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Traveller Tales from Chikmagalur
12 September 2018
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through wh...
04 September 2019
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thr...
09 November 2018
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought...
17 September 2018
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n ene...
15 August 2014
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
Rudrani Ghosh Roy
21 January 2019
"Kodachadri was my first trek and it was a one such trek that couldn't be better. First we started with the forest trek, to the Hidlumane falls and then ascending to the Kodachadri peak. The experience...
28 February 2017
A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of...
09 August 2019
I would say it is the most memorable trek for us. I went on this trek on 3rd August with my four friends and it's a monsoon season. Habib and Abhi were our instructors and right from the pickup point t...
14 January 2019
"Trek was amazing!!!! I enjoyed every bit of starting from the ice breaker round to the bus journey. This is a lifetime experience. I can’t believe it was so amazing much more than I expected. Starting...
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Chikmagalur is located in the Chikamagaluru district along the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range in the Indian state of Karnataka.
By Air: If you want to reach Chikmagalur by air then there are various airline options are available for you. The Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur; sharing a distance of 110 km. from Mangalore airport you can hire a taxi to reach the location. There are both domestic and international flights landing in that airport. These flights are affordable and you can approach for early booking.
By Railway: Yes, Chikmagalur has its own railway station but to be frank, it is not well-connected. And thus if you want to reach Chikmagalur by train you have to reach Kadur railway station that shares a distance of 40 km from Chikmagalur. The Bangalore rail station lies within 203 km from Chikmagalur.
By Bus: Bus services are also available to reach Chikmagalur. The distance between Bangalore and Chikmagalur is 240 km and takes 6 hours to reach. From Mangalore junction, the ticket costs Rs 150 and it takes near about 4 hours to covers 127 km. From Mysore, it takes 3 hours to reach covering a distance of 180 km. The ticket costs Rs 100. This is perhaps the most hassle-free journey to Chikmagalur, as you won’t need to change the vehicle again and again and can direct visit the destination.
By Car: If you want to drive your own car to reach Chikmagalur then you have to cover a total distance of 240 km. from Bangalore you would take 4 hours to reach. The route is Bangalore kunigal - Channarayapattana - Hassan - Belur - Chikmagalur. From Mysore, it is 180 km. In the car you would take 3 hours covering the route via Arsikere - Mysore - Belur - Chigmagalur. And from Mangalore, you have to cross 110 km taking 1.5 hours via NH169 and Sringeri road in a car.
Check Out: Bangalore to Chikmagalur Travel Guide
From the month of September to the month of March is considered as the right time to visit the place. During this period of time, the weather remains very soothing and comfortable for the tourist to explore different tourist spots in Chikmagalur.
During the summer season: From March to June the temperature of Chikmagalur ranges between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. This wonderful hill station can be visited in these months, but sightseeing becomes difficult during the hours when the humidity and the hot weather reach its top. If you have no issues with the time schedule, then it would be better if you skip this season and visit Chikmagalur during the monsoon or during the winter season.
During the monsoon season: The months July, August, and September cover the monsoon season in Chikmagalur. During this period of time, the beauty of this hill station enhances. The hills look more attractive and spellbinding. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur you can try booking this tourist destination during the monsoon. Remember that heavy rainfall may affect your tour to visit the markets in the town. And this is why do not forget to carry an umbrella or raincoats if you visit this place during the monsoon.
During the winter season: September, October, November, December, January, and February are considered as the winter months in this amazing hill station. During these periods of time the temperature ranges from 10 to 32 degree Celsius. This is undoubtedly the best season to visit this attractive tourist destination. During the winter season, the weather of Chikmagalur remains extremely delightful and the hill starts looking colourful. The winter season is considered as the perfect season to visit for the tourist. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur, you are advised to book tickets for the winter season.
While it is advisable to pack less for the trip, there are certain things you must keep handy for a successful and comfortable trip, namely:
-First aid kit (inclusive of basic medicines for cold, fever, cuts, and injuries)
-Tickets and itinerary
-Medical requirements (consult a physician)
Make sure you check your shoes prior to your journey as you would not want to have sore feet keeping you off the thrill so close.
Karnataka is considered as the safest state of India because of the low crime rates. Known for friendly and welcoming locals, you can comfortably seek help from the locals if you get stuck anywhere. It is advisable to stay alert and not trust anyone blindly on the trip.
Women should try not to wander around alone during the late hours. It would be better to keep a small knife and pepper spray handy for your own safety. Make sure you let someone know about your location and keep them well informed of your plans to be on the safer side.
Chikmagalur is one of the safest destinations for women travelers in India. The state of Karnataka has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and you should be fine even if you are traveling alone.
However to be on a safer side, we suggest you to dress conservatively and not go out alone at nights or isolated locations by yourself.
Chikmagalur is an excellent location to venture out on weekends from Bangalore. With its pleasant climate and its picturesque landscapes favorable for trekking and sightseeing across its coffee plantations and green velvety hills, it is an ideal getaway option for both family and friends and you will enjoy a lot with your group in this amazing tourist destination.
Chikmagalur is one of those tourist attractions known for its heritage spots, water attractions, adventurous activities, wildlife safaris and unique nature themes. There is something for everyone while you are in Chikmagalur and you will not have one spare moment.
