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Best Things To Do in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of about 3400 feet. It is a less explored destination that requires your immediate attention. Here, you find tree plantations; especially coffee fields. This destination is considered to be one of the most scenic places that maintains a pleasant weather throughout the year. It is believed that years ago the land of this district was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of a legendary chief who ruled Sakrepatna- Rukmangada. It is only on the basis of this belief that the hill station got its name “Chikmagalur” that means ‘young daughter’s town’. If you are a nature lover, you surely will enjoy the mesmerising beauty of this place that has rugged regions, lowlands, the most scenic views and the best things to do in Chikmagalur As the hill station is less explored, the beauty is absolutely raw in its purest form. It is easy to find all of the basic facilities for visitors like good accommodation options, restaurants, attractions, internal transport facilities etc.

The Western Ghats start from this region and the beautiful Yagachi River originates from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. It is also famous for the coffee and is often referred to as the coffee land of Karnataka. There are enough number of places to be visited here which means there are many things to do. Some of the best things to do in Chikmagalur, that should surely remain on your list are visiting Mullayanagiri, which is the highest peak of the state, trekking to Kudremukh peak, enjoying the views of backwaters of Hirekolale lake, exploring the coffee plantation fields, getting your feet wet at the buttermilk falls, exploring Belavadi and Hale bidu, take a pilgrimage tour to Horanadu Annapoorneshwari temple, discover the beauty of Bhadra Dam, trek to Bababudangiri hill, visit Belur, visit Kavikal Gandi viewpoint, etc. These are some of the most beautiful spots in and around Chikmagalur and must be on the best “things to do” in Chikmagalur list.

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Attractions

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Mullayanagiri

One of the most spectacular attractions in Chikmagalur is Mullayanagiri that is known for its jaw dropping natural beauty. With its calming ambience formed by lush greenery, misty weather and rugged rocks, Mullayanagiri is a heavenly place to relish your vacation. Mullayanagiri Peak is a heaven for adventure junkies who wish to partake in a number of thrilling activities like road biking, trekking and mountain biking. 

This place is also renowned for a small temple dedicated to Tapasvi Mullappa swamy and a trek to the peak takes one through many landmarks like some caves, a stream and a Nandi statue. Mullayanagari is one of the few places to visit in Chikmagalur where you will find yourself at loss of words as you behold the most majestic views of the landscape. 

Height: Mullayanagiri is at an altitude of 1950 metres above sea level

Location: Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: One can visit here for the best experience from late September till early March.

Entry fee: Free

Timings:  It is open throughout the day. However, it is advised to avoid visiting during the dark hours of the day. 

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located approximately 20 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand 
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Kudremukh National Park

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.

• 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
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Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri is a sacred pilgrimage spot in Chikmagalur for both the Hindu and Muslim communities. It is famous for its shrine of Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander who was a 17th century Sufi saint. The place is also notable for the caves which are believed to be once the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. Baba Budangiri is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur and also famous among the thrill seekers for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

These peaks naturally form in the shape of a crescent moon and makes an idyllic landscape for the photographers and nature lovers in Chikmagalur.  The trekking trail between Mullayanagari and Baba Budangiri is an ecstatic experience for many tourists. Another prominent attraction of Baba Budangiri is the famous Manikyadhara Falls and the wild Kurinji flower blooms which happens every 12 years at this mountain. This last spectacle happened in the year 2006 and the next one is expected to happen in 2018. 

• Height: It is at a height of 1895 metres.

• Location: Baba Budangiri, Nagenahalli, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: It is best to visit here from September to March.

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It can be visited any time during the day.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 35 kilometres.
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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is among the must visit sightseeing places in Chikmagalur. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is known for being a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of a landscape that is filled with lush green forests with the river Bhadra flowing in between. Some of the animals which you can spot here include tigers, leopards, Malabar giant squirrel etc along with a number of rare and exotic butterflies.

Tourists can indulge in a number of exciting activities when they are visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the activities offered here are jeep safari, water sports in River Bhadra, trekking, island camping, rock climbing and bird watching. 

• Location: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tarikere, Lakkavalli, (attn Rivertern Lodge), Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

• Entry fee: Entry is free

• Timings:  It is open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and the from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at an approximate distance of 80 kilometres from Chikmagalur Bus Stand
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Hebbe Falls

Known as one of the most exotic places to visit in Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With an enthralling view, Hebbe Falls is believed to have sacred herbs in its waters that can cure diseases. A dip in the waters at Hebbe Falls is always considered the most refreshing activity here. It is surrounded by the beauty of verdant forests and coffee plantations and makes for a serene trip.

