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If you are a coffee lover, you are going to fall in love with this hill station called Chikmagalur which is situated in the state of Karnataka. It is an absolutely calm and captivating hill station with pleasant climate throughout the year. The meaning of Chikmagalur is ‘young daughter’s town’ which derives its name from a deep historical relevance. This place is situated at a height of 3400 feet above sea level and is one of the best holiday destinations in Karnataka state. There are many things to do and the best sightseeing tours in Chikmagalur worth visiting. It offers great views, wonderful climate and has every ingredient of being the ideal vacation spot in India. Generally, you can visit this place during any time of the year but the months from September to April are most suitable as this period has the best climate and are apt for exploring. The nearest city is Mangalore which is located at a distance of 148 kilometres and another one is Mysore which is a 178 kilometres drive from this destination.

One of the main reasons to travel here are for the best sightseeing tours in Chikmagalur. Mullayanagiri which is the highest in the state is located here. It stands at a height of 2000 metres approximately and is the ultimate go-to destination for trek lovers. Baba Budangiri, also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha is another attraction worth visiting and has 3 caves within. During the the Diwali festival, a beacon is lit which is placed in this mountain. Another interesting spot is called as the Z point which is a vantage point. Thus, you need to tramp up on a tending plane and require close to an hour to get there. Similarly, some of the other tourist attractions worth visiting in Chikmagalur are Hebbe falls, Kalhatti Falls, and Ballalarayana Durga Hill. Some of the must do things here include visiting the tempting coffee plantations, enjoying the sunset and getting to the hill tops for some splendid views.

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What You Should Know More About Sightseeing in Chikmagalur

  • How can I reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore? How much is the distance?

    One can reach Chikmagalur via road from Bangalore. The distance is about 245 Kms. There are two modes of transport that you can opt for:

    • The first viable option is you road trip the distance in your own car. In the comfort of your own car, you can cover the distance with your family.
    • The second option that you can opt for is taking a bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. You can book tickets online via website for hassle free bookings.

  • What is the best season to visit Chikmagalur?

    Best time to visit Chikmagalur is from the month of September to March. The weather is quite suitable and is perfect for sightseeing in the local area. The temperature is neither too low nor too high in this period.

    So if you’re planning to visit Chikmagalur soon, you can keep these months in mind for a memorable experience at this hill station.

  • What all things should I carry for a sightseeing trip to Chikmagalur?

    As Chikmagalur is a hill station, one should definitely carry warm clothes among other things that are mentioned below.

    • Lip balm as cold weather can often chap lips.
    • Wooden stick as you will have to walk steep distance and a stick will prove to be a good support.
    • Sunscreen to avoid any tanning or skin infections.
    • An umbrella as this hill station is known for extensive rainfall.
    • Comfortable footwear as again you will have to walk a lot. And if you have decided to go on a trek then you should definitely carry trekking shoes with you.
    • Energy Bars to get that boost of energy when the sun is killing you or the extensive walks tire you.

  • Which all places are good for sightseeing in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is famous for diverse things. Find below more information on the same:

    • Beautiful temples to visit and get blessings from namely Kote Ganapathi Temple, Hati Maramma Temple, Deviramma Temple Bindiga.
    • There are scenic waterfalls in Chikmagalur that you can make a part of your itinerary. Kallathigiri Waterfall, Hebbe waterfall and Shanti Waterfall.
    • Lastly, treks are one the most adventurous things that Chikmagalur has to offer. You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek

  • Which all treks are a must do on a Chikmagalur trip?

    Following are the best places for trekking in Chikmagalur:

    • Mullayanagiri trek
    • Kemmangundi trek
    • Sakleshpur railway trek
    • Kumara Parvatha trek
    • Kudremukh trek

  • Which places are must to visit for couples in Chikmagalur?

    There are a number of things you can do with your partner when in Chikmagalur. Read below:

    • If you guys love adventure, then you can go river rafting together. It’s fun yet challenging.
    • You can also plan a stay at the nature homestay and breathe in the natural surroundings.
    • Or another beautiful lodge in Chikmagalur is the River Tern Lodge where you can book a stay for two and have a lovely time.
    • There are a lot of treks to do in this hill station. Some easy and some moderately difficult but they do promise some fun and challenge. If you as a couple like to do something similar then you could opt for this as well.

  • Is it good to visit Chikmagalur in monsoon?

    Best time to visit Chikmagalur is from the month of September to March. The weather is quite suitable and is perfect for sightseeing in the local area. The temperature is neither too low nor too high in this period.

    So if you’re planning to visit Chikmagalur soon, you can keep these months in mind for a memorable experience at this hill station.

  • Which all waterfalls can I see in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

    • Shankar Falls
    • Kallathigiri Falls
    • Hebbe Waterfalls
    • Shanti Falls
    • Kalhatti Falls

  • Which all temples are famous in Chikmagalur?

