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Mullayanagiri

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 
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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. 

• 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
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Kemmangundi

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

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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.

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How to Reach

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  • By Air: If you want to reach to 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.
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  • 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.
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  • By Bus: Bus services are also available to reach to 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.
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  • 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.

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  • From the month of September to the month of March is considered as the right time 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 umbrella or raincoats if you visit this place during the monsoon.
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  • 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 colorful. 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.

Traveller Tales from Chikmagalur

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Abhi Abhi

17 September 2018

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 ene...

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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 exper...

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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 plac...

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Pallava Prasoon

12 October 2018

"Well what a trek it was, enchanting, thrilling and rejuvenating. I would suggest all trek lovers to go for Kudremukh trek as the view will simply keep you awestruck. The trek was well organised and th...

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Shashank Shekhar

30 July 2018

"Amazing place. But the 5 star is specifically meant for the extremely courteous staff. Really loved it. "

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Indrajit Das

28 August 2017

"The place is awesome. Its a nice homestay with nice people, the owner himself is so humble that you can't make out that he is the owner. In this budget you can't expect more, in this monsoon the place...

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Vijay Vijay

10 September 2018

Kudremukh trek was an awesome experience..Starting from the bus pick up on right time, everything went as per plan. What a beautiful, green and lovely place.. If you want to see nature in its pristine ...

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RANJITH RAJA

22 August 2017

"For Airtel lovers,\n The only place you can get a signal is on the peak. So, climb up and talk to your loved ones, take some pics, post it then itself, make every1 feel jealous and comeback."

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What You Should Know More About Chikmagalur

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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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  • Q. 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.

     

    You can reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore via road either by your private car or public buses available every 30-60 minutes. The distance between Chikmagalur and Bangalore is 242.9 km and your journey will take 3.5 to 5 hours.

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

    Best known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ is a popular tourist spot attracting tourists throughout the year. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is between the months of September to March.

     

    During these months the weather is moderate and you will enjoy in sightseeing in Chikmagalur. The pleasant and cool climate during these months make up for tourist season, however you can take a trip during monsoons to considering this place is always lovely.

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

    The most important items to carry on a holiday to Chikmagalur are:

    • Mosquito repellants
    • Hats
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreens
    • Warm clothes
    • First aid kit
    • Tickets and itinerary
    • Medical requirements
    • Sports shoes

  • Q. Is it safe to travel to Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is located in the state of Karnataka which is comparatively a safe state to travel and the crime rate is generally low. The locals are friendly and you will be able to engage yourself in different activities without any hassles.

     

    However, it is recommended to always exercise due caution when travelling to isolated locations.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. What are the different activities one can do in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is one of those tourist attractions known for its heritage spots, water attractions, adventurous activities, wildlife safaris and unique nature themes. There is something for everyone while you are in Chikmagalur and you will not have one spare moment.

     

    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.

    There are a range of activities which you should not miss in Chikmagalur-

    • Rafting
    • Golfing
    • Trekking
    • Cycling
    • Temple and sightseeing tour etc.

  • Q. Can we go to Chikmagalur for a family vacation?

    Yes, Chikmagalur is a brilliant tourist spot for families. The resorts are family friendly and the number of activities makes for an interesting excursion around the blue hills and lush green forests.

     

    Children will enjoy the adventure activities and you will be going with memories you will cherish for a long time after a vacation in Chikmagalur.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. What are some famous tourist attractions in Chikmagalur?

    The most popular places for tourists visiting Chikmagalur are:

    • Kudremukh National Park
    • Baba Budangiri (DattaPeeta)
    • Hebbe Falls
    • Kemmangundi
    • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Sharadamba Temple
    • Kalhatti Falls
    • Coffee Museum
    • Bhadra Dam
    • Manikyadhara Falls
    • Kadambi Falls
    • SringeriSharadaPeetha
    • Mullayanagiri

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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
    • Kumara parvatha
    • Kudremukh

  • Q. 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 the nature which will de-stress you as you engage in this adventurous activity.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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 the 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.

  • Q. Can we do camping in Chikmagalur? Which are some famous campsites?

    Yes, camping in Chikmagalur is one of the most exciting activities which you can do there. The famous campsites around Chikmagalur are Mullayanagiri Mountain, Thirumaleguppi, Hirumaraguppi, Bababudangiri and Kemmanagundi.

  • Q. What kinds of tents will be there? What sort of food facility during camping?

    Your accommodation during camping will be arranged in dorm tents. During camping, you will be offered meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. Are there any wildlife tours in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is an interesting location for undertaking wildlife tours. It is ideal for families, couples and backpackers to tour amidst the wilderness. The famous wildlife tours are offered at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

     

    These tours are best way to see the exotic natural beauty and discover these wildlife species. Nature lovers are bound to be in awe of this wildlife tour as you embark upon an ideal nature escapade.

  • Q. 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 fulfill 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

  • Q. Which are some good homestays options in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur, likewise called the Coffee land of Karnataka is known for its beautiful eminence. Homestays in Chikmagalur are fantastic places for a weekend retreat in the serene landscape.


    These homestays are an opportunity to enjoy a laid back time while having fun time with your family. They allow you to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and have a closer interface with nature on your retreat.

     Some of the best homestay options are

    • Nature homestay in Chikmagalur
    • Heritage Stay in Mudigere
    • Nature Stay in Kemmangundi, Chikmagalur
    • Hill Top Homestay
    • River Tern lodge
    • Hasiru Homestay
    • Scenic Acres Homestay
    • Guddadamane Homestay
    • Mount Homestay
    • Bettadamalali Homestay
    • Greendale Homestay
    • Mountain Valley Homestay
    • Oakridge Homestay
    • Jungle Greens Homestay
    • Bombrukallu Homestay
    • Halliggadde Homestay 
    • Honeyvale Homestay
    • Hunkal Woods Homestay

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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