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  • 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.

    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. 

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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. 

    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.
    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. 

    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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Which are famous waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    Arranged in the valley of the tallest peaks in Karnataka, the surroundings of Chikmagalur have numerous little and enormous waterfalls in the midst of wilderness.


    Along with trekking and offering picturesque landscapes, Chikmagalur is one of the hottest destinations for seeing waterfalls. The best waterfalls in Chikmagalur are:

Traveller Tales from Chikmagalur


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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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 is a delight to be experienced. Now few things to know before you come here,\n\n1. Its actually in Mudegere, a village which is at the hill top, not in the heart of Chikamagalur. \n\n2. The road to the homestay is very curvy and narrow, in Google map you try to search Girisiri Homestay, Aramane, get the location and from there its 2 Kms up. The homestay is called Bomrukallu, but it won't show up in map, you can ask the local people if you find any.\n\n3. Only Airtel worked, no jio, Vodafone. You won't find any network there.\n\n4. it's only one night stay, 2 days one night means 24 hrs.\n\n5. If you like having snacks in room, better to get them early coz you won't get anything there in the hill top.\n\n6. Please get all your daily products for your daily use, because it's not a hotel that will provide you everything. They are normal people and welcome you normally. Its a simple room which they will be providing.\n\n7. Its a first come first serve system, means they have 4 rooms and whoever goes first gets the best room, I am saying this because there are two rooms which has a shared bathroom. But yaa, you have a huge dining area and sofa set there. Rooms are having 3 beds, so if you have a big family, 4- 5 person can easily use them, sufficient pillows are there. Couple can use only one bed and use the other beds as a dumping spot.\n\n8. If you have an idea to book ? tent, please throw it out at once. Because you will be highly disappointed. The tents are there, but it's not in the Forrest, the tents are there where they also park there car most of the time.. Yaa and it's in the ground, of course you will get pillows and matress but litches can be your partner while it's dark. I think you got the Idea.\n\n9. Food is fine, but who will come here to have food, Its the nature which is important. Nature is so amazing that you will not waste any time sleeping or just sitting inside the room. Its a buffet what they will serve, and both veg and non-veg will be there. Omlete and rotis are easy to get. The food is like Ghar Ka Khana.\n\n10. They will provide a guide to show you the falls and the valley, don't dare to miss it. It is going to be one heck of an experience. You will love it. Parking can be a problem there, so please check the place carefully before you park, coz you have to come back using the same road. Don't try much reverse thingy because there will be no one to help you out in the jungle. \n\n11. Please get your football, badminton rackets and playing cards if you love to play because they have a shortage of it and there is a big lawn available for your use. \n\n12. Mosquito, I couldn't find one but suggest you to take a repellent and coil or liquid or something, coz they won't provide you that.\n\n13. Free evening snacks and bonfire, you will love it. Tea and coffee whenever you ask, actually you don't have to. They are already pretty humble.\n\n\nHugh.. That's a lot of information. Hope you guys got the idea. I will be giving few pics, you can get to know it more. Lastly this is a nice place to visit, you will enjoy it for sure... Thanks for reading..\n"

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amar kate

24 July 2017

"This is one of the best trekks which I have covered so far . Lot of amazing scenery. On the way Waterfalls . Stay might not be good and you can't expect it to be good as it is in remote area. But can increase number of washrooms though. "

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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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Venkat Aditya

08 October 2017

Picture perfect! The place to spend some equality with nature. I accidentally discovered this place during a random search on the internet for Home stay in the Chikamagalur hills and trust me it turned to be one my most memorable stays. This home stay is on the top of the hill and the drive to the house is itself an interesting experience. The first impression you feel is being one with nature and can sit watching the clouds settling on the hills and cold misty air hitting your face. The couple who host this place are very warm and make you feel at home. Food served definitely has to be one of the highlights of the stay. I can vouch, this is the place I've had the best coffee till date. I would love to go back and recommend this to anyone who wants a calm get away with their family and friends. The stay also includes a cozy bonfire,a trek to the nearby peak and a waterfall located en route. We traveled in the monsoon months stayed for 3 days and left the place with vow to return back in the winter months. Every season adds its charm and blends perfectly with nature. There are some good places to explore nearby like the sunset point, Hornadu & Kalasa temples and the Kundremukha National park. A word of caution while driving to this place, the Google maps co-ordinates are not accurately mapped. I would recommend following the instructions given by the house staff and follow the landmarks listed. The path to the house is narrow and winds up the hill, avoid taking the road after dark.

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28 June 2017

It was my first trekking and it was just amazing, Drizzling monsoon, Greenish hills, Amazing views. When to visit, I would suggest any time between june to november, You wont get tired much in these periods coz whole trek sun will be blocked by amazing clouds. Also you will get better views in this time period. We had been there with our group and BMC provided a separate transportation just for us

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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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