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  • Chikmagalur in Karnataka is an exciting hill station which exhibits the best form of green nature and pleasant environment letting everyone escape from the rambunctious noises of the city with the best places to visit in Chikmagalur. The hills and the waterfalls are plenty located at regular intervals. Sightseeing and trekking have a prominent place in the tourism sector of this tiny town which is highly blessed by the mighty Western Ghats. The verdant greenery has umpteen number of attractions to share with each of its visitors and thus taking us to enjoy the beauty of nature at its best and like never before. The traditional food items and the native villages give the guests a pleasant holiday here.

    We are introducing a list of some of the most prominent places in Chikmagalur every traveller would love to visit and enjoy to the maximum level. Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Falls, Baba Budangiri, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh National Park, Kalhatti Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and many more are in Chikmagalur to arrange the best ever tourist sights any traveller would like to watch. A pristine location sprawling in the extensive Western Ghats offer the mind-blowing views of the thick Shola forests and lush green bushes throughout the ways. 

    The multiple hills located at great heights give the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the marvellous environment. Check this list out and find your favourite place to plan a weekend getaway trip from Bangalore or an offbeat stay option in the middle of greenery. Chikmagalur tourist places are well known among the solo as well as group travellers around the world due to their welcoming nature and space for multiple adventure activities.


    Chikmagalur Tourist Places to Visit in 2 Days


    - MullayanagiriFamous for Trekking
    Hebbe Falls: Waterfall Visit
    Baba Budangiri: Famous for trekking
    Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Famous for Wildlife 
    Kemmangundi: Famous for Trekking
    Kudremukh National Park: Famous for Trekking
    - Sharadamba Temple: Sightseeing
    Kalhatti Falls: Waterfall Visit

    Located just 250 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is one of the most loved weekend getaways for the people. Not only the relaxing getaway, Chikmagalur is also famous for some of the adventurous treks.
  • Popular Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

  • 01Mullayanagiri

    The highest peak in Karnataka is at Chikmagalur, called the Mullayanagiri. The height of this peak is close to 2000 metres. This peak is supposed to resemble a trekker’s backyard. Mullayanagiri has amazing trekking trails. Nature walks here are among the best in the country. Located 12 km from Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. On top of the peak, there is a small temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, hundreds of Shiva devotees trek all the way up to offer their prayers.

    There is no doubt that trekking in this place is a memorable experience when compared to other places to visit in Chikmagalur. Even if you have done it once, the memories of it reverberate in your consciousness. The mountain beckons you to scale it yet again no matter where you are. The trekking expeditions have all the ingredients of an adventurous outing. Exotic flora characterises these nature trails. There are plenty of points that offer breathtaking views.

    As you walk diligently on these precarious hills, the cold wind smacks your face with each passing gradient. Although things can become tougher, they don’t become less enjoyable. In fact, you will relish the challenge. You are determined to make your way to the top. More than fulfilling your ego, it is curiosity that drives you. This mountain makes you curious and brings out the explorer in you. So you head to the top wanting to see more and more of the mountain.

    The best time to trek here is during the spring season. During the summer, the heat could get slightly exasperating although the region has good climatic conditions. During the monsoon, the trails are inundated with water. In Chikmagalur, it rains heavily during the monsoons. You may be blinded by thick sheets of rain. Worse, you might not be able to come out of your camp at all because of the heavy downpour.

    Distance from Chikmagalur:-  22 Km

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  • 02Kudremukh National Park

    A vacation at the Kudremukh National Park is a different experience from all places to visit in Chikmagalur. This place is located about 96 km from Chikmagalur city. Located in the pristine environs of the Western Ghats, the park is located at an altitude of around 1800 metres above sea level. This high altitude presents multiple benefits. One of them is the climatic condition of this place. The national park has serene and mild weather even during the harshest summers in the state.

    There is a hill here that is shaped like the head of a horse. In Kannada, a horse is called Kudre and the Kannada word for face is Mukha. Hence combining these two words, it becomes Kudremukh or horse’s face. The park is big. There are four sub-ranges here. The entire region is thickly covered with dense forests. There are tea and coffee plantations here in equal measure as well.

