Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tours

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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Chikmagalur Sightseeing FAQs

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.

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