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  • Bangalore to Chikmagalur distance is 245 Km via NH 75. Best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. One can travel by bus or car but there is no railway station in Chikmagalur and the nearest railway station is in Kadur. Also, there is no airport in Chikmagalur and the nearest airport is in Mangalore. Must-visit places in Chikmagalur are Shravanabelagola, Gorur Dam, Shettihalli Rosary Church, Manjarabad Fort, Halebeedu, Belur, Yagachi Dam & more exciting places.

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    Our country is soaked in such natural beauty and Chikmagalur is one such picturesque nugget nestled in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range in the majestic state of Karnataka. The origin of its name makes for an amazing backdrop to the travel experience. For traveller's, this place offers a wide variety of homestays in Chikmagalur in the amidst of nature.

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    A small hill station in the Western Ghats, the area of which covers a distance of 30 square Kms, Chikmagalur makes for an 
    ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore or a short vacation travel destination. The weather is very conducive and climatic conditions vary from moderate to cool and makes for a great year-round visit.

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    Chikmagalur is also historically known to have planted the first coffee plantation in India in the late 1600s. Its bountiful greens along with the rich heritage make it a worthwhile place to visit.

  • Quick Facts

  • 01Bangalore to Chikmagalur Distance

    Bangalore to Chikmagalur Distance

    Bangalore to Chikmagalur is an easy distance of approximately 245 Kms from the National Highway 75.

    It is also the fastest route and takes about 4 hours to reach depending on the traffic. It is a perfect destination for 2 days trip from Bangalore.

  • 02Bangalore to Chikmagalur Route Map

    The scenic Western Ghats are abundantly sprawled with beatific forests and mountains and many rivers and waterfalls making it an amazingly scenic drive to Chikmagalur.

    Bangalore is connected with Chikmagalur via National Highway as well as State Highways. The best route is via NH 75 which is around 243 kms and takes about 4 hours without considering traffic.

    This first drive through the NH 75 usually follows this route map and is the shortest distance between Bangalore and Chikmagalur- 
    Bangalore > Yediyur > Channarayapattana > Hassan > Belur > Chikmagalur

    The second route map is on NH 75 via NH 73 which is around 247 kms and takes about 5 hours to reach the end destination – 
    Bangalore > Kunigal > Yediyur > Dasarighatta > Arsikere > Chikmagalur

    The third route map perhaps is the longest and can be taken if traffic jams are anticipated on the other two popular routes. The distance measures out to be around 298 Kms via NH 48 and takes around 6 hours to reach Chikmagalur - 
    Bangalore > Tumkur > Sira > Hiriyur > Ajjampur > Kadur > Chikmagalur

  • 03Best time to Visit Chikmagalur from Bangalore

    Best time to Visit Chikmagalur from Bangalore
    The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. Due to monsoon season, there is a gush of streams and hundreds of cascading waterfalls.

    So this is the perfect place to visit around Bangalore during monsoon.
  • How to Reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore

  • 04Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Bus

    Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Bus

    If you prefer to take a road trip without needing to think about driving yourself, one of the alternate options is to cover the distance by bus. There are several buses, both public and private that ply between the two cities. Moreover, this is also a more economical option of travel.

    Types of Buses and Names-
    There are several travel options including AC and non AC seater and sleeper buses. Government-run KSRTC buses can be boarded at Kempegowda bus stand, also known as Majestic. There are at least 6 private travel operators in this popular route including Cauvery Travels, VRL Travels, Sri Balaja Travels, Safari Travels, Greenline Travels and Holidays and Himachal Volvo Tour.

    Starting Point (Bus Stops)-
    The buses originate from several convenient pickup points at Bangalore, some of the common boarding points are Majestic, Yeshwantpur Govardhan Theater, Goraguntepalya, Navarang Circle, Jalahalli Cross, Eighth Main Circle Dasarahalli, and Nelamangala Circle.

    Timings of buses-
    Most of the buses leave Bangalore late in the evening, after 6 pm and usually up to midnight.

    Number of hours journey-
    In order to cover the total distance of approximately 250 KM, it can take anywhere from 5 to 7 hours to reach from Bangalore to Chikmagalur, depending upon the number of stops during the trip as well as the traffic and road conditions on the day of travel.

    Approximate Fare-
    The fares start from INR 500 and go all the way to around INR 900 depending upon the type of bus and services offered.

    With convenient options, the overnight bus journey tends to be a favourite mode of travel for travellers who prefer to reach Chikmagalur early in the morning. The state run KSRTC buses, especially the multiaxle Airavat Club Class buses are becoming a favoured option by many travellers as these tend to be driven by experienced drivers to assure safety and economical travel. In addition, passengers on these KSRTC buses are provided with blankets and water bottles as well.

  • 05Drive to Chikmagalur from Bangalore

    Drive to Chikmagalur from Bangalore

    One of the most preferred options to visit Chikmagalur is to drive down from Bangalore in your own transport or carpool with friends and family. There are primarily two different travel routes that can be considered, depending upon individual preferences. It is one of the best road trips around Bangalore for all travel lovers.

    Via NH 75 (Bangalore – Kunigal – Channarayapatna – Hassan – Belur - Chikmagalur): The shortest and often fastest route between Bangalore and Chikmagalur is via NH 75 where the distance of 245 KM can be covered in approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes. This road has several tolls and the roads conditions are usually good and the ride is pleasurable. You will pass the historic towns of Hassan and Belur on this route.  

