. The bus depot is located right next to it. The auto stand is walking distance.
  • Market place is very close. So is a bakery and super markets.
  • Plenty of eating joints are operational outside. Swiggy and Zomato make food delivery a smooth experience.
  • The Service is nice and prompt.
  • Rooms are large enough. Rooms had large TV for Netflix and chill kinda days.
  • Food was decent. They allowed us to heat food for the child.

Cons of staying at Aadrika

  • They charge for water beyond two bottles of mineral bottles.
  • They charge of ice.
  • They charged for cutlery. That was a new thing!
  • Wi-fi was weak.

Overall, if you have your own wifi and carrying disposable plates, Aadrika was a decent hotels. We chose rooms with balcony. One had a view of the main road. the other one was looking at the hill ranges afar. Nothing outstanding though.

You may choose to watch my 4 part long travel vlogs from Chikmagalur. We traveled to Chikmagalur in July end, at the peak of monsoon. These travel vlogs are created in Bengali.

One day, the driver Sai said, most people come here to relax. I could not agree more. If you have seen our travel vlog series from Chikmagalur, you would know. We were mostly inside the hotel for four days. Except for a few hours when we were driving around the town or the hills. It was a nice little gateway with curated experiences that spanned from culture to nature to gourmet delights. I am gonna list out my favourite things to do in Chikmagalur so that when you plan your next trip to the hill station with family, you can add some of these to your Chikmagalur bucket list!

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10 Beautiful Cultural Experiences from Chikmagalur Roadtrip!

List of the best things to do in and around Chikmagalur!

Chikmagalur lies in close proximity to the ancient western ghat hills. The protected bio reserve has a rich history of flora, fauna and cultural ties of the region. Let alone coffee, the hills are often frequented by the Royal Bengal Tigers. Did you know Karnataka has the highest population of Royal Bengal tiger in India (and not the Sundarbans of West Bengal )?

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Explore the ancient Hoysala temple clusters of Belud and Halebidu

On the way to Chikmagalur from Karnataka, you will come across the stunning Chennakeshava temple from the days of the Hoysala dynasty. It is located at Belur, a little ahead of the Hassan city. Hassan itself is famous for the Gorur dam on Hemavathi river. The fish dishes we eat in Karnataka are mostly procured from Hassan.

Belur is often referred to as the Varanasi of south India in ancient texts. The Hoysalas ruled the region in the early 11th century and Belur was the state capital. In recent times, the Chennakeshava or Keshava temple of Belur and Hoysaleswara temple of Halebidu have been proposed to be included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites from India.

The massive Gopura of Kesava temple of Belur city can be spotted from a distance. The Hoysala emblem of a lion is very much visible at Belur temple. Chenna Keshava temple is made from soft rocks. The finery and intricate detailing on the temple walls are comparable to that of Ajanta Ellora.

You need at least a couple of hours to study all the details engraved on the walls of these temples. The stories date back to contemporary life, courtroom, reign of the rulers, kings and queens, dancers and mythical depictions of Mahabharat and Puranas! Keep an eye open for the music instruments depicted through the stone work. It is a wonder how these artworks sustained the gnaw of time through thousand years and remained intact!

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Pro tip: For a rather unusual experience, head to the Amrutesvara temple located in Shimoga district, closer to the town of Chikmagalur. The ancient Hoysala temple is dedicated to Vishnu. It was established by Amrita Dandanayaka, an army general from the king’s troops.

Explore the Stunning Coffee Trails of ancient Mountains, Chikmagalur

Located in the Malenadu region of Karnataka, the land of rain , Chikmagalur has a perfectly moderate climate for growing coffee! The plantations and estates are found everywhere as you leave the city behind and head towards the hills.

In India, coffee was first cultivated in the hills of Chikmagalur. Precisely the reason why the rolling hills in this part of the Western Ghats are specifically known as “Land of Coffee”.

As we approached the base of Mullayanagiri, we came across sprawling acres of coffee plantation. Estates and plantation workers have claimed the lower parts of the hills, somewhat reminding me of Darjeeling and the road to Kaziranga .

Variants like Arabica and Robusta grow here in tonnes. The finest Coffee of Chikmagalur is exported from India. Price of coffee in Chikmagalur ranges from 200 to 11000 per kg.

To experience the best of coffee trails of Chikmagalur, you need to spend a few nights at an estate. Ideally, choose to stay at one of the old estates, to taste the authentic old world charm of the land of coffee. Most of these estates are family run properties. You may come across a few guns in the living room. This is to scare away the wildlife, I was told.

“Wildlife frequents here?”

“Yes, many. Elephants, deer. Sometimes tigers. Though they shy away from humans.”

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Buy Filter Coffee when Traveling in Chikmagalur

Traveling to Chikmagalur and not buying a packet of filter coffee equates to blasphemy! Many brands sell myriad varieties of coffee but try to get your pack from either Jayanthi cafe or Panduranga. Running since the days of India’s independence, Panduranga coffee is a family run business. The shop is centrally located at the market. It is run by a group of efficient local women.

At Panduranga Coffee experience center, I even found a classic filter kapi mug, dazzling in the glitters of gold! Perfect for a discerning traveler to collect as a souvenir. The lower bottom of this set is to help you blend the filter concentrate with that of a thick later of milk.

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Glide to the Western Ghats, Especially in Rainy Chikmagalur

It is always a delight to be in the Western Ghats during the monsoon. The Monsoon in the Himalayas could be scary with shooting stones and sudden cloudbursts. Western Ghats are relatively tolerant. The clouds come down to kiss your cheeks. The greens soothe your eyes. The air breeze smells of fresh pollens. Mist and drizzle come hand in hand to romance you on the road. Nameless streams trickle down the tall mountains and the roads get inundated with overflowing fountains.

During the monsoon, taking a bath in these mountain streams is a thing here. In Vagamon , I had seen a few water trucks filling up at these fountains. The higher up you go the purity of water becomes more desirable!

The rainforest on the Western Ghats becomes a living thriving form of a whistling being! It is a world afar, from the world known to mere mortals. I can go on with the praise but the truth is you need to be there to understand! Riding in the mountains of Western Ghats during monsoon feels a lot like a green dream. A little hazy with the mist. A little risky with the constant shower. But fresh and alive! I felt like being one with the world!

The forest being a protected area and home to a number of rare wildlife, visiting Mullayanagiri may require you to cross a few check point. Carry your vaccination certificates if you are fully vaccinated.

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Head straight to Mullayanagiri peak

At 6300 ft, Mullayanagiri Peak is the highest hilltop of Karnataka. Standing at the edge of it, your eyes will sweep through vast acres of green rolling hills. Being a soothing climate area, you will always find a cold breeze reaching the top of the hill. However, you can also start the day early and reach the top as soon as the day breaks for a cleaner view. It felt a lot like visiting the sky cable bridge of Langkawi.

Many choose to trek through the mountains, follow the marked trail and reach the top. It is easily accessed by car and then followed by 200 steps. Due to excess mist and absolutely zero visibility, I did not climb further. Men standing a few meters ahead were whistling and blowing yet I could not see a single face. By the way, many rowdy groups of young men were playing music in high volume. I would have shrieked had I had seen their faces!

On the way back, stop at the Siri Cafe and enjoy a soothing cup of coffee and snacks from the comfort of a pretty decked up eatery.

The Shrine of Baba Budan Giri

Baba Budan is a famed Sufi preacher. He is the man who brought the first grain of coffee from his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The story goes back to the 16th century. He is known to have brought 7 seeds of coffee plants which clearly started a new era of coffee plantations in Karnataka and the rest of India gradually.

Baba Budan giri hill is located at an elevation of 1800 meter. It is known as Dattatray Peeta among the Hindus who visit there as a part of a pilgrimage. Caves and waterfalls adorn the area. However, every 12 years the hills see a spectacular phenomenon of Kurinji flower bloom.

Witness Mesmerizing Sunset at Hirekolale Lake

About 9 km from the center of Chikmagalur, located is a beautiful freshwater lake named Hirecolale. The ride to this lake is a short distance. It is a beautiful ride crossing a number of quint little villages. Life unfolds in myriad colours at the local houses. Try to visit during sunset on a sunny day and find the lake coloured in bright red hues! It is a pleasant walk and much suited for a family holiday.

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Head to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: One of th eoffbeat Tourist Attraction in Chikmagalur

While the way to Mullayanagiri was dotted with marked trail announcing frequent tiger crossing or deer areas, for a close encounter with the elusive tiger, head to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Safari takes place from morning 6: 30 to 9 am and in the afternoon it starts from 3 pm for 3 hours. Stop at Hebbe (Staircase waterfall) on the way.

The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to April. In the monsoon months, roads are often inundated with overflowing mountain streams. Do opt for a night stay at the jungle lodges.

Cafe Hopping at Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur has a number of beautiful cafes. I assume the cafe culture in the town slowly grew with more number of tourists flying in to the city.

We chose to visit cafe Agape but that was closed. Cafe Agape had good reviews. We headed for Jayanthi Cafe instead. More than a cafe, Jayanthi cafe was an experiment center elaborating on the history of coffee arriving in India. Despite looking stunningly beautiful, Jayanthi Cafe was extremely slow in providing service. They had interesting stuff like blue berry cheese case and Vietnamese coffee in the menu. It was a hang out zone for the young and enthusiasts of Chikmagalur. I say this by looking at the crowd!

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Binge Eat Bene Dosa at Town Canteen, Chikmagalur

In normal circumstances, I would have never paid attention to benne Dosa. Sorry, pardon this naïve Bengali girl. But then Town Canteen Happened to me and the one thing I look for in Bangalore these days is a good meal of Benne dosa. The crispy fried dosa with crunchy outer layer and beautiful dollops of butter dripping through its side is a beauty to behold. the Town Canteen in Chikmagalur is famous for serving the best Benne Dos and aromatic strong Filter coffee for half a century (or more?) and attracts customers from all over the globe! The menu is simple, in fact non existent. It is either masala dosa or crispy dosa with extra bene (butter). You can order for more sambhar and you will be served!

Heaven cometh to your plate!

Things to eat at Chikmagalur

For the four days we were at Chikmagalur, we made it a point to order in on a daily basis for our dinner. We chose to eat Arabic cuisine mostly because the kebabs were lip smacking. they did try to smuggle some of the North Indian Mughlai dishes in the name of Arabic. But they belonged to nowhere yet managed to taste decent. I will list down a few must try food items when you are in Chikmagalur.

