Route: Bangalore - Chikmagalur - Bangalore
Duration: 3 Days & 2 Nights
Transportation: Tempo Traveler (12,22,33 seater as per the group size)
Start point: Indira Nagar
Endpoint: Indira Nagar
Hotels- Double and Triple sharing basis in hygienic and sanitized hotels.
Note: Pickup will be available for a Private Tour at your desired location.
Group Tour: Every Friday
Private Tour: Available on All Days
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About the Destination:
Chikmagalur is a charming hill station tucked away gracefully in the hills of northern Karnataka and is famous for its coffee plantations and quaint waterfalls. The elegant natural beauty, hills, sparkling rivers, and mesmerizing waterfalls make this place a must-visit place for people who seek the warm embrace of nature. From witnessing the white water cascading down over the boulders at Jhari Falls to hiking up to the highest peak in Karnataka, which offers 360 degrees of panoramic views of the surrounding, this tour of Chikmagalur has a lot to offer.
- Enjoy A Stimulating Trekking Experience at Mullayanagiri
- Visit Coffee Estates and refresh Your Taste Buds
- Enjoy A Jeep Safari at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit Betta Byraveshwara Temple for Stunning Views
- Visit Yagachi Dam and witness the Majestic Architecture
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.
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Bangalore 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
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Best time to Visit Chikmagalur from Bangalore
So this is the perfect place to visit around Bangalore during monsoon
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How to Reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore
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.
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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.
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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.
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Must Visit Between Bangalore & Chikmagalur
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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Places to Visit in Chikmagalur
Kudremukh National Park
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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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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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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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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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.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
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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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.
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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.
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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
Eagle Eye Resort
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/-.
Kalgreen Valley Resort
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.
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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.
The Serai Resort
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.
Taj Gateway Resort
It has standard rooms and cottage rooms and the Tariff varies from INR 9,500 to INR 10,500 per night.
Best Places to Eat in Chikmagalur
The Estate Café
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.
Location- Channenahalli ‘A’ Estate, Mallandpur- 577130
Coffee Barn Café
Location- Alampura, Chikmagalur-577101
Location- SH57, Vijayapura- 577101
Location- Aralaguppe Village, Tarikere Road, SH57, Chikmagalur-577101
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.
Location- The Serai, Mugthihalli Post, KM Road 577133.
Things To Keep in Mind
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.
Travel Tips for Chikmagalur Trip from Bangalore
-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 carry 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.