    Via NH 73 (Bangalore – Tumkur – Tiptur – Arsikere – Chikmagalur) which is the slightly longer route, where although the total distance is still approximately 245 KM, however, the journey time is 5.25 hours. You will pass through the town of Tumkur, known as the city of coconuts and also the town of Tiptur, whose name is said to have originated from the word ‘dried coconut’.

    Number of hours-
    The distance from Bangalore to Chikmagalur is approximately 245 KM and can be covered in 4 and a half to 5 and half hours by road, depending on the route taken.

    Approximate Cost-
    The cost of travel in this option includes primarily the cost of fuel which is estimated to be approximately INR 800 for a one-way journey. If you are travelling with friends, this cost can be pooled amongst the group. Moreover, you have the convenience of leaving at your own schedule and take rest stop during the scenic drive. It is always advisable to check for the most recent traffic and road conditions just before your trip.

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  • 06Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Train

    Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Train

    If you want to travel from Bangalore to Chikmagalur on a train journey, there are limited travel options available for you.

    Number of trains- There is a single passenger train called Yesvantpur Chikmagalur Fast Passenger (Train Number 56278) that runs on a daily routine, and leaves Yeshwantpur station, which is about 8 KM from central Bangalore at 3.15pm in the afternoon and arrives at Chikmagalur at 10pm on the same day, covering the distance of approximately 245 KM in 6 hours and 45 minutes, with 20 halts at intermediate stations.

    Rail connectivity, however, is a whole lot better between Bangalore and Kadur, which is about 40 KM from Chikmagalur. So if you are okay to travel on road from Kadur to Chikmagalur, you can find six to seven trains from Bangalore (Krishnarajapuram,
    Bangalore City and Yesvantpur stations) to Kadur, most of which will cover the distance of approximately 200 KM in 3 to 4 hours. For additional information on this option, please visit the Indian Railways website.

    Nearby Railway Station –
    The nearest railway station is the Chikmagalur (code name CMGR) and is nearby the main city area or Kadur (code name DRU) which is approximately 40 KM from Chikmagalur.

    From nearby Railway station to bus/other modes of transport – The Chikmagalur bus stand is a short distance away from the railway station. It takes less than five minutes to travel from the railway station to the bus stand. In addition, there is an auto-rickshaw stand at the railway station to take you to your desired hotel.

    Distance from nearby railway station to Coorg-
    The distance from Chikmagalur railway station to Coorg is approximately 155 KM.

    No. of hours journey-
    The train journey covers the distance to Chikmagalur within 6 to 8 hours.

    Approximate cost-
    The approximate cost would be INR 250 to INR 300.

  • 07Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Air

    Bangalore to Chikmagalur by Air

    For those who prefer to travel by Air, unfortunately, Chikmagalur being a small town currently doesn’t have an airport that connects with major Indian cities on commercial passenger operations. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is approximately 120 KM from Chikmagalur and 3-hour drive away.

    However, if you still prefer the air route, you could take one of the several short regional flights from Bangalore to Mangalore, which would take less than an hour and then cover the remaining distance by road, either in a rental car or by bus.

  • Must Visit Between Bangalore & Chikmagalur

  • 08Shravanabelagola


    Located near Channarayapatna of the Hassan district, Shravanabelagola is a historic town and a sought after place for religious devotees and spiritual seekers alike. It has the world’s largest monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, making it one of the first seven wonders of our country.

    Located in the Vindhyagiri hills, the calm of the surroundings makes it for a serene place where thousands of monks get together for meditation and to surrender themselves to this sanctuary where they can get deliverance. 

    Standing at 57 feet tall, the statue is symbolic of peace and spiritualism. Every 12 years Jains from all over the world get together for the Mahamastakabhisheka where they worship the deity in a huge religious festival. The last one happened in 2006, so the next one to occur is in 2018. It is 12 kms from the Bangalore- Mangalore Highway NH48, 52 Kms from Hassan town and 160 Kms from Bangalore on the way to Chikmagalur.

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  • 09Gorur Dam

    Hassan district boasts of many a tourist spots and of places to visit and see. One such spot is the Gorur Dam which is a Hemavathi reservoir built in the 1900’s across the Hemavathi River, a tributary of Kaveri. The dam is named after a famous Kannada literary personality called Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar. It is a sight to behold and makes for a great picnic spot with a beautiful garden right next to it.

    When the gates of the reservoir opens up and the gush of water falls down, it is another sight to behold. In the morning time you can see all the water birds coming to the reservoir. The best time to visit the dam is from October to March when the reservoir has more water and the area has a lot of activities around it. It is 22 Kms from Hassan and 192 Kms from Bangalore.
  • 10Shettihalli Rosary Church

    Shettihalli Rosary Church

    Shettihalli Church, or known as the drowning Church of Karnataka, the beauty of this church is that it remains submerged in the backwaters of Hemavathy River throughout the year except for summers, when the water recedes and the Church can be visited by travellers and locals alike.

    Built over 450 years ago, the Church’s architecture has Gothic designs and is a beautiful sight to see. Architect lovers and Church lovers both get to see this one of a kind Church in India. It is 22 Kms from Hassan and around 200 Kms from Bangalore. 

    The beautiful skeleton of the massive ruins is a photographer’s delight. There is not much to see around here besides the Church, so if you come during the time of Summer, remember to pack yourself a picnic lunch if you want to enjoy some family time or get together with friends and just enjoy the serenity and calm against a great archaeological backdrop.