    This region comes under the aegis of the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I. Given the impressive wildlife and flora in this place when on a Chikmagalur sightseeing expedition, this comes as no surprise. Three rivers originate at the Kudremukh National Park. They are namely Tunga, Bhadra, and Nethravati. There is an ancient cave in the park that has to be visited by devotees of Goddess Bhagavati. In this cave, her statue has been erected. This cave is visited by hundreds of pilgrims who come here to offer their prayers.

    When it comes to flora, the park has an impressive boutique of the best species of plants and flowers amongst Chikmagalur tourist places. The medicinal eucalyptus plant is found in abundance here. Grevillea Robusta is yet another flora species found in good numbers in the park. There is no dearth of wildlife too. The park is a complete jungle. Along with tigers, there are several other wild animals such as leopards, bears and gaurs. There are enough numbers of barking deer here. Spotted deer is ubiquitously found too.

    Distance from 
    Chikmagalur:- 106 Km

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  • 03Hebbe Falls

    Hebbe Falls
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    Hebbe Falls are yet another picturesque destination in Chikmagalur. The falls are accessed from Kemmangundi hill station. It is located 8 km from this hill station. The falls are surrounded by astonishing greenery. Dense forests, thick foliage, rich flora and hills encompass this region. Coffee plantations are sprawled across the expanses around the falls. Descending from a height of 168 metres, the falls are divided into two stages – the Big Falls and the Small Falls. Called Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe, the waterfall varies in height at these two regions. Moreover, one can enjoy the best homestays in Chikmagalur with family and friends.

    You reach this waterfall by an 8 km trek from Kemmangundi. The path is narrow and steep. Along the way, you see scenic wonders. But the effort to reach the Hebbe Falls is worth it. From a distance you can hear the sounds of splashing water, heightening your sense of suspense and excitement. Hebbe Falls form an ideal location to experience a calm holiday in the backdrop of nature of all the Chikmagalur tourist places. It is the perfect location to unwind and distress. If you are bored and tired of the daily grinds of the city, visiting these falls every now and then recharges your energies.

    One of the best features of these falls is that the water is infused with herbs. It is like a natural jacuzzi with exotic herbs mixed into the water. So take a dip in these healthy waters and feel the difference. Become one with your natural surroundings. You will also find various adventurous activities around.  During the monsoon, the waterfall becomes voluminous and makes thunderous sounds that can be heard from afar.

    The site of the falls is used by people for family picnics. The dense forests and coffee plantations in the surrounding regions present opportunities for trekking and camping in Chikmagalur. The weather is serene and mild throughout the year. This aspect makes it an ideal location to escape from the heat and into a much cooler place.

    Distance from Chikmagalur :-  66 Kms

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  • 04Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)

    Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)
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    Also known as the Chandra Drona Parvatha, Datta Peeta has several high mountain rises. Located in the Baba Budan Giri range, this is a popular tourist destination. The mountain is named after the Muslim saint Baba Budan.  The Baba Budangiri range is very prominent in Chikmagalur. It is a picturesque destination with rich sightseeing attractions. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in this region. This place rises to a peak of about 1900 metres.

    There are three caves here. Three Siddhas are buried here. Siddhas are religious oracles. An annual ceremony is held in these caves. When you are at the Baba Budan Giri mountain range, do try to make it to these caves. The scenery around this region is spectacular. The combination of scenic beauty and the intriguing caves makes this place a frequented one. During the Deepavali or Diwali festival, a beacon is lighted. The beacon is placed here.

    You can also visit the Sri Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy’s Darga. This darga is an ancient institution. It was one of the most important during its time. Hindus and Mohammedans attested the highest accord to this darga.

    There is a cave in this vicinity which is believed to be made holy by Dattatreyaswamy. It is said that he along with Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar lived in this cave. Therefore this cave is a regarded as holy and people come here to offer their prayers.

    The Datta Peeta as it is known is worshipped ardently. The puja is conducted by an unmarried man. During the peeta, a yearly ceremony called the Urs is held. The time of the Peeta is usually after the holy festival. The Baba Budangiri range has a unique distinction. The first coffee plantation was grown in the Chikmagalur region on this mountain. On these sylvan slopes, there still exist numerous coffee plantations. You can perform various adventurous activities in Chikmagalur that you can indulge in.

