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  • When it comes to camping or trekking, the first thought that comes to mind is planning a trip to the Himalayas or someplace in North. But, in recent times one place which is selling like a hot cake amongst campers and is on the bucket list for majority trekkers. Trekking in Chikamagalur is full of adventure and fun. It’s like a poem’s rhyme and a camper’s paradise, for use of better words-peace center within the chaotic city life.

    A small town situated in Mullayanagiri Range of Karnataka state, Chikmagalur town is famous for its coffee plantations and serene climate. With its easy accessibility through air/road transportation and lots of options for accommodation as per one’s need, Chikmagalur takes you on a different natural trip altogether with its abundant flora and fauna.

    Close your eyes, now imagine sitting in a balcony, opening out to trees while sipping on a hot cup of coffee with interminable natural beauty. This is what you’ll experience when in Chikmagalur. In a single sentence, camping in Chikmagalur is like ‘Keep calm and plan your camps in Chikmagalur’. So, pack your bags, fill up your water bottles, build up on your stamina, gather your friends/family and get ready to embark on one of the most memorable camping trips of your life.

    Here’s a comprehensive list of camping places that offer their own individual experiences to their campers/trekkers/adventure lovers. It comes as no wonder that Chikmaglur has been uniquely titled as ‘The Camper’s Paradiso’.

    Here are some of the best camping experiences in Chikmagalur: 

  • 01Chikmagalur Camping

    Chikmagalur Camping
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    About the Activity:

    Mullayanagiri Mountain, the highest mountain peak of Karnataka is situated in the Chikmagalur district. It offers some of the best trekking trails in South India. This mountain peak is well known among the vacationers who want to escape the scorching heat of the sun and seek a peaceful time off. Located in the Kemmenagundi, it was once the favourite summer camp of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the then Maharaja of Mysore; it is felicitated as KKR Hill Station.

    Medieval Theme:

    Step into an enchanting era of kings and castles. In this activity, you get to engage in an action packed medieval team building event. With knights, jousting and trebuchets, participants complete a multitude of medieval team building activities in the quest to be the best. All of the activities are highly interactive and also allow one to wear traditional dress. Here is an opportunity to feel what it was like to be a knight!!

    It is the time when the Roman Empire has fallen and various other kings now want to establish their reign. They are preparing to march towards their enemies and conquest the forts. To get the medieval theme in full swing, teams appoint a king and possibly a queen and tailor make them an outfit fit for a king. They then get the team spirit going by creating their song and March past, proudly depict their empire. Next steps involve training the army on various war fronts by confronting to the challenges coming their way. For each challenge completed, teams earn ammunition. The better their performance in the games, the more ammo they will have to use against the other teams in the final fight. Through the by default material and extra ammunition earned, they need to build the fort and trebuchets/catapult. Post this begins the amazing battle of battles to conquer the world. Last fort standing is considered to be the next ruler.

    There are several fun activities that you and your team have to overcome to triumph the empire. This includes Canvas Walk, Bridge Building, Roller Bridge and 3D Spider Web. In 3D Spider Web, participants from each team have to cross a web without touching any part of their body to it. Teams can go under, over and within the web to cross it to the other side. The other fun games include Ball Traversing, Catapult and Palace Building (where you will have to creatively build a castle with the materials given), Longbow Archery and Jousting Knights. In Ball Traversing, you will have to get to one point to another on a huge ball. The team that successfully completes all the tasks will be blessed with the crowning glory. 

  • 02Ranger Camp

    Ranger Camp

    Resting in the lap of nature, Rangers Camp is located in Kemmanagundi and is one of the finest places to camp when one thinks about camping in Chikmagalur. However, there is a to do list for arrival in Ranger camp

    - Cell phones away

    - Energy level-High

    - Explorer level- Over the roof

    - Jungle spirit- Like a king

    Once you check this list off, you are ready to hit the forest with your gang and have the time of your life. With an easy access, this place is reviewed as one of the ‘Most preferred camping place’, people also quote ‘Never expected to have so much fun along with home cooked food’. As the sun passes the evening horizon and the night sets in, one is able to see a trail of fireflies making its way past dense trees and exotic coffee plantations. Visit to this place will make your Chikmagalur trip one of the best one of your life.

    If you ever wonder how does it feel to find your way in the dense dark jungle, try forest walking during full moon and follow the trail of stars next to the riverfront, the smile on the face itself describes everything.   

