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Jitender Chattopadhyay

29 June 2015

It really matters what you are expecting from the spot. Best time is go just after rainy season to enjoy fog & green carpet over the mountain. Good trekking area. We saw few peacocks crossing road and went into shrubs. We still regret that we could not trek to peak; due to chilled weather and we didn’t equipped for the trek also. Trekking through secluded villages, evergreen forest teeming with waterfalls and streams and open grassland patches was a once in life time experience.

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Rajinder Butt

15 August 2014

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.

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Rameshwar Bharadwaj

17 March 2016

Chikmagalur is a paradise for nature lovers. This is a place that one can sit back and relax. I wanted to take a relaxing weekend away so chose to stay in the estates. It was a worthy and amazing experience. It was very refreshing and pleasant to stay in an estate instead of normal hotels.

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Deepti Hegde

14 May 2017

This homestay is at the top of the hill and a maximum of 12-15 people can be accommodated at a time . You feel at one with nature and can sit watching the hills for ever . The couple who host this place are very warm and make you feel at home. Extremely clean and tasty food add to the experience. I would love to go back and recommend this to any one who wants a calm get away with their family and friends.

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Chandraayan Patel

28 December 2015

kudremukh has always been my favorite trekking destinations. and as usual it was a wonderful trip. surrounded by greenry and clouds so refreshing and peaceful

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Gautami Varman

17 March 2016

Kudremukh Trekking Trail, Chikmagalur is one of the best and the nice treks that you can take in Karnataka. The Kudremukh Trek is amazing and spell bounding. The whole Chikmagalur is a paradise for nature loves and travellers. You will definitely love the place here and the awesome climate. It is also very close to Bangalore. If you are in South of India, then the travel time is also less and the cost of travel is also cheap. We took our honeymoon here where we did estate stay for 2 days, this trek, and jungle stay for a night. It was a week full of fun. It was the best vacation ever. Also, this is a great honeymoon spot.

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What You Should Know More About Chikmagalur

  • About the Destination

    Chikmagalur is a small tourist spot in the state of Karnataka. If you are planning a visit to Bangalore or Mysore, you must include this little place in your list, without worrying if it will be worth visiting. It definitely will.

    Mainly known for coffee plantation and few adventurous sports like trekking and river rafting, this place is all set to offer you a peaceful weekend. A prime part of aromatic south Indian coffee is grown in Chikmagalur. This small and lovely place is like the backyard for the Bangalore people. They visit this place to have a lovely weekend away from the rush of the city.

    There are a lot of points of attraction in Chikmagalur. Some of them are Hebbe Falls, Kalhatti Falls, Chikmagalur Golf Club, Hoysala Temples, etc. we shall tell you about them all in details.

    Situated in the foothills of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur has a cool climate. It’s sparsely populated and has a laid back lifestyle. If you are in search of a refuge from the chaos of city life, work pressure and overall mental stress, this place is there to soothe you. You can hire a cab from Bangalore or Mysore or alternatively board a bus to Chikmagalur.

    Unfortunately, Chikmagalur being a small town is not known for its nightlife. You won’t find night clubs there.

    You will get comfortable and cosy homestays in Chikmagalur. Some of them are Beanzone Homestay, Mullayangiri Homestay, Thotadahalli Homestay, etc. There are a number of resorts where you will love to stay. Some of the resorts in Chikmagalur are Bhadra Riverside Resort, Luxury Coffee Estate Resort, Mudigere Resort, etc.


  • Travel Advice

    • The Southern India is known for disciplined lifestyle and fewer crimes. But keep your belongings protected.

    • There are a lot of waterfalls that you will be visiting. Take care of the children at those places.

    • While rafting, keep in mind the rules you will be made aware of by the experts. The water currents can be risky.

    • Chikmagalur is a small town which has its own culture. Respect that.

    • Meet the local people out there. The simple and small town people are great to have a chat with.

    • Carry your daily use stuffs. Remember, you are visiting a small town which doesn’t have big malls. So it’s better to carry your requirements with you.

    • Don’t loiter. Make a plan beforehand to avoid wastage of time.

    • Take care of the nature and nature will take care of you.

    • Eat local dishes as they are delicious.