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 33.5 Km

  • 05Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    A protected area and Project Tiger area, this wildlife sanctuary is home to a number of wild animals and birds. The flora and fauna that you find here is exotic and worth watching. Every minute at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is value for time and money. The sanctuary is located between the Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts. It is about 35 km from Chikmagalur town. The sanctuary has a large tiger population. Once inside the sanctuary, you can visit the Kallahathigiri Mountain. This peak is at a height of 1800 metres. Some other hills in the sanctuary are Kemmannugundi and Bababudan Hills. All around you are impressed with unparalleled beauty.

    The uninterrupted splendour of this place is evident from the lush greenery that pervades the sanctuary. The Bhadra River flows through the sanctuary and hence the name Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Deciduous trees are found in abundance over here. The forests are usually damp at most times. They reverberate with vitality. On location are more than a hundred species of tree. Some of the trees found here are teak, rosewood, mathi and kindal. The lofty hills and unending vegetation never cease to amaze you.

    Also called the Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, this sanctuary is known for its wildlife safari. You can see tigers in their natural habitat on these expeditions. Private jeep safaris can be arranged. In each safari, accompanying the visitors are forest officials. These professionals entertain guests with interesting anecdotes about forest life. They also explain about the behaviour and lifestyle of wild animals. You will be intrigued with the depth of information you get that makes this place a must visit in your Chikmagalur tour.

    There are close to 250 species of birds at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. You can go on specialised bird watching expeditions. Ornithologists accompany you. They know which birds are found in which part of the jungle. Although it is difficult to see reptiles you could get lucky and see a king cobra or a pit viper. There are even marsh crocodiles in this sanctuary and you can spot them lying along the banks of small water bodies.
    Distance from Chikmagalur :- 79.3

  • 06Kemmangundi

    Kemmangundi
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    This hill station is located in the Tarikere Taluk. The hill station is situated at an elevation of about 1400 metres. Also known as the Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station, Kemmangundi was frequented by kings as a summer retreat centre. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV started this trend during his time of visiting this place in the summers. When Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV first came here, he was awestruck at the magnificent Baba Budan Hills in the backdrop.

    He wished to build a resort in Chikmagalur. He then handed over this resort to the Government of Karnataka. In fact, it was donated to the government as an act of generosity. The Department of Horticulture now oversees and maintains this place. Given this fact, Kemmangundi is a beautiful and outstanding hill station. The gardens laid out in this region are landscaped to perfection. Surrounding Kemmangundi are magnificent mountains, hills and valleys. The scenic beauty on offer is spectacular. You cannot ask for anything better.

    There is a guest house named Raj Bhavan in the vicinity. A must-visit attraction is the Rose Garden. The Raj Bhavan is used by visitors to experience beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The view of this magnificent routine of nature is best observed from here. Another interesting place of visit is the Z point. Being a vantage point, you need to trudge upon an inclined plane for close to an hour to get here. This is yet another place to view the sunrise and sunset.

    If you went uphill, then you need to go downhill to the Hebbe Falls. 8 km from Raj Bhavan, these falls are two-tiered. Descending from a height of over 150 metres, the falls are a sight to remember and cherish. You can also visit the Kallathi Falls, found about 10 km from the hill station. These falls have religious significance.

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 62 Km

  • 07Sharadamba Temple

    Sharadamba Temple
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    The Sharadamba Temple is located in Shringeri which is a town in Chikmagalur district. Adi Shankaracharya, the famous Hindu practitioner set up his practice at this place. Located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the Sharadamba Temple dates back to as early as the 8th century. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of wisdom. Praying to the goddess is said to improve one’s learning capacity. The young and the old visit this temple to offer their prayers.

    Till the early 20th century the temple was entirely built of wood. But after a fire broke out and damaged the structure, the Sharadamba Temple is now a typical South Indian temple. There was an old image of the goddess made of sandalwood. This image was replaced with a gold version and placed in the temple. From what was a simple shrine during the time of Adi Shankaracharya, the temple now attracts thousands of devotees from all over the country and the world.

    Adi Shankaracharya initially chose the place that is now the site of the temple as a gurukul. He taught his disciples the tenets of Hinduism from this place. Once he was walking by the Tunga River when he saw a cobra. The serpent’s head was raised. The serpent was providing shelter to a spawning frog from the hot sun. This was an amazing sight. He decided to stay here, and he did stay for twelve long years. The temple is one of the holiest in the state amongst places to visit in Chikmagalur.