The waterfall can be reached after a scenic ride through the picturesque road from Chikmagalur. Along with its postcard perfect views, Hebbe Falls is one of the favoritie places for trekkers who are always looking for the perfect trails replete with breathtaking natural beauty. Otherwise, if you are not so adventurous, a road trip to Hebbe Falls serves as a perfect recipe for fun and excitement. 

• Location: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: The winter months from October to January is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls. 

• Entry fee: Free 

• Timings:  It is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres.

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Kemmangundi

Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

• Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

• Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur

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Hirekolale Lake

Surrounded by the beauty of mountains in the Western Ghats, Hirekolale Lake is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Chikmagalur. This beautiful man-made lake is awe-striking for every spectator in Chikmagalur and must not be missed while visiting Chikmagalur tourist places. It was built as a source to supply water for drinking and irrigation purposes to the town of Chikmagalur. 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.

Hirekolale Lake offers the most mesmerising views of the landscape at the time of twilight when the most number of travelers flock here. It is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel albums. One can also appreciate the exceptional views of Mullayanagiri Hills from Hirekolale Lake.

• Location: Hirekolale lake, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: Hirekolale lake can be visited throughout the year. However, tourists are advised to visit this lake during twilight for the best experience.

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It is open 24 hours

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 10 kilometres from Chikmaglur Bus Stand.
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Bhadra Dam

Bhadra Dam is a magnificent place that one must visit on their vacation to Chikmagalur for a thrilling experience. Surrounded by beautiful hills, Bhadra Dam is known for the Bhadra reservoir and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It supports the lifeline of the region and offers many benefits from irrigation, drinking water, industrial use and hydro electricity generation. Bhadra Dam is one of the most attractive Chikmagalur tourist places where you can appreciate the beauty of ecology. 

It is a hot spot for many of the rare and diverse flora and fauna. It offers some of the best views of the landscape and one can’t help but wonder the beauty of nature at its small islands where many migratory birds are spotted. Tourists here can partake in a number of exciting activities like sailing, kayaking, boating, water cycling, water trampoline and sport fishing. 

• Location: Bhadra Dam, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is during the monsoon months of the year 

• Timings: It is advised to visit here from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 78 kilometres from Chikmagalur 

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Traveller Tales From Chikmagalur

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Devang Sanghrajka

21 August 2019

The drive to the location is scenic and if you love driving, then it is a double-treat. We reached around 2 PM in the afternoon last weekend and yes, it was raining but intermittently. We enjoyed the r...

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Abhinav S

11 July 2019

"It was a great experience. Having had no experience of this sort before, I was in dilemma to book it or no. However, It was lot of fun, we covered all the locations in less time than scheduled. "

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Debojit

03 September 2019

A secluded home stay in the middle of jungle and mountains with little to no connectivity to the city. The jeep ride from hanbal to the spot is hell of a journey, you’ll remember forever. The view poin...

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pawan raju

20 February 2019

Well best trekking experience ever. Gotta thank Rishabh from Thrillophilia to suggest and keep in contact until the trip had started. I would like to mainly thank Rahul who was the trek lead who helpe...

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Dipankar sinha

28 May 2018

We came all the way from Kolkata after attending my daughter’s convocation at the Christ University, Bengaluru. We stopped over for 2 nights at Belur via Shravanabelagola to see very good and historica...

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Vasudev Singh

07 April 2018

If you need a break and peace around, you must visit this homestay. Such good nature, ambience .. we all loved the stay. Excellent location and yummmmy food. Thumbs up to Anup, you rock!

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Dhanalakshmi Pothuvaal

07 April 2018

We were a group of 8 friends who visited this property last weekend.. Away from all the stress we hold, this Place is in the middle of coffee plantation is very peaceful. Very comfortable rooms, nea...

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Jyoti Baid

09 March 2017

"it was a nice breezy trek "

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Gautami Varman

17 March 2016

Kudremukh Trekking Trail, Chikmagalur is one of the best and the nice treks that you can take in Karnataka. The Kudremukh Trek is amazing and spell bounding. The whole Chikmagalur is a paradise for nat...

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Chikmagalur

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur?

    The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. The city is best known as 'The Coffee Land of Karnataka' and is situated on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. It experiences summer, monsoon and winter.

  • Q. Can we go on road trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur? How much is the distance?

    One can reach Chikmagalur via road from Bangalore. The distance is about 245 Kms. There are two modes of transport that you can opt for:

    • The first viable option is you road trip the distance in your own car. In the comfort of your own car, you can cover the distance with your family.
    • The second option that you can opt for is taking a bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. You can book tickets online via the red bus.in website for hassle-free bookings.