  • Order in Mutton biryani from Maharaja restaurant. A variant of donne biryani with bright yellow rice grains, the Dum Biryani of Maharaja restaurant was generous to feed 4 hungry souls for breakfast. need I say more?
  • Do order Mutton Chatpata Kebab from Table Top restaurant. It is one of the finest kebabs of the world. Overwhelmingly good!
  • The Chicken Shawarmas are generally a safe bait if you are a picky eater.
  • The bakery served a beautiful milk cake. But the pasties were horrible.

We traveled to Chikmagalur from Bangalore right after the second lockdown. The rules were a bit relaxed but not entirely loosened. There was makeshift RAT testing camps as you approached the road leading to Mullayanagiri Peak. Shops were closed after 9 pm. Delivery was also scheduled within 9 pm. Night curfew was in place and widely followed. The cafes had locals incoming when we were visiting Chikmagalur. Needless to say, mask and sanitization is being carried on every step of restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops and everywhere.

Have you visited Chikmagalur? Traveling to Chikmagalur proved to me a beautiful surprise where we chanced witness the splendid nature of western Ghats during monsoon. We crossed multiple streams and fountains as ice cold wind caressed our hair! Visit the mountains before the lockdown is eased out completely and thousands rush. The charm of Chikmagalur is reserved for the first few.

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Great writeup and lovely photos. Chikmagalur is indeed beautiful – a place I keep returning to as well. Stumbled on this blog today, and am glad I did 🙂

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About Chikmagalur

Country: india | state: karnataka, #3 of 33 places to visit in karnataka | #44 of 100 places to visit in india, ideal trip duration: 1-2 days, base station: chikmagalur, nearest city to chikmagalur: mangalore (148 kms), mysore (178 kms), best time to visit chikmagalur: september to april, peak season: march to may, chikmagalur weather: summer: maximum - 35°c and minimum - 23°c winter: maximum - 33°c and minimum - 17°c.

At a distance of 40 km from Kadur, 62 km from Hassan, 148 km from Mangalore, 178 km from Mysore, and 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur (also known as Chikkamagaluru) is a hill town located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet at the foothills of Mulliyangiri range, Chikmagalur is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore and among the must include places in Karnataka packages . Situated in the Deccan plateau, Chikmagalur city belongs to the Malnad region of Karnataka. The Western Ghats start from this area. The Yagachi River is originated from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri, and Kemmanagundi are among the must include places in your Chikmagalur Tour Packages . Chikmagalur literally means 'the Land of the Younger Daughter'. It is said to have been given as a dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna and there is also a place called Hiremagalur, Land of the Elder Daughter which is a part of the Chikmagalur town now. Some old inscriptions reveal that these two places were known as Kiriya-muguli and Piriya-muguli. Chikkamagaluru is also famous for coffee and is known as the coffee land of Karnataka. It is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. It was Baba Budan, a Muslim saint who brought coffee seeds from Yemen in 1670. Later, when the Europeans came to India, they took over the plantations and started trading coffee and tea. Chikmagalur can also be visited along with Coorg Tour Packages , and Mangalore Tour Packages . Chikmagalur is a wonderful destination to visit with many tourist spots, from pilgrimage sites to coffee plantations and wildlife tourism destinations to adventure sports destinations. Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Manikyadhara Falls, Amruthapura, Horanadu, and Kemmanagundi are the important tourist places in Chikmagalur . Mangalore airport is the nearest airport which is at a distance of 158 km from Chikmagalur. The Main railhead near Chikmagalur is Kadur (40 km) and Birur (47 km). Chikmagalur is well connected with the State-owned bus services to other major cities in the state. It has buses from Mangalore, Bangalore, and Hubli. Accommodation options in Chikmagalur are plenty that ranges from star hotels and luxurious resorts to budget hotels. Main festivals celebrated in Chikmagalur include Ganesha Chaturthi, Deepavali, Ugadi, Dussera, and more. The climate of Chikmagalur is pleasant all year round but the best time to visit the place is from September till March.

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#1 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

About Mullayanagiri

History of mullayanagiri.

Baba Budangiri

#2 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

About Baba Budangiri

History of baba budangiri.

Belur

#3 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 25 km from Chikmagalur, 40 km from Hassan, 154 km from Mysore, 165 km from Mangalore, and 217 km from Bangalore, Belur is a historical temple town situated in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the best heritage sites in Karnataka, and among the most famous places to visit near Mangalore . Belur is one of the well-known Karnataka tourist places as it is home to the renowned Hoysala Temple dedicated to Lord Chennakesava. It is the best of three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the other two being the temples at Halebid & Somnathpur). The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal-like polishing. Sri Chennakesava Temple is one of the must-visit places as part of Belur tour packages . Among the most popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore , Belur ..... Distance (From Chikmagalur): 26 Kms Trip Duration (From Chikmagalur - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day .....

Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint

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#5 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 11 km from Baba Budangiri, 11 km from Mullayanagiri and 18 km from Chikmagalur, Kavikal Gandi, also known as Horse Shoe Viewpoint, is a popular viewpoint in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Located on Mullayanagiri - Baba Budangiri road, Kavikal Gandi is a prominent hill viewpoint in Chikmagalur region. There is a check post on the road. The horse shoe viewpoint can be easily reached by climbing up about 50 steps from this check post. There is a small idol of Hanuman at the foot of the hill. Atop the hill, someone has recently drawn a painting of Swami Vivekananda. This hill is always windy and pleasant. From the viewpoint one can get a breathtaking view of Chandra Drona mountain range. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake

#6 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 10 km from Chikmagalur & 50 km from Kemmanagundi , Hirekolale Lake is a beautiful manmade lake situated in Chikmagalur. It is one of the well-known tourist places in Chikmagalur . Surrounded by high mountains, this beautiful lake is awe-striking for every spectator, and mustinclude places in Chikmagalur Tour Packages . This lake was built to supply water to Chikmagalur town and assist in the irrigation of lands in all the villages situated nearby. The lake is encompassed by gorgeous surroundings and offers a serene retreat for people coming along with friends and family wishing to have a great time. It also offers the most fascinating views of the landscape during sunset and is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel .....

Jhari Falls / Buttermilk Falls

Jhari Falls / Buttermilk Falls

#7 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

About Jhari Falls

Height of jhari falls, ayyanakere lake.

Ayyanakere Lake

#8 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 5 km from Sakharayapatna, 63 km from Chikmagalur and 25 km from Chikmagalur, Ayyanakere Lake is an ancient lake situated at the eastern base of Baba Budan Range hills. This is the biggest lake in the Chikmagalur district and the second largest lake in Karnataka. Ayyanakere is also called as Dodda Magoda Kere and it is surrounded by beautiful hills. It is one of the prime places to visit in Chikmagalur . Ayyanakere Lake is one of the important places to visit during your Chikmagalur Tour . This lake believed to have been constructed by Rukmangada Raya, a ruler of Sakharayapatna. It was renovated in 1156 AD during Hoysala's rule. The sprawling lake was built to supply water for was agriculture. It supplies water for irrigating 21,560 hectares of land in the region. Ayyanakere .....

Coffee Plantation Tour

Coffee Plantation Tour

#13 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 1 km from Chikmagalur Bus Stand, the Coffee Plantation tour is one of the top things to do in Chikmagalur . Chikmagalur is also one of the most popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore as part of Karnataka tour packages. Famous for coffee plantations and a beautiful span of greenery and hills, Chikmagalur attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world for a splendid holiday getaway. The cascading waterfalls, grasslands, wildlife sanctuaries, and high peaks are some of the most amazing attractions in Chikmagalur that will surely attract your attention. Besides, the coffee plantation walk is one of the famous activities that lure many tourists where you can explore the beauty of dense coffee estates and gain knowledge about the process of growing coffee. The Plantation walks are considered to be one of the most popular things to do in Coorg. The tour provides you an .....

Coffee Museum

Coffee Museum

#14 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 6 km from Chikmagalur Bus Stand, Coffee Museum is a museum situated at Dasarahalli locality of Chikmagalur, Karnataka. It is one of the must include places in Chikmagalur tour packages. An initiative of the Coffee Board of India, the Coffee Museum is a unique repertoire of the coffee business, right from growing to the brewing of the beans. Also known as Coffee Yatra Museum, the museum was built to create a thematic display of the coffee history, processes like picking, drying, and grinding along with the different varieties. Starting from the origin to the growth of coffee, the museum covers everything and hence can be said to be an educational as well as a relaxing recreational tour that takes you on a journey through the Indian coffee world! The museum offers one of the best coffee descriptions in the world as it provides an excellent documentary about the origin and the growth of coffee in the region. One entire floor is dedicated to a gallery which showcases .....

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

#4 of 37 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

At a distance of 12 km from Mallandur village, and 39 km from Chikmagalur, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a tiger reserve, situated amidst the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts of Karnataka. It is one of the most popular Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka , and among the must-visit places as part of Chikmagalur Tour Packages . Spread over an area of 490 sq. km, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Chikmagalur . The region was declared as a natural reserve, known as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve, in 1951 by the Government of Mysore . In 1974, the reserve was named the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary boasts of a substantial tiger .....

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Must Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

Kudremukh national park.

A vacation at the Kudremukh National Park is a different experience from all places to visit in Chikmagalur. This place is located about 96 km from Chikmagalur city . Located in the pristine environs of the Western Ghats, the park is located at an altitude of around 1800 metres above sea level. This high altitude presents multiple benefits. One of them is the climatic condition of this place. The national park has serene and mild weather even during the harshest summers in the state and it is one of the best Chikmagalur tourist spots. There is a hill here that is shaped like the head of a horse. In Kannada, a horse is called Kudre and the Kannada word for face is Mukha. Hence combining these two words, it becomes Kudremukh or horse’s face. The park is big. There are four sub-ranges here. The entire region is thickly covered with dense forests. There are tea and coffee plantations here in equal measure as well. This region comes under the aegis of the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I. Given the impressive wildlife and flora in this place when on a Chikmagalur sightseeing expedition , this comes as no surprise. Three rivers originate at the Kudremukh National Park. They are namely Tunga, Bhadra, and Nethravati. There is an ancient cave in the park that has to be visited by devotees of Goddess Bhagavati. In this cave, her statue has been erected. This cave is visited by hundreds of pilgrims who come here to offer their prayers. When it comes to flora, the park has an impressive boutique of the best species of plants and flowers amongst Chikmagalur tourist places. The medicinal eucalyptus plant is found in abundance here. Grevillea Robusta is yet another flora species found in good numbers in the park. There is no dearth of wildlife too. The park is a complete jungle. Along with tigers, there are several other wild animals such as leopards, bears and gaurs. There are enough numbers of barking deer here. Spotted deer is ubiquitously found too.