    Parents bring their children to seek the blessings of the goddess. Students attempting important examinations come here to seek blessings. Anyone in the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge can come here and seek the blessings of the goddess. This is a relevant activity considering that this place was originally used to teach disciples. Hence this place is all about religion and learning. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 87 Km

  • 08Kallathigiri Falls

    Kallathigiri Falls
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    The Kalhatti Falls is where nature wraps you in its charm. Over here you experience the elements of nature as pure, refreshing and charming as they come. The magnetism of this waterfall is evident when you see it at close quarters. The surrounding regions of the falls are revitalizing. It makes for a refreshing round of nature walks. There is so much possible here. You are in nature’s most verdant backyard. Located near Kemmanagundi, the Kalhatti Falls have all the blessings of nature. They are located in a pristine environment. The backdrop is numerous mountains and dense foliage.

    You visit this place to make a pilgrimage of relaxation and fun. This is the best place for such activities amongst places to visit in Chikmagalur. There is a small temple in the vicinity. This temple is sandwiched in the waterfalls. The temple has idols and stone structures. Throughout the year, devotees visit this place and offer their prayers here. Not only are the falls a place for fun and devotion, they are full of trekking trails as well. Trekking in Chikmagalur is a very popular activity.

    There are impressive trekking trails that meander through dense foliage. Offering plenty of sightseeing attractions, the regions around the falls make for ideal locations for camping too. There is a trail around the cascade that lets you trek all the way up and atop the falls. This is the perch point from where you can see the waters descend at full throttle. There are adjoining attractions around the Kalhatti Falls. Z point is one.

    Then there is Rock Garden which is yet another scenic place with plenty of things to do and see. Hebbe Falls can be visited as this cascade is in this region. It is 10 km from these falls. You can trek all the way if you are fit or opt for some transportation. The natural beauty of the surroundings never makes you feel tired and you are always asking for more.

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 53.6 Km

  • 09Coffee Museum

    Coffee Museum

    Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur is a haven for experiencing the fresh aroma of original coffee. Chikmagalur is a picturesque spot in Karnataka embraced by the limitless coffee plantations. Coffee Museum is a major tourist attraction as well. It is here the quality of coffee is tested and analysed. From the first step of plucking the beans to powdering them, all the processes in the coffee making can be observed and studied at this museum. Training materials are prepared to grow and manufacture the finest coffee.  

    The building is amidst lush greenery and it is surrounded by small coffee plant pots. You can walk around and find the beauty of the place inviting you to a peculiar world of an irresistible aroma of coffee. The staff at the museum will explain everything related to coffee making. The museum also presents many documents and maps that will provide you with insights about the processes and other coffee growing regions in India. You can reach the museum from Zilla Panchayat Bus Stop which is the nearest bus stop to the museum or you can arrive at the museum by taxi as well.

    The timings may differ according to the season but normally the museum will be open on all days from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. But it is always advised to plan your trip to the museum after checking the official website of the museum to know the opening timings. 

    Rs.20 per person is the entry fee to enjoy the sights inside the coffee museum. 

  • 10Bhadra Dam

    Bhadra Dam
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    A major landmark in Chikmagalur, Karnataka is the Bhadra Dam built on the river Bhadra, a tributary of the famous Tungabhadra River. The dam became more powerful after people in the region started using the water for irrigation purpose as well as producing electricity to the towns and the villages nearby. The dam was commissioned in 1965. The river originates at Samse in the mighty Western Ghats and then it starts flowing towards east across the Deccan Plateau.

    The major tributaries of it are the Somavahini, Thadabehalla and Odirayanahalla. Bhadra flows through the city of Bhadravathi and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Then it meets the Tunga at River at koodli and the combined river flows to the east as Tungabhadra.  The Bhadra Dam constructed on the river is 1.5 kilometres from Lakkavalli village and 50 kilometres upstream of the confluence of the Bhadra and Tungabhadra River.

    Shimoga city is located very close to the dam and it drains a catchment area of 1968 square kilometres. The water from the dam helps several industries, urban and rural settlements sustain. Bhadra River basin receives an average rainfall of 2320 mm annually. The tourist attraction near the dam is the river and the wildlife sanctuary that accommodates rare species of fauna like red spurfowl, emerald dove, green imperial pigeon, mesh crocodiles, hill mynahs, gaurs, painted bush quail, black woodpecker, wild boar etc.

