15 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur in 1 Day- 2020 (Updated)
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Places to Visit in Chikmagalur in 1 Day

Mullyangiri, Baba Budangiri, Kemmangundi, Zpoint, Hebbe falls, Kallathi falls, Ballalarayanadugra Hills, Kadambi Falls, Belur, Hirekolale lake and many more.

With its waterfalls, national parks, and architectural wonders, there is no shortage of
places to visit in Chikmagalur in 1 day. The quaint mist-laden hill station, with its natural wealth and pleasant climate, offers some of the best tourist destinations in the state.

The colorful past of the city can be explored by visiting the various heritage places to visit in Chikmagalur. A trip to the elaborately carved temples at the city, such as the Veera Narayana Temple, or those housed within the ancient city of Belur, would offer valuable insight to the erstwhile glory of the ancient Hoysala Empire.

The cascading waterfalls in Chikmagalur serve as an additional tourist attraction here. From the beautiful temples at Kallathigiri Falls to the stunning romantic escapade offered by Hebbe Falls, the waterfalls here are a must-visit for every tourist.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur in 1 day:

01

Mullayangiri Trek, Chikmagalur


Every Bangalorean adrenaline junkie must try this adventure, as climbing the highest mountain peak in Karnataka is naturally one of the most celebrated adventure activities in Bangalore. Come prepared with your friends and set out on a journey to create new memories with them in the magical realm of Mullayangiri.

Rising up to an elevation of 1925 metres, Mullayangiri is praised for its magnificence and featuring an exhilarating trail that leads one into a world above the clouds. The exotic location will sweep you off your feet and compel you to click several dozen pictures of the landscape. With a short trail which is barely difficult to tread upon, this adventure in Bangalore is also ideal for amateur trekkers.

Distance from Bangalore: 243 km

Difficulty Level: Easy

Location: Mullayangiri, Chikmagalur

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02

Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri

Located to the north of Chikmagalur town is the famous Baba Budangiri (also called as Chandra Drona Parvatha in ancient times). Baba Budangiri hills is prominent for its vibrant forest and pristine beauty, where many tourists come for hiking and trekking activities.

Thus, adventure seekers can hike through the forest and reach the holy shrine of Deviramma Betta.Interestingly, the place has the unique flower called Kurinji blooms which comes to the surface once in 12 years.

Baba Budangiri is one of the most enthralling tourist places in Chikmagalur to visit with your friends and colleagues.

Location
: It is located in the Baba Budan range of the Western Ghats.

Timings
: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Price
: No Entry Fee.

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03

Kemmangundi

Kemmangundi
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This stunning hill station enriched with verdant greenery and magical spots is located at Tarikere taluk in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Set at a massive altitude of 1434 meter from the sea level, it’s irresistible essence and surroundings makes for an ideal way to escape in nature’s glory.

It is the tallest peak in this part of the country and thus makes for an ideal prospect for hiking, camping, trekking, and more. You may also witness the majestic Hebbe falls here that is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Karnataka. Other prominent places to visit are Mullayangiri, Z point, Shiva Temple, Kalhatti Falls, and Rock Garden. Overall it a blissful paradise  flushed with the spectacles of nature that you must explore at least once in a lifetime.

Location- Tarikere Taluk, Chikkamaguluru, Karnataka

Distance from Bangalore- Approximately 273 km 
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Z 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 kilometers.

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?. Location: Near Kemmanagundi, Chikmagalur

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :- 
67 kilometers

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Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls
Hebbe falls are the biggest waterfalls in Chikmagalur and that is what makes them one of the favourite tourist destinations in the place. The water comes thundering down from a staggering height of 551 feet and the sight itself will make you appreciate the might of nature.

These are situated at a distance of 10 kilometres from the famous hill town of Kemmangundi and are often frequented by tourists. The waterfalls flow in two stages, known as Dodda Hebbe or Big Falls or Chikka Hebbe or Small Falls.

You can spot coffee plantations on all sides which make for a perfect trekking trail up to the waterfalls. You can also choose to drive till the base if you are with elderly people or young kids. 