Location:  South Kanada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka Best Time to visit:  December to February are the best months to visit Kudremukh National Park  Entry fee:  INR 200/ USD 3 for Indians and INR 1000/ USD 15 for foreigners Timings:  The advisable time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand:  It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand Planning a trip to Chikmagalur, Checkout:   Chikmagalur Tour Packages

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Mullayanagiri

The highest peak in Karnataka is at Chikmagalur, called the Mullayanagiri. The height of this peak is close to 2000 metres. This peak is supposed to resemble a trekker’s backyard.  Mullayanagiri has amazing trekking trails. Nature walks here are among the best in the country. Located 12 km from Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. On top of the peak, there is a small temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, hundreds of Shiva devotees trek all the way up to offer their prayers.

There is no doubt that trekking in this place is a memorable experience when compared to other places to visit in Chikmagalur. Even if you have done it once, the memories of it reverberate in your consciousness. The mountain beckons you to scale it yet again no matter where you are. The trekking expeditions have all the ingredients of an adventurous outing. Exotic flora characterises these nature trails. There are plenty of points that offer breathtaking views.

As you walk diligently on these precarious hills, the cold wind smacks your face with each passing gradient. Although things can become tougher, they don’t become less enjoyable. In fact, you will relish the challenge. You are determined to make your way to the top. More than fulfilling your ego, it is curiosity that drives you. This mountain makes you curious and brings out the explorer in you. So you head to the top wanting to see more and more of the mountain.

The best time to trek here is during the spring season. During the summer, the heat could get slightly exasperating although the region has good climatic conditions. During the monsoon, the trails are inundated with water. In Chikmagalur, it rains heavily during the monsoons. You may be blinded by thick sheets of rain. Worse, you might not be able to come out of your camp at all because of the heavy downpour.

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Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls are yet another picturesque chikmagalur tourist places. The falls are accessed from Kemmangundi hill station. It is located 8 km from this hill station. The falls are surrounded by astonishing greenery. Dense forests, thick foliage, rich flora and hills encompass this region. Coffee plantations are sprawled across the expanses around the falls. Descending from a height of 168 metres, the falls are divided into two stages – the Big Falls and the Small Falls. Called Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe, the waterfall varies in height at these two regions. Moreover, one can enjoy the best homestays in Chikmagalur with family and friends.

You reach this waterfall by an 8 km trek from Kemmangundi. The path is narrow and steep. Along the way, you see scenic wonders. But the effort to reach the Hebbe Falls is worth it. From a distance you can hear the sounds of splashing water, heightening your sense of suspense and excitement. Hebbe Falls form an ideal location to experience a calm holiday in the backdrop of nature of all the Chikmagalur tourist places. It is the perfect location to unwind and distress. If you are bored and tired of the daily grinds of the city, visiting these falls every now and then recharges your energies.

One of the best features of these falls is that the water is infused with herbs. It is like a natural jacuzzi with exotic herbs mixed into the water. So take a dip in these healthy waters and feel the difference. Become one with your natural surroundings. You will also find various adventurous activities around.  During the monsoon, the waterfall becomes voluminous and makes thunderous sounds that can be heard from afar.

The site of the falls is used by people for family picnics. The dense forests and coffee plantations in the surrounding regions present opportunities for trekking and camping in Chikmagalur . The weather is serene and mild throughout the year. This aspect makes it an ideal location to escape from the heat and into a much cooler place.

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Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)

Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)

Kallathigiri Falls

Kallathigiri Falls

The Kalhatti Falls is where nature wraps you in its charm. Over here you experience the elements of nature as pure, refreshing and charming as they come. The magnetism of this waterfall is evident when you see it at close quarters. The surrounding regions of the falls are revitalizing. It makes for a refreshing round of nature walks. There is so much possible here and it is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur. You are in nature’s most verdant backyard. Located near Kemmanagundi, the Kalhatti Falls have all the blessings of nature. They are located in a pristine environment. The backdrop is numerous mountains and dense foliage.

You visit this place to make a pilgrimage of relaxation and fun. This is the best place for such activities amongst places to visit in Chikmagalur. There is a small temple in the vicinity. This temple is sandwiched in the waterfalls. The temple has idols and stone structures. Throughout the year, devotees visit this place and offer their prayers here. Not only are the falls a place for fun and devotion, they are full of trekking trails as well. Trekking in Chikmagalur is a very popular activity.

There are impressive trekking trails that meander through dense foliage. Offering plenty of sightseeing attractions, the regions around the falls make for ideal locations for camping too. There is a trail around the cascade that lets you trek all the way up and atop the falls. This is the perch point from where you can see the waters descend at full throttle. There are adjoining attractions around the Kalhatti Falls. Z point is one.

Then there is Rock Garden which is yet another scenic place with plenty of things to do and see. Hebbe Falls can be visited as this cascade is in this region. It is 10 km from these falls. You can trek all the way if you are fit or opt for some transportation. The natural beauty of the surroundings never makes you feel tired and you are always asking for more.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

The uninterrupted splendour of this place is evident from the lush greenery that pervades the sanctuary. The Bhadra River flows through the sanctuary and hence the name Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Deciduous trees are found in abundance over here. The forests are usually damp at most times. They reverberate with vitality. On location are more than a hundred species of tree. Some of the trees found here are teak, rosewood, mathi and kindal. The lofty hills and unending vegetation never cease to amaze you.

Also called the Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, this sanctuary is known for its wildlife safari. You can see tigers in their natural habitat on these expeditions. Private jeep safaris can be arranged. In each safari, accompanying the visitors are forest officials. These professionals entertain guests with interesting anecdotes about forest life. They also explain about the behaviour and lifestyle of wild animals. You will be intrigued with the depth of information you get that makes this place a must visit in your Chikmagalur tour.

There are close to 250 species of birds at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. You can go on specialised bird watching expeditions. Ornithologists accompany you. They know which birds are found in which part of the jungle.  Although it is difficult to see reptiles you could get lucky and see a king cobra or a pit viper. There are even marsh crocodiles in this sanctuary and you can spot them lying along the banks of small water bodies.

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Hanumana Gundi Falls

Hanumana Gundi Falls

Famed as one of the major attractions in Chikmagalur the Hanumana Gundi Falls gives a perfect dose of nature. The fall cascades down from an elevation of 22 meters above the ground and is settled at an altitude of 996 meters. If you are looking for a spot for rejuvenation then this is the best place for you. With dense green forests to the smell of freshwater dropping down here one can witness everything. Apparently, this is one of the best Tourist Places in Chikmagalur that one must not dare to miss out on. Location: Kalasa Main Road, Sheerlu, Karnataka 577142 Timings: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm Total height: 22 m (72 ft) Distance from Chikmagalur: Approximately 95 km Must Checkout -  Chikmagalur Tour Packages From Mysore                               Chikmagalur Tour Packages From Coimbatore

Kyathanamakki

Kyathanamakki

A thrilling off-roading experience through the rolling, lush hills of Kyatanamakki is a must-do activity for adrenaline junkies across the country. The landscape dotted by numerous streams, waterfalls and dramatic peaks veiled by thick clouds makes it one of the most beautiful places to see in Chikmagalur. You get to ride a powerful 4x4 which lets you traverse the challenging terrain, making it an exciting and rewarding journey. Apart from off-roading, you can also go on inspiring treks and enjoy picturesque sunsets from towering peaks. Homestays in the area are also great ways of savoring the rustic atmosphere and getting a peek into the local culture. Location: Kyatanamakki Hill Station Rd, Karnataka Timing: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Distance From Chikmagalur Bus Stand: 92 kilometers. Further, Read:  Places to Visit in Chikmagalur in just 2 days!

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Madu Gundi Falls

Madu Gundi Falls

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Sharadamba Temple

Sharadamba Temple

Kemmangundi

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Coffee Museum

Coffee Museum

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Manikyadhara Falls

Manikyadhara Falls

Located in the vicinity of the Baba Budan Giri Hills, Manikyadhara Falls are a highly frequented tourist place. The waterfall is an idyllic location to spend quality time with your family. All around this region, there are impressive trekking trails. Open grounds present the opportunity to camp as well. The waterfalls are located in the Shola Forest. It is a perennial water cascade. At all times of the year, you can see waterfalls here. Beautiful surroundings and greenery characterise this place.

There is a legend behind the Manikyadhara Falls. Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar came to this region. Accompanying him were four disciples. They were in search of water. On finding no water, they prayed to the almighty to help them. Suddenly, their prayers were answered. A waterfall cascaded down. This is the reason why this cascade is considered holy by many people. When people visit this place, they also offer a silent prayer to Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Locals bathe in the water as it is believed to have divine therapeutic powers.

A special feature about this waterfall is the temperature of the water. Even during the summer season, the temperature of the water is cold. If you want to experience waterfall water at its coldest, then take a dip in the pond here. The experience is rejuvenating. The Manikyadhara Falls are frequented by Muslims from all over the country. It is considered a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Everyone who bathes in these waters leaves back a piece of their garment.

They do this so that their wishes are fulfilled by the saint God. Pilgrims offer prayers here for a variety of reasons. One among them is to find alliances for unmarried girls who are finding it difficult to get good grooms. The falls are a fantastic place amongst places to visit in Chikmagalur given that it is holy and at the same time a fun place to be in. So you get a unique experience when you visit this place.

Kadambi Falls

Kadambi Falls

Height: 30 feet Location:  Kudremukh National Park, Chikmagalur, India Best time:  The best time to visit the Kadambi Falls is during monsoon or after the monsoon.

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Hirekolale lake

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Jhari Waterfalls

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Horanadu annapoorneshwari temple.