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  • 11Manjarabad Fort

    Manjarabad Fort
    Located in Sakleshpur, a town in the Hassan district, Manjarabad Fort is a beautiful Star shaped fort, built by Tipu Sultan in 1792. The fort was erected in a strategic location as a defensive location for enemy reconnaissance and to store ammunitions.

    Its strategic location use to help soldiers keep an eye on the British Army making its way from Mangalore. The beautiful fort has an Islamic style architecture, arched entranceways and is designed to be at the same level unlike the other forts.

    The fort has an underground tunnel that used to lead to Srirangapatna and later was used to dump dead bodies. It is around 227 Kms from Bangalore and around 60 Kms from Hassan. You can have a great majestic view of the Western Ghats from the fort. A drone camera can well capture the wonderful aerial view of the forts star shaped structure.
  • 12Halebeedu

    Halebeedu used to be the regal capital city of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th-13th century. The name literally translates to mean the “old city” or the “ruined city” and used to be called Dwarasamudra, meaning entrance to the ocean. Located in the Hassan district, Halebeedu is steeped in Hoysala architecture and there are a lot of shrines which has been erected during those times.

    Some of the famous temples are the Hoysaleswara, Kedareshwara and Shanteshwar, most of these shrines have been built out of chloritic schist which is a soft rock and allows for minute carving without damaging the foundation.

    Seeped in history and nature, it not only makes for an amazing place to visit, but is also an archaeologist delight. It doesn’t have too many options for stay besides one basic State tourism accommodation, so most people stay in Hassan and visit. It is just 40 Kms from Hassan and around 230 Kms from Bangalore.
  • 13Belur

    Belur and Halebeedu are called the twin towns due to its proximity and along with Shravanabelagola, it forms the Golden Triangle of Karnataka tourism. Belur is situated on the banks of the alluring river of Hassan and just like Halebeedu, is steeped in the Hoysala architecture and is home to many temples and shrines showcasing that era’s architectural workmanship. It is 53 Kms away from Chikmagalur and was the second capital to the Hoysala Empire and was also known by the name of Vellapally.

    It is quite famous for its regal and majestic temples, which are still in use by their devotees. One of the main attraction of this place is the Chennakesava temple which was built to honour Chennakesava, another form of Lord Vishnu. The grand opulence can be seen in its design and architecture. The other attraction close to this temple is the step well or Pushkarni which is to the right side of the entrance.

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  • 14Yagachi Dam

    Yagachi Dam
    Around 3 Kms from Belur and around 20 Kms away from Chikamagalur, this dam was built in 2001 and is a popular visiting spot. Yagachi Dam is built across the Yagachi River, another tributary of river Kaveri, as a reservoir with the objective to harness the water resources for the purpose of irrigation and making drinking water available to the Hassan, Belur and Chikmagalur region.

    In a place filled with religious temples and shrines, this place hosts a bunch of water sports and various activities are there in Chikmagalur to titillate your adventure bone.

    If you love the adrenaline rush from the adventure sports, don’t give it a miss. The boat rides, jet skis, speed boats, banana boat ride, kayaking and canoeing offer the travellers plethora of fun and frolic to enjoy the whole day. Carry an extra pair of clothing and you will be set. Do find out the timings for the water sports.

  • Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

  • 15Mullayanagiri

    This majestic and one of the highest mountain peaks in Karnataka is located in the Chandra Drona hill ranges in the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. It is at a height of 1930 meters above the sea level and the mountains rich flora and fauna extends up to 1600 Kms parallel to the West Coast and touches states like Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

    Mullayanagiri is a picturesque beauty with fifty shades of green spread across. The top of the hills have a small Shiva temple and the trek to that point is breathtaking. The trek starts from the Sarpadhari (meaning Snakes way) Bus stop, which is around 15 Kms from Chikamagalur and is a steep 3 km long trek to the top which can be covered in 1.5 hours. The mountains offers a grand vista viewpoint of its neighbouring range and each step of the trek calls you out to breathe in as much beauty as you can.

    There is a cave around the trek that can be explored as well. This is one of those treks which will leave you thinking about it way past the finishing line. For those who want to break out more sweat, there are options for mountain biking and road biking along the hills too.

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  • 16Hebbe Falls

    Hebbe Falls
    Hebbe Falls is located within a coffee plantation 10 Kms away from Kemmangundi hill station. Known for its mineral-rich and herbal qualities, these beautiful waterfalls are a sight for the sore eyes. It is almost 250 feet tall and can be either reached by vehicle or reached by doing a down way trek of 8 kms to the falls. The white foaming water makes for a stupendous sight within the greens of the nature. The tall mountains glorifies the falls especially when it makes its way down to hit the lake at the bottom.

    The cascading water hits the huge boulders on the way to split into two main streams of water and becomes the Chikka Hebbe and Dodda Hebbe falls. Chikka means small falls and Dodda means big falls and hence the respective names. The water is known for its healing properties due to it being rich in minerals and is known to cure skin diseases. The surrounding areas and the coffee plantation can also be explored when visiting the falls.

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  • 17Kudremukh National Park

    Kudremukh National Park
    Declared as a reserve forest in the year 1916 and a National Park in 1987, Kudremukh National Park is rich in flora and surrounded by many coffee and tea plantations. It was declared as a National Park for preservation and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity. The pristine and huge national park is home to a rich wildlife like tiger, leopard, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, wild dogs, sloth, bear, sambar, spotted deer etc. and has around 190 species of birds besides reptiles like snakes and tortoise.  

