The 'land of coffee' or Chikmagalur stands gracefully on the Mullayanagiri Range. Scenic landscapes, captivating hills, lush coffee plantations and salubrious nature of this hill station makes it for a pleasant getaway in Karnataka. While its appealing hills peaks entices trekkers, adventure buffs and nature lovers, its pleasant climate makes it an ideal escapade for regular holidayers.
Also known as the 'younger daughter's town', peace and tranquillity that exists in this hilly retreat makes it one of the highly visited hill stations in Karnataka.
Two of the most sought after destinations in Chikmagalur are:
Fringed by the picturesque Baba BudanGiri Range, Kemmanagundi was once the summer retreat of the Maharaja of Mysore. Misty appeal, serene ambience, lush plantations, colourful gardens, stunning waterfalls and the splendid views of the hills and mountains of this place make it for an ideal hiking destination. It is indeed one of the most hiked hill stations in Karnataka and Chikmagalur as well.
Also known as the 'horse faced mountain' due to its shape, this is the third highest peak in Karnataka. Known for its fascinating trekking trails, charming climate, pictorial waterfalls and rich bio-diversity, it has also been declared as one of the National Parks in India.
However, while opting for trekking in this region, the trekkers should follow certain rules and guidelines laid by the local forest department. It is one of the eco-sensitive areas in Chikmagalur and the visitors should abide by all the possibilities to retain its beauty.
Best time to visit: September-May
Attractions: Baba BudanGiri Range, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary & Reservoir, Kalasa, Hebbe Falls and Khandya
Activities: Trekking, Nature Trails, Waterfall Visits, Hiking, Homestays and Plantation Tours