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Kavikal Gandi ViewPoint

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Seethalayanagiri

Seethalayanagiri

Marking its prominence in the array of most scenic places to visit in Chikmagalur the Seethalayanagiri is a treat for nature lovers. With the sounds of birds chirping to the fresh air, here one can find every little thing. Located at an altitude of 5,000 ft above the ground the views that it offers will just melt your away. It is located on the route from Mullayanagiri to Chickmaglur and a road trip would just be the perfect shot. When here, you can also visit the Seethala Mallikarjuna Swamy temple that features a big Shivlinga surrounded by water on all four sides. Not only this but here you can also witness a cave that is adorned with a number of wildflowers and orchids. Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM Location: Chikmagalur district, Karnataka Distance from Chikmagalur: Approximately 36 km

Kodandarama Temple

Kodandarama Temple

Kodandaramaswami Temple, popularly known as the Kodandarama temple is a Hindu shrine which gets its name from the fact that the idols of Lord Rama and Lakshmana are depicted holding arrows. The beautiful temple is a treat to the eyes and has been constructed following the Hoysala and Dravidian architectural style. It is one of the must-visit tourist places in Chikmagalur if you are a history buff or are interested in religion as the temple dates back to at least the 14th century. The temple is steeped in local legend and is known as the place where Lord Parshurama once lived. The beautiful idols of Sita, Rama and Lakshmana positioned inside the temple have inspired poets for centuries and are a sight to behold. Location: Double Rd, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027 Timing: Daily from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Distance From Chikmagalur Bus Stand:  246 kilometres

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

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Mahatma Gandhi Park

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Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak

Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak

A trek to the beautiful Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak , sitting 5,500 feet above sea level is the best way to discover the natural treasures of Chikmagalur. An early start will ensure that you reach the summit on time to witness some stunning sunrise views. Even if you begin your trek late, you will be far from disappointed, as the path itself is a sight to behold. You will pass through lush, green forests, manicured plantations and views of the cloud-covered mountains. You can also make a detour to the many nature-based attractions in Chikmagalur that fall on the way, including Lakeville Dam, Baba Budangiri Hills, Bhadra Lake, and Kebbedoddi Village. Location: Chikmagalur Ho, Chikmagalur - 577101 Timing: Open throughout the day Distance From Chikmagalur Bus Stand: 50 kilometers

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Get ready to feast your eyes with the charm of wild and natural beauty at Kudremukh National Park. This place is notable as one of the most visited Chikmagalur tourist places and offers a refreshing getaway. It is appreciated for its scenic splendor and houses some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna in the state of Karnataka. The word Kudremukh means a horse face and gives the name to the peak located in this park which is often hailed as a thrilling trekking place. Kudremukh National Park is a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers who wish to escape the worries of life in the most wonderful surroundings. This place is nestled between beautiful tea and coffee plantations and offers a rejuvenating trip in the midst of mesmerising wilderness and it is also one of the famous stops while trekking to Kudremukh Peak.

Mullayanagiri

Situated at a distance of 20 km and 23 km respectively from Chikmagalur and Baba Budangiri, Mullayanagiri is Karnataka’s highest peak with an altitude of 1950 meters. There’s a small temple located on the topmost summit of this Mullayanagiri peak within which you have a small statue of Tapasvi Mullappa Swamy.According to the regional mythology, Tapasvi Mullappa Swamy observed meditation for years at the cave on top of the Mullayanagiri peak.This is the reason why the peak got its present identity. The old Kannada literature, however, relates the term ‘Mullai’ to the forests. The caves at the top of the Mullayanagiri hills are not so deep and has an entrance which directly leads you to the temple’s garbhagudi.Adventure buffs have a lot of things to do here as the destination serves as a hub for trekking, mountain biking, and road biking. Nestling amidst the Nilgiris and the mighty Himalayas, the panoramic beauty of Mullayanagiri is astounding. This is what makes the Mullayanagiri peaks as one of the most appealing destinations for intermediate trekkers.The trekking route to the topmost summit of Mullayanagiri starts from Sarpadhari which extends up to 3 km. It is relatively steep; yet you can easily cover the distance within 1.5 hours.There’s a Nandi statue, small streams, and a cave with a small water source to adore on your way. As there are no food or water reserves, you need to carry enough of them with you. Otherwise, you need to hold on your hunger and thirst until you reach the Lord Shiva temple located at the top. Must Checkout: Chikmagalur Tour Packages

Baba Budangiri

Bababudangiri is an amazing trek in the mountains of Chikmagalur, located at a distance of 250 km from Bangalore, making it ideal for a weekend getaway. Starting on the hiking trail from Sarpadhari (alternatively from Attinagundi), you can see the peaks of Budangiri (1895 m) and Mullayanagiri (1930 m) looming at a distance. Together, the two mountains appear like a crescent moon, therefore known as the Chandra Drona Range. Trekking enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to on the Budangiri hike. Trails snake through dark forests of shola trees, occasional moraine-filled rocky stretches, and miles of serene green grasslands on the rolling hills. Come on this trek to take in all the spectacular vistas of the enclosing slopes of the Nilgiri Hills, try your luck at spotting wildlife when crossing through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, and test your stamina at negotiating a few steep inclines. Some of the highlights on this trek are- walking on the Blade Ridge on the way to Mullayanagiri, camping and campfire in the forest clearings, ancient cave explorations, and stunning hillscape photography from several viewpoints along the way. Blooming of the kurinji flowers in the low lying slopes of the Nilgiris is a rare seasonal attraction in these parts of the hills.The flowers blossom at an interval of every 12 years, cloaking the entire vicinity in shades of blue, giving the Nilgiri hills its name! The Budangiri mountain is also an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Muslims for the legacy of the Sufi saint Baba Budan and the hindu deity Dattatreya.Also Checkout: Honeymoon Places in Chikmagalur

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Chikmagalur Tourism And Travel Guide

Chikmagalur, one of the most exquisite places of Karnataka , lies in the western parts of the state. With a magnificent assortment of the popular summits of the Western Ghats among its precincts, Chikmagalur can verily be called one of the most noteworthy hill stations of South of India .

Chikmagalur has some of the most gorgeous vast expanses of natural landforms, including soft rolling hill ranges, valleys filled with coffee plantations and the seasonal Blue Kurinji flowers, pristine clear streams that surge down from the Western Ghats, sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls. There are a number of manmade wonders too, like ancient temples and ruined forts spread about high on the mountains, in the caves and on the slopy green valleys. Chikmagalur is the Land of Coffee. You find coffee plantations everywhere, with the faint aroma of coffee blossoms in summer and the planters busy picking harvest in winter. This makes tourism in Chikmagalur so unique, as you will learn through  this short travel guide.

How to Reach

How to Reach:  Chikmagalur Tourism And Travel Guide

Chikmagakur has good access from most major cities and neighbouring towns by road. The easiest way to reach Chikmagalur would be by train to the nearest railway station and then by road.

You could book a flight to the Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru or the Bajpe Airport at Mangalore . Buses or cabs are available from both cities which can be used for a trip to Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is about 265 km from Bengaluru’s airport. 

There is only one train i.e. the Yeshwantpur-Chikmagalur Fast Passenger that arrives and departs from Chikmagalur. Otherwise the nearest rail heads to Chikmagalur are Birur and Kadur that have good access to cities like Bengaluru. There are plenty of buses at Birur and Kadur that run to Chikmagalur. Travelling by train is one of the easiest ways to reach Chikmagalur.

You have an easy way into Chikmagalur from cities like Mangalore, Bengaluru and Mysore with KSRTC or private buses. You could also hire a cab or drive to the hill station from any of these major cities or from neighbouring tourist places like Sringeri, Belur or Halebidu.

Getting Around:

There are local buses for the uplands, along with auto rickshaws and cabs that can take you around the town, which is not large but a lively, active place. Plantations that fix up with accommodations have guides who can arrange for vehicles for sightseeing.

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Weather and Best Time to Visit

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Monsoon rains are quite heavy in Chikmagalur in Malenadu, so the ideal months would be from September to May .

Summer (March-May):

It’s a hot season, but tourists make a beeline to Chikmagalur for the misty township with hilltops and streams that make a great getaway from the scorching heat of the cities. Take respite from the heat with water based sports, drive up the cooler peaks or soak into the fresh fragrance of coffee flowers.

Monsoon (June-September):

The hillsides turns verdant and most refreshing with the rains, but activities like trekking or water sports might be cancelled thanks to the showers that turn trek trails slushy. Monsoon is off season in Chikmagalur.

Winter (December-February):

Winter turns this hill station the most charming and picturesque place. The monsoon showers leave a fresh luxuriantly rich landscape in its wake. You can go sightseeing, trekking or just while away your time at the homestays among the plantations. The ideal time to visit Chikmagalur begins with winter and runs through into summer.

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Things to Do

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Waterfalls:

Some of Karnataka ’s best waterfalls are close to Chikmagalur , like the Elaneeru or tender coconut Waterfalls, near the Kalasa-Kudremukh main road. The Elaneeru is one of nature’s stunning marvels!

Temples atop Hills:

Some of Chikmagalur’s glorious temples and forts are on the hills. Trekkers and pilgrims alike visit the Bairaveshwara Swami temple at Devaramane Hill, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple at Sheetalagiri and the Cave temples at Mullayangiri.

Hirakolale Lake:

This is one of Chikmagalur’s most beautiful, inspiring, almost a poetic place of interest. Do visit the manmade Hirakolale Lake, which is located a little further from the Mullayanagari Peak and about 10 km from Chikmagalur. Surrounded by the hills and the dense greenery of the foothills, the lake is such a peaceful place to spend an evening while watching the sun set.

Kalasa, the Temple Town:

Take a trip to Kalasa, the temple town on the banks of the River Bhadra. According to mythology it was from Kalasa that Sage Agasthya watched the divine Wedding of Shiva and Parvathi that was held in Mt. Kailash. The town gets its name from its Kalasa or pot-like shape when viewed from the altitude of the Duggappana Hill close by.  

The Chikmagalur Golf Club, envisioned and created by golf course designer Phil Ryan, is at the foothills of the Baba Budhangiri Hills. This is the right place for you, if you’ve dreamt of playing a game of 18 holes in a green meadow with giant peaks at the backdrop. The club offers accommodations to tourists, with Indian and Continental cuisines on the table.

Coffee with Chikmagalur:

Chikmagalur is synonymous with coffee. The landscape is one big carpet of coffee plantations and the aroma of coffee lingers in the air. Check out the diverse flavours of coffee brewed, be it Blended, Vanilla, Arabica, Black Coffee with jaggery or cold coffee with cinnamon!

Belur -Halebidu:

Take a trip to the twin cities of Belur and Halebidu, the ruined capital cities of the 12 th century Hoysala Empire. There are an immense number of   temples in the two cities that stand as examples of the unique styles of Hoysala’s architecture. The Chennakeshava temple at Belur and Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebidu have been proposed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

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You should definitely try out Chikmagalur’s Malenadu cuisine of Karnataka which has some of the most delicious diverse forms of food. Apart from indulging in their staple rice and fish, served steaming hot on plantain leaves, check out their Koli Saaru or Spicy Chicken Curry, Benne Kadupu or Butter rice Dumpling, Kaime Unde which are mutton balls cooked in spices and Kalule Palya, stir fried tender bamboo shoots. Some of the talked about foodie’s favorites while at Chikmagalur are of course, the town’s coffee and banana chips. There are a number of restaurants that serve most delicious Malenadu cuisine including The Serai, the Town Canteen for its dosas, the Food Palace for its South Indian fare and others like the Club House at Planters Court and Coffee Barn Café set amid the lush plantations.