    The park is around 90 Kms from Chikmagalur city. It has been named Kudremukh, the literal translation of which means Horse's face, due to one of its eponymous peaks which resembles a horse’s face. The Park also makes an excellent choice for Trekkers, having long winding trails rolling down the mountain range. You will have to seek the permission of the forest ranger to trek inside the park though. Another main attraction inside the park is the Kadambi waterfalls cascading down making that beautiful tinkling noise over the hilly terrain.

    The best time to see the wildlife is between December and February. There are several options for accommodations near the park and travellers can also choose to stay in the forest rest areas inside the park, but have to book in advance. The fees for the park is INR 200 for Indians and INR 1000 for foreigners.
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  • 18Kemmangundi


    Kemmangundi hill station also popularly known as KR hills was named thus after the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, which was used as a summer retreat by him as he was mesmerized by the beauty of this hill station.  Later he handed over his resort to the Government of Karnataka, which is a heritage property now.

    The horticulture department of Karnataka also develops and maintains the resort and its surroundings and grows a lot of ornamental plants here. You can get lost in the huge expanse of gardens, lush green valleys and high rolling mountains that can be experienced here at Kemmangundi. The place derives its name from the Kannada words Kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit), which is what it is a place with red soil.  

    The picturesque hill station enchants all its visitors with its beauty and tranquillity. One can get lost here and in a good way, away from the humdrum of the city, this place offers solace and peace for those seeking it.  The main attractions of Kemmangundi are the Raj Bhavan, Z Point, Rock Garden, Baba Budangiri, Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Hebbe Falls and Kalathgiri falls. The view from the Raj Bhavan makes for a photographers delight and is simply breathtaking.

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  • 19Baba Budangiri

    Baba Budangiri
    These beautiful mountain ranges of Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi and Baba Budangiri used to be collectively known as Chandra Drona Parvatha. These mountains are rich with minerals and herbs and during the monsoon season when all the water cascades down in a stream of water falls, they are known to have healing properties and many locals and travellers drink its water for that reason. The serene and tranquil mountains call out the nature lover in you and you would want to explore every inch of this place.

    The monsoon season particularly has each and every inch of the range carpeted in green and seasonal colourful flora, the fragrance of which fills up your senses and leaves the travellers wanting more. There are many treks in and around Chikmagalur, which can be explored. This magnificent mountain is known for the shrine that was built for the Sufi Saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Kalandar, and the best part is that it is visited by Muslims and Hindus alike as a place of worship.

    One of the most interesting attractions in these mountain range are the three beautiful caves that is known to have the three Siddhas buried in them. They host a festival every year in these caves, which will be worth the trip.
  • 20Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
    Situated around 38 Kms from Chikmagalur, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is the 25th Project Tiger Reserve and boasts of having around 33 tigers besides other wildlife animals like Boars, Sambars, Chitals, and Leopards etc. It is situated between the Western Ghat ranges of Chikmagalur and Shimoga and is enveloped by the Baba Budangiri Hills giving it a most wonderful lush green ambience. The sanctuary got its name due to the Bhadra River which flows through the rich and dense forest providing for the wildlife and the flora around.

    Families can make a day trip from Chikmagalur to visit this huge Sanctuary and have an educational and informational trip for their young ones too. The sanctuary is ideal for a visit between 6.30- 8.30 am and from 4- 6 pm to capture the activities of the wildlife at its peak. More than 120 species of trees grow here and is actually a true sanctuary for almost more than 250 species of birds which are endemic to the Western Ghats.  

    You can also spot some exotic butterflies, which are rare to find elsewhere. There are activities like trekking and jungle safari which can be explored too, besides water-based adventures, camping, bird watching and rock climbing. You will need to pay INR 350 to book a vehicle and INR 150 to carry your camera inside.

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  • 21Sharadamba Temple

    Sharadamba Temple
    Around 86 Kms West of Chikmagalur, in Sringeri town, is this beautiful Temple of Sharadamba established by Shri Shankaracharya and is a famous pilgrimage centre for the disciples of Adi Shankaracharya. This was established in the 8th century when Sri Shankaracharya also established the Sharada Peetham Matha.  

    The temple is resplendent with the Devi Saraswati's idol and every year during Dussera and other major festivals, the temple is invaded by thousands of worshippers who come to pay their respect.
    A religious place, Sringeri is a beautiful town situated on the banks of River Tunga. There is an enchanting mythological story behind the establishment of the Temple and the Matha which is one of the 5 mathas around India.

    It is said that Sri Shankaracharya spent 12 years in this place and built 4 other temples around the matha, namely- Kalabhairava Temple, Durga temple, Anjaneya Temple and Kali Temple. He built the Sharadamba temple and established a sandalwood idol of Sharada Devi in a standing Posture, which was later destroyed during the Muslim invasion and soon was replaced with a golden idol of Sharadamba in a seated posture.
  • 22Kalhatti Fall

    Kalhatti Fall
    Around 50 Kms north of Chikmagalur, Kalhatti falls are just 10 kms away from Kemmangundi Hill Station and offer a view from the Chandra Drona hills. Also known as the Kalahasti falls and if the legends are to be believed, it is said that Sage Agastya has prayed here for a very long time. The falls are not remarkably tall but make for a wondrous sight when it flows over the Veerbhadra Temple which is right in front of the falls. The temple was supposed to have been built during the Vijayanagar times.

