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  • Places to visit in Chikmagalur encompasses Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Falls, Baba Budangiri, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh National Park, Kalhatti Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and many more 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.

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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 Chikmagalur tourist places. Sightseeing and trekking have a prominent place in the tourism sector of this tiny town which is highly blessed by the mighty Western Ghats.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Popular Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

  • 01Kudremukh 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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  • 02Mullayanagiri

    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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  • 03Tea Plantation Walk in Chikamagalur - Flat 33% Off

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    About Chikmagalur:
    Chikmagalur is one of the most visited places in the Western Ghats of Karnataka is a highly favorite hill station in southern India. And one of the most famous attractions of Chikmagalur are the Baba Budangiri Hills. This homestay in the middle of Baba Budangiri range is located at a height of about 4500ft above sea level, and is situated in a patch of untouched land, maintaining its true beauty.

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    - You will be able to enjoy a tea plantation tour in this ambrosial place and velvety carpet of fresh green tea leaves stretches out before you.
    A guide will take you through, giving you interesting insights on the plantation. If you wish, try your hand in helping the plantation workers in their daily chores. There is also the option of buying freshly dried tea leaves.
    - Interact with the locals who are well versed in all techniques used in tea plantation. Learn more about pruning techniques, picking, drying and other important information.
    A visit to the tea processing factory is also part of this package where you will gain extra knowledge about the further steps in this process, a chance to gain the insight on the delight that is part of your every routine life.
    - Timings available for the activity: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM.
    - Minimum number of people required to book the package is 2.

  • 04Hebbe Falls

    Hebbe Falls
    Image Credit : Sanjib Mitra - Flickr

    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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  • 05Baba 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

    Best experience to have is to live in the middle of coffee plantation at the best homestays in Chikmagalur with the best amenities. 

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  • 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

    If on a trip to to this beautiful paradise, DO NOT MISS the chance to go for trekking in Chikmagalur.

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  • 07Kallathigiri 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

  • 08Bhadra 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

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  • 09Sharadamba 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

  • 10Coffee 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. 

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  • 11Bhadra 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

  • 12Manikyadhara 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

  • 13Kadambi Falls

    Kadambi Falls
    Image Credit : Karunakar Raykar

    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

  • 14Sringeri Sharada Peetha

    Sringeri Sharada Peetha
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    Sringeri is one of the most essential places to visit in Chikmagalur, in terms of pilgrimage sites. It is renowned for being home to Sharada Peetham - the first ever peetham of a total of four peethams established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.

    Surrounded by western ghats, Sringeri Mutt lies on the banks of river Tunga and is a place of great scenic beauty. It is a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty, art, history, mythology, and architecture.

    Sringeri is also famous for several other temples like Vidya Shankara temple, Mallikarjuna temple and a few waterfalls like Sirimane falls and Hanuman Gundi falls.Location: Chikmagalur

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
      80 kilometers

  • 15Belur

    Belur

    The town of Belur is known for its architectural excellence that is sure to take you back in time to witness the marvel of the Hoysala empire. The ancient city is situated on the banks of river Yagachi and is most famous for its temple - Chennakesava which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

    In the same complex are two other temples called Kappe Chennigaraya and Ammanavara temple where the same level of architecture can be seen. Majority tourists who take a trip to Belur, often extend their journey to Halebid which is referred to as a twin town of Belur and is located at a distance of just 18 kilometres.

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand:- 
    25 kilometres

  • 16Z point

    Z point

    Considered as one of the best trek points not just in Chikmagalur but in Karnataka, Z Point is enchanting views of the western ghats. Z point stands at an elevation of 1400 meters and getting to the top is a short trek of 3 kilometres. The walk is a pretty thrilling one but comes at the cost of scenic views of lush green valleys.

    Kemmagundi Raj Bhavan is the start point of this adventurous trek to Z point which also provides the best sunrise as well as sunset skies. Moreover, Shanti waterfalls are enroute the top, so tourists can stop by to take a dip into the chilly waters of this fall.

    Doesn’t Z Point sound like the best place to go to in Chikmagalur for every nature lover?.

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :- 
    67 kilometres.

  • 17Hirekolale lake

    Hirekolale lake

    Away from the city hustle, Hirekolale lake is nestled amidst the hills and coffee plantations of Chikmagalur. This man-made lake is your ideal choice of picnic spot if you are looking for some peaceful environment with relatively fewer tourists in comparison to any other place in Chikmagalur.