So whether you are one of those bold adventure junkies or the silent brooding nature lovers, Chikmagalur will delight you with the plethora of activities which it offers.
Yes! Home to numerous temples dripping in architectural grandeur including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple to name a few, major families come flocking from far and nearby pay their religious respect and pray for good fortune.
Not just temples, Chikmagalur also has an abundance of attractions like the Bhadra WildlifeSanctuary, Coffee Museum, Bhadra Dam, and Kudremukh National Park, which you can visit along with your kids.
You can also enjoy the eye-feasting view of the cascading falls which are plenty in the vicinity namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls.
Must Check: Best Chikmagalur Tour Packages
Your trip to Chikmagalur can be easily completed in a couple of days where you can explore trekking, wildlife safaris, camping and other adventure activities
It is better you select a holiday package depending upon the time and money you wish to spend on different activities. Also, take your budget into consideration while planning a trip to Chikmagalur or check out some Chikmaglur tour packages.
Read More: Places to visit in Chikmagalur in 2 days
The most popular places for tourists visiting Chikmagalur are:-Kudremukh National Park
With so many fun-filled activities, a retreat to Chikmagalur is sure to get your adrenaline pumping with its historical spots, marvelous waterfalls and the brilliant sights of the mountains and waterfalls.
If you like extreme adventures, Chikmagalur is the place which you should check off first from your bucket list.
You can undertake the following activities in Chikmagalur:
-Coffee plantation tour etc.
If wandering amidst the forests, listening to the chirping sounds of birds and counting stars in the sky during the night defines your dream adventure excursion, then Chikmagalur is one of the best spots to make this dream of yours come true.
Chikmagalur is an ideal location for trekking to the hills. The highest peaks here for trekking are:
Also Read: Trekking in Chikmagalur
Yes, you can do Kemmanagundi Trekking in Chikmagalur to explore the beauty of Western Ghats. The trek includes camping, bonfire and a visit to Hebbe Falls with an excellent opportunity to discover the coffee plantations in the backdrop of a serene landscape.
The beautiful waterfall located between the green hills and dark forests makes the trek unforgettable. The trek is known for its captivating beauty and a tranquilizing experience amidst nature which will de-stress you as you engage in this adventurous activity.
The Kudremukh trek in Chikmagalur is an exciting activity for a delightful experience to explore the majestic landscapes. The difficulty level of this trek is from moderate to difficult. It is one of the most beautiful treks of South India and an ideal place to tramp in the wild.
The trail offers some breathtaking vistas of the lush green valleys and the verdant meadows of the Western Ghats. There is also an opportunity to witness an enchanting waterfall as you cherish the experience in such a great landscape.
Yes, you can definitely enjoy a Coffee Plantation tour when in Chikmagalur. It includes a homestay at a coffee estate where you can explore the coffee plantations and spend time amidst nature.
Chikmagalur is popularly known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka and an awesome destination to enjoy the aroma of coffee while trekking around the coffee plantations.
Yes, there are many famous temples where you can explore the beauty of Chikmagalurthey are:
Yes, Chikmagalur is an interesting location for undertaking wildlife tours. It is ideal for families, couples, and backpackers to tour amidst the wilderness and add just the right spills and thrills to your trip.
The famous wildlife tours offered at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary challenge the thrill-seekers to the core and let them face the hurdles the place beholds. Witness scintillating vegetation while you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city and make sure you follow what your team leader says and inform immediately in case of any problem.
Chikmagalur is known for its scenic beauty which is unparalleled to most of the places. The verdant greenery will just take your breath away as you indulge in sightseeing in Chikmagalur.
So the best way to cherish these experiences is by picking the resort which allows you to fulfil your travel goals in Chikmagalur.
Some of the most famous resorts for staying in Chikmagalur are:
-The Serai Resort
-Winter Greens Resort
-Eagle Eye resort
-Tusk and Dawn
-River Tern Lodge
-Kalgreen Valley Resort
-Silent Valley Resort
Chikmagalur likewise called the Coffee land of Karnataka is known for its beautiful eminence. Homestays in Chikmagalur are fantastic places for a weekend retreat in the serene landscape.
These homestays are an opportunity to enjoy a laid back time while having a fun time with your family. They allow you to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and have a closer interface with nature on your retreat.
Some of the best homestay options are:-Nature homestay in Chikmagalur
The local cuisine of Chikmagalur which is also known as Malenadu cuisine is famous for its richness and spicy flavors, mainly supplemented by the taste of coconut milk. Rice and fish curry serve as staple items of the local platter in Chikmagalur.
There are many restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine at Chikmagalur. Some of these are:
Yes, there are plenty of ATMs in Chikmagalur of various banks like State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Axis Bank etc.
There are many institutions in Chikamagalur in case you face any medical emergency. Some of the hospitals are:
-Anuradha Hospital etc.
Yes, there are many resorts where you can indulge in smoking or drinking in Chikmagalur. So if you are 18 or above, there is no restriction on drinking/smoking. However, it is advisable to check with the resort/restaurant where you are.
Smoking/drinking is strictly prohibited when you are going for trekking or engaging in any other adventure activities.
The best waterfalls in Chikmagalur are:
-Hanuman Gundi Falls
-Jhari or Dabdabe Falls