Location: 
Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka 577131

Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand: 
Approx. 70 kilometres

Height of the Waterfall: 
551 feet
06

Kallathigiri Falls

Kallathigiri Falls
Whether an adventure buff or a nature lover, Kallathagiri Falls is one of the gorgeous waterfalls in Chikmagalur which offers you an unforgettable vista of nature and haunting trails for hiking. The sight of the Chikmagalur falls
plummeting down the Chandra Drona hills to form a drop pool at the foot of the hill is indeed a visual treat to the beholders.

The place also has a mythological relevance among the pious Hindus as it is believed the great sage Agasthya chose this spot for his contemplation for an indefinite period of time.

The one in the list of Chikmagalur waterfall
s is also fabled among the religious folks for its curative powers in treating various ailments. That makes that place crowded with tourists and pilgrims during the peak season i.e. September to February.

Location
: Kallathigiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka-577129

Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand
: 50 km

Height of the waterfall
: 122 meters

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07

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

A trek up to the secluded Ballalarayana Durga Fort sitting atop a picturesque hill is probably one of the most scenic things to do in Chikmagalur. The quaint surroundings, rolling hills and views of the magnificent Western Ghats form the scenery as you traverse the landscape and it is one of the finest Chikmagalur attractions.        

The fort dates as far back as the 12th century and once belonged to the Hoysala Empire. It follows the  Karnata Dravida architectural style and forms an excellent backdrop for photographs. While at the fort, you can also enjoy picturesque sunsets where the sky changes colour every few minutes, shedding light on the surrounding forest.  

Location: Madugandi, Karnataka 574228

Timing: Daily 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Distance From Chikmagalur Bus Stand: 70 kilometres

08

Kadambi Falls

Kadambi Falls
Kadambi Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Chikmagalur and a hunted tourist destination for all seasons. But, during monsoon one can feast their eyes on the spectacle of glistening white water pouring down the crevices amidst the lushness of the tropical forest of the region.

It is an idyllic destination for being intimate with nature and rejuvenating your body and soul from the qualms of day-to-day living. Some of the must-visit sites at the vicinity of Kadambi Falls are Lakhya Dam, Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh Peak and so on.

In your day trip, you will come across troops of monkeys who are otherwise non-aggressive and can befriend you if you feed them with a handful of peanuts or bananas.

Location
: Kudremukh National Park, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand
: 10 Km approx

Height of the waterfall
: 10 meters.

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09

Belur

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 kilometers. Location: Chikmagalur.

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :- 
25 kilometers

10

Hirekolale 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. Location: Chikmagalur. Timings: 6 am to 6 pm on all days.

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :-
 12 kilometers

11

Jhari Falls

Jhari Falls
While making a rundown of your activities at Chikmagalur don’t miss out the chance to include the Jhari or Buttermilk Falls in it. Thunderous watercourse spurting down a headland and leaving an impression of buttermilk at the foot of the waterfall will make an everlasting impression in your mind in your very first encounter with the Chikmagalur falls.
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The haunting view of nature will certainly allure you for a window seat in your trekking jeep as it climbs up the steep roads ripping through the forest terrain.

A part of your uphill journey to reach the Jhari Falls has to be undertaken on foot due to broken and slippery trails that may lead to a fatal skid.

Location
: Near Mullayanagiri Bababudangiri, Thippannahalli Estate Road, Chikmagalur, Karnataka India

Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand
: 22 Km approx

Height of the waterfall
: 100 meters apprx 

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12

Sharadamba Temple

Sharadamba Temple
Sri Sharadamba Temple is famous for its goddess Saraswati, established by Sri Shankaracharya. This important pilgrim center attracts the devotees of Shankaracharya, who often come here during festival times and get the blessing of God.

This historical temple is located in the Malnad region, on the banks of river Tunga. This very geographical location with well-cleaned surroundings gives bliss to families with children.

Here, one can taste the good food offered in Anna Dhana, and also enjoy feeding the fishes.

Location
: Harihara Street, Sringeri, Chikmagalur.

Timings
: 5.30 am to 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 9.15 pm.

Price
: Entry Free.