    There are many other tourist locations and destinations are closely located to the dam like Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri and much more. There is no specific timings to visit the dam though there would be some definite timings to enter the wildlife sanctuary. Before you plan to visit the sanctuary, make a quick inquiry about the timings to avoid last minute confusions.

    No fee is applicable to visit the dam. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 79 Km

  • 11Manikyadhara Falls

    Manikyadhara Falls

    Located in the vicinity of the Baba Budan Giri Hills, Manikyadhara Falls are a highly frequented tourist place. The waterfall is an idyllic location to spend quality time with your family. All around this region, there are impressive trekking trails. Open grounds present the opportunity to camp as well. The waterfalls are located in the Shola Forest. It is a perennial water cascade. At all times of the year, you can see waterfalls here. Beautiful surroundings and greenery characterise this place.

    There is a legend behind the Manikyadhara Falls. Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar came to this region. Accompanying him were four disciples. They were in search of water. On finding no water, they prayed to the almighty to help them. Suddenly, their prayers were answered. A waterfall cascaded down. This is the reason why this cascade is considered holy by many people. When people visit this place, they also offer a silent prayer to Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Locals bathe in the water as it is believed to have divine therapeutic powers.

    A special feature about this waterfall is the temperature of the water. Even during the summer season, the temperature of the water is cold. If you want to experience waterfall water at its coldest, then take a dip in the pond here. The experience is rejuvenating. The Manikyadhara Falls are frequented by Muslims from all over the country. It is considered a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Everyone who bathes in these waters leaves back a piece of their garment.

    They do this so that their wishes are fulfilled by the saint God. Pilgrims offer prayers here for a variety of reasons. One among them is to find alliances for unmarried girls who are finding it difficult to get good grooms. The falls are a fantastic place amongst places to visit in Chikmagalur given that it is holy and at the same time a fun place to be in. So you get a unique experience when you visit this place.

    Distance from Chikmagalur:- 25 Km

  • 12Kadambi Falls

    Kadambi Falls
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    The Kadambi Falls captures the essence and mood of Chikmagalur. This enchanting region is full of naturalistic splendours. The falls are a region to visit and witness. You need to feel the pristine waters touching your skin. Experience the purest elements of nature in a world that is cocooned in amazing greenery. The Kadambi Falls on account of these attributes have mesmerised local and international visitors. People revisit this place time and again.

    The falls are located in Kudremukh, in the Kudremukh National Park. Kudremukh is a hill station in Chikmagalur. This place is known for its mineral deposits amongst all places to visit in Chikmagalur. Therefore, this town is better known as an iron ore mining town than a place that has a national park. Kudremukh is where three rivers have their tributaries. They are namely Bhadra, Tunga, and Nethravati Rivers. There are impressive trekking trails in this hill station. If you do come to the Kadambi Falls, do not make the mistake of not visiting the Kudremukh region. 

    One of the highlights of this region is the orchids. There are several varieties of them. You can visit any of these orchids with permission from their owners. See and experience how these orchids are maintained. Kudremukh is also a place of dense jungles when on Chikmagalur sightseeing. Several wild animals are found in these jungles. Some of them are leopards, tigers, Malabar barking deer, and wild dogs.

    When at the Kadambi Falls, don’t be surprised if you see jackals in and around the region at dawn or dusk. Generally, these wild animals won’t come near human beings. Still, it is best to stay in groups when at the waterfall. After you visit the Kadambi Falls, you can visit the Rajendra Hill which is in close vicinity. The hill is enveloped in coffee plantations. It presents an idyllic setting for trekking, camping and relaxation.

    Distance from Chikmagalur :- 118 Kms

  • 13Sringeri Sharada Peetha

    Sringeri Sharada Peetha
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    The peetha is alternatively called the Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham. Out of 4 Hindu Advaita Mutts, this is one among them. All the four mutts were established by Adi Shankaracharya. The Mutt has a unique culture. The Yajur Veda is followed fervently here. The head of the Mutt decides on all the activities conducted here. Also called Jagadguru, this person is given all the sole rights to make decisions. The temple is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Chikmagalur district.