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Welcome to Chikmagalur, a charming heaven in Karnataka, India. 

If you're seeking a serene escape amidst nature's beauty, you're in the right place. Our blog is your guide to an unforgettable Chikmagalur trip. From scenic landscapes to aromatic coffee plantations, we'll show you the best places that you can cover in Chikmagalur.

Whether you crave relaxation or adventure, our tips and insights will help you plan the perfect Chikmagalur getaway from Bangalore. 

Get ready to embark on a journey you'll cherish forever.

About  Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is a hill station in Karnataka, India's Western Ghats mountain range. It is a popular tourist destination known for its coffee and tea plantations, scenic landscapes, and waterfalls.

The town of Chikmagalur is located at an altitude of 3,400 feet and is surrounded by lush green hills and valleys. The climate is pleasant throughout the year, making it a perfect place to escape the heat of the plains.

Chikmagalur is a major producer of coffee and tea in India. Visitors can take tours of the coffee and tea plantations and learn about growing and processing these crops. They can also sample and purchase freshly brewed coffee and tea at the plantations.

But, Wondering why Chikmagalur is known as the "Coffee Land of Karnataka"?

There is an interesting story associated with it, The Coffee cultivation in Chikmagalur dates back to the late 17th century, when Baba Budan, a Sufi saint , is said to have brought seven coffee seeds to the region from Yemen. 

The coffee plants thrived in the Western Ghats, with the unique microclimate of the region providing the perfect environment for their growth.

Today, there are over 50,000 coffee estates in Chikmagalur, employing millions of people. The coffee grown in Chikmagalur is known for its high quality and rich aroma. It is exported all over the world, making Chikmagalur one of the most important coffee-producing regions in India.

Best Time to Visit Chikmagalur?

The best time to visit Chikmagalur is during 

The winter months (September to February)  are when the weather is pleasant and sunny. The temperature during this time ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

The monsoon season in Chikmagalur lasts from June to August . While the lush green landscapes are beautiful during this time, the heavy rains can make it difficult to travel and explore the region. Additionally, some of the waterfalls and attractions may be closed during the monsoon season due to safety concerns.

The summer months (March to May) can be quite hot in Chikmagalur, with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur during the summer months, it is advisable to avoid the afternoons and evenings and to plan your outdoor activities for the early mornings.

How to reach Chikmagalur?

There are three main ways to reach Chikmagalur: by road, rail, or air.

By road: Chikmagalur is well connected by road to major cities in Karnataka, such as Bengaluru, Mysore, and Mangalore. There are regular buses and taxis available from these cities to Chikmagalur. The journey time from Bengaluru to Chikmagalur is around 5 hours, while the journey time from Mysore to Chikmagalur is around 4 hours.

By rail: The nearest railway station to Chikmagalur is Kadur, which is located about 40 km from the town. There are regular trains from major cities in Karnataka to Kadur. From Kadur, you can take a bus or taxi to Chikmagalur.

By air: The nearest airport to Chikmagalur is Mangalore International Airport, which is located about 150 km from the town. There are regular flights from major cities in India to Mangalore. From Mangalore airport, you can take a bus or taxi to Chikmagalur.

Where to stay in Chikmagalur?

There are a variety of accommodation options available in Chikmagalur, ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts.

We stayed in  Coffeeberry Hills Resort  which is 5km away from the main Chikmagalur city center and is located amidst nature. The panoramic view of Mullyangiri Peak and the western ghats overlooking our property is a delight to our eyes. 

The room condition is quite good, they took care of good hygiene. Our breakfast is already included in the tariff and they have limited breakfast options but the taste is good.

They have indoor activities like pool tables and board games and a well-maintained swimming pool.

Things to do in Chikmagalur?

Here are some of the things you can do in Chikmagalur:

Visit coffee plantations: Chikmagalur is known for its coffee plantations. There are many coffee plantations in the region that offer tours to visitors. You can learn about the coffee-making process and taste different varieties of coffee.

Go trekking: Chikmagalur is a great place for trekking. There are many trekking trails in the region, ranging from easy to difficult. You can trek to waterfalls, mountain peaks, and other scenic spots.

Visit waterfalls: Chikmagalur is home to many beautiful waterfalls. Some of the popular waterfalls in the region include Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls, and Kalhatti Falls.

Go camping: Chikmagalur is a great place for camping. There are many campsites in the region where you can pitch your tent and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

Visit cultural attractions: Chikmagalur is also home to many cultural attractions, such as the Belur and Halebidu temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Places to Visit in Chikmagalur in 3 Days?

Day 1:   Reach Chikmagalur -> Take Rest in Property -> Visit Hirekolale Lake for Sunset

Day 2:   Mullayangiri Peak  ->  Jhari Waterfalls  ->  World of Coffee Cafe -> Back to Resort

Day 3:   Coffee Plantation Tour  ->  Hebbe Waterfalls  ->  Bonfire at Stay

Day 1 Itinerary

  • Reach Chikmagalur
We planned this trip along with our 10 month little old baby and its going to be his first long trip. Also we planned our trip in the weekdays as we wanted to avoid the rush which usually we see on weekends. 
We started our trip in the morning around 8:30 AM. The connectivity from Bangalore to Chikmagalur is very good as highway condition is very smooth. After driving for almost 6 hours we reached Chikmagalur at around 1:30 PM. 
  • Take Rest in Property
We booked our stay in   Coffeeberry Hills Resort  which is 5km away from the main Chikmagalur city center. The path to reach the property is so serene with full of lush green coffee plantation around it. But the road condition is not good. But its only 500Meter off route drive to reach the property.
After reaching we were so tired that we ordered a cup of tea and enjoyed beautiful landscapes of western ghats that was overlooking from the property. 
  • Hirekolale Lake
Hirekolale Lake is a beautiful man-made lake located near Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India. It is surrounded by lush green hills and valleys, and offers stunning views of the Mullayanagiri peak. The lake is a popular spot for boating, fishing, and picnicking. 
We decided to go to Hirekolale lake to watch sunset and enjoy the peaceful vibe. The place is 3KM from our property so it only took 15min drive to reach there. As it was a weekday we didn't find any rush in the parking spot.
We parked our car and took a stroll around the lake. But the sky was full of dark clouds so we were unable to watch the sunset but we enjoyed the beauty of this place.
Entry Fee: Free 
Hirekolale Lake in Chikmagalur

Day 2 Itinerary

  • Mullayangiri Peak
We panned the second day for Mullayangiri Peak. But before that, we had a delicious breakfast at our resort followed by some amazing clicks as the views from our resort itself were just marvelous.  We left the resort by afternoon to towards Mullayangiri. The day was sunny unexpectedly but the view till the peak was fabulous. After the midway, we were able to see the peak and we finally reached there in almost an hour.  The weather was very windy and colder as compared to the resort.  After parking our car at the specified parking area, we headed up towards the top. There were broad stairs and it took around 20 minutes for us to reach the top. There was the Lord Shiva temple, so was specifically mentioned to take off our shoes. The view from the top was breathtaking. We could literally see the clouds and the greenery all around made me speechless. I instantly took my drone out and captured the beauty that I was witnessing. You can check my drone shots in my Vlog by the way. All of a sudden it started raining while we were having our moments at the top of the peak. We had to literally run to our car. Our experience was unforgettable though.
Entry Fee:  Free  
Mullayangiri Peak in Chikmagalur
  • Jhari Waterfall
Jhari Waterfall, also known as Buttermilk Falls, is one of the most popular waterfalls in Chikmagalur. After covering Mullayangiri you can plan to visit Jhari waterfall as it comes on your way to Mullayangiri Peak.
We had planned to go to Jhari Waterfall after this, but due to a shortage of time and the weather, we dropped that and headed toward the city side to have some food.
  • The World of Coffee Cafe
We read about this cafe on internet and after reading reviews and ratings we planned to visit as they have wide variety of coffee as well as rated as a good cafe.
It is located in the main city of chikmagalur, so after reaching we went staright to cafe to grab some food. There we ordered Coffee Panna Cota, Tirumasu Latte Cofe and Pizza. All tastes good.
Afterwards we clicked some pictures and bought some coffee for our home.
Cost for 2 Person: 1000 INR 
World of Coffee Shop and Cafe in Chikmagalur
  • Back to our Resort
We came back to our resort in the evening, also we got so tired traveling all day. We took rest and had dinner at our stay only and ended our day 2.

Day 3 Itinerary

  • Coffee Plantation Tour
We woke up early in the morning and after having our breakfast we decide to visit the coffee estate which was very close to our resort. One of the guy from property assisted us in giving a tour to the coffee estate.
I was amazed to see the beauty of coffee plantaion as it was spread out in so much wide area and big pine trees makes it more like some bollywood movie scene. We got to know how they cultivate the coffee beans and once the beans gets ripened it is used for furger processing.
Overall it was a good experience and would recommend to have this expereince in your visit. 
Lush green coffee estate in Chikmagalur
  • Hebbe Waterfalls
The main highlight of our day 3 is visiting Hebbe waterfalls, It is one of the most popular waterfalls in Chikmagalur district and It is located around 65KM from our main resort. 
The road to reach Hebbe waterfall is very good and we reached there in an hour drive from our stay.
After reaching we had to book a Jeep to reach the waterfall starting point because it is located inside a wildlife sanctury.  
The jeep ride will take 25-30 Min to reach the base of Hebbe waterfall and from there we had to take a walk for 500 Meter inside a dense coffee estate.
The journey to reach Hebbe waterfall was quite challanging but it was worth a shot as the view of majestic waterfall was just amazing. The happiness after viewing this waterfall was unexplainable. The place is must visit and it is one of the most beautiful waterfall I have ever visited. 
Jeep Cost: 500 INR/Person
Note: Carry salt or dettol along with you as there is leaches if you are visiting in monsoon. Also if you are travelling along with the baby, keep in mind that the jeep ride is very bumpy. Try to grab the front, covered seat instead of back open seats.
Hebbe Waterfalls  
  • Bonfire at Resort
After visiting Hebbe waterfall we were back to our resort and we all were so tired that we took a power nap and had some tea afterwards. As it was our last day in resort we requested for a Bonfire and they arranged it for us.
After having dinner we all sat around bonfire and enjoyed our moments and ended our day with lots of memories.

Tips for visiting Chikmagalur?

Here are a few tips for visiting Chikmagalur:

1. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is during the monsoon season (June to September) when the waterfalls stand in full flow. However, the roads can be slippery during the monsoon season, so it is important to be careful.

