Chikmagalur Tourism, India 2019 (84 Tours & Activities)

Translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’ as it was presented as dowry to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada, this serene city is also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ tranquilizing you from within with its aroma.

Lush green trees set against the backdrop of majestic Mullayangiri ranges, Chikmagalur is one of the most popular spots for trekkers, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and explorers. The pious land is home to numerous temples including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple adding grace to the grandeur of the vicinity bringing in devotees from far and close offering their prayers.

Chikmagalur stands at an elevation of 3,400 feet, covered with eye-catching tea and coffee plantations, making it a major commercial hub of the state, and also bringing in tourists from all over the world to entice the unique experience of walking through the plantations.

This entrancing hill station is not just about temples and sightseeing but also adventure activities that would savor your inner thrill enthusiast.  
Do not miss out on the famous waterfalls, namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls as there are plenty of them that will surely leave you mesmerized by spellbinding scenic beauty. Cascade of water flowing over the rugged terrain, it is a view that you will remember all through your life.

If you wish to find an escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life, this is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna. Do not forget to carry your camera along to come back with pictures to flaunt on your social media. 

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12 September 2018
Excellent
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later'. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies. My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
09 November 2018
Excellent
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought. Kodachadri trekking was one of my awesome experience. They experience going through Jungle, waterfall, the valley of mountain and at the end reaching to the peak of 1343m its just awesome. #loveKodachadriTrek....!!
17 September 2018
Excellent
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n energetic guys. We never felt that this was a group trek with some strangers, it was a nice bonding experience n meet new people. It’s a must do for core trekkers.. tests your endurance n spirt. 22 kms to n fro.. if u think only climb would b difficult n u can come down easily your wrong.. the path is so narrow n tricks n will test you in each n evry corner. A sense of accomplishment after completing the trip successfully with lots of stories to tell around and eager to venture on the next one. Thanks a lot to Anupam n karthik who took such good care of us throughout the trip.. awesome hospitality. Would love trekking with you all again soon
15 August 2014
Excellent
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
21 January 2019
Excellent
"Kodachadri was my first trek and it was a one such trek that couldn't be better. First we started with the forest trek, to the Hidlumane falls and then ascending to the Kodachadri peak. The experience was beautiful. The fun part was the rollercoaster ride in the Jeep. All I can say is, this trip will forever be remembered thanks to the coordinators for this amazing time. I will never forget this trek and being my first trek and being a solo traveller I had a great experience."

Frequently Asked Questions About Chikmagalur

  1. Where can I book camps in Chikmagalur at just 1500 INR?

  2. What are the best things to do in Chikmagalur starting from just Rs. 250 only?

    Chikmagalur is one of those tourist attractions known for its heritage spots, water attractions, adventurous activities, wildlife safaris, and unique nature themes. So whether you are one of those bold adventure junkies or the silent brooding nature lovers, Chikmagalur will delight you with the plethora of activities which it offers.

    Mullayanagiri Trek, Chikmagalur @ Rs 3287/- 
    Chikmagalur Camping At Great Monsoon Retreat at Rs 3050/-
    Kudremukh Trek, Chikmagalur at Rs.3499/-
    Bhadra River Rafting, Chikmagalur at Rs.1200/-
    Tea Plantation Walk In Chikamagalur @ Rs.380/-
    Kayaking In Chikmagalur at Rs.250/-
    Stay at Chikmagalur Homestay With Private Waterfall at Rs.2500/-

  3. Which are the must visit attractions in Chikmagalur for first time travllers?

    The verdant greenery has umpteen number of attractions to share with each of its visitors makes this top among travellers list. Click here to know all the famous places in the city. 

    Kudremukh National Park - Best known for trekking and wildlife
    Hebbe Falls - Best known for natural jacuzzi with exotic herbs
    Tea Plantation - Best known for photography, accommodations
    Homestay with Private Waterfall - Best known for homely feel and best amenities 
    Kyatanamakki - Best known for jeep ride, picturesque sunsets
    Madu Gundi Falls - Best known for off-roading, nature photography
    Mullayanagiri Coffee Estates - Best known for jeep ride, heaven for coffee lovers

  4. Where is Chikmagalur located? How can I reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore?

    Chikmagalur is located in the Chikamagaluru district along the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range in the Indian state of Karnataka.

    By Air: If you want to reach Chikmagalur by air then there are various airline options are available for you. The Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur; sharing a distance of 110 km. from Mangalore airport you can hire a taxi to reach the location. There are both domestic and international flights landing in that airport. These flights are affordable and you can approach for early booking.

    By Railway: Yes, Chikmagalur has its own railway station but to be frank, it is not well-connected. And thus if you want to reach Chikmagalur by train you have to reach Kadur railway station that shares a distance of 40 km from Chikmagalur. The Bangalore rail station lies within 203 km from Chikmagalur.

