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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. Also called the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the most pristine tourist attractions of India.
It is famous for its mountains, heritage spots and wonderful coffee plantations. The distance between Chikmagalur and Bangalore is 242.9 km and will take about 3.5-5 hours to reach there by road.
You can reach Chikmagalur in the following ways:
By air: The nearest airport is Mangalore which is located around 113 km away from Chikmagalur from where you can hire a prepaid taxi for Chikmagalur.
By road: Chikmagalur is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run buses and private luxury buses.
By rail: The nearest railway station to Chikmagalur is Kadur which is 40 km away. From the railway station you can take a taxi for Chikmagalur.
The best time to visit Chikmagalur is between the months of September to March. The pleasant and cool climate during these months make up for tourist season, however you can take a trip during monsoons.
The temperature is between 15-30 degrees Celsius throughout the year making it a cool and pleasant tourist spot to beat the summer blues.
Chikmagalur is known for enthralling the tourists with its exotic landscapes and popular attractions. The most popular places for tourists visiting Chikmagalur are:
Apart from trekking, there are a number of activities which you can try in Chikmagalur:
Chikmagalur is an excellent location to experience the joy of trekking to hilltops and enjoying the scenery. Some of the famous treks in Chikmagalur are:
The most difficult treks in Chikmagalur are Kumara Parvatha Trek, Kudremukh trek, AmethiKallu trek etc.
There are many easy to moderate level treks which are ideal for amateurs to undertake trekking activities.
Some of these trails are not very challenging and average fitness levels will do if you wish to partake in this adventure.
Some of these treks are:
Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Chikmagalur and also of Karnataka. It is located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats with a height of 1925 meters. It is one of the most breathtaking trekking destinations of India and early winters is the best time for trekking here.
Its peak which hypothetically looks like a trekker’s backyard is a piece of beauty to be admired by all.
Yes, the Kodachadri Peak Trek is totally worth doing. It is adventurous and the peak which is the tenth highest peak in Karnataka offers a great weekend retreat.
This trek could be challenging as you have to pass through the rugged terrains but you will be rewarded with a stunning view from the peak. The sunset is also a breathtaking vista which you can witness along this trekking experience.
There are a lot of trekking companies that organise treks, so you can book group treks with them or even book solo and be a part of some other group.
If you are an adventure junkie and have a lot of experience trekking then you can also trek by yourself without professional guidance but it is recommended that you go along with at least a localite so that you don’t lose your way and can trek safely. Check out some of the best Chikmagalur tour packages here.
The Mullayanagiri Trek is the highest peak in Karnataka. It is a totally majestic trail and you will love this adventurous excursion enjoying the beauty of Western Ghats. The view is totally breathtaking and the trek offers an interesting exploration of nature.
The trek is comparatively easier and perfect for an adventurous excursion with friends and family. The cost for trekking starts from INR 3,000 per person.
In the Charmadi range of mountains, AmethiKallu is the most popular trekking spot in this part of India. It is one of the picturesque peaks and considered as a challenging experience.
The overnight trek offers panoramic views and a beautiful destination to relax and enjoy with a bonfire under the night sky.
Yes, there is always a chance of facing wild animals while trekking since you will be going to forests and hills which are not necessarily urbanized.
We suggest you to always have a professional guide assist you while trekking to minimize such dangers.
Chikmagalur is not only famous for trekking but there are various camping sites in Chikmagalur namely:
Most of them will be makeshift tents, since you will have trek uphill. Most trekkers usually just carry sleeping bags to make the trek easier.
Some companies provide sleeping bags and sometimes you are asked to carry your own.
You should wear comfortable clothes while trekking along the rugged terrains and hills. You should always wear sports shoes and carry a jacket in case the weather turns cold once you reach the higher altitudes while trekking.
Ladies should avoid wearing loose clothing like saris or salwarkameez while trekking.
The things which you should not miss putting in your backpacks while going for a trek in Chikmagalur are:
Even though Chikmagalur is a comparatively safe place to travel in India, it is advisable for solo female travelers to travel with at least one other person.
You may get injured or attacked by a wild animal left to fend for yourself or may even lose your way. So we strongly recommend female tourists to trek along with someone else.
Most campsites generally have a no smoking or drinking policy for people going out on a trek. Hence it is advisable not to engage in smoking or drinking while trekking.
Most companies as well as homestays serves veg as well as non-veg food. When you are on a trek, you are served lunch dinner and then breakfast, the same goes for homestays.
You will have to confirm with various Chikmagalur homestays or trekking company regarding your preference of non-veg food.
Most companies provide sleeping bags or makeshift tents. You will have to confirm with the company before you book the trek.
There a lot of homestays in Chikmagalur. You have the luxury of taking your pick from estate stays, luxury bungalows, coffee plantation stays and regular homestays in Chikmagalur.
Well, most tours have a campfire as an activity listed out in their itinerary. However, it is advised that you confirm and check with the tour operator that you have picked if they do bonfires or not before you go on a Chikmagalur.
Traveller Tales from Chikmagalur
29 June 2015
It really matters what you are expecting from the spot. Best time is go just after rainy season to enjoy fog & green carpet over the mountain. Good trekking area. We saw few peacocks crossing road and went into shrubs. We still regret that we could not trek to peak; due to chilled weather and we didn’t equipped for the trek also. Trekking through secluded villages, evergreen forest teeming with waterfalls and streams and open grassland patches was a once in life time experience.
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.
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 :)
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. "
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."
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
10 October 2014
Wonderful! Truly an enchanting experience. Little did I think that this place is going to influence me so much when I signed up for this trek along with my friend. You don't have to be a pro to trek Kodachadri. The distance and different terrains makes the trek a bit difficult and adventurous. But the feeling when you reach the peak is just unparalleled! :)
10 October 2014
Awesome experience!!!! Very beautiful place and the waterfall in between trek made the experience even more delightful. We were lucky enough that there were very few leeches :) And the last our trek guide made this experience a life long remembering experience. A must visit to Kodachadri....!!
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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