2. Chikmagalur is a relatively safe place to visit, but it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty theft.

3. If you are planning to go trekking, it is a good idea to hire a guide.

4. Be sure to try the local food and coffee.

5. Pack for all types of weather, as the weather in Chikmagalur can change quickly.

6. If you are visiting the waterfall, for safe side you can carry salt or Dettol to avoid leeches

Chikmagalur, with its natural beauty, rich culture, and serene ambiance, promises a truly enchanting experience for every traveler. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a glimpse into the coffee culture, Chikmagalur has it all. 

As you explore this pristine paradise, you'll discover why it's a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wanderers alike. So, pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the tranquil charms of Chikmagalur, where every moment is a memory waiting to be made.

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Almost every tourist who visits this scenic town falls in love with Chikmagalur's cool and pleasant atmosphere that compliments the rolling valleys, burdened with refreshing coffee gardens. This picturesque destination is on the wish list of many coffee fans and nature lovers, who love to explore this serene town, which once was a melting pot of different cultures. Hosting numerous attraction in its vicinity, Chikmagalur lures many guests with its everlasting beauty that combines rolling valleys, lush green landscapes, scintillating rivers, and aromatic coffee gardens.

There are several things that make Chikmagalur one of the best places to visit in Karnataka and Mullayanagiri is one such place, where tourists experience adventure trekking and nature trails. These activities encourage tourism in Chikmagalur and makes it a place worth visiting. Chikmagalur have plenty of points that offer breathtaking views of mountains and emerald landscapes with abundant coffee plants. This place is known as the 'coffee land' of Karnataka and is one of the largest coffee producers in India.

Chikmagalur has a very unique and interesting history. If legends have to be believed, this place belonged to the daughter of Rukmangada, the ruler of Sakharayapatna, who gave this town to her as a gift of her wedding. If we translate the meaning of Chikmagalur in English, it says 'Young Daughter's Town'. The fact makes this place even more appealing for visitors, who love to flock into the city, especially during weekends to enjoy its cool & comfortable climate.

There are several attractions in Chikmagalur including Nehru Rose Garden, Kudremukh National Park, Kalhatti Falls, Hebbe Falls, Kadambi Falls, coffee museum, etc. All these places deserves to be seen and explored. So, if you are on an expedition to this incredible hill station in Karnataka, don't miss the places below…

Popular Tourist Attractions in Chikmagalur

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Hebbe Falls: This beautiful waterfall is located around 10 km from the main city and offers an amazing view of Kemmangundi hill station. Water gushes down from this stunning fall and form two different waterfalls-Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). Verdant forest covering the waterfall, makes the ambience of this place, soothing to unwind and distress.

Baba Budan Giri: Also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, this fabulous spot in the north of Chikmagalur town has many intriguing caves and scenic points that offer spectacular views of the mountains and rolling valleys. Tourists can experience hiking, trekking, and enjoy nature trails at this destination.

Mullayyangiri: This is the highest peak in Karnataka, close to 2000 meters and is surrounded by picturesque valleys and emerald coffee gardens. This mountain peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and so, many trekkers trek all the way up to reach the highest point to offer their prayers to the god. Beautiful surroundings of this place combines exotic flora & precarious hills.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: This glorious sanctuary has several species of animals, birds and trees. Some of the famous animals spotted here include Chinkara, four-horned antelopes, jackals, leopards, black bucks, and jungle cats.

Mullayyangiri, Karnataka

Things-to-do in Chikmagalur

  • Since the place is known for its coffee and spice plantations, tourists can come here to experience a peaceful walk at the scented gardens
  • Chikmagalur enjoys a very pleasant weather throughout the year, attracting tourists from all over the country to enjoy the cool and calm atmosphere of the place
  • This place has a lot of plantation resorts, homestays, and heritage bungalows, giving wide options to the tourists to plan a leisure holidays in the comfort of tranquil valley
  • Tourists can enjoy trekking, nature walks, and hiking at this enchanting destination and explore the beautiful waterfalls, forest ranges, and coffee plantation that are worth a visit
  • Tourists can visit religious destinations like Sringeri, Horanadu, and Balehonnur from Chikmagalur as they are easily accessible from here
  • Chikmagalur has the headquarters of the famous coffee brand ‘Coffee Day’ and it also has a Coffee Research Station. So, tourists must definitely visit this town to see how the coffee is produced 

Where To Stay Chikmagalur is a perfect place to enjoy your sojourn amidst hills & gardens. It is a place worth mentioning in the list of the most beautiful destinations in Karnataka. Tourists visit this exotic town on weekends to enjoy the pleasant weather, which remains calm & peaceful throughout the year. Chikmagalur houses many beautiful hotels and homestays that offer luxurious facilities to meet the expectations of tourists. Here are some of the best places to stay in Chikmagalur in an absolutely comfortable way…

  • Eagle Eye Holiday Resort
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  • Woodway Estate Homestay

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By Air: Nearest airports are located in cities like Bangalore (245 Kms), Mangalore (152 Kms), and Maysore (178 Kms) that are well-connected to Chikmagalur through road.

By Rail: Closest railway stations are located at Birur, Kadur, and Tarikere and the facilities such as bus service and cabs are easily available from these stations.

By Road: Chikmagalur has good road connectivity as there are two national highways that pass through the district of Chikmagalur. Regular bus service and taxis connects this hill station to other major cities of Karnataka.

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Chikmagalur Travel Guide

Popularly known as the 'Coffee Land of Karnataka,' Chikmagalur is located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range and is one of Karnataka's most beautiful hill stations. Nestled at the wooded heights of over 1900 meters in the lush green valley south of the Baba Bundan range in the Western Ghats, the tranquil town of Chikmagalur is surrounded by picturesque hills, emerald green forests, gliding valleys, shimmering streams, sounding cataracts, and rustic temples. 

Being the country's largest coffee producer, Chikmagalur is mainly all about its coffee. So if you're a coffee enthusiast and a nature lover, walking through one (or a few) of the numerous coffee plantations in the city is a must-do activity. 

Read the Chikmagalur tourism guide and plan your trip to Chikmagalur .

Places to visit in Chikmagalur

If you are looking for all the places to visit in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, here is the list of all the best attractions to explore on your next getaway. From waterfalls to temples, you will find many tourist places that no one can afford to miss here. The beauty of these Chikmagalur places attracts several tourists every year. Check them out:

  • Mullayanagiri
  • Baba Budangiri
  • Hebbe Falls
  • Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple
  • Sringeri Sharada Peetham
  • Veera Narayana Temple

Things to do in Chikmagalur 

This whimsical destination has plenty of activities to do in Chikmagalur for kids and adults, making your weekend getaway blissful with your friends and family. Check out this list of special activities in Chikmagalur that you must take advantage of during your vacation.

  • Discover an Exotic Wonder at Hebbe Falls
  • Refresh Your Taste Buds with Coffee Estates
  • Pray to Goddess Saraswati at Sharadamba Temple
  • Rejuvenate Yourself at Kalhatti Falls.
  • Picnic At Jhari Falls
  • Trek to Kemmangundi Peak

Best time to visit Chikmagalur

The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March, the winter months. With pleasant weather throughout the year, the start of the monsoon season (Early July) is also an excellent time to visit Chikmagalur. However, the place must be avoided in August, for it receives heavy rainfall. It is always important to weigh each option's pros and cons and be wary of the risks that come with them. Let us make this decision together. 

How to reach Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is well connected by road, with regular bus and cab services to and from Bangalore. Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport. On the other hand, Chikmagalur has a station but needs to be better connected. Hence, the nearest railway station to Chikmagalur is Kadur railway station, which lies 40 km from Chikmagalur. Kadur's commute offers a variety of modes of transportation. Chikmagalur has excellent transportation links to major cities such as Bangalore, Mangalore, and Chennai. Read more .

Accommodation in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur offers a range of accommodations amidst its picturesque landscapes. From luxurious resorts to budget-friendly homestays, visitors can find suitable options to suit their preferences. Enjoy the tranquility of coffee plantations and scenic hills by opting for cozy cottages or eco-friendly lodges. Experience warm hospitality, delicious local cuisine, and comfortable amenities in various accommodations throughout Chikmagalur. Whether seeking a serene retreat or an adventurous getaway, Chikmagalur has diverse accommodation choices to ensure a memorable stay in this beautiful hill station.

Where to eat in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur offers a variety of dining options to satisfy your taste buds. The town has numerous local restaurants and cafes that serve traditional Malnad cuisine, which includes dishes like Akki Roti, Kadabu, and Pandi Curry. For a taste of international flavors, multi-cuisine restaurants offer Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes. Take advantage of the opportunity to savor freshly brewed coffee in coffee shops and plantations. Some popular eateries include The Vintage Cafe, Town Canteen, Siri Cafe, and The Bungalow, offering a delightful culinary experience in Chikmagalur.

How to get around in Chikmagalur 

You can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw for local transportation to get around Chikmagalur. Renting a self-drive car or bike is also an option. Public buses and shared jeeps are available for travel to nearby attractions. Walking and cycling are great ways to explore the town and its surroundings.

Travel tips

  • Explore the stunning coffee plantations and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of local coffee in Chikmagalur.
  • Pack comfortable walking shoes to explore the beautiful hills and trails in the region.
  • Remember to carry insect repellent, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors.
  • Experience the serenity of Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, and witness breathtaking views.
  • Embrace the local culture by visiting historical temples like Belur and Halebid near Chikmagalur.
  • Sample the delectable local cuisine, including traditional Malnad dishes, for an authentic culinary experience.

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  • 1 Understand
  • 2.1 By plane
  • 2.2 By train
  • 2.5 By taxi/car rental
  • 3.1 By autorickshaw
  • 3.2 By taxi
  • 4.1 Temples
  • 4.2 Hill stations
  • 4.3 Other attractions
  • 7.2 Mid-range
  • 7.3 Splurge
  • 9.2 Mid-range
  • 9.3 Splurge

chikmagalur trip guide

Chikmagalur , officially Chikkamagaluru ( Kannada : ಚಿಕ್ಕಮಗಳೂರು), is a city in Karnataka , known for its coffee plantations and Bababudan Giri ranges.

Understand [ edit ]

Chikmagalur city (Chikkamagaluru district) is at the foot of highest mountain range in Karnataka. The life-supporting rivers of Karnataka and other states - Tunga, Bhadra, Hemavati, Vedavati, Yagachi originate in the Western Ghat hills of the district.

The district is a great attraction to all kinds of people - trekkers, pilgrims, travellers and tourists. This area is famous for the coffee estates in the vicinity and also known as the Coffee Belt of the South.

Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ].

