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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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    About the Activity:For those who are looking forward to partake in some adventure next weekend, we offer this 2 days trekking trip to Kodachadri Hills in Shimoga district.The peak is situated at a height of 1343 M and it is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka dotted by thick forests and rich fauna. Start the trip from Bangalore after getting picked up from different spots that would be informed prior.Tread along the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails and on the top of the peak you will see the stunning nature. Capture the best colours sky shows during the sunset from such an elevation.Visit Shivappanaika's Fort at Nagara and Hidlumane Waterfalls during the trip.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation from Bangalore to the location and return.

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    About the Activity:Plan to make the next holiday of yours eventful by choosing this trekking package to Kudremukh in Chikmagalur for 2 days and 1 night.Begin the trip with an overnight journey from Bangalore.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.Tread along the rugged trails enjoying the small streams and short peaks and finally reaching the topmost portion of the horse-faced peak. Revel in the mesmerising serenity.The package includes food, accommodation in home stays and to and fro transportation from Bangalore.

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    About the activity : Escape to the tranquil and plush lands of Chikmagalur, otherwise known as the ‘Land of Coffee’ in Karnataka. Enjoy a fun array of activities in Chikmagalur’s exclusive home stay and revel in the different array of exciting and fun activities scheduled just for you! Cosseted by a lush and rich coffee plantation, the home stay in Chikmagalur is situated around 95km from the main city and is well-connected with the same. Irrespective of the season and time, this rustic home stay around Bangalore truly complies with the pictorial beauty of Chikmagalur. Surrounded with scenic hills, charming streams, gurgling lakes and groovy thickets, you can escape into the beautiful and lush landscape of Chikmagalur to have the time of your life, amidst thick and lush greenery and forested hills.

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    About the Activity:Are you planning to go for some getaway experience near Bangalore? Then try Chikmagalur. A great place for rejuvenating your heart and soul is Chikmagalur that is beautified with green hills and coffee plantations. A tiny place with waterfalls, evergreen forests and aromatic surroundings is inviting those with a heart for getaway surprises to escape from the boring lifestyle in the city.Here is a two day trip from Bangalore with Mullayangiri trek and water falls visit in Chikmagalur.The peak is located at a height of about 1925 meters and the trek trail goes through Sarpadaari. The serpentine trails have a lot of challenges hidden in them.From the top of the peak, the stunning views of the surroundings will amuse you obviously. Along with it, the camping near the wilderness will be giving you the most cherish-able moments.Trek distance- 3 kilometer.Grade- moderate to challenging.

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    About the ActivityRelax and unwind with a home stay in Mudigere, Chikmagalur.This beautiful home stay lets you enjoy the beauty of Chikmagalur in the heart of the western ghats.Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the flora and fauna of this place.You can indulge in activities such as cycling, bonfire, coffee tour, riffle shooting, outdoor games, drive to ghati falls, trek to remote water falls, trek to bandage arabi falls, trek to rani gudda (jhari), trek to ballalarayanadurga and rope activities.This 2 day 1 night activity is best suited for families or groups of people.Check in is at 12 PM and check out is at 11 AM the next day.

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    About the Activity: Chikmagalur is considered as the closest weekend getaway destination for people from Bangalore and Mysore. With its rich abundance of cascading waterfalls and sprawling greenery, this place is certainly a nature’s retreat for one and all. Enthral in the winding trails as you make your way to the highest peak of Karnataka –Mullayangiri, enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of the peak. Delight in the lush-greenery and winding trails that take you to another tourist hot-spot of the region. Shethallangir. Apart from all scenic peaks and greenery Chikmagalur sightseeing tour takes you through some picturesque waterfalls such as Kavikalganndi Zari falls, Honnmanalla falls, and Datapeta manakayadra falls. Admire the beautiful green view point, which is much more than just an attraction. Rivet in the lush-greenery of the region. A perfect weekend destination for friends and family. Get ready for some peaceful moments while relaxing in this nature’s abode with Chikmagalur sightseeing tour.

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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 it is worth when you reach the peak. I would suggest to rest at the peak till evening and take the jeep ride back down, coz it is one hell of adventure! On the way back, park for a while to witness the mesmerizing sunset. It will soothe you of all the pain. The next day we had Nagara Fort on the way back. A picturesque location, i must say! With so many pics, burnt calories and smiles on our faces we returned with a bag full of memories :)

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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 90-100ft. We got into the falls and played for sometime. Loved the waterfalls. After the waterfalls, the trek was on a uphill which wasn't that dense, for about 2-3 KMs and then comes the Jeep route from which we can finally see the kodachadri peak. we have to walk through that jeep route for nearly 2-3kms to reach the base of kodachadri peak. From there the peak is of 2kms. here we will be coming across rocky road at first and then we will be walking on edge of the hill which is covered with fog and we finally reached the peak. it was an awesome view from.the top. stayed at the peak for about an hour and started back. we came back from the jeep route. The organisers Santosh and Bhavani Were too patient, cooperative and experienced."

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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 we wanted a relaxed getaway too as well as sightsee Chikmagalur, we had a tough time planning. That’s when we came across one day sightseeing thing and we were so excited. It is the best thing that is available at this budget. Also, it feels well organized and executed. This literally covers every important part of Chikmagalur.

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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 was strenuous but equally fun and the chance to witness gorgeous nature amongst us was amazing. Plus we even got to camp in our cosy little tents. What a splendid weekend outing this was!

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Archana Raj

24 October 2017

"This was a fantabulous experience ???? this journey really matched up my expectations. Starting from the base camp each and every step was memorable with the new bunch of folks. The best part is the delightful buttermilk in the middle of Trekking and then water falls being the mesmerising part of the jungle. Finally getting to the peak is a blissful relief. The most adventurous and tremendous part was returning to the base point in a JEEP through the forest mudroad which has breathtaking steeps and undulations. The day ended with the much needed fire camp with lots of memorable stories. Nagar Fort was kind of a view point or we can call it a mini green land because it has green in and around almost everywhere. Overall it was a magnificent memory of my life. ????"


Arnesh Khatri

23 August 2017

Good organizers were there with us from the booking stage to the final day of the Kodachadri Trek. Though we had done many treks before, but this was just the best one. Me and my friend went together after a planning of more than three months, and thrillophilia came out to be a great support, who was updating us regarding the departures all the time, and made this possible without any delay. The thick greenery is the main attraction in the region and the peak offers a decent challenge too. We can see a lot of bushes and meadows on the way uphill. But the views from the top made my day. Splendid it was. Two days went so fast. Met a great team from Bangalore and had so much fun at the campsite as well.


Tarun Deshpande

23 August 2017

An unforgettable trekking expedition was the one to Kodachadri. My first trek in South India and I had a lot of happy moments throughout. People were so nice and the guide was experienced one, also booking it through thrillophilia was a good idea for me, as i had no clue regarding how to go about it, i checked with a lot of portals but got the best price here .Nice trip.

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