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13

Kavikal Gandi ViewPoint

Kavikal Gandi ViewPoint

Located in the proximity of Baba Budangiri the Kavikal Gandi ViewPoint offers majestic displays of nature that are a feast for the eye. Also famed as the HorseShoe ViewPoint this a prominent one in the array of Tourist attractions in Chikmagalur.

On the notch, you can spot an elegant painting of Swami Vivekanand and also soak up the soothing breeze. The entire Chandra Drona range could be spotted from this point and this is a must-add in the travel list of places to visit in Chikmagalur.

Location: Inam Dattathreya Peeta, Karnataka 577131

Timings: Open 24 hours

Distance from Chikmagalur: Approximately 18 km

14

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re a nature admirer, looking for places to witness some of the exotic plants, then Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is the ideal place for you.

Here, one can enjoy the Jeep Safari while seeing the rare chital spotted deer, sambar, and muntjac, birds such as Munia and Bee-eaters, and reptiles like King Cobra and Indian Rock Pythons in one place.

This sanctuary is covered by Mullaynagiri, Hebbe Giri, Ganga Giri and Baba Budan Giri hills.

Location
: It is located 38 km north-west of Chikmagalur town.

Timings
: 6.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Price
: Rs. 400/- per head (max 5 persons).

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15

Manikyadhara Falls

Manikyadhara Falls
This is one of the most alluring tourist attractions of Karnataka located at a secluded nook of the Babu Budangiri hills of the Western Ghats. Popularly regarded as the Nellikai Theertham by the locals of the region, the Chikmagalur waterfalls are also a sacred pilgrim site for both the Hindus and Muslims.

Manikyadhara (the string of pearls) has a long-established myth behind its overwhelming popularity among the religious tourists. Besides its breath-taking scenic appeal and pleasant climate that washes off your fatigue, the water of the Manikyadhara Falls is believed to be endowed with curative power against any ailment.

To make your way to the bottom of the falls where the plunging water forms a natural pool you have to climb down a flight of 200 steps approximately. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water of the pool and head on to your next adventure.

Location
: near Baba Budangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

Distance
from Chikmagalur bus stand: 30 Km approximately

Height of the waterfall:
10 meters
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21 August 2019
Excellent
The drive to the location is scenic and if you love driving, then it is a double-treat. We reached around 2 PM in the afternoon last weekend and yes, it was raining but intermittently. We enjoyed the rainy weather a lot. Kids had an absolutely wonderful experience with some of the activities on site like playing in the slushy mud, rain dance, and of course we spend a good amount of time in the water stream that passes around this camping site. No, it's not a river... it is a big water stream that flows from the hills around the site. The staff is extremely helpful, and Aditya who manages the site is a great person. He can also talk in Hindi and English fluently, not just Kannada. So, you will never have to worry about communication issues. The food was super delicious all through lunch, dinner and breakfast... served hot. In fact, when we arrived at the site we were the only guests there and that earned us brownie points in specifying the menu for both lunch and dinner. We did not stay in the tents that were available as we had two kids who were less than five years old and didn't want the weather to affect their health. Next time for sure though. The cottages were well-maintained and we stayed in one of them. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking with the stream flowing right in front of the cottages. Overall, a fantastic place to unwind and relax... and have fun with the various activities. A big thank you to the staff for making our stay a memorable one. I for one would surely like to revisit this place and stay for more than a day. And, in the rainy season! Cheers!
"It was a great experience. Having had no experience of this sort before, I was in dilemma to book it or no. However, It was lot of fun, we covered all the locations in less time than scheduled. "
This homestay is at the top of the hill and a maximum of 12-15 people can be accommodated at a time . You feel at one with nature and can sit watching the hills for ever . The couple who host this place are very warm and make you feel at home. Extremely clean and tasty food add to the experience. I would love to go back and recommend this to any one who wants a calm get away with their family and friends.
A secluded home stay in the middle of jungle and mountains with little to no connectivity to the city. The jeep ride from hanbal to the spot is hell of a journey, you’ll remember forever. The view point from the spot is amazing and out of the world. However, beware of leeches if you’re going in monsoons. It’s a perfect weekend gateway if you want to relax with your family and friends.
"it was an awesome experience, Stay was good and Karthik arranged trekking,visit to less known water fall and and a hill station view and shooting point... Everything was awesome. the Time we choose to visit chikmagalur was just perfect (Aug 31 to Sep2). it was cool weather there with slight raining and drizzling. They Serbia malnad style food which was tasty and good for the that kind of climate."
I enjoyed my stay in Vistara on 2nd Oct 2020. Very courteous staff, the rooms were clean and spacious. The property is really amazing with walking path, cycling track, indoor games. We missed camp fire due to heavy rain. But the restaurant should be generous while serving breakfast. Very limited options we had but the taste was good. Overall it was nice stay after corona pandemic.
"it was awesome"
Wonderful homestay experience in the coffee land of Chikkmaglur. Food was really very tasty and the bonfire in the evening with firends was an experience I will remember froever. Good place to spend some qualty time with friends.
Very nice camping experience with in the river side. Organisers are friendly. Food is really awesome. Campfire with music. Kayaking on lake. Carrom. Cricket. Volley. Rain dance. And other games are available. You can go for trekking in morning. They keep toilets clean but it’s common for all so waiting time is little worry.
22 January 2020
Excellent
We booked for 4 and we were so happy there on all over the trip, the food and camp was fine. The games and activities there and singing around the bonfire is very relaxing and satisfactory… we are coming again for sure.