    The temple has three stone elephants carved on the entrance over which the waterfalls cascade down and it is believed that these waters can cure all skin ailments if bathed or drank from. There are many devotees who believe this and make sure to get some for their personal use. During March/April an annual fair is held for Lord Veerbhadra, which is attended in huge gatherings by devotees and travellers alike.

    There are many trekking opportunities too for trekkers with the base in Tarikere, 35 kms from Kemmanagundi. Trekkers can enjoy the panoramic view of the verdant valleys resplendent with colourful flora. Accommodations are also available in the Horticulture Guesthouse in Kalhatti.
  • 23Coffee Museum

    Coffee Museum
    Chikmagalur is known for its coffee plantation spread all over the Chandra Drona Hills and in the Hill stations of Mullayanagiri and the nearby mountain ranges across Western Ghats. House to many a coffee plantation it is but an extension of the place to help travellers and coffee aficionados understand the rich history and culture behind the origin of coffee drinking. An initiation by the Coffee Board of India, the museum is located behind the Zila Panchayat office and can be visited during weekdays between 10 am to 1 pm and again between 2 pm to 5.30 pm. It is one of the most beautiful sights in Chikmagalur. 

    The museum building is lined with pots on either sides growing coffee plants in them and makes for a pretty sight with the green beans hanging from their branches. There is a whole educational tour inside the museum about the coffee's journey from a bean to the cup. There is a quality and evaluation center as well which you can see and get an insight of what goes on while choosing coffee of high quality.  The Coffee Museum makes for a fascinating trip and if you have a couple of hours to spare from soaking in all that the Ghats have to offer, then do come for an amazing aroma filled tour of this museum. It is a guarantee you won’t be leaving without buying a few coffee beans yourself.
  • Resorts to Stay in Chikmagalur

  • 24Eagle Eye Resort

    Eagle Eye Resort
    Located at Hoscote Coffee Estate, sprawling over 130-acre plantation, Eagle Eye Resort is in Chikmagalur district an hour away from the main Chikmagalur town, at a distance of around 48 Kms. The Resort boasts of being a base for all kinds of travellers alike- the spiritual, the adventurous, the religious, the wildlife lover, the trekker, the coffee aficionado, the nature lover, the honeymooner, the family, the group traveller etc.

    The resort has most of the attractions and tourist spots accessible and within a short distance from their place. Located in the lush green, it offers a variety of accommodation to choose from –standard rooms, cottages, villas, skywalk villas, waterfall villas, tree house, glass house, there is something for everyone.

    Their various facilities include multi-utility swimming pool, Game room, outdoor activities like fishing, camping, boating, rock climbing at Vidyagiri, Ecotourism like guided tour to the coffee plantation and trekking in and around the Estate etc.

    Not too deep a dig for the pockets, the rooms should be booked in advance and if booked via any Bangalore to Chikmagalur packages, it can be priced at budget prices too. The tariffs on this rooms for two people (with meals inclusive) can vary from INR 2500/- per day to 4500/-.
  • 25Kalgreen Valley Resort

    Kalgreen Valley Resort
    Located in Kalasapura Estate, in Koppa Taluk, Kalgreen Valley Resort is just 5 kms away from the Koppa bus stand and around 77 Kms from Chikmagalur town. The resort makes arrangement for Plantation visit, trekking and boating and also guides to all the nearby locations within 1 Km distance like Andagal Temple, Church, Bathrakali temple.

    There are 18 houses and villas in the estate and they are all priced very reasonably. This resort in Chikmagalur boasts of many facilities like private lake, conference room, swimming pools, multi-cuisine restaurants etc.

    Rooms come with basic amenities like TV, AC, laundry, 24-hour room service and rooms in budgeted price. So if you want a decent room, in a low price Kalgreen offers you all that and more while making you stay in the lap of nature surrounded by calm and lush green of the mountain range.

    There are no cancellation charges on the rooms booked if done through travel websites and the room Tariffs can vary from INR 1500 for a standard non A/C room to INR 4000 for a huge family room for a night stay.

    Check Out:
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  • 26JenuKallu Resort

    JenuKallu Resort
    JenuKallu Resort is located at the foothills of the JenuKallu mountain range, near Devaldkere village and is at a distance of around 57 Kms South of Chikmagalur. Enveloped by the hills and ranges, the resort gives you a breathtaking view of the exotic surroundings- the untouched and unspoilt wilderness, the majestic mountain backdrop, the lush green of the flora, the gushing streams and the wafting fragrance of the many exotic flowers, all give you a sense of a heady feeling and this vacation will stay back with you long after it is over and make you want to come back for more.

    The resort has many facilities, the main of which is giving you the entire plantation to explore and become one with nature. You can get a guided tour and see how the coffee plantations thrive and what goes into its cultivation. There are other activities that JenuKallu offers on requests like trekking in the JenuKallu Mountains, jungle treks and various outdoor game activities like kite flying, football, volleyball, fishing, campfires, etc.

    The resort not only offers rooms with modern facilities and amenities but all camps and tents for pitching in and around the vast expanse of its estate, and make you feel one with nature. The Tariffs for rooms per person per night is around INR 3500.
  • 27The Serai Resort

    The Serai Resort
    Just 7 kms from Chikmagalur town, this upmarket resort is pricey but gorgeous in its setting, not only on the outside but on the inside as well. Boasting of amazing luxurious rooms, to fine dining and multi-cuisine restaurants and lounges, the resort offers a plethora of activities for its guests and has an amazing “Inspired by Coffee” packages for their guests.