    By Bus: Bus services are also available to reach Chikmagalur. The distance between Bangalore and Chikmagalur is 240 km and takes 6 hours to reach. From Mangalore junction, the ticket costs Rs 150 and it takes near about 4 hours to covers 127 km. From Mysore, it takes 3 hours to reach covering a distance of 180 km. The ticket costs Rs 100.  This is perhaps the most hassle-free journey to Chikmagalur, as you won’t need to change the vehicle again and again and can direct visit the destination.

    By Car: If you want to drive your own car to reach Chikmagalur then you have to cover a total distance of 240 km. from Bangalore you would take 4 hours to reach.  The route is Bangalore kunigal - Channarayapattana - Hassan - Belur - Chikmagalur. From Mysore, it is 180 km. In the car you would take 3 hours covering the route via Arsikere - Mysore - Belur - Chigmagalur. And from Mangalore, you have to cross 110 km taking 1.5 hours via NH169 and Sringeri road in a car. 

    Check Out: Bangalore to Chikmagalur Travel Guide

  5. What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur for a vacation?

    From the month of September to the month of March is considered as the right time to visit the place. During this period of time, the weather remains very soothing and comfortable for the tourist to explore different tourist spots in Chikmagalur.

    During the summer season: From March to June the temperature of Chikmagalur ranges between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. This wonderful hill station can be visited in these months, but sightseeing becomes difficult during the hours when the humidity and the hot weather reach its top. If you have no issues with the time schedule, then it would be better if you skip this season and visit Chikmagalur during the monsoon or during the winter season. 

    During the monsoon season: The months July, August, and September cover the monsoon season in Chikmagalur. During this period of time, the beauty of this hill station enhances. The hills look more attractive and spellbinding. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur you can try booking this tourist destination during the monsoon. Remember that heavy rainfall may affect your tour to visit the markets in the town. And this is why do not forget to carry an umbrella or raincoats if you visit this place during the monsoon. 

    During the winter season: September, October, November, December, January, and February are considered as the winter months in this amazing hill station. During these periods of time the temperature ranges from 10 to 32 degree Celsius. This is undoubtedly the best season to visit this attractive tourist destination. During the winter season, the weather of Chikmagalur remains extremely delightful and the hill starts looking colourful. The winter season is considered as the perfect season to visit for the tourist. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur, you are advised to book tickets for the winter season.

  6. What all should I carry while visiting Chikmagalur for holiday?

    While it is advisable to pack less for the trip, there are certain things you must keep handy for a successful and comfortable trip, namely:

    -Mosquito repellants
    -Hats 
    -Sunglasses
    -Sunscreens
    -Warm clothes
    -First aid kit (inclusive of basic medicines for cold, fever, cuts, and injuries)
    -Tickets and itinerary
    -Medical requirements (consult a physician)
    -Sports shoes

    Make sure you check your shoes prior to your journey as you would not want to have sore feet keeping you off the thrill so close.

  7. Is it safe to travel to Chikmagalur?

    Karnataka is considered as the safest state of India because of the low crime rates. Known for friendly and welcoming locals, you can comfortably seek help from the locals if you get stuck anywhere. It is advisable to stay alert and not trust anyone blindly on the trip.

    Women should try not to wander around alone during the late hours. It would be better to keep a small knife and pepper spray handy for your own safety. Make sure you let someone know about your location and keep them well informed of your plans to be on the safer side.

  8. I am woman visiting Chikmagalur alone? Will I be safe?

    Chikmagalur is one of the safest destinations for women travelers in India. The state of Karnataka has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and you should be fine even if you are traveling alone.

    However to be on a safer side, we suggest you to dress conservatively and not go out alone at nights or isolated locations by yourself.

  9. Is Chikmagalur a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    Chikmagalur is an excellent location to venture out on weekends from Bangalore. With its pleasant climate and its picturesque landscapes favorable for trekking and sightseeing across its coffee plantations and green velvety hills, it is an ideal getaway option for both family and friends and you will enjoy a lot with your group in this amazing tourist destination.

  10. Can we go to Chikmagalur for a family vacation?

    Yes! Home to numerous temples dripping in architectural grandeur including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple to name a few, major families come flocking from far and nearby pay their religious respect and pray for good fortune.

    Not just temples, Chikmagalur also has an abundance of attractions like the Bhadra WildlifeSanctuary, Coffee Museum, Bhadra Dam, and Kudremukh National Park, which you can visit along with your kids.

    You can also enjoy the eye-feasting view of the cascading falls which are plenty in the vicinity namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls.

    Must Check: Best Chikmagalur Tour Packages

  11. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Chikmagalur?

    Your trip to Chikmagalur can be easily completed in a couple of days where you can explore trekking, wildlife safaris, camping and other adventure activities

    It is better you select a holiday package depending upon the time and money you wish to spend on different activities. Also, take your budget into consideration while planning a trip to Chikmagalur or check out some
    Chikmaglur tour packages.