    The head of the Mutt has the word ‘Shankaracharya’ attested as a title. His seat is understood to be empowered with knowledge and wisdom. Based on this, the Vyakhyana Simhasana – the abode of learning comes under the aegis and control of the Jagadguru. Goddess Sharada’s sculpture is present here. This is the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. The Sringeri Sharada Peetha is located in one of most verdant surroundings. All around this place are lush green mountains. The Sahyadri mountain range can be seen overlooking the peetha.

    The primary objective of the Mutt is to impart knowledge and wisdom. The learning is generally religious but with the objective of teaching everyone how to lead fruitful lives. Scriptures are recited here at particular times. People sit and listen to the recital. Qualified speakers speak to the audience about what was explained in these scriptures. The swamis here believe themselves to be disciples of Adi Shankaracharya.

    They follow in his footsteps and impart continuous scripture-based life learning. The Mutt has been a place of patronage for famous and powerful people from time immemorial. Kings and rulers visited this place frequently. The Sringeri Sharada Peetha was also favoured by the Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan. A number of grants were provided by him for the proliferation of the peetha’s activities. Till date, this place retains the glory of an illustrious past.

    Distance from 
    Chikmagalur:- 87 Km

  • 14Belur

    Belur

    At about 27 km from Chikmagalur is the historical town of Belur, with one of the richest histories in the state of Karnataka. One of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur, the architectural marvel of this place is widely applauded throughout the region.

    The capital of the Historical kingdom of Hoysala, this is one name you will find on almost everyone’s list of famous Chikmagalur places to see. The kingdom once ruled Deccan and the affluence of that can be seen here, in one of the most exciting of Chikmagalur tourist places.

  • 15Visit Z point

    Visit Z point
    At just 67 km from the city, the Z point is a feast to the eyes and a call to the adventure lovers who are passing through the city and in search of beautiful places to visit in Chikmagalur. It is a trekking spot located just a km away from the serene Shanti Falls and is abundant with deep valleys lined thick green vegetation, giving it all a natural feel typical to many Chikmagalur tourist places.

    The trek to Z point is 3 km long, passing through lush greenery and with the Shanti Falls located en route, this surely is one of the best of Chikmagalur places to see
  • 16Visit Hirekolale lake

    Visit Hirekolale lake
    Located at a small distance of 10 km from the main city is the beautiful manmade lake and a major attraction in places to visit in Chikmagalur. Out of so many of the famous Chikmagalur tourist places, there are very few that can match the beauty of this lake situated in the middle of high mountains.

    With a history that tells us that this lake was built for supplying water to the town, it surely has claimed a lot of deserved fame in Chikmagalur places to see
  • Outdoor and Fun Experiences in Chikmagalur

  • 17Camping at Ballalrayana Durga

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    • 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 trekkers.
    • The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.
  • 18Homestay with Private Waterfall in Chikmagalur

    Homestay with Private Waterfall in Chikmagalur
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    This Home Stay is tucked in the midst of green-clad mountains and in the middle of several coffee plantations.

    The location of this homely stay is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of all of Karnataka.

    Situated near Ballaraayanadurga mountain range in Durgadahalli, Chikamagalur district, this 120-acre property sits at just 30kms away from Belur.

    The place has 5 rooms with 6 beds each, and can together accommodate 35 people easily, with the additional capacity of 15 in the tent stay. The rooms are spacious, with their own bathrooms and facility of hot water.

    With unparalleled features like private waterfalls, a small lake, play area, dense coffee estate, private trekking trail and an innumerable number of fruit plants and trees, this quaint homestay is a must visit when visiting Chikmagalur.

    The property is near and easily connected with many of the renowned tourist spots in the area, like Hornadu, Kalasa, Kuduremukha, Belur, Halebeedu etc.

    And to keep you engaged through the day, the homestay also offers a number of activities that you will have a hard time finding together in one place.

    Indulge in activities like Mud Volleyball, Mud Kabaddi, Swimming in private lake, Zipline, Coffee estate walk, Campfire with music and many other such experiences.

    At various short hikes from the property are several sightseeing spots, giving its claim to the best homestay of the region a lot more strength.

    It is the perfect getaway for a group of friends with the intention of spending some quality time with their squad. It is also an ideal spot for a corporate outing to breathe in the air of this green heaven and unwind.

    Check in- 12 noon | Check-out- 11 a.m.

