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About the Activity:Nature homestay in Chikmagalur can be one of the best options for a peaceful stay that will let you be more closer to nature.Go for a walk through the lush green coffee plantations, revel in the invigorating aroma of coffee.Also, you might spot some rare birds inside the forest, for it is considered as a haven for more than 200 species.Enjoy a drive around the mountains, never miss the chances to visit the shrines nearby such as Sitalaiana giri, Mullainana giri, Dattatreya peeta, Kemmangundi, Kalhatty falls and the Bhadra tiger reserve.You can indulge in some exhilarating act
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About the Activity:Ballalrayanadurga is a famous fort on top of a dense forest in the Western Ghats which was built in 12th century by Hoysala Empire.Get picked up from the specific locations in Bangalore and start the overnight journey to the site.Walk through the colourful valley situated at the height of 5000 feet, witness the mind blowing sunset over here.An ideal place for trekking and camping, the location is rich with greenery. The trek starts at Mundaje and goes onto the Bandaje Arbi before you reach the ruined fort.As this is a challenging trek, this is one of the favourite spots of tr
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About the Destination: Declared as one of the natural heritages in Karnataka, trek to Kodachadri is the gateway to the undulated beauty of Shimoga district. With a height of 1,343m, this peak boasts of being the 10th highest peak in Karnataka and is often called as a trekker's paradise. Though the peak is barren, its surrounding is extremely rich in flora and fauna and also serves as a home to several endangered species. As the peak is located in the heart of the Mookambika National Park, it also attracts plenitude of seasonal travellers, nature lovers and others with a spree to discover
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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Chikmagalur

  • What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur?

    The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. The city is best known as 'The Coffee Land of Karnataka' and is situated on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. It experiences summer, monsoon and winter.

  • Can we go on road trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur? 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 the red website for hassle-free bookings.

  • What activities can be done 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

  • What all adventure activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    There are various tourist attractions in Chikmagalur and lots of adventure activities to do like trekking, camping and many others.

    • 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 most dense 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.

  • Which places are best for trekking in Chikmagalur?

    Following are the best places for trekking in Chikmagalur:

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

  • Is Chikmagalur a good destination for camping? Which places are famous for camping in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. Following are some options:

    • 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.

  • Which are some of the affordable resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    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 must visit waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

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

  • Where can we go for wildlife safari in Chikmagalur?

    Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary is the nearest from Chikmagalur. Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary s the other name for Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.This Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats, spread in a sprawling 492 kms is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.  

  • Which temples are famous in Chikmagalur?

    Famous temples for sightseeing in Chikmagalur are as follows:

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

  • How is Mullayanagiri trek? Can anyone do it?

    Mullayanagiri trek is the highest trek in Karnataka, sitting at 6,330 feet in the Chikmagalur taluk. The trek and the jungle trails will encourage you to bond with fellow trekkers which is perfect for team building and camaraderie. This is a moderate level trek as one has to trek via knife edges. This is also the highest peak of Karnataka. 

  • Can we go for Kemmangundi trek? Is it a difficult trek?

    Kemmanagundi Trek 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.

  • What all things couples can do in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is a picturesque destination for couples. The beautiful scenery is bound to make you feel loved. 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 in Chikmagalur 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.

  • Are there any waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

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

  • What all things can be done in Chikmagalur other then Camping and trekking?

    Following are the things you can choose from if not trekking or camping in Chikmagalur.

    • One can visit temples
    • Spend a day sightseeing the serene waterfalls
    • Stay at coffee plantations
    • Stay at beautiful homestays that are spread across the hill station.

Traveller Tales From Chikmagalur


Jitender Chattopadhyay

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.

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Gautami Varman

17 March 2016

Kudremukh Trekking Trail, Chikmagalur is one of the best and the nice treks that you can take in Karnataka. The Kudremukh Trek is amazing and spell bounding. The whole Chikmagalur is a paradise for nature loves and travellers. You will definitely love the place here and the awesome climate. It is also very close to Bangalore. If you are in South of India, then the travel time is also less and the cost of travel is also cheap. We took our honeymoon here where we did estate stay for 2 days, this trek, and jungle stay for a night. It was a week full of fun. It was the best vacation ever. Also, this is a great honeymoon spot.

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Chandraketu Bharadwaj

28 May 2015

Mallaynagiri hills are beautiful, just no further words to describe the immense beauty of the region. There is a temple of Lord Shiva also located at the summit point, during some festival this site is very much visited by local worshippers. On reaching the peak point you can actually spot the entire western ghat range. Many trekkers set up the camps in the peak point jut to see the sunrise and sunsets.

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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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Bhaswar Dubashi

23 August 2017

I and my wife went to Chikmagalur on a weekend and chose to stay at the coffee plantation by booking this package through Thrillophilia. We got an immediate confirmation from them and organized the trip so well. The local tour guide was very friendly and gave us time to explore the region on our own. Trekking to Kudremukh was our wish and we have done that too there. Overall atmosphere was really nice. Morning time was very rough since the mist cover was huge. But the stay arranged was really nice and the rooms were also spacious. It was well maintained and cleaned properly.


Ahilya Bhat

12 July 2015

Night Trekking Near Bangalore At Kuringal Gudda, Chikmagalur was an interesting experience. We had a great time there. It was nice and special. We loved the whole trek. Chikmagalur is a paradise for travellers. I have been wanting to go to this place for some time now until I recently took this trek. It was awesome. I had a really great trekking experience. I loved the trek and the fact that the trek was a night trek added more fun. I am so much in love with this trek. I so recommend this too all. You will definitely love this trek.


Acharyanandana Guha

23 August 2017

we booked this homestay in Chikmagalur. 90 acre property it is. I should say thanks to all of the people at the homestay especially the caretaker who was staying near the house. My kids were also with us. They were really enjoying the stay since there is a great space outside to play. They served us traditional food for breakfast while for lunch they served us North Indian food. It is a great place to see some rare birds as well. In short, it was a great trip to me and my family with some amazing sightseeing as well.

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