Karnataka: Chikmagalur


Get back to Belur and avail a bus to visit Chikmagalur. The meaning of “Chikmagalur” is the “dower of a small girl”. Located at an elevation of 1829 meters, the Baba Budan hill is the place where the first coffee grove of India was formed. Muslim saint, Babu Budan, came all the way from Mecca and planted coffee tree on the slopes of the Baba Budan hill.

Today Chikmagalur and its adjoining places are the prime and foremost coffee producing territories of India. The Central Coffee Research Institute was established at Chikmagalur in 1925. The spectacular splendor of the city along with the lingering coffee orchards is the crowd pullers. You would be able to satisfy yourself by watching the sights of soaring mountains around, feral Hilly River, astonishing dale and captivating white flowers.

Besides 3 caves and St Joseph Cathedral, temples of the deities, Durga, Kali, Parasuram, and Kodandarama are scattered around the city of Chikmagalur.

Holiday makers and devotees who want to stay at Chikmagalur for a night can stay at Hotel Mount Palace or Hotel Maland Paradise or Hotel Woodlands or Quality Inn or Giri Lodge or The Taj Garden Retreat or The planters Court Hotel or J P Lodge or Hotel President’s Palace or Asha Hotel. Refer to our Hotel Booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings at best rates.

Kemmanagundi: Kemmanagundi, lies 48 km off Chikmagalur, located at an altitude of 1448 meters, is a destination in the middle of the mesmerizing natural backdrop. It is a perfect place for the tourists who want to spend some time amidst the calm and serene environment. The Bababudan hill or Kemmanagundi is a striking destination, away from the hustle and bustle of the mundane daily life. 

Scattered Coffee groves, astonishing orchid orchards and gardens of cardamoms would fascinate nature lovers. The petite hillock is set in the dark and cool shades of towering trees. The places around Kemmanagundi look even more colorful during the stunning sunset.

Kemmanagundi is rich in minerals. Ride on the rope car to watch the process of carrying iron ores. It would be an overwhelming and enticing experience for you. The 5 km long ropeway would engross and captivate you.
Kemmanagundi is well connected to Chikmagalur by bus. You can also hire a private vehicle from Chikmagalur to Kemmanagundi.

Tourist cottage of Karataka Tourism, Rest House and Tourist Home are the noteworthy places where tourists can stay overnight at. Refer to our hotel booking links below.

Located at a distance of 12 km towards the south- east side of Chikmagalur, Chenna Keshava temple in Mable village, constructed in 1150, is a must visit destination for the temple lovers.
Kudremukh, about 90 km from Chikmagalur, is a hill resort and is a well thought out creation of the almighty. Kudremukh can be accessed by bus from Chikmagalur. This is really a delightful destination for its gripping greeneries.

Kudremukh National Park, covering 600 square km of sprawling area, located at a height of 6000 feet, is the homeland of Macaws, Tigers, Leopards and Gaur. The best time to visit the National Park is during October- May.
Kudremukh Iron Works is an additional attraction for all the tourists.
Silent Valley Corporate Resort, Hotel Chandan and Travelers Bungalow are few notable places in Kudremukh for staying at night.

Tourists who have some time in hand should visit Mangalore through NH-48 from Chikmagalur by road. The road runs through the dark and deep woods at times and again gears up to climb up the hill along with its passengers. The dark shades of towering trees protect you all from the scorching sun. The 40 meters tall bamboo tree is the tallest of all other trees in the close proximity. Watch the wild monkeys playing and jumping from one branch of a tree to the other branch of another tree effortlessly. If you are lucky then you can even see a cobra on the way to Mangalore.

Mudigere, located at a distance of 35 km from Chikmagalur, is a historical place. A number of people opine that the Hoysala king Sala had killed a tiger here and since then it is the identifying symbol of the Hoysala dynasty.

Beltangady, about 45 km towards the southern side of Mudigere, is a natural harbor on the Netravati River. Prolonged farmlands of Beltangady look marvelous. Even though the place is famous for its paddy fields but it is also very rich in natural resources. Many of the city dwellers earn money from Honey and wax. The gardens of cashew nuts are dotted in and around the city as well. The cultivation of cashew nuts was started by Portuguese long back in 16th century.

Bhadra Tiger Reserve: Bhadra Tiger Reserve, covering a rambling area of 492.46 square km, is located at a distance of 30 km from Shimoga. The place, hidden in the prolonged deciduous woods, is an absorbing and riveting tourists’ destination. Elephants, Tigers, Boars, Gaur, Shambarsm Sloth beer, Leopards and many more different species of denizens stroll in and around the Tiger Reserve forest.
The Bhadra Tiger Reserve forest can be accessed throughout the year but the best time for this trip is during November- March.

The nearest railway station of Bhadra is Tarikere which is just 20 km away from Bhadra. The Bhadra Tiger Project is well connected to Bangalore, Mangalore, Chikmagalur and Kemmangundi by bus.
Nature lovers and interested holiday makers can hire a car from the Bhadra Tiger Reserve to the Kalahasti Waterfall which is located at a distance of 10 km.

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Chikmagalur coffee plantation

Chikmagalur coffee plantation

Chikmagalur Falls

Chikmagalur Falls

Chikmagalur Hill

Chikmagalur Hill (1)

Chikmagalur Hill 2

Chikmagalur Hill (2)

Chikmagalur Hill 3

Chikmagalur Hill (3)

Chikmagalur Temple

Chikmagalur Temple

Kudremukh Kadambi Falls

Kudremukh Kadambi Falls

Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park

Scenic Beauty at Chikmagalur

Scenic Beauty of Chikmagalur


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