Best Sightseeing Tours in Chikmagalur - 2020 (with 711 Reviews)

Chikmagalur is another place which is a top coffee producer after Coorg in Karnataka. A weekend dedicated to Chikmagalur sightseeing can reward you with varied landscapes and significant sites dating back to different eras. It is blessed with pleasant and heart-warming climate throughout the year which makes it a ‘must-see’ hill town in the state of Karnataka. Therefore, when you are choosing the best deal among the numerous Chikmagalur sightseeing packages, the weather is not a parameter to be worried about. Chikamagalur is an enchanting coffee town set at a height of 3400 feet above sea level. It is situated at a distance of 148 KM from Mangalore and 178 KM from Mysore. Sightseeing tour in Chikmagalur includes trek destinations like Mullayanagiri Hill, Bababudangiri also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, Z point, and Ballalarayana Durga Hill. It is believed to be a land of coffee and waterfalls- the very famous of which are Hebbe Falls, and Kalhatti Falls, these stunning beauties will cast a spell on you.

Partake on a challenging trek of Kodachadri Hills in Shimoga district which requires close to two days of climbing and descending. Kodachadri hill is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka which is crowned at an elevation of 1343 M. While you make your way up to the stunning hilltop, you will be greeted with a number of magnificent sites such as the gorgeous Hidlumane Waterfalls and the historical Shivappa Naika's Fort at Niagara. The hilltop is famous for the orange magical streaks in the sky post-sunset and people from around Karnataka make sure to witness the surreal sunset from this hilltop. Chikmagalur sightseeing packages mostly include Kudremukh National Park which is also a UNESCO heritage site, the verdant grasslands of the Mullayanagiri Peak, the streams, waterfalls, and springs of Kemmangundi hill station which is home to Mullayanagiri peak etc.

Inam Dattatreya Peetha which is located at Baba Budan Giri Hills and is considered one of the sacred sites in Karnataka also registers itself in sightseeing tour in Chikmagalur along with Sharadamba Temple which holds a great significance in the lives of the locals. It is dedicated to Goddess Sharada Parameshwari with a Dravidian style architecture. On your trek to Kudremukh, you can also take a tour of Varaha Parvata which is located right next to Kudremukh at an elevation of 1458 meters above sea level. It is another UNESCO world heritage site in Chikmagalur.

The three main rivers of the valley Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati flow originates at Varaha Parvata which is also known as Gangamoola Hill. It also gives the onlooker a chance to glance at the Hanuman Gundi waterfall and Kodambi falls which are very close to the National Highway 66. Embark on a trip of about two hours to this beautiful hamlet named Kudremukh and trek the rugged and rejuvenating trails of the region until you reach the topmost point of Kudremukh. This green retreat is peace to the eyes and heart. It is recognized as a horse-faced peak which is nestled amid forested environs and is spread over an area of 600 sq km.

Quite near to Kudremukh lies the Bhadra River which is around 45 Km from Chikmagalur and is a mandate addition in the Chikmagalur sightseeing list. It is known to very few that one can indulge in an exhilarating rafting session in the Bhadra River. Bhadra River is a part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is poured by several tributaries on the western ghats like Thadabehalla, Somavahini, and Odirayanahalla. Irrespective of the time, this land of coffee is blessed with scenic landscapes of tempting streams, verdant hills, groovy thickets and gurgling rivulets.

A well-crafted Chikmagalur tour dedicated to the natural beauty of Chikmagalur will take you to the cascading wonders of the region, the magnificent waterfalls such as Honnmanalla Falls, Datapeta Manikyadhara Falls and Kavikal Anndi Zari Falls promise to take your breath away. For an enthralling wildlife escape in Chikmagalur, head to the sprawling campus of 490 sq. km where Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is situated. There are myriads of things to spend an indulgent holiday at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, right from the water sports like river rafting and kayaking to the strenuous rock climbing and trekking coupled with camping and bird watching. Around 3.5 km long trek and a nature trail leading to Tavarekere where one finds a fascinating watering hole can be a part of this wildlife tour. Apart from all the above, if you want to spot tigers then look nowhere else than Doddahadlu and Chandanahadlu, one can also visit Melgiri and Kesarhalla for heart-warming panoramas.