    Famous temples for sightseeing are as follows:

    • Sringeri Sharada Peetha
    • Sharadamba Temple
    • Amruteshwar Temple
    • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

  • Can we stay at a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, we can make your vacation a special one by planning a night at a coffee retreat in Chikmagalur.

    You can marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of this region with the scenic views. And spend some time enjoying the ultimate Malnad experience in its most traditional form.

  • Which are some of the good resorts in Chikmagalur for a stay?

    With its scenic beauty and vast greenery, Chikmagalur attracts a lot of tourist around the world. Chikmagalur is a wonderful region arranged on the western piece of Karnataka.

    It is for the most part prevalent for its espresso ranches and a lovely atmosphere. Here are some of the popular resorts in Chikmagalur.

    • 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 famous homestays in Chikmagalur?

    Homestays in Chikmagalur offer the best of experience if you are looking to feel the place in its entirety. Following are options to choose from when in Chikmagalur.

    • The estate stay experience
    • The heritage homestay in Mudigere
    • The nature stay experience
    • A homestay in Hasiru
    • Nature’s Abode Homestay
    • Scenic Acres Homestay
    • Guddadamane Homestay

  • Is it safe to travel in Chikmagalur for a solo female traveller?

    Chikmagalur is extremely safe for girls. Our company has highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek/stay. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent/room to sleep alone.

    If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent/room. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

  • What adventure activities can be done in and around Chikmagalur?

    Adventures activities in Chikmagalur include trekking, camping and river rafting.

    • Treks: There are numerous treks to do in Chikmagalur. Namely, Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri or You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek.
    • You can even go camping in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. One can camp at Ballalarayana Durga, even at the Hebbe Falls as the dense forests leading to it make it a good spot for camping.
    • Lastly, river rafting is on offer too in Chikmagalur. White Water Rafting on River Bhadra in Chikmagalur. Bhadra River passes through one of the eighth densest forests in the world and located within 30 kms from the Kudremukh national park.

    The white water rafting experience at Chikmagalur is a pure adrenaline rush with level III rapids over a time of two hours.

  • Where is Mullayanagiri? What’s special about it? Can we do a Mullayanagiri trek?

    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.

    Mullayangiri trek tour is a moderate level trek as one has to trek via knife edges plus the peak is highest of Karnataka.  You can cover the trek in a day.

    Standing majestically above the rest of the Western Ghats, this hill offers unprecedented views of all its neighbouring ranges.With every step you take, the view gets more and more breath-taking.

  • Can we go for a Kemmangundi trek? How difficult is the trek?

    Kemmanagundi trek is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and enveloped by true Chikkamagalur-style Western Ghats beauty. Kemmanagundi which is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and enveloped by true Chikkamagalur-style Western Ghats beauty is a good trek.

    This 12 hours long trek covering a distance of 20 km will take you through a landscape stroked with lofty hills, innumerable streams and brooks, extensive coffee estates, waterfalls and ornamental gardens tucked amidst lush green forests. This is a moderately difficult trek.

  • Is Kudremukh trek worth doing?

    Kudremukh is a small village located at a distance of 96 km from the district of Chikmagalur and about 335 km from Bangalore of Karnataka. Nestled in the Western Ghats, the forest is spread over an area of 600 sq km at an altitude of 1,894 m above sea level.


    Get closer to the undying nature spread across Kudremukh. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the horse-face hills from the top itself. 

  • Why is Baba Budangiri trek famous? What is the difficulty level of the trek?

    Bababudangiri trek is supposedly an ideal destination to visit if you have time in hand. This place is also a trekking spot for adventure lovers.

    One leads to Kemmangundi and the other leads to Mullayanagiri which is 8 km from Baba Budan giri.

Traveller Tales from Chikmagalur


shreya bhayani

28 February 2017

A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of...

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Irene Susan

05 March 2018

"it was our first trek... most memorable trek... had fun... the accommodation and food was good... "

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25 July 2017

"Great trek.. Must visit places for all the trekkers... Nice stay with good food... Best guide.. "

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Mai Duy

16 August 2017

"perfect trek"

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Indraja chalumuri

24 October 2017

"The trek was awesome and it could be a little difficult one for the first timers. During the uphill firstly we came across thick forests (there were leeches) and then a waterfall which was of nearly 9...

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Aiyaan Mohiuddin

19 April 2018

"It was euphoric. "

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Jitender Chattopadhyay

26 March 2016

Chikmagalur is a very beautiful town and it is just a heaven on earth. Visiting this place has been there in my list of travel things to do, all along. However, we were not sure on how to do it. While ...

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Lokesh K

10 January 2018

"It was an exciting experience.\nWell organized by BMC. Bus arranged was a push back semi sleeper. The stay was at Chitrakoota home stay on the foothills of Kodachadri. The food and accommodation was w...

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Prateek Singhania

18 November 2014

The trekking enthusiast in you will want to dive right into this trek to the highest peak in South India. Me and a couple of my friends tried this and it was invigorating to state the least. the trek w...

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