    Here, tourists can sit by the lake and enjoy views of the beautiful sun setting in between the surrounding hills. The lake is built with the purpose of providing water to the town of Chikmagalur and thus holds great importance.

    It is recommended to carry some food and water here, as there are no restaurants until a few kilometers from the lake. This lake is located in Chikmagalur. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
    12 kilometers.

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  • 18Kalasa

    Kalasa

    The town of Kalasa which lies on the banks of river Bhadra is fondly known as the temple town in Chikmagalur. It has derived its name from Sri Kalaseshwara temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a must visit in Kalasa.

    Surrounded by lush greenery and western ghats, this town enjoys pleasant weather all round the year and thus serves as one of the best tourist places in Chikmagalur. A visit to Kalasa can be clubbed with a visit to Horanadu which is popular for Annapoorneshwari temple.

    Legends say that a visit to Kalasa pays greater religious importance than a visit to Varanasi. So, have you packed your bags?.

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
    92 kilometers

  • 19Sri Veeranarayana Temple

    Sri Veeranarayana Temple

    Another classic example of the Hoysala style of architecture, Sri Veeranarayana temple is a trikuta - meaning a  temple with three shrines. The three shrines are dedicated to lord Veeranarayana, Gopalkrishna, and Yoga Narasimha; all three of which are avatars of Lord Vishnu.

    The walls of this temple are plain but the roofs are beautifully carved - with geometrical designs, structures of gods and warriors. Moreover, this temple also has its mention in Mahabharata as the place where Bheema killed Bakasura and protected the villagers.

    Sounds like an interesting place already, right?. This temple is On Belavadi - Kalasarpa road, Chikmagalur. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
    29 kilometers

  • 20Belavadi

    Belavadi

    Belavadi - a scenic village in Chikmagalur holds great significance because of the presence of Veer Narayana temple, which is a temple constructed by Hoysalas. The temple was made for the legendary Belavadi Mallamma, a warrior known for his courage and for the then queen who fought against Shivaji and Maratha.

    This stunning village is a national heritage site and one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur. The place all together sets as a beautiful example of mythology, history and architectural excellence and is worth spending some time at! Tourists from not just from Karnataka but from across the whole of South India visit Belavadi often. This place is located in Chikmagalur.

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :- 26 kilometers

  • 21Sringeri Mutt

    Sringeri Mutt

    Sringeri is one of the most essential places to visit in Chikmagalur, in terms of pilgrimage sites. It is renowned for being home to Sharada Peetham - the first ever peetham of a total of four peethams established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Surrounded by western ghats, Sringeri Mutt lies on the banks of river Tunga and is a place of great scenic beauty.

    It is a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty, art, history, mythology, and architecture. Sringeri is also famous for several other temples like Vidya Shankara temple, Mallikarjuna temple and a few waterfalls like Sirimane falls and Hanuman Gundi falls. Location: Chikmagalur

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
    80 kilometers

  • 22Jhari Waterfalls

    Jhari Waterfalls

    One of the most popular tourist places in Chikmagalur, Jhari waterfalls is also known as buttermilk falls; courtesy its appearance. It is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur for spending a relaxed day in the lap of nature.

    The falls are surrounded by dense forest area and coffee plantations that together make for an outstanding view. In the lower area of this waterfall, a pool offers opportunities for tourists to get drenched! Overall, the experience is super fun and a great option for a one day picnic. It is located Near Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, near Attigundi, Chikmagalur.

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
    87 kilometers

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  • 23Homestay in a Coffee Estate in Chikmagalur Flat 25% Off

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    With an essence of everything amazing, this homestay has 1 room that can be availed on a double sharing basis. Bringing the charm for everyone who wants to avail this beautiful homestay, there are also 4 rooms on triple sharing basis, and 1 dorm room that can house 6 people at a time. All the rooms are equipped with necessary amenities and come with an attached washroom each so that your stay is always hassle-free. 

    Enjoyment never stops here as, during your stay here, you can indulge in several indoor and outdoor activities on the homestay premises, like Carrom, Chess, Badminton, Volleyball, and Coffee estate walk. And, when you come back from all the activities, a campfire will be lit in the evening for you to sit around and enjoy its warmth under the stars before you take your dinner. And speaking of dinner, the food served here will contain the local Malnad taste, and will be available in both, veg and non-veg options.

