Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation'

Tripoto
26th Dec 2014

the golf club

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

view from Kemmangundy

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

somewhere on the way to kemmangundi

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

bonfire at the golf club

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

top point -tea-estate

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

somewhere on the way from Banglore to chik

Photo of Exploring Chikmagalur- 'land of coffee plantation' by Pooja Chaudhary

We planned a  3 night trip to Chikmagalur, Kemangundi , including an over night stay at a tea estate. In Chikmagalur, the stay was arranged at the Golf Club located at around 2 kms from the city. It was an absolute delight to be surrounded by vast tracts of green land with limited habitation. Pleasant weather, good food and good company added to the fun. After a 6 hour long drive from Banglore (including a lunch break at Chikmagalur city), evening was spent in the sprawling lawns of the club gossiping over cups of coffee and pakodas. Next day was was spent exploring the nearby points (Hebbe falls, Mullayangiri,Baba Budangiri  ). A bonfire in the evening with music made it a perfect evening altogether. Next morning, after a sumptuous south Indian breakfast, we drove to kemangundi, passing through Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (Our agenda for the trip was to relax which prevented us from trekking, but it's advisable for trekking enthusiasts). Drive to the top point and the view was mesmerizing.

Stay for that night was planned at a tea estate which was some 100 odd kms from kemangundi. After a bumpy ride, we reached our destination- located some 14 kms from the main city. If one is looking for rustic surroundings and absolute calm, this is the place to be. The tea estate had quite a few wild animals within its periphery, giving it a tea-estate come forest feel. We managed to catch a glimpse of a wild elephant while on our way to the highest view-point. Sunrise at the view- point was the most beautiful part of the trip and spotting the elephant added to the adventure (which was injured and was deemed to be quite dangerous by the estate staff). After a lazy lunch, we set on our drive back to Banglore with memories of the 3 days well spent.

Located at around 250 kms from Banglore, the drive to the land of coffee plantation is something to look forward to for those who enjoy road-trips. A 2 night stay at one of the resorts (or the Chikmagalur golf club-rooms are available for members as well non-members through advance booking) gives one the perfect time required to explore the place. Places worth visiting: 1. A day long trek to Mullayangiri, the highest peak in Karnataka (for the trek enthusiasts) . Standing at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, the view from Mullayangiri is mesmerising. 2. Wildlife enthusiasts can plan to spend the morning hours at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (on the way to Mullayngiri). Trekking or jungle safari can be explored, the lucky few might get to see one or more of the 33 tigers found in Bhadra 3. Baba Budangiri hills is 25 km from Chikmagalur town and home to the cave shrine (Dattatreya Peeth) of the Sufi mystic, Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander. Surrounded by coffee plantations, the shrine of the Baba attracts many devotees, both Muslim and Hindu. The beautiful Manyakyadhara Waterfalls are a 2-km walk from the shrine.
Located at about 53 kms from Chikmaglur, the exciting part about Kemmannugundi is the climb up hill and ofcourse, the view. Trekking to the top point makes the experience all the more worthwhile. Spending an evening there to see the sunset is advisable.
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