A Complete Travel Guide To Chikmaglur, Karnataka

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In the heart of Karnataka, there lies a hidden gem where the air is laced with the scent of coffee blooms and the horizon is stitched with lush valleys. Chikmagalur, a tranquil haven, whispers a siren’s call to wanderers and coffee enthusiasts alike, beckoning them to its bosom where cultures once danced in a mosaic of diversity. It’s a realm where nature’s artistry paints every view with strokes of emerald and jade, and cascading falls weave silver threads through the tapestry of the land.

Here, the spirit of adventure and the whisper of leaves blend into a symphony that fuels the town’s lifeblood—tourism. With vistas that snatch your breath away, where mountains crown the skyline and coffee plantations carpet the earth, Chikmagalur reigns as Karnataka’s own ‘coffee kingdom,’ nurturing beans that awaken the nation. So, without further ado let's share how you can plan an amazing trip to this coffee kingdom that will etch memories forever in your heart. Read on!

Getting There

Photo of A Complete Travel Guide To Chikmaglur, Karnataka by Varsha Banerjee (Crazy Jetsetters)

By Train:

Hop on a train to the chill vibes of Chikmagalur! The nearest stations are Birur, Kadur, and Tarikere, but Kadur’s your best bet. Once you’re there, snag a cab and roll into Chikmagalur Town in style.

By Road:

Ready for a roadie? Chikmagalur’s hooked up with a couple of national highways, making it a breeze to get there. Buses zip back and forth from big cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore. But hey, why not take the scenic route? Grab a cab from any of these spots and cruise through Karnataka’s killer hills and forests. It’s a drive you won’t forget.

By Air:

No fly zone in Chikmagalur, but Mangalore International Airport’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away (152 km, to be exact). Book a taxi from there, and you’ll be sipping Chikmagalur’s finest brews before you know it. Bangalore and Mysore also have airports if you want more options.

Places To Visit In Chikmaglur

Chikmagalur is a slice of heaven with its perfect weather and stunning vistas, making every sightseeing adventure an absolute delight. Check out these cool spots in Chikmagalur that you just can’t miss!

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1. Rock Garden

Nestled atop the heights of Kemmanagundi, this garden is a marvel with its rock-carved pathways, a home to a collection of rare orchids, and it offers killer views of the rolling hills.

2. Hebbe Falls

This is the spot for waterfall chasers! Located 10 km from town, amidst lush forests, it offers a spectacular view of the Kemmanagundi hills. The falls split into two – the mighty Dodda Hebbe and the gentle Chikka Hebbe.

3. Ayyanakere Lake

As Chikmagalur’s famous lake and Karnataka’s second-largest, Ayyanakere is encapsulated by hills and features a boardwalk for an up-close experience. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or to catch a mesmerizing sunset.

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4. Kalhatti Falls

For a peaceful retreat, head to this picturesque waterfall set against the Kemmanagundi hills and surrounded by dense rainforest. There are trails for trekking, and you can climb to the top for some breathtaking scenery.

5. Mahatma Gandhi Park

Known to locals as Rathnagiri Bore, this park is a gem just north of town. It’s a riot of colors with its well-manicured gardens full of vibrant flowers and decorative plants. Don’t miss the serene lotus pond, complete with a charming wooden bridge.

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6. Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham

Also known as Sringeri Sharada Peetham, this temple is Chikmagalur’s pride with its ancient rock-cut architecture and sacred deities.

7. Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls is a crowd-pleaser in the Madikeri district, known for being the go-to waterfall hangout. The Cauvery River’s upper reaches tumble down through lush coffee estates to create this natural spectacle. There’s even a cool hanging bridge across from the falls that gives you the best spot for soaking in the view. And let’s not forget the drive there from Chikmagalur – it’s a rollercoaster ride through the hills and plantations!

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8. Kudremukh National Park

A mere 59 km hop – This spot is not just a national park; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a total hit with tourists. You’ve got a buffet of sightseeing delights and outdoor thrills like ambling through the forest, hopping on safaris, and snapping pics of the wild.

9. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, only 79 km away – This sanctuary is huge and a favorite among visitors. It’s a treasure trove of diverse wildlife, from birds to plants to some pretty cool animals. Get adventurous with a jungle safari and play ‘I spy’ with Chinkara, the majestic four-horned antelopes, crafty jackals, sleek leopards, elegant black bucks, and the elusive jungle cats.

10. Seethalayanagiri

Perched at a cool 5000 ft, Seethalayanagiri is a trekker’s paradise, not too far off. It’s like standing on top of the world with the Western Ghats stretching out around you, wrapped in thick rainforests, dotted with coffee plants, and the wild beauty of the hills. For anyone who digs nature and a good hike, this place is pure bliss for your senses.

Where To Stay In Chikmaglur

Here’s a chill rundown of cool stays in Chikmagalur:

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1. Mountain Valley Homestay: Kick back in the chill vibes of Mountain Valley, where the food’s homemade and the views are all about those green hills.

2. Tresca – A Luxury Hotel: Tresca’s the spot if you’re looking for that fancy touch without losing the laid-back Chikmagalur charm, plus they’ve got free parking (score!).

3. Aura Homestays: Chill out at Aura, nestled in a coffee plantation, it’s the perfect blend of homey feels and nature’s cool breeze.

4. Nature Bowl Resort: Nature Bowl is your go-to for a mix of relaxation and fun, with comfy rooms and games to keep everyone entertained.

5. The Vintage: Get your nostalgia on at The Vintage, where every corner tells a story with its old-school decor and peaceful garden vibes.

Best Things To Do In Chikmaglur

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1. Chikmagalur Coffee Estate

Embark on a whimsical journey through the verdant coffee estates of Chikmagalur, where the secrets of your cherished brew come to life. Stroll amidst the Karadigundy, Woodway, and Jungle Greens plantations, where the air is rich with the aroma of fresh coffee, waiting for you to savor its purity.

Photo of A Complete Travel Guide To Chikmaglur, Karnataka by Varsha Banerjee (Crazy Jetsetters)

2. Baba Budangiri

Ascend the mystical hills of Baba Budangiri, known to the locals as Chandra Drona Parvatha. Here, the north of town whispers tales of hidden caves and offers vantage points that gift breathtaking mountain vistas. Whether you choose to trek the rugged paths or simply bask in the dawn’s early light at the sunrise point, the sky’s canvas will leave you spellbound.

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3. Z point Chikmagalur Trek

Venture on the Z point trek, a gentle journey through the Kemmanagundi hills, commencing at the stately Raj Bhavan. The trail, a blend of ease and enchantment, weaves past cascading waterfalls and through valleys draped in nature’s splendor.

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4. Mullayanagiri-Chikmagalur Trek

Dare to scale the heights of the renowned Mullayanagiri trek, where the pinnacle of Karnataka awaits, nestled among valleys painted with coffee plants. A pilgrimage to the summit reveals a Shiva temple, perched precariously, yet standing as a testament to devotion.

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5. Coffee Museum

Lastly, immerse yourself in the rich narrative of the Coffee Museum. This sanctuary of knowledge chronicles the saga of coffee in India, from its historic roots to the intricate dance of production and brewing. Wander through exhibits showcasing age-old equipment and diverse coffee-making traditions that have evolved over time.

Best Time To Visit Chikmaglur

Chikmagalur basks in a climate that’s as gentle as a poet’s muse, with each season offering its own charm. Summers here are a warm embrace, inviting and balmy, perfect for those who seek the comfort of the sun. Winters, on the other hand, are a cool whisper, shrouded in mist and mystery, ideal for the soul that finds solace in the crisp air.

As the monsoon paints the landscape, Chikmagalur is drenched in a torrent of life, with rains that weave a fabric of lush splendour. Yet, it is the winter months, from October to April, that truly beckon the explorer within. This is when the plantations unfurl in full glory, the forests sing with life, and nature’s activities await with open arms. It is, undoubtedly, the most exquisite time to unravel the wonders of Chikmagalur.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags already and make the most of your vacation calendar before it's too late!

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