    About the Activity:
    - Arrive at the homestay and check-in to your rooms. After lunch, you can choose to go for a sightseeing trip of the areas around, or can participate in the activities at the homestay.
    - After returning in the evening, you will be served tea/coffee at the homestay, and you will then enjoy more activities here before the campfire is lit in the evening.
    - Dinner will be served post which, you can retire for the night. Wake up to an amazing sunrise view, have your tea/coffee and breakfast before a last round of activities.
    - Check out after this to bring the experience to an end.

    Check-in - 12 Noon
    Check-out - 11 AM
    Capacity of homestay- Maximum 20 people

    *Note- The sightseeing trip will be organized in a pickup vehicle (capacity: maximum 6 people) and is chargeable extra. Please drop in an inquiry with us for the same.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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    The all-in-one homestay where you can get the best view from the Western Ghats, taste the best of authentic Malnad style food and enjoy some of the best adventure activities, this homestay in Ballige, near Sunkasaale, Chikamagalur district is something you shouldn’t miss on your next squad or corporate outing.

    This stay offers an unparalleled view of Ballaraayanadurga mountain range and is based just off the edge of a stream. It is located near a number of waterfalls around and with a private waterfall in the estate, and also comes with a big play area to enjoy a large number of activities.

    The greenery here is something you may have never seen before, full of plants and trees of fruits, with a separate area designated for their kitchen garden.

    Located only 70kms away from the major parts of both Chikamaglur and Belur, this stay has an important position as it is quite near to all the major attractions of the area.

    The total capacity of this stay is 25 people at a time, which is great for squad and corporate travels. Out of these, 2 rooms have 5 beds each, 1 room has 4 beds, 1 room has 8 beds and 2 rooms have 3 beds, with all of them having an attached bathroom except the ones with 3 beds. The rooms are quite spacious, airy and thoughtfully decorated.

    Activities include outdoor fun like kayaking and swimming in the private lake, Mud Kabbadi, Mud volleyball, Mud Tug Of War, Cricket, Volleyball, Badminton, and campfire with music and indoor games like Chess, Cards, Carrom, and Lagori. You can even opt for a guided tour in a pickup vehicle that you will find standing on the property. You will get plenty of trekking trails nearby and will also get to pay a visit to a nearby temple. 

    This homestay is the best that you can get in this region while visiting with friends or out here on a corporate getaway.

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

    Capacity of the Homestay- 25

Sightseeing in Chikmagalur

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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 and it is also one of the famous stops while trekking to Kudremukh Peak.

• 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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Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri is a sacred pilgrimage spot in Chikmagalur for both the Hindu and Muslim communities. It is famous for its shrine of Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander who was a 17th century Sufi saint. The place is also notable for the caves which are believed to be once the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. Baba Budangiri is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur and also famous among the thrill seekers for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

These peaks naturally form in the shape of a crescent moon and makes an idyllic landscape for the photographers and nature lovers in Chikmagalur.  The trekking trail between Mullayanagari and Baba Budangiri is an ecstatic experience for many tourists. Another prominent attraction of Baba Budangiri is the famous Manikyadhara Falls and the wild Kurinji flower blooms which happens every 12 years at this mountain. This last spectacle happened in the year 2006 and the next one is expected to happen in 2018. 

• Height: It is at a height of 1895 metres.

• Location: Baba Budangiri, Nagenahalli, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: It is best to visit here from September to March.

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It can be visited any time during the day.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 35 kilometres.
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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is among the must visit sightseeing places in Chikmagalur. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is known for being a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of a landscape that is filled with lush green forests with the river Bhadra flowing in between. Some of the animals which you can spot here include tigers, leopards, Malabar giant squirrel etc along with a number of rare and exotic butterflies.

Tourists can indulge in a number of exciting activities when they are visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the activities offered here are jeep safari, water sports in River Bhadra, trekking, island camping, rock climbing and bird watching. 

• Location: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tarikere, Lakkavalli, (attn Rivertern Lodge), Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

• Entry fee: Entry is free

• Timings:  It is open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and the from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at an approximate distance of 80 kilometres from Chikmagalur Bus Stand
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Hebbe Falls

Known as one of the most exotic places to visit in Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With an enthralling view, Hebbe Falls is believed to have sacred herbs in its waters that can cure diseases. A dip in the waters at Hebbe Falls is always considered the most refreshing activity here. It is surrounded by the beauty of verdant forests and coffee plantations and makes for a serene trip.