  • 03Bhagavathi Nature Camp

    Bhagavathi Nature Camp

    Ever wondered about taking your pet to a nature camp that is pet friendly and offers amazing rooms to stay, then start planning your camps in Chikmagalur Bhagawathi Nature Camp. Kudremukh National Park is the home to Bhagavathi Nature Camp and favourite spot for pet camping as well. The view it offers is like walking in a beautiful painting where everything is perfectly placed with no place for mistakes.

    It is also a catchment centre of Tungabhadra and Netravati rivers origination point. It is also a preparatory point for many trekkers and is famous for in-camp birding. Encircled by fairy like forests and never ending sweet aroma of cardamom, areca and coffee plantations, this park offers boundless rounds of pleasure to its visitors who come in search for nature in its best form. That’s not all, with a plethora of jungle and activities in Chikmagalur, this place makes sure your trip to Chikmagalur is one of your most amazing memories; 

    The refreshing bird calls mixed with the reviving sound of streams as you sit under the quilt of stars creates a perfect movie like scenario where you wake up like the king of the jungle and explore endless possibilities of nature.

    If camping is not your cup of tea, you can checkout  best resorts in Chikmagalur

  • 04Bhadra Nature Camp

    Bhadra Nature Camp

    A humble yet adventurous abode in the circuit of nature. Waking up to melodious sound of peacock or sleeping to silent jungle nights with only crickets cricketing in rhythm. This homestay is a mix of modern and traditional values and just an hour away from Mullayanagiri and Kemmangundi ranges. With the likes of trekking in jungle, bird spotting and photography, river rafting, coracle riding and many other adrenaline adventure sports are available on demand and availability. 

    Depending upon the number of people, one can choose a room, tent or a cottage and avail amazing room services. Sightseeing in Chikmagalur is about full moon nights, spotting of night creatures like white owl, flying squirrel, snakes gets easier and exciting too, giving you lots of stories to talk about while you sit around the campfire. Accommodations start from 2000/- INR per head for a tent and go high depending upon your budget.

    It’s one of the favourite camping spots for school/college students as they get a chance to leave the hustle bustle of the city and indulge in plethora of activities in Chikmagalur, while learning rules of the jungle. This place is as natural as it can get with its authentic jungle grown food to camping in a tent near the river.

  • 05Jungle camping Devigiri Coffee Estate

    Jungle camping Devigiri Coffee Estate

    Ever imagined camping at a place where the air is filled with the aroma of coffee or singing your heart away in front of bonfire amidst a beautiful coffee estate. Well, imagine no more because both of these fancies will come true at jungle camping at Devigiri Coffee Estate. With a fairy tale like setup amidst Western Ghats, this camper's haven is 4,500 feet above sea level situated in Baba Budangiri range in northern Chikmagalur. 

    In spite of being in a jungle, this place offers a plethora of facilities to make the guest’s stay comfortable while they explore the untouched side of nature. If you are planning for camping in then this homestay  in Chikamagalur is your one stop destination for unlimited fun and frolic both indoor and outdoor. If the guests are lucky enough during daytime and they encounter rainfall and stark sun rays simultaneously, the calm river appears like a huge mirror that reflects sun god’s magnanimity. 

    With accommodation at affordable rates and ethnic food available, camps in Chikmagalur are always refreshing and rejuvenating with lots of beautiful memories to ponder upon once the enthusiastic traveller reaches back home. A part of jungle stays back in the heart every time a visitor sets foot on this land of coffee estates.

  • 06Japavathi River Camp

    Japavathi River Camp

    What is the first thing to pop up in the mind when one thinks about camping near a river? Well to start with, a huge river bank with lots of tents/rooms as per one’s choice, breathtaking view of mountains, sweet aroma of nature and lots of peaceful nights, this is just the crux of the staying experience at the Japavathi River Camp. One of the top things to do in Chikmagalur is camping and trekkking. When it comes to choices to camp  in Chikmagalur, Japavathi river camp is heaven during rainy season. Here's the ultimate list of things to do in Chikmagalur.

    Calm yet fierce river, green yet fog covered mountains, away from home but living at a homestay is Japavathi River camp. The rates start from 1900 INR/night along with a virtuous food menu for both veg and non-veg food lovers. Excellently reviewed almost every single time by its visitor’s people often term this homestay as an ‘Amazing place to get lost’ or ‘a place to come back again and again’ and that's what makes it a must visit place in Chikmagalur.

    For pet lovers who feel pet sick while camping, the place also has two adorable canines to play around and be friends with.  This river camp is the ‘hidden gem of Sakleshpur’ and every part of it has a beautiful story to tell to its explorers.

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