    They have estate villas with pools and Jacuzzis, estate villas with terrace and residence villas all come with amenities like a private pool, private dining area while also having a beautiful bar lounge called the Blue Sky Lounge, where you can chill out after a long day amidst nature and wanting to unwind.

    The Serai Resort caters to a lot of foreign tourists and that’s why has a lot of planned packages that you can avail of which allows for the resort to take care of your travel and exploring needs. The tariffs are mentioned on the website and vary from INR 29000 to INR 88000.
  • 28Taj Gateway Resort

    Taj Gateway Resort
    Around 6 Kms from Chikmagalur town on KM road, this property of Taj, is a rare combination of modern colonial and boho chic. Airy and nestled in the lush green, this beautiful resort has a vibe which is hard to ignore.

    It has standard rooms and cottage rooms and the Tariff varies from INR 9,500 to INR 10,500 per night.
  • 29Offbeat Places to Stay in Chikmagalur

    Offbeat Places to Stay in Chikmagalur

    If you want to nestle away from the town and experience the joys of nature then there are a few offbeat places you can check out for your stay and accommodation while traveling from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. These are:

    • Halliberri Cottages, Athigiri.

    • The Spectrum Homestay, Dasara Halli Grama.

    • The Last Resort Homestay, Ballavara.

    • Honeyvale Homestay, Javali.

    • The Hidden Valley Homestay, Machagondanahally.

    • Tusk and Dawn, Sakleshpur.

    Check out: Some of the other amazing Homestays in Chikmagalaur
  • Best Places to Eat in Chikmagalur

  • 30The Estate Café

    The Estate Café
    Close to the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (in Muthodi forest), this café is housed in a 140 year old plantation. Beautiful rustic and cozy, it serves only the local estate grown Arabica coffee and the local Malnad style cuisine. It offers plantation walks to its guests and has all clean amenities with an ample parking space.
    It can also hosts events like birthdays and official parties.  Just 20 minutes away from Chikmagalur town, it is very popular with the locals and travellers alike. Their local grown coffee is a must have and its sandwiches are well complimented. Address- Channenahalli ‘A’ Estate, Mallandpur- 577130
  • 31 Coffee Barn Café

     Coffee Barn Café
    This quaint little coffee shop in Chikmagalur is warm, colorful and has an amazing menu on their list. With wall murals inside and wooden décor, the owners make you feel at home and take care of your food needs. They recently also started renting out bikes to help you move around the narrow by lanes and roads in the hills. They have a wide range of milk shakes and give home delivery as well. It is a little on the pricier side.  Address- Alampura, Chikmagalur-577101
  • 32Town Canteen

    Town Canteen
    Town Canteen is a 57 year old restaurant and is a popular place to eat where you can get your buck with a bang. Their Dosas and coffees are amazing and always on popular demand. They don’t have much on their menu list so do not go with more expectation. But whatever you get will be made well and will be hearty. Address- SH57, Vijayapura- 577101
  • 33Siri Café

    Siri Café
    This café is beautifully landscaped and makes for a great resting and eating place. With fountains and ponds and green hillocks, eating here feels like you are amidst nature. The food and ambience is great too and this makes for a great family place for kids to run around in the ample space that it has.  Address- Aralaguppe Village, Tarikere Road, SH57, Chikmagalur-577101
  • 34Odyssey, The Serai

    Odyssey, The Serai

    Located in The Serai resorts, Odyssey offers multi cuisine menu for its guests and customers. The landscape around the restaurant is beautiful and overlooks the pool which offers a sense of calm. The ambience is cool and contemporary.  The food is a bit pricey but good, with it serving Indian and Asian menu. Address- The Serai, Mugthihalli Post, KM Road 577133.

  • Things To Keep in Mind

  • 35Things to Carry

    Things to Carry

    Despite planning well in advance, there are many a times when the plans go awry and your checklists are not ticked off when it is time to head out. So, while, for novice travellers, a checklist is a must and a handy tool, it doesn’t fail to do the same even if you are a travel expert. While you may carry the essentials and the basic necessities to survive a holiday here are a few reminders that come in handy while traveling:

    -Don’t forget to carry a good camera. The Western Ghats calls for amazing picture worthy scenes and you don’t want to miss capturing that.

    -Make sure that you travel light and carry extra blankets. You should pack in a light jacket for the nippy night times and early cool mornings. It gets very cold in the Ghats in the night time.

    -Carry an umbrella to be ready for errant rains or make sure your hotel will provide you one when you visit. Call in advance for weather forecast and other travel tips.

    -Don’t forget to pack in a mosquito repellent, especially for evening to late night visits to forests or while strolling in the expanse of nature. Some of the restaurants also have outside seating making it bug and mosquito friendly. It is always better to be prepared to give you the much needed relief.

    -Pack some coolers to carry your drinks and food. The heat can beat down and a chilled drink along the way doesn’t make for a bad addition to the journey.

    -Remember to check with your local friends or authorities as to what are the regulations for carrying liquor (if you plan on it) into the city and outside of it. Most people making road trips like to carry alcohol with them, sometimes the police patrols in the border are very strict and do regular checks. Please ensure that you don’t fall prey and are well informed. Or else there goes some part of your holiday.

    -Carry your portable chargers, well charged in advance from home in case of emergencies. No one wants to end up in the middle of nowhere with no batteries left on their phones to call for an emergency.