The waterfall can be reached after a scenic ride through the picturesque road from Chikmagalur. Along with its postcard perfect views, Hebbe Falls is one of the favoritie places for trekkers who are always looking for the perfect trails replete with breathtaking natural beauty. Otherwise, if you are not so adventurous, a road trip to Hebbe Falls serves as a perfect recipe for fun and excitement. 

• Location: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: The winter months from October to January is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls. 

• Entry fee: Free 

• Timings:  It is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres.

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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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Hirekolale Lake

Surrounded by the beauty of mountains in the Western Ghats, Hirekolale Lake is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Chikmagalur. This beautiful man-made lake is awe-striking for every spectator in Chikmagalur and must not be missed while visiting Chikmagalur tourist places. It was built as a source to supply water for drinking and irrigation purposes to the town of Chikmagalur. The lake is encompassed by gorgeous surroundings and offers a serene retreat for people coming along with friends and family wishing to have a great time.

Hirekolale Lake offers the most mesmerising views of the landscape at the time of twilight when the most number of travelers flock here. It is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel albums. One can also appreciate the exceptional views of Mullayanagiri Hills from Hirekolale Lake.

• Location: Hirekolale lake, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: Hirekolale lake can be visited throughout the year. However, tourists are advised to visit this lake during twilight for the best experience.

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It is open 24 hours

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 10 kilometres from Chikmaglur Bus Stand.
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Bhadra Dam

Bhadra dam is a magnificent place that one must visit on their vacation to Chikmagalur for a thrilling experience. Surrounded by beautiful hills, Bhadra Dam is known for the Bhadra reservoir and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It supports the lifeline of the region and offers many benefits from irrigation, drinking water, industrial use and hydro electricity generation. Bhadra Dam is one of the most attractive Chikmagalur tourist places where you can appreciate the beauty of ecology. 

It is a hot spot for many of the rare and diverse flora and fauna. It offers some of the best views of the landscape and one can’t help but wonder the beauty of nature at its small islands where many migratory birds are spotted. Tourists here can partake in a number of exciting activities like sailing, kayaking, boating, water cycling, water trampoline and sport fishing. 

• Location: Bhadra Dam, Karnataka

• Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is during the monsoon months of the year 

• Timings: It is advised to visit here from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 70 kilometres from Bhadra Dam 
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Coffee Museum

Hop on to witness the journey of your favourite beverage right from the plantations to the delicious cuppa that you enjoy every day at Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Chikmagalur, Coffee Museum and offers an interesting depiction of the history, processes and varieties of coffee. The museum uses exciting ways to narrate the story of coffee like movies, songs and interesting visuals and the friendly staff gives the tourists all the information about the displays here.

It is surrounded by an exquisite scenery of coffee plantations. This thematic museum offers an interesting insight shown by an inhouse expert through various demonstrations and presentations. A visit to this museum in Chikmagalur is both an educational and recreational for all the coffee lovers. It is for sure that you will return from Coffee Museum knowing more than ever. 

• Location: Coffee Museum, Dasarahalli, Karnataka 

• Best Time to visit: It can be visited anytime throughout the year. 

• Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.30

• Timings:  The timings are between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres. 
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Jhari Falls

Also famous as Buttermilk Falls, this beautiful waterfall is one of the most mesmerising tourist attractions in Chikmagalur. Encompassed by serene coffee and tea plantations, Jhari Falls is a delight for everyone who wish to bask in the luxury of nature. This waterfall is formed naturally by the springs in the mountains.

The monsoons accentuate the beauty of this place and makes it a place worth visiting in Chikmagalur. Tourists here can indulge in a cool dip in the pool formed by the waters of the fall. For the people visiting here, it should be remembered that the private vehicles are not allowed and one has to take a jeep ride due to the bad condition of roads there. 

Location: Datha Peetha Road, Athigundi Village, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:  The best most ideal time to visit Jhari Falls is from August to January, however, Jhari Falls has its peak season from September to December. 

Entry fee: The entry fee for a jeep is INR 600/ USD 9.21
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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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Kallathigiri Falls

If you’re a fan of natural beauty then you will find yourself spellbound at the gorgeous vista of Kallathigiri Falls in Chikmagalur. It is one of the most panoramic Chikmagalur tourist places and offers an unforgettable trip for everyone. Kallathigiri Falls is surrounded by serene valleys and has a small temple called Veerbhadra Temple that attracts a number of tourists to this place. This temple adds to the serene ambience of this place in Chikmagalur.