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    Estate Stay Experience In Chikmagalur
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    About the Stay : 

    • The Homestay in Chikmagalur is a warm and hospitable retreat, ideal for those looking to spend some quality time in the midst of nature. 
    • Helping you de-stress are the 60-acres of wooded hill slopes and coffee estates along. A well maintained property, it is located about 40km from the city. 
    • The stay is ideal for nature lovers, backpackers, families and couples. When here, you can enjoy barbeque and trekking activities. 
    • The meal served at this place comprises traditional food in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The food is a fixed menu served in the buffet style. 

    Note : 24 hour Check In and Check Out time. Timings would be as per the convenience of the customer.

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  • 20Stay at Nature Homestay in Chikmagalur, Karnataka

    Stay at Nature Homestay in Chikmagalur, Karnataka
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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 activities such as trekking, mountain cycling and plantation walk.
    • Play some indoor as well as outdoor games including cricket, badminton, volleyball, carom, chess and cards.
    • All the rooms are well furnished with a television, attached bath with running hot and cold water.
    • Moreover, delight in the traditional scrumptious food cooked by an expert chef; there will be a fixed menu for the day and all meals will be served in buffet style.
    • Check in at 11 AM and check out at 11 AM on the following day.

Adventure in Chikmagalur

Trekking in Chikmagalur

Camping in Chikmagalur

Home stays in Chikmagalur

Attractions

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Mullayanagiri

One of the most spectacular attractions in Chikmagalur is Mullayanagiri that is known for its jaw dropping natural beauty. With its calming ambience formed by lush greenery, misty weather and rugged rocks, Mullayanagiri is a heavenly place to relish your vacation. Mullayanagiri Peak is a heaven for adventure junkies who wish to partake in a number of thrilling activities like road biking, trekking and mountain biking. 

This place is also renowned for a small temple dedicated to Tapasvi Mullappa swamy and a trek to the peak takes one through many landmarks like some caves, a stream and a Nandi statue. Mullayanagari is one of the few places to visit in Chikmagalur where you will find yourself at loss of words as you behold the most majestic views of the landscape. 

Height: Mullayanagiri is at an altitude of 1950 metres above sea level

Location: Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: One can visit here for the best experience from late September till early March.

Entry fee: Free

Timings:  It is open throughout the day. However, it is advised to avoid visiting during the dark hours of the day. 

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located approximately 20 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand 
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Kudremukh National Park

Get ready to feast your eyes with the charm of wild and natural beauty at Kudremukh National Park. This place is notable as one of the most visited Chikmagalur tourist places and offers a refreshing getaway. It is appreciated for its scenic splendor and houses some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna in the state of Karnataka. The word Kudremukh means a horse face and gives the name to the peak located in this park which is often hailed as a thrilling trekking place.
 
Kudremukh National Park is a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers who wish to escape the worries of life in the most wonderful surroundings. This place is nestled between beautiful tea and coffee plantations and offers a rejuvenating trip in the midst of mesmerising wilderness. 

• Location: South Kanada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: December to February are the best months to visit Kudremukh National Park 

• Entry fee: INR 200/ USD 3 for Indians and INR 1000/ USD 15 for foreigners

• Timings: The advisable time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand
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Kemmangundi

Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

• Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

• Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur

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Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Take a dive into the past with a visit to Ballalarayana Durga Fort when you are in Chikmagalur. It is known amongst the most popular Chikmagalur tourist places for history lovers and boasts of an exciting adventure for thrill seekers. This isolated but intriguing fort in Chikmagalur was built in the 12th century by the wife of Veera Ballala l who was the king of Hoysala empire. Today, this fort is nothing but ancient wonder standing in ruins and testifies to the history of the region.

The most outstanding feature of Ballalarayana Durga Fort is its soothing ambience where one is away from the clamour of city life and surrounded by lush greenery. Trekking to Ballalarayana Durga Fort is one of the most sought after experiences in Chikmagalur due to its panoramic views and challenging nature. One must look forward to visiting Ballalarayana Durga Fort at the time of sunset to behold the most captivating views of your vacation. 

• Location: Ballalarayana Durga Fort, Madugundi, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: November to May is the most ideal time for tourism at Ballalarayana Durga Fort

• Timings: One could visit the Ballalarayana Durga Fort from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm any day of the week.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 50 kilometres.

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