Mangalore airport ( IXE  IATA ), 170 km Bangalore airport ( BLR  IATA ), 250 km.

By train [ edit ]

Passenger trains are available from Shimoga and Kadur at a distance of 40 km.

Arrivals and departures from Chikkamagaluru Railway Station

  • Train Number 56271: Shivamogga-Chikkamagaluru Passenger-Departs Shivamogga at 18:15 and arrives Chikkamagaluru at 21:30 [via; Kadur Jn]
  • Train Number 56272: Chikkamagaluru-Shivamogga Passenger-Departs Chikkamagaluru at 06:30 and arrives Shivamogga at 09:30 [via; Kadur Jn]
  • Train Number 56277: Chikkamagaluru-Yeshvantpur Jn Fast Passenger-Departs Chikkamagaluru at 07:30 and arrives Yeshvantpur Jn at 14:15 [via; Kadur Jn]
  • Train Number 56278: Yeshvantpur Jn-Chikkamagaluru Fast Passenger-Departs Yeshvantpur Jn at 15:15 and arrives Chikkamagaluru at 22:20 [via; Kadur Jn]

By bus [ edit ]

Chikmagalur is located on the highway from Hassan towards Shringeri and has regular Luxury as well as ordinary buses from Bangalore . Regular ordinary buses connect Chikmagalur to Mysore , Hassan with a single services to Kozhikode . Buses from interior Karnataka towards Mangalore too pass via Chikmagalur and hence, ordinary buses connect Chikmaglur regularly to Dharmastala , Mangalore , Shimoga , Davangere and Sringeri.

By car [ edit ]

You can drive to Chikmagalur comfortably by road from Hassan 60 km, which is again 185 km from Bangalore .

By taxi/car rental [ edit ]

You can hire a taxi or rent a car from Bangalore to visit Chikmagalur. Out station car rental companies charge for a minimum of 250 km/day @ a fare/km rate + driver charges (BA/TA: Boarding Allowance Travel Allowance). The fares depend upon the type of car you are looking for. It is advisable to rent cars from reliable and established car rental operators.

Get around [ edit ]

By autorickshaw [ edit ].

Drivers don't go by meters. They fix a charge for the place you want to go; bargaining is up to you. The more your attire and luggage announce that you are a tourist the greater the chance of drivers ripping you off.

By taxi [ edit ]

Tourist cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places like Kemmannagundi . Costs are about ₹10 per kilometre.

See [ edit ]

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Temples [ edit ]

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Hill stations [ edit ]

  • B.B.Hills ( Bababudangiri ). Minibus starts from the Private busstand everyday by 12:30PM. Once you reach B.B.Hills, you have just one hour to explore the hills because the same bus returns by 5PM. There is only one tea shop at B.B.Hills, so you have to beg for a plate of hot porottas. But you can skip the eating as the scenes are terrific. ( updated Apr 2015 )

Other attractions [ edit ]

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  • Agumbe ( 3 hour drive ). ( updated Apr 2015 )

Do [ edit ]

  • Chikmagalur Walk ( 5 km ). Turn right from the chekpost bus stop on Kadur road. Walk past summit school upto Aldur village. Proceed to railway station area. Visit the Brahmakumaris ashram on the way. Very scenic surroundings. ( updated May 2015 )

Buy [ edit ]

There are plenty of ATMs available, but you should exchange money before you arrive at Chikmagalur.

Eat [ edit ]

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Budget [ edit ]

  • Food Palace , R.G Rd . Fairly medium sized fast-food joint, ideal for breakfast as well. Very clean hotel.  
  • Hotel Kamat , Indira Gandhi Rd .  
  • Maharaja Restaurant , IG Rd . You will get very good non-veg food at very reasonable price. The service is very nice.  
  • Malnad Paradise , Indira Gandhi Rd .  
  • Mayura Vegetarian , Near Head Post Office . for Masala Dosai, a fermented crepe made from rice batter, black lentils, potato and onions. ₹35 ( updated Apr 2015 )
  • Raj Mahal Hotel , Indira Gandhi Rd .  
  • Salpicon , K.M Rd ( head north-east on KM Rd. Pass by Gas Station (on the left). Destination is on the right, opp APMC Market and nearby to AIT college ), ☏ +91 98 45231359 . M 4PM-9:30PM; Tu-Su 11:30AM-9:30PM . Burger shop with a unique flavour of herbs on it.  
  • Hotel Soundarya ( opposite to Chikmaglur bus stand ). ( updated Feb 2018 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • Castle Homestay , Kadabagere, Sangameshwar Pet Post , ☏ +91 82622 52249 .  
  • Hotel Soundarya Residency and Hotel Soundarya Deluxe , Indira Gandhi Rd ( nearby the bus stand ).  
  • Town Canteen , Ratnagiri Rd ( opposite DACG Polytechnic ). Do not miss the Masala Dosa. One of the famous joints for them, they may beat even Vidyarthi Bhavan of Bangalore. Avoid extra butter.  

Splurge [ edit ]

  • Eagle Eye Resort , Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet ( between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary Kadavanthi. From Chikmagalur follow the road about 45 km toward Aldur. From Aldur Junction turn right and travel until you reach a small church on the left. Turn right there. Total distance from Chikmagalur is about 45 km ), ☏ +91 8262 324522 . ₹1,400-₹4,000 .  
  • The Gateway Hotel , K.M. Rd ( opposite Pavitravana Jyothinagar ), ☏ +91 8262 660660 , +91 8262 660661 .  
  • The Planters Court , K M Rd , ☏ +91 8262 2235881 .  
  • The Serai , Mugthihalli, K M Rd, Karnataka .  

Drink [ edit ]

Sleep [ edit ].

  • Hotel Empire , Off Indira Gandhi Rd . Opened around 2010, small but good rooms, clean bathrooms but questionable service. ₹1,000 .  
  • Hotel Soundarya Residency , Indira Gandhi Rd . Some rooms have A/C.  
  • Raj Mahal Hotel , Indira Gandhi Road . ( updated Apr 2015 )
  • 15.017261 76.317808 1 Gatikallu Homestay , 5 Kerekal Estate, Sunkasale Post, Mudigere (T), Aramane Thalagur , ☏ +91-974-229-6065 , [email protected] . Tucked in a remote corner of Chikmagalur district. ₹1750 .  
  • 15.017261 76.317808 2 Mekanagadde Homestay , Mekanagadde, Mudigere , ☏ +91 9241 222 504 , [email protected] . Check-in: 11AM , check-out: 11AM . Scenic homestay within the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. Serves authentic food. ₹2000 . ( updated Dec 2016 )
  • Eagle Eye Resort , Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet. Between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary Kadavanthi ( From Chikmagalur follow the road about 45 km toward Aldur. From Aldur Junction turn right and travel until you reach a small church on the left. Turn right there. Total distance from Chikmagalur is about 45 km ), ☏ +91 8262 324522 . Scenic resort with sports, volleyball, badminton and a bonfire in the evenings. River side picnic (extra cost of ₹500). Shooting and target practice cost ₹1,400-4,000 per day/person. Room/cottage/villa/glass-house with a mini skywalk. Room rate includes breakfast-lunch-dinner and tea in the morning and evening.  
  • The Gateway Hotel , K.M. Rd ( opposite Pavitravana Jyothinagar ), ☏ +91 8262 660660-1 . Restored colonial architecture in the coffee district, surrounded by sights and sounds of nature.  
  • The Planters Court , K M Rd , ☏ +91 8262 223 5881 . Accommodation includes 3 suites. Multi cuisine restaurants serving local Malnad cuisine to North Indian, Chinese & European specialities.  
  • The Serai , Mugthihalli, K M Rd . Check-in: 2:30PM , check-out: 12:30PM .  
  • Thotadhahalli Home Stay , Thotadhahalli Estate, Kaimara (P) , ☏ +919448245240 , [email protected] .  

Connect [ edit ]

Post offices are available in Basavanahalli, Vijayapura, MG Rd and the General Post Office (GPO), at the end of MG Rd. BSNL mobile services are available at most places of this region.

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  • Chikmagalur district
  • Kemmannagundi

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One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Trip by Cab

1 Day Chikmagalur Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

Admired as a popular and charming hill station in Karnataka , Chikmagalur is the perfect getaway for a relaxing trip. You can plan a one day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour to unwind in the lap of nature. 

Nestled on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range on the Western Ghats , Chikmagalur has the right dose of thrill and wonder for everyone. It is known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, where you can come across long stretches of coffee plantations. The lingering aroma of coffee across the misty hills will entice you. Delightful vistas and a tranquil ambiance will allow you to rejuvenate your senses. 

You can take the trails through the lush tropical rainforests and coffee estates to explore the natural grandeur of Chikmagalur. Do not forget to trek the imposing peaks for an adrenaline gush. You can watch the sunrise and sunset from behind the mountains. Visit the wildlife parks, perform recreational activities like rafting and boating, relax by the side of the waterfalls, and click Insta-worthy pictures on your one day Chikmagalur local sightseeing tour by cab. You can take a spiritual tour, and indulge in delicious authentic local cuisine or purchase ethnic and local handicrafts for yourself and others.

Booking a one day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour by a private cab will allow you to enjoy the picturesque views all around. You will find the drive through the uphill roads exciting. Besides, it is convenient to make quick halts at the reservoir, caves, forts, temples, churches, and lakes to click as many pictures as you wish.

A one day tour of Chikmagalur is an escapade from your busy city life. You can explore a new city within a short time. Simultaneously, you can connect better with your family, friends, and even colleagues as there will be no stress of driving or finding local transport. Shop to your heart’s content and bring back goodies for everyone as you travel by rental car.

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  • Full-day Chikmagalur Local Sightseeing Tour
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Tour by Private Cab (not shared with others)
  • Pickup & Drop: Chikmagalur Hotel / Home
  • Places Covered: Mullayanagiri, Sitalayenagiri, BababBudan Giri, Manikyadhara, Jhari Falls (Jeep Safari), Honnamana Halla, and Siri Mane.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
  • Lodging / Accommodation in Chikmagalur
  • Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration
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What to Expect on your Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour

What to expect with Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Private Car

Starting early in the morning, we pick you up from your residence. Our one day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour will start with the serene vistas of the hill town from the Mullayanagiri peak. After capturing the beauty of Chikmagalur, we will visit the temple and garden at the vibrant Sitalayenagiri.

Our next stop will be the heritage spot of BababBudan Giri. You can pay respect at the holy spot before heading to Manikyadhara. At the Manikyadhara waterfalls, you can unwind with your loved ones while enjoying a picnic.