The waters of Kallathigiri Falls are believed to cure diseases and one of the popular legend says that the sage Agastya prayed at this location for a long time. KallathigirI Falls is also popular among trekkers who want to discover the exquisite trail replete with breathtaking vistas of the mountains and valleys. 

Location: Kallathigiri Falls, Kallathgiri, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Tourists are recommended to visit this place from September to February

Entry fee: Free

Timings:  It remains open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every day 

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

Situated on the serene river banks of Tunga, Sringeri Sharada Peetha is one of the important Advaita mathas in the city of Chikmagalur. It was established by Adi Shankaracharya and draws tourists from all over the world. There is a famous legend that when Adi Shankaracharya was wandering around the banks of river Tunga, he came across an interesting sight where he saw a cobra spreading its hood to offer protection to a pregnant frog against the sunlight.

He was overwhelmed at the kindness of the cobra towards his natural enemy and built the temple on this unique land. Sringeri Sharada Peetha is celebrated because of the picturesque town of Sringeri that boasts of many legends and historic temples. Also known as Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada peetam, this place is one of the most popular Chikmagalur tourist attractions for pilgrims. 

• Location: Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Chickmagalur 

• Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year 

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings: It is open in the morning from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and in the evening from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at a distance of 87 kilometres from the bus stand in Chikmagalur.
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Z Point

Brace yourself for some sweeping views of the Western Ghats at Z Point when you are visiting Kemmangundi. The vantage point can be reached after an exhilarating steep trek which makes this place is favourite among the adrenaline junkies. The hike is a little challenging and surrounded by beautiful surroundings that are replete with lush green valleys. The trek to Z point comprises of some deep gorges and is known for having the best views of Kemmangundi.

Z Point is often counted among the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur. With the cool breeze rubbing against your face and the sun meeting the land on the horizon, Z Point will leave you with a feeling that can’t be expressed literally. The serene ambience of this place is worth every sweat of the thrilling trek to Z Point and add the views which makes this place unforgettable. 

• Height: It is at a height of approximately 1500 metres above sea level

• Location: Z Point, Kemmangundi, Tarikere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the best time to visit here for tourists.

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Z Point can be found is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur in Kemmangundi
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Sharadamba Temple

Famous as one of the most sacred places to visit in Chikmagalur, Sharadamba Temple is a renowned Hindu Temple built in the 8th century. It was constructed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. This ancient temple once had the original idol of the presiding deity made of sandalwood but it was later replaced with a golden idol. Built in the Dravidian style, Sharadamba Temple epitomises the nuances of the flourishing culture and history of the region.

This temple is located on the river Tunga and considered a must visit for the followers of Shankaracharya. There are also other four temples located around the mutt which are known as Kala bhairava temple, Durga temple, Anjaneya temple and Kali temple. Sharadamba Temple attracts the maximum number of visitors during the Navaratri Festival which is celebrated with great fervor by the devotees. 

• Location: Sri Sharadamba Temple, Harihara Street, Singeri, Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this temple is during the Navratra festival. 

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  It can be visited all days of the week from 5:30 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:15 pm

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 90 kilometre from the Chikmagalur Bus Stand
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Manikyadhara Falls

Also known as Nellikayi Theertha, this beautiful waterfall is amongst the most picturesque attractions in Chikmagalur and offers a great retreat for everyone. The name Manikyadhara means ‘string of pearls’ and derives its name due to the natural phenomenon where its water falls in droplets shining bright in sunlight. It makes for a serene landscape and a wonderful spot for picnicking and photography. This place is considered as a paradise for bikers, trekkers and die-hard nature lovers. 

There is a popular legend that says saint Baba Budan came here in search of water and after his prayers the place was blessed with water that flows from this waterfall. This place is a sacred spot for both Hindus and Muslims and it is believed that a bathe in its waters can cure one of ailments. Tourists can also find many shops in the vicinity which sell herbal medicines. 

• Height: It is at a height of 30 feet above the ground. 

• Location: Manikyadhara Falls, Baba Budangiri Hills, Karnataka 

• Best Time to visit: September to May is the best time to visit here

• Entry fee: Free

• Timings:  Tourists are advised to visit Manikyadhara Falls during day time. 

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is approximately 34 kilometres from the bus stand in Chikmagalur. 

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