  • Drinking Laws

    You can’t consume alcohol in Karnataka unless you are 18. Arrack is strictly banned. It’s better to avoid drinking in Chikmagalur as it is a small town with not many pubs and bars.


  • Our Recommendations- Things you can’t afford to miss?

    Visit coffee estates
    Chikmagalur is known mainly for its coffee plantations. You will love to see the slopes of the hills covered with lush green coffee plants. You will get cottage-style resorts inside the coffee estates to stay overnight. The calmness of the estate and the close to nature ambience will give you an unmatched experience.

    Kemmanagundi
    The main attraction of this place is the beautiful Hebbe Falls. Apart from this, the hills of Kemmanagundi are perfect for trekking and mountain biking. The Mullayangiri hill is there in Kemmanaguni.
     
    Hebbe Falls
    This is a beautiful and charming waterfall in Kemmanagundi. Situated inside a coffee estate, this whole place is a complete tour package. From coffee plantations to mountains and wasterfalls, you will get to see everything here. With an enchanting view, this waterfall will surely blow your mind with its beauty. Don’t forget to capture the moment and take a bath in the pure, therapeutic water.
     
    Horanadu Temple
    The deity worshipped in this temple is the Hindu goddess of food, Annapurna. You will get to eat a delicious vegetarian meal in this temple, irrespective of your religion. The statue of Annapurna is made with pure gold and is charming. There are some nearby tourist spots which you can pay a visit are Gangamula- the originating place of rivers Tunga, Netravathi and Bhadra; Kalaseshwar temple, Kuduremukh mountain range, and Hanumanagundi waterfalls.

    Kalhatti Falls
    Located in Kalattipura, this is a beautiful waterfall. Locals say that, Rishi Agastya meditated a long time there. 

    Rafting 
    If you are looking for some fun in this calm and quiet destination, you should definitely try white water rafting in the clear waters of Bhadra River. You will get professional rafters theret o guide you. To experience the best of water rafting, visit the place during the monsoon. The lush greenery on the banks of the river and the charming waterfalls will surely amaze you.

    Trekking
    If you love trekking, you will love Chikmagalur. The lush green mountains offer the best trekking experiences. Not one, but there are many treks in Chikmagalur. You can trek up to the Mullayanagiri hill which then leads to Baba Budangiri hill and concludes at the Manikyadhara Waterfalls. The Sakleshpur Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Karnataka, consisting of a number of waterfalls and tunnels. The Kemmangundi trek inside the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary showcases a number of tiny waterfalls along the way. One of the most complicated treks in Karnataka is the Kumar Parvatha Trek which is around 110 km from Chikmagalur. The other famous treks you must try if you are visiting Chikmagalur only for trekking are Kurinjal trek, Narasimha Parvatha trek and Kudremukh trek.

    Golf Club
    The serene green fields will definitely give you a soothing experience. The golf course is not one of the best ones but the ambience will sure calm your mind. 

    Hoysala Temples
    Constructed under the Hoysala Rule, Hoysala temples are a good example of ancient architecture. These temples are at Somanathapura. The deities worshipped in these temples are Hindu Gods and Goddesses, namely, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiv and Parvati. The old sculptures and the beautifully constructed ceiling are what you must see there.

  • What you will like there?

    Climate
    The climate remains cool and moderate throughout the year. It receives heavy rainfall in the monsoon months. There is no best time to visit Chikmagalur. You can visit throughout the year. For rafting purposes, monsoon is the ideal time.

    Silence
    Chikmagalur is a small and quiet town with not much rush. You won’t find night clubs and stuff to party. You need to plunge in to the silent nature with lush greenery all around you. 

    Adventure
    For your dose of adventure, try Chikmagalur this weekend. You can go rafting and trekking in the lap of nature. Trek to the mountain peaks to experience heavenly views all around.
     
    Flowers
    Bloom of the purple Kurinji flowers is heavenly to watch, but unfortunately, they blooms once in twelve years. According to the locals, they were last seen in 2006 and will be seen again in 2018! Strange, right? The Nilgiri Hills got its name from these flowers only. 

    Ambience 
    The green coffee fields, the purple flowers, the blue sky and a soothing temperature give Chikmagalur a heavenly ambience. If you haven’t visited the place yet, rush to experience it.

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