While you are in Chikmagalur, plan on taking some fine quality coffee beans and berries back home. To collect an assorted range of coffee beans, powder, and berries, move to the National Coffee Research Center. The local food items namely Akki Roti, Kakadu, and Nendran chips etc. are a part of Malnad cuisine and the staple food of Chikmagalur is mostly prepared based on coconut and spices. Spicy Fish curry and rice is something that is prepared in every household and you can devour on some of this authentic smackingly tasty food on your Chikmagalur sightseeing tour. Chikmagalur is a land of sheer unending beauty and no matter how many sightseeing points you cover on your sojourn here, you will always miss on a lot and will never have enough.

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Activity Location: ChikmagalurStart Time: 7:00 AM End Time: 5:00 PMActivity Duration: 10 HoursChikmagalur is the perfect escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life. Located at a distance of just 244 kms from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna while getting to know more about the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka.Make your booking with Thrillophilia for one-day sightseeing tour in Chikmagalur and our driver-cum-guide will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 AM sharp. From here, your trip starts with Siri cafe. The trip will take you to Mullayanagiri, Sitalayyanagiri Temple, Jhari falls, Honnamana Halla Waterfalls, Shooting Point, Z point,  Baba budangiri, Kavikal Gandi, Hirekolale Lake, and Gandhi Park. Sightseeing will be done in a sedan /jeep/ SUV, depending upon the number of persons.How to Reach: The pickup and drop off are provided from your hotel in Chikmagalur.Note: Children below 5 years can join without any charges, and those between 6 to 10 years can be counted as an adult.
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Chikmagalur

About Chikmagalur:Famous for coffee plantations and beautiful green rolling hills, Chikamagalur is attracting thousands of travelers from all over the world for a perfect getaway. The cascading waterfalls, wildlife sanctuary, grasslands and high peaks are one of the most amazing attractions in Chikmagalur.About the activity:- In this half day tour, you will be picked up by our representative in morning from where your trip starts towards Siri cafe. - Post this, the trip will take you to Mullayanagiri, Sitalayyanagiri Temple, Coffee Museum, Kodandarama Temple, and Gandhi Park.- The sightseeing will be done in a sedan /jeep/ SUV, depending upon number of persons.- Minimum number of People required to book the package is 2.- Complimentary pick- up and drop is available within 3 KM radius from city centre.*Timings- 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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"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' thrillophilia 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 and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. 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. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.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 which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.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 about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. 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 about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews 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.
03 March 2020
Excellent
The trekking trail is covered with lush greenery which can be seen throughout the trek and it looks amazing. The mountain views from the top are magnificent and the feeling was amazing to see the views from the highest peak of Karnataka.
24 February 2020
Excellent
We wanted to the trekking from long time finally we decided Thrillophilia because of its discounts and good reviews. The place was stanning and definitely the camps were comfortable. I m satisfied with the guide as his behaviour towards us is good and also he helped us regarding the food. very good experience and we enjoyed it.
02 January 2020
Excellent
Excellent trip with the amazing group, the guide was a professional person and we enjoyed with him, although our group was of 10 but we had a super trip like I cannot compare. Such a beautiful place with so many different views to enjoy. Very well managed trip with no worries. We will do this again soon and recommend you all to try this one out.
09 February 2020
Excellent
I still cant forget the relaxing air of the mountains, the view was mesmerising there, we had a lot of fun. I was with my family and my trip went excellent. The transport was on time and the staff members were giving good hospitality. Good place to go.
13 March 2020
Excellent
The trail was moderate and narrow and steep as well. We loved adventure and for us, it was a full exciting thing to do. The views are so much better after the rainfall and we had seen beautiful landscapes completely covered by greenery. We had clicked a lot of pictures there and had an amazing time camping and gazing at the stars.

People Also Ask About Sightseeing in Chikmagalur

  1. 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 redbus.in website for hassle free bookings.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. Which all temples are famous in Chikmagalur?

    Famous temples for sightseeing are as follows:

    • Sringeri Sharada Peetha
    • Sharadamba Temple
    • Amruteshwar Temple
    • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple
  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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
  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. 

  18. 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.