    -Once you are all stocked up, make sure to smile and laugh a lot and to enjoy the peace and carry the tranquillity in your hearts while visiting the beautiful Chikamagalur.

  • 36Travel Tips for Chikmagalur Trip from Bangalore

    Travel Tips for Chikmagalur Trip from Bangalore

    -Make sure you book your homestays and resorts well in advance since they get booked up fast well before time. Check out reviews on and other travel websites before booking a place.

    -Make sure you don’t book a homestay too deep into the forest during monsoon season. It is known to bear heavy rain falls during monsoon and there is a great likelihood of a landslide. You do not want to get stuck in that.

    -If you are a great driver, then all is well. But if not, then do not hesitate to hire a driver for your trip, one who is accustomed to driving on the long windy trails of the mountains.

    -Take a sturdy vehicle like an SUV, which will help you navigate well in the Western Ghats.

    -While there are quite a few petrol/diesel stations along both routes, it is advisable to plan bio breaks to coincide with food breaks at places such as Cafe Coffee Day, McDonalds, Dominos’, Pizza Hut etc. which you can conveniently find on highways.

    -There are several toll roads along the route and it is advisable to keep loose change while making these payments. The highways are good but be prepared to see potholes and poor road conditions intermittently.

    -Needless to say, most road trips including this one should be accompanied with Google Maps and driving directions as these can make all the difference towards a happy and safe trip. Be aware to marry both the google maps and the physical map to get the optimum travel distance via road. Sometimes google has a way of taking you through a much longer route. The one positive that you can take away from that, in case you do get stuck in the longer route, is to enjoy the beautiful scenic view.

    -Due to the relatively limited number of train options from Bangalore to Chikamagalur, it is advisable to book train tickets as early in advance as possible.

    -If your travel plans include train/bus/airfare while traveling and includes staying at hotels and resorts at your destination, and you do not have the luxury of time at hand then the best thing to do it get yourself one of those Bangalore to Pondicherry packages from the travel agencies giving you the best deals possible. Not only do they make an itinerary for you to follow but everything else gets taken care of for you. Your local travel, your entry fees to the attractions and the must to do items also gets checked off.

    The most important thing that we take for granted while trying to give ourselves this gift of travel is that we forget to relax and be happy. Smile in anticipation of what this journey might mean to you. The trip from Bangalore to Chikamagalur may not be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, but the memories you make are definitely going to be a lifelong one. Happy Travels.

Adventure in Chikmagalur

Trekking in Chikmagalur

Camping in Chikmagalur

Homestays in Chikmagalur




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 

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

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.

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.



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


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

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.

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 

Coffee Museum

Hop on to witness the journey of your favourite beverage right from the plantations to the delicious cuppa that you enjoy every day at Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Chikmagalur, Coffee Museum and offers an interesting depiction of the history, processes and varieties of coffee. The museum uses exciting ways to narrate the story of coffee like movies, songs and interesting visuals and the friendly staff gives the tourists all the information about the displays here.

It is surrounded by an exquisite scenery of coffee plantations. This thematic museum offers an interesting insight shown by an inhouse expert through various demonstrations and presentations. A visit to this museum in Chikmagalur is both an educational and recreational for all the coffee lovers. It is for sure that you will return from Coffee Museum knowing more than ever. 

• Location: Coffee Museum, Dasarahalli, Karnataka 

• Best Time to visit: It can be visited anytime throughout the year. 

• Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.30

• Timings:  The timings are between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres. 

Jhari Falls

Also famous as Buttermilk Falls, this beautiful waterfall is one of the most mesmerising tourist attractions in Chikmagalur. Encompassed by serene coffee and tea plantations, Jhari Falls is a delight for everyone who wish to bask in the luxury of nature. This waterfall is formed naturally by the springs in the mountains.

The monsoons accentuate the beauty of this place and makes it a place worth visiting in Chikmagalur. Tourists here can indulge in a cool dip in the pool formed by the waters of the fall. For the people visiting here, it should be remembered that the private vehicles are not allowed and one has to take a jeep ride due to the bad condition of roads there. 

Location: Datha Peetha Road, Athigundi Village, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:  The best most ideal time to visit Jhari Falls is from August to January, however, Jhari Falls has its peak season from September to December. 

Entry fee: The entry fee for a jeep is INR 600/ USD 9.21

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Take a dive into the past with a visit to Ballalarayana Durga Fort when you are in Chikmagalur. It is known amongst the most popular Chikmagalur tourist places for history lovers and boasts of an exciting adventure for thrill seekers. This isolated but intriguing fort in Chikmagalur was built in the 12th century by the wife of Veera Ballala l who was the king of Hoysala empire. Today, this fort is nothing but ancient wonder standing in ruins and testifies to the history of the region.

The most outstanding feature of Ballalarayana Durga Fort is its soothing ambience where one is away from the clamour of city life and surrounded by lush greenery. Trekking to Ballalarayana Durga Fort is one of the most sought after experiences in Chikmagalur due to its panoramic views and challenging nature. One must look forward to visiting Ballalarayana Durga Fort at the time of sunset to behold the most captivating views of your vacation. 

• Location: Ballalarayana Durga Fort, Madugundi, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: November to May is the most ideal time for tourism at Ballalarayana Durga Fort

• Timings: One could visit the Ballalarayana Durga Fort from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm any day of the week.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 50 kilometres.