Adding a dash of adventure to your one day Chikmagalur local sightseeing tour we will take you on an enthralling Jeep Safari at the Jhari Falls. Our next stop will be Honnamana Halla where you can spend some time away from the crowd of tourists. 

After relaxing amidst nature we will head to Siri Mane. You can enjoy the tranquility of the hamlet and offer prayers to the presiding deity before heading to your accommodation in Chikmagalur. At the end of the day, we will drop you back at your doorstep to ensure your safety and convenience.

Itinerary of One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Trip

Pickup from your Hotel in Chikmagalur at 9:00 AM

Drop back at your Hotel in Chikmagalur by 5:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Guests can visit all the Chikmagalur tourism places listed above or remove any of the places that they don’t want to visit. In order to include any other sightseeing place, guests can check with their cab provider while booking this Chikmagalur local sightseeing tour by private car.

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Places to visit in Chikmagalur in one day by private car

Chikmagalur is known for its picturesque scenery and abundance of coffee plantations. If you’re visiting Chikmagalur for the first time or only have a day to spare, here’s our list of the best places to see in Chikmagalur in one day. From serene temples to stunning waterfalls, there’s plenty to explore in this little slice of paradise.

1. Mullayanagiri

Visit Mullayanagiri Peak with One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Car

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka with a height of 1950 m. Perched on the Baba Budangiri Ranges, it offers a serene gateway to tourists. You can gape at the rugged rocks, verdant landscapes, and coffee gardens. Its rocky paths are best suited for trekking. 

You can also try mountain biking, camping, and road biking. You can visit the small namesake temple located at the summit. En route to the Mulllayanagiri temple, you can enjoy the small stream, cascading waterfalls and a cave with a small water source, and a Nandi statue. This famed attraction is a must-see on this one-day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour by private car.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Cherish the astounding views of the hill town.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week better to visit between 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

2. Seethalayanagiri

Located at a height of 5000 feet, Seethalayanagiri is a well-known tourist spot in Chikmagalur . It is located near Mullayanagiri peak. As you drive through the curvy roads of Chandradrona Hills, you can cherish the beautiful scenery. 

You can climb up to the top of the peak from the parking space. Take a look at the colorful wildflowers and orchids. Pick and taste some local Bilvardannu fruits from the thorny plants during the summers. Visit the peaceful Shiva temple, where the Shivlinga is perennially encircled by water. 

  • Must See / Things to Do: Explore the splendid scenery of the region’s vibrant flora and fauna.

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3. Baba Budangiri

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You can definitely not miss this astounding mountain peak on One day Chikmagalur sightseeing trip by private cab. Baba Budangiri is renowned for its unique forest ranges, iron reserves, and coffee estates. Both Muslims and Hindus flock to this place depicting religious harmony.

Famous also for trekking and hiking, it is home to the sacred and historic shrine of Deviramma Betta. The most popular, however, are the Kurunji flowers that bloom once every 12 years. Take a walk around Galikere lake. You can also appreciate the three mesmerizing waterfalls. Visit the three caves, containing icons and tombs of three Siddhas, where an annual fair is held.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Trek to the caves and experience spiritual bliss.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week better to visit between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

4. Manikyadhara

Manikyadhara is a popular waterfall tucked away in the dense forests of Baba Budangiri Hills. The 30-feet high falls present spectacular views of the mountain ranges. It appears as a string of pearls and is an ideal site for picnics, relaxation, and photographs. 

The misty hills and the cool breeze make this place a pleasant retreat. It is believed that if you bathe in its water, you can get rid of all your diseases. Even the mud collected from the caves is supposed to have healing properties. It is also believed to bring good fortune. You can buy herbal medicines from nearby shops.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Experience the tranquil and therapeutic properties of the waterfall.

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5. Jhari Falls

Visit Jhari Falls with One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Cab

Created by the small mountain springs, Jhari Falls presents a spectacular sight. You can take a thrilling jeep safari to reach the captivating Buttermilk waterfalls. Driving through the dense forests and emerald coffee plantations will help you unwind and discover peace. After a certain point, you need to walk to stay safe, since the streets are broken.

In the pool at its base, you can swim or take a dip. The post-monsoon season is the best time to visit the falls. You can witness its full glory. Have some hot and fresh quick bites like vada pav and omelette from the nearby shop. It is the local favorite on this one-day sightseeing trip.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Explore the beauty and serenity of the splendid waterfall.

6. Honnamana Halla

A scenic artificial waterfall within the dense forests, Honnamana Halla is an offbeat beauty. You can take a relaxing break at the waterfall and enjoy its beauty. It rises up to 30 feet, offering stunning vistas of Baba Budangiri hills. Spot medicinal herbs and plants sprouting in the area. You can enjoy a refreshing picnic at this wonderful spot on your one day Chikmagalur sightseeing trip. 

Take a stroll, click photos from multiple angles, or simply sit and relax. Away from the concrete structures, it is a safe haven allowing you to spend some time here. You can buy snacks, like Bhutta, bread, and omelette, from the local vendors.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Spend time with your loved ones in the lap of nature.

Visit Honnamana Halla with One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Cab

7. Siri Mane

Visit Siri Mane with One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Cab

Close to the temple town of Sringeri, Siri Mane is a stunning waterfall, also known as Kigga Falls. It is a hidden gem on this same day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour by car providing great views. From the parking place, you have to walk over the 100 well-laid steps to reach the spot. It has a 40 feet elevation and is surrounded by dense forests and a serene setting. 

You can enjoy its massive force by going to the bottom. The water is shallow and is safe for even non-swimmers. You can pay a visit to the Sharad Peetham, a pilgrimage and Vedic learning center, built by Adi Shankara in the 9 th century.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Have fun splashing and exploring the waterfall.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week better to visit between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Things to Do on your Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour

Activities & Things to Do on your Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Car

Chikmagalur is a popular tourist destination in South India due to its scenic beauty and cool climate. There are several trekking trails in the vicinity of Chikmagalur that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The town is surrounded by acres of lush green coffee plantations and visitors can take part in activities such as coffee tastings and plantation tours. There are also several museums and temples in Chikmagalur that are worth visiting. You can also spend time shopping and tasting the local delicacies.

What to Shop during your One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Cab?

You can procure interesting souvenirs from Chikmagalur on this one day trip. Local and small brands are extremely popular here. Known as the haven for coffee lovers, Chikmagalur offers the highest quality arabica and robusta coffee. You can try different coffee blends and beans. Acquire from a wide collection of coffee powder. 

Besides, you can purchase local artifacts and handicrafts made from coffee wood and aromatic sandalwood. You can even obtain berries, heavenly perfumes, sandalwood toiletries, mementos, sculptures, paintings, decorative panels, and sandalwood idols. Purchase electronic products from the local marketplace. You can even get some good quality and affordable spices, dry fruits, and homemade chocolates.

What to Eat during your One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Cab?

Chikmagalur is a perfect spot for you where you can definitely taste the Malnad food. It is the oldest surviving cuisine in the state. The soulful food mainly consists of vegetarian dishes. You can also taste jackfruit dishes, cold coffee, various Rotis, and filter coffee. Be it Biryani, tandoori, chicken, or mutton items, you can be fully satisfied with the scrumptious food platter of Chikmagalur on this full day tour.

Moreover, you can avail authentic Kannada, South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese cuisines. You can acquire reasonably priced, fresh and clean food. Even you cannot miss the amazing street food and sweet dishes. There are also quick-serve food joints everywhere.

Travelers are requested to follow the given itinerary for 1 Day Chikmagalur local sightseeing tour package. Ideally this 1 day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour package cannot be customized, however if guests prefer to visit different set of places in Chikmagalur local tour, they can check the possibility of the same with the listed car rental companies and request for a custom quote.

The time spent on each Chikmagalur tourist attraction is to be followed as per the Itinerary schedule. In case of any delays or additional time spent at a particular place, driver or car rental company will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.

Please also note that if a particular Chikmagalur sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it will not be covered from the list of sightseeing places. Please check the possibility of visiting an alternate place with cab vendor before you book the tour.

Ideally, no. However you can check with listed Chikmagalur cab vendors before booking the tour on any possibility to customize the tour. Additional charges might apply.

The serene hill station of Chikmagalur is a  great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its scenic views, lush green mountains, and peaceful atmosphere, Chikmagalur is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. You can conveniently explore the beautiful coffee plantations with a rental car and learn more about the history and culture of this region. Booking a one day Chikmagalur sightseeing tour by private cab is also a great way to visit the several museums and temples across the hill town. You can travel extensively without worrying and spend as much time as you wish at each tourist spot without any hurry.

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DAY 1 in Chikmagalur

Reach the city of Chikmagalur, nestled in the heart of Karnataka, India. Known as the " Coffee Land of India ," this picturesque destination beckons with its lush coffee plantations .

Check-in at Vintage Heritage Homestay Chickmagalur.

Evening - T ake a relaxing walk in the coffee plantation

DAY 2 in Chikmagalur

Morning - Have breakfast in the heritage house and Hike to

Afternoon - Bhadra River Rafting - Ace Paddlers 44 KMS from the Heritage House.

Evening - Wildlife Safari to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary to see animals in their natural habitat.

DAY 3 in Chikmagalur

Morning - Have breakfast and get ready for an early morning wildlife safari.

Afternoon - R elaxing time.

Evening - Watch the day ending at Mallanduru Sunset Point.

DAY 4 the last day in Chikmagalur

Morning - Have breakfast and visit the markets to get gifts for your loved ones.

Travel Guide

Kadur Junction (DRU) is the nearest railway station, 40 Kilometers from Chikmagalur.

Mangaluru International Airport is 160 km from Chikmagalur.

List of restaurants:

1. The Estate cafe.

2. Siri Coffee Bar & Khushi Homestay

3. The Riders Nest:

List of Places to visit:

1. Sri Krishna Rajendra Botanical Park

2. Nisarga Coffee Estate tour and Coffee Factory Experience

3. Jhari Waterfall

4. World of Coffee Experience Cafe

5. Coffee Museum

6. Mullayana Gir Peak.

7. Tea plantation walk

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Pick-up and Drop from and to the Railway Station or Bus Station.
  • Other travel arrangements to visit the locations (River rafting, Wildlife sanctuary, sunset points, and hikes).
  • Stay in the Vintage Heritage Homestay for 4 days & 3 nights.
  • All the meals in the Vintage Heritage Homestay.
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Local guide.
  • River Rafting

Exclusions:

  • Other purchases made on the way
  • All personal expenses
  • Unexpected expenses incurred due to unforeseen situations such as medical emergencies or natural calamities
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • The trip is at your own risk, and we are not responsible for any accidents or reimbursement of any form.

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