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    laces to visit in Chikmagalur in 2 days

  12. What adventure activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    With so many fun-filled activities, a retreat to Chikmagalur is sure to get your adrenaline pumping with its historical spots, marvelous waterfalls and the brilliant sights of the mountains and waterfalls.

    If you like extreme adventures, Chikmagalur is the place which you should check off first from your bucket list.

    You can undertake the following activities in Chikmagalur:
    -Camping
    -Trekking
    -Adventure cycling
    -Coffee plantation tour etc.

  13. Which are some highest peaks in Chikmagalur for trekking?

    If wandering amidst the forests, listening to the chirping sounds of birds and counting stars in the sky during the night defines your dream adventure excursion, then Chikmagalur is one of the best spots to make this dream of yours come true. 

    Chikmagalur is an ideal location for trekking to the hills. The highest peaks here for trekking are:

    -
    Mullayanagiri
    -Kemmagundi
    -Kudremukh

    Also Read: 
     Trekking in Chikmagalur

  14. Can we do Kemmanagundi Trekking in Chikmagalur? What is special about it?

    Yes, you can do Kemmanagundi Trekking in Chikmagalur to explore the beauty of Western Ghats. The trek includes camping, bonfire and a visit to Hebbe Falls with an excellent opportunity to discover the coffee plantations in the backdrop of a serene landscape.

    The beautiful waterfall located between the green hills and dark forests makes the trek unforgettable. The trek is known for its captivating beauty and a tranquilizing experience amidst nature which will de-stress you as you engage in this adventurous activity.

  15. Can we trek to Kudremukh in Chikmagalur? How difficult is it?

    The Kudremukh trek in Chikmagalur is an exciting activity for a delightful experience to explore the majestic landscapes. The difficulty level of this trek is from moderate to difficult. It is one of the most beautiful treks of South India and an ideal place to tramp in the wild.

    The trail offers some breathtaking vistas of the lush green valleys and the verdant meadows of the Western Ghats. There is also an opportunity to witness an enchanting waterfall as you cherish the experience in such a great landscape.

  16. Can we visit Coffee Plantations in Chikmagalur? What is special about it?

    Yes, you can definitely enjoy a Coffee Plantation tour when in Chikmagalur. It includes a homestay at a coffee estate where you can explore the coffee plantations and spend time amidst nature.

    Chikmagalur is popularly known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka and an awesome destination to enjoy the aroma of coffee while trekking around the coffee plantations.

  17. Are there any famous temples to see in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are many famous temples where you can explore the beauty of Chikmagalurthey are:

    -Sharadamba Temple
    -SringeriSharadaPeetha
    -Amruteshwar Temple
    -Vidyashankara Temple
    -KodandaRamaswamy Temple

  18. Are there any wildlife tours in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, Chikmagalur is an interesting location for undertaking wildlife tours. It is ideal for families, couples, and backpackers to tour amidst the wilderness and add just the right spills and thrills to your trip.

    The famous wildlife tours offered at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary challenge the thrill-seekers to the core and let them face the hurdles the place beholds. Witness scintillating vegetation while you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city and make sure you follow what your team leader says and inform immediately in case of any problem.

  19. Which are some famous resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is known for its scenic beauty which is unparalleled to most of the places. The verdant greenery will just take your breath away as you indulge in sightseeing in Chikmagalur.
    So the best way to cherish these experiences is by picking the resort which allows you to fulfil your travel goals in Chikmagalur.

    Some of the
    most famous resorts for staying in Chikmagalur are:

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

  20. Which restaurants serve local cuisine of Chikmagalur?

    The local cuisine of Chikmagalur which is also known as Malenadu cuisine is famous for its richness and spicy flavors, mainly supplemented by the taste of coconut milk. Rice and fish curry serve as staple items of the local platter in Chikmagalur.

    There are many restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine at Chikmagalur. Some of these are:

    -Grand Maharaja Multi Cuisine Family restaurant
    -Food Palace
    -Town Canteen
    -Odyssey, The Serai
    -Coffee Barn Cafe
    -The Estate Cafe

  21. Are there sufficient ATMs in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are plenty of ATMs in Chikmagalur of various banks like State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Axis Bank etc.

  22. How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Chikmagalur? Is there any hospital?

    There are many institutions in Chikamagalur in case you face any medical emergency. Some of the hospitals are:

    -Ashraya Hospital
    -Malnad Hospitals
    -Anuradha Hospital etc.

  23. Is smoking/drinking legal in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are many resorts where you can indulge in smoking or drinking in Chikmagalur. So if you are 18 or above, there is no restriction on drinking/smoking. However, it is advisable to check with the resort/restaurant where you are.

    Smoking/drinking is strictly prohibited when you are going for trekking or engaging in any other adventure activities.

  24. Which are famous waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    The best waterfalls in Chikmagalur are:

    -Jhari Waterfalls
    -Hanuman Gundi Falls
    -Shankar Falls
    -Kadambi Falls
    -Jhari or Dabdabe Falls