Sringeri Sharada Peetha

Situated on the serene river banks of Tunga, Sringeri Sharada Peetha is one of the important Advaita mathas in the city of Chikmagalur. It was established by Adi Shankaracharya and draws tourists from all over the world. There is a famous legend that when Adi Shankaracharya was wandering around the banks of river Tunga, he came across an interesting sight where he saw a cobra spreading its hood to offer protection to a pregnant frog against the sunlight.

He was overwhelmed at the kindness of the cobra towards his natural enemy and built the temple on this unique land. Sringeri Sharada Peetha is celebrated because of the picturesque town of Sringeri that boasts of many legends and historic temples. Also known as Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada peetam, this place is one of the most popular Chikmagalur tourist attractions for pilgrims. 

• Location: Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Chickmagalur 

• Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year 

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings: It is open in the morning from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and in the evening from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at a distance of 87 kilometres from the bus stand in Chikmagalur.

Kodandarama Temple

Located at the Sampangi Rama Nagar of Hiremagalur (Chikmagalur), Kodandarama Temple is a holy shrine dedicated to Hindu Lord Rama. The term ‘Kodandarama’ signifies the bow of Lord Rama. The principle idol here is that of Lord Rama with a bow in his hand, and this is how the temple got its identity. 

Kodandarama is equally well-known for its intricately carved idols and temple architecture as it is known for its religious significance. Right at the central heart of the temple, you will find the presence of the main shrine. Here, there are huge idols of Lord Rama with Goddess Sita towards his right and Sri Lakshmana towards his left. 

What makes the onlookers go crazy about the idol architecture is the fact that they have been carved out from a single massive boulder. Besides, the minute detailing of these idols (from eyes to the ornaments and supporting accessories), makes them adorable masterpieces. 

Adjacent to the Kodandarama Temple flows the mighty River Tungabhadra, which is a well-known water sporting adventurous site. Right in the front of the temple’s main entrance, you have a Chakratirtha ghat where lakhs and lakhs of pilgrims take holy dips in the river water. This spot is highly auspicious according to the beliefs of Hindu mythology. 

Standing atop a large land cover, the temple’s architecture is appealing. Whatever massive pillars you come across here, are all inscribed various ancient and medieval sculptures. The central holy sanctum has been carved in the shape of a rectangle where you have the three main idols. If you are good with the architectural basics, you will immediately come to know that the temple reflects an amalgamation of Hoysala and Dravidian style.

Location –  Double Rd, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027

Timing – Kodandarama Temple of Chikmagalur remains functional on all seven days of the week between 05:00 am to 12:00 pm. Then, the temple doors are closed during lunch hours and are reopened again between 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm. You can explore the entire temple within a duration of 1 to 1&1/2 hours.

Price – You do not need to pay anything on behalf as entry fees for visiting this holy shrine of Kodandarama Temple. 

Kallathigiri Falls

If you’re a fan of natural beauty then you will find yourself spellbound at the gorgeous vista of Kallathigiri Falls in Chikmagalur. It is one of the most panoramic Chikmagalur tourist places and offers an unforgettable trip for everyone. Kallathigiri Falls is surrounded by serene valleys and has a small temple called Veerbhadra Temple that attracts a number of tourists to this place. This temple adds to the serene ambience of this place in Chikmagalur.

The waters of Kallathigiri Falls are believed to cure diseases and one of the popular legend says that the sage Agastya prayed at this location for a long time. KallathigirI Falls is also popular among trekkers who want to discover the exquisite trail replete with breathtaking vistas of the mountains and valleys. 

Location: Kallathigiri Falls, Kallathgiri, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Tourists are recommended to visit this place from September to February

Entry fee: Free

Timings:  It remains open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every day 

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 50 kilometres.

Z Point

Brace yourself for some sweeping views of the Western Ghats at Z Point when you are visiting Kemmangundi. The vantage point can be reached after an exhilarating steep trek which makes this place is favourite among the adrenaline junkies. The hike is a little challenging and surrounded by beautiful surroundings that are replete with lush green valleys. The trek to Z point comprises of some deep gorges and is known for having the best views of Kemmangundi.

Z Point is often counted among the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur. With the cool breeze rubbing against your face and the sun meeting the land on the horizon, Z Point will leave you with a feeling that can’t be expressed literally. The serene ambience of this place is worth every sweat of the thrilling trek to Z Point and add the views which makes this place unforgettable. 

• Height: It is at a height of approximately 1500 metres above sea level

• Location: Z Point, Kemmangundi, Tarikere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the best time to visit here for tourists.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Z Point can be found is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur in Kemmangundi

Sharadamba Temple

Famous as one of the most sacred places to visit in Chikmagalur, Sharadamba Temple is a renowned Hindu Temple built in the 8th century. It was constructed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. This ancient temple once had the original idol of the presiding deity made of sandalwood but it was later replaced with a golden idol. Built in the Dravidian style, Sharadamba Temple epitomises the nuances of the flourishing culture and history of the region.

This temple is located on the river Tunga and considered a must visit for the followers of Shankaracharya. There are also other four temples located around the mutt which are known as Kala bhairava temple, Durga temple, Anjaneya temple and Kali temple. Sharadamba Temple attracts the maximum number of visitors during the Navaratri Festival which is celebrated with great fervor by the devotees. 

• Location: Sri Sharadamba Temple, Harihara Street, Singeri, Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this temple is during the Navratra festival. 

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It can be visited all days of the week from 5:30 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:15 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 90 kilometre from the Chikmagalur Bus Stand

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