  • Q. What activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is famous for diverse things. Find below more information on the same:

    • Beautiful temples to visit and get blessings from namely Kote Ganapathi Temple, Hati Maramma Temple, Deviramma Temple Bindiga.
    • There are scenic waterfalls in Chikmagalur that you can make a part of your itinerary. Kallathigiri Waterfall, Hebbe waterfall and Shanti Waterfall.
    • Lastly, treks are one the most adventurous things that Chikmagalur has to offer. You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek

  • Q. What all adventure activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    There are various tourist attractions in Chikmagalur and lots of adventure activities to do like trekking, camping and many others.

    • Treks: There are numerous treks to do in Chikmagalur. Namely, Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri or You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek
    • You can even go camping in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. One can camp at Ballalarayana Durga, even at the Hebbe Falls as the dense forests leading to it make it a good spot for camping.
    • Lastly, river rafting is on offer too in Chikmagalur. White Water Rafting on River Bhadra in Chikmagalur. Bhadra river passes through one of the eighth most dense forests in the world and located within 30 kms from the Kudremukh national park.The white water rafting experience at Chikmagalur is a pure adrenaline rush with level III rapids over a time of two hours.

  • Q. Which places are best for trekking in Chikmagalur?

    Following are the best places for trekking in Chikmagalur:

    • Mullayanagiri trek
    • Kemmangundi trek
    • Sakleshpur railway trek
    • Kumara Parvatha trek
    • Kudremukh trek

  • Q. Is Chikmagalur a good destination for camping? Which places are famous for camping in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. Following are some options:

    • One can camp at Ballalarayana Durga
    • Even at the Hebbe Falls as the dense forests leading to it make it a good spot for camping.

  • Q. Which are some of the affordable resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    With its scenic beauty and vast greenery, Chikmagalur attracts a lot of tourist around the world. Chikmagalur is a wonderful region arranged on the western piece of Karnataka. It is for the most part prevalent for its espresso ranches and a lovely atmosphere. Here are some of the popular resorts in Chikmagalur.

    • The Serai Resort
    • Winter Greens Resort
    • Eagle Eye resort
    • Jenukallu Resort
    • Tusk and Dawn
    • River Tern Lodge
    • Kalgreen Valley Resort
    • Silent Valley Resort

  • Q. Which are must visit waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

    • Shankar Falls
    • Kallathigiri Falls
    • Hebbe Waterfalls
    • Shanti Falls
    • Kalhatti Falls

  • Q. Where can we go for wildlife safari in Chikmagalur?

    Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary is the nearest from Chikmagalur. Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary s the other name for Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.This Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats, spread in a sprawling 492 kms is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.  

  • Q. Which temples are famous in Chikmagalur?

    Famous temples for sightseeing in Chikmagalur are as follows:

    • Sringeri Sharada Peetha
    • Sharadamba Temple
    • Amruteshwar Temple
    • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple
    • Annapurneshwari Temple

  • Q. How is Mullayanagiri trek? Can anyone do it?

    Mullayanagiri trek is the highest trek in Karnataka, sitting at 6,330 feet in the Chikmagalur taluk. The trek and the jungle trails will encourage you to bond with fellow trekkers which is perfect for team building and camaraderie. This is a moderate level trek as one has to trek via knife edges. This is also the highest peak of Karnataka. 

  • Q. Can we go for Kemmangundi trek? Is it a difficult trek?

    Kemmanagundi Trek which is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and enveloped by true Chikkamagalur-style Western Ghats beauty is a good trek. This 12 hours long trek covering a distance of 20 km will take you through a landscape stroked with lofty hills, innumerable streams and brooks, extensive coffee estates, waterfalls and ornamental gardens tucked amidst lush green forests. This is a moderately difficult trek.

  • Q. What all things couples can do in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is a picturesque destination for couples. The beautiful scenery is bound to make you feel loved. There are a number of things you can do with your partner when in Chikmagalur.

    Read below:

    • If you guys love adventure, then you can go river rafting together. It’s fun yet challenging.
    • You can also plan a stay at the nature homestay in Chikmagalur and breathe in the natural surroundings.
    • Or another beautiful lodge in Chikmagalur is the River Tern Lodge where you can book a stay for two and have a lovely time.
    • There are a lot of treks to do in this hill station. Some easy and some moderately difficult but they do promise some fun and challenge.

    If you as a couple, like to do something similar then you could opt for this as well.

  • Q. Are there any waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

    • Shankar Falls
    • Kallathigiri Falls
    • Hebbe Waterfalls
    • Shanti Falls
    • Kalhatti Falls

  • Q. What all things can be done in Chikmagalur other then Camping and trekking?

    Following are the things you can choose from if not trekking or camping in Chikmagalur.

    • One can visit temples
    • Spend a day sightseeing the serene waterfalls
    • Stay at coffee plantations
    • Stay at beautiful homestays that are spread across the hill station.