Chikmagalur or Chikmagalur as it popularly called is an ideal holiday destination located in India. This place is very renowned for its coffee estates and is a beautiful hill station with scenic beauty and serene surroundings. Chikmagalur is surrounded by scenic places of interest and spectacular hill stations. This picturesque town is nestled at the base of the Mullayanagiri range and the place is dotted with holy temples and stunning waterfalls.
Location : State/District
Chikmagalur is located in the Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka, in India. The latitude of Chikmagalur is 13.3200⁰ N and the longitude is 75.7700⁰ E respectively.
Chikmagalur is a hill station that gives its visitors an unforgettable scenic experience.
Family vacation, Vacation with friends
This place is an ideal holiday destination with your family members or friends. The vibrant biodiversity of Chikmagalur makes it a chosen weekend paradise. The natural beauty of the place gives a pleasant break to the crowd living in Karnataka and other surrounding states. A short holiday in this nature’s paradise will leave you fresh and rejuvenated.
Chikmagalur is a brilliant place to visit all year round as the weather remains cool and lovely at all times. Even during the summer time from March to May, remains moderately warm. Chikmagalur experiences heavy rainfalls during the monsoon season. During this time from June to September, the place seems more inviting. The winter months from December to February remains pleasant. The best time to enjoy in Chikmagalur is from September to May.
If you are a citizen of India, you can plan a holiday to Chikmagalur at your discretion. However foreign tourists wanting to visit this place must apply for a visa from the Indian government, stating the duration of the visit. They must also ensure that their travel documents, along with the passports, should be up-to-date.
Places to Visit
There are several places in and around Chikmagalur that are worth visiting.
The Baba Budan Giri Range is the highest mountain peaks in the region and a prime tourist attraction of this place. Located between the Nilgiris and Himalayas, the prominent peaks of this place are Baba Budan Giri at 1895 meters and Mullayanagiri at 1930 meters. This place was named after a Muslim saint called Baba Budan, who resided in the place about 150 years ago.
Manikyadhara Falls is a very famous natural waterfall located close to the Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha, a famous pilgrim site of Chikmagalur.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit place for nature lovers. This sanctuary is home to wild animals like tigers, elephant, chital, gaur and sambar to name a few. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is open on all days and offers 2-hour ride into the wilderness.
Chikmagalur is famous all over the world for its coffee estates and plantation. So a holiday in this place is incomplete without a visit to the Coffee Museum. A sneak into this museum gives you an insight into different aspects of the coffee business, right from beans to brew. Their remarkable documentary on coffee plantation of the region is very interesting. The coffee museum is a place to be for experience lovers and connoisseurs.
Chikmagalur is also a seat of famous Hindu temples. Some of the temples around the place that you must see include the Shri Ramanjneya Temple, the Rama Temple, Kodandaramaswamy Temple, Sri Krishna Temple, Chintamani Saraswati Temple and the Balamuri Ganpati Temple.
Kemmanagundi is an ideal getaway located at a distance of 54 kms from Chikmagalur. Nestled around the famous Baba Budan range, this place is bestowed with natural beauty, pleasant climate and tranquil surroundings. There are two waterfalls located in this place. The Kallathigiri Falls is located at 10 kms from Kemmangundi and the sight of water falling from the heights of 122 meters is simply amazing. You must also visit the Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe waterfalls. These places are ideal picnic spots located amidst natural surroundings.
Sringeri is situated at 98kms from Chikmagalur. It is an important pilgrim site located at the banks of Tunga River. Sringeri was founded by Adishankara and the prime attraction of this place is the 12 zodiac pillars present in the famous Vidya Shankara Temple. The pillars are arranged in a manner that the sun rays falls on each pillar, subsequent to the month.
Kudremukh is a beautiful and solitude hill station located at 95 kms from Chikmagalur. The place is blesses with bountiful flora and fauna, and most part of it is still undiscovered. Kudremukh is also a sought-after place for trekking lovers. The Kudremukh National Park in this place is also not to be missed.
Horanadu is located at 100 kms from Chikmagalur and is popular because of the presence of the ancient Annapoorneshwari Temple. The temple is an important pilgrim site for Hindus and devotees flock over here from different parts of the country.
Food and Accommodation
During your stay in Chikmagalur you must try the local ‘Malanadu’ cuisines. The preparations mainly involve the use of coconut milk and some of the mouth-watering delicacies include kaikadbu and Akki roti. Some of the popular restaurants of the area are The Club House, Town Canteen, Peaberry Restaurant, Navyuga Family Restaurant, Ashoka Restaurant and Maya Restaurant. These eating joints offer different cuisines to their customers while maintain the quality and pricing.
Chikmagalur is a prime tourist attraction so here you will easily find desirable accommodation options. If you are looking for budget-friendly hotels checkout the Raj Mahal, Coffee County Stays, Planters Court Hotel, Hotel Benaka Residency, Ozone Valley and Athithi Home Stay. These hotels provide rooms with INR 2000 per night. Some of the mid-range options are Silent Valley Resort, Eagle Eye Holiday Homes, Tex Wood Resorts, Nature Nirvana Home Stay and Hillcrest Home Stay. Here the rooms are priced at INR 3000-4000 per night. If you are willing to spend extra and want to make your stay luxurious, look out for The Serai, Woodway Estate Homestay and Taj Gateway. These hotels are priced at INR 7000 and above and provide world class service and facilities.