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  1. What are the best waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    1. Hebbe Falls: Nestled amidst coffee plantations, the stunning Hebbe Falls is the biggest waterfall in Chikmagalur, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Chikmagalur in one day. Flowing in two stages, Hebbe offers a scenic trekking trail that can be attempted by beginners as well and it is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur in 1 day.

    2. Kallathigiri Falls: Famous for its religious connotations, Kallathigiri Falls is oft-visited by both pilgrims and hiking enthusiasts. Said to once have been the resting place of the great Hindu Saint Agastya, the waterfall now houses a Hindu temple.

    3. Manikyadhara Falls: Housed in a secluded nook in the Bababudangiri hills, Manikyadhara Falls is a popular pilgrim spot among Hindus and Muslims. The water from the falls forms a clear pool at the bottom, which can be reached by a descent of 200 steps & it is one of the popular places to visit in Chikmagalur in 1 day.
  2. What are the best camping places in Chikmagalur?

    1. Bhadra Nature Camp: Located by the Bhadra river, the camp offers a perfect secluded retreat within Nature. Camp activities here include bird watching, shooting, coracle rides, swimming, and campfires.

    2. Bhagavathi Nature Camp: Located within the Kudremukh National Park, Bhagavathi Nature Camp offers tents, cottages, and dormitories for stay. Activities at the camp include water sports, jungle safaris, treks, and more.

    3. Japavathi River Camp: Nestled by the river Japavathi, this camp offers fun activities such as coffee trail walks, mud volleyball, swimming, trekking, and more.

    4. Get Beyond Limits: With its elaborately planned camping itinerary, Get Beyond Limits offers a rigorous camping experience in the heart of Chikmagalur. Camp activities include trekking, water sports, and more.
  3. Which month is best to visit Chikmagalur?

    The best month to visit Chikmagalur is during December or January. During the winter months, the weather here remains cool and pleasant, and offers a perfect setting for sightseeing and exploration.
  4. What are the best resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    1. Serai Resort: Nestled amidst coffee plantations, Serai offers a luxurious lodging. Apart from its tastefully decorated rooms, the resort also houses a swimming pool and an in house restaurant.

    2. Coffeegrove Resort: An upscale resort with a rustic charm, Coffee Grove offers well-furnished, opulent rooms along with a swimming pool, an in-house restaurant and vast gardens.

    3. Silent Valley Resort: Promising a tranquil stay at the foothills of Kudremukh, Silent Valley features treehouses, dormitories and cottages. Added amenities at the resort include a spa, a swimming pool and adventure sport facilities.
  5. Which are the best heritage places to visit in Chikmagalur?

    1. Belur: Earlier known as Velapuri, this ancient city takes you back to the Hoysala Empire. The city houses a number of stunning temple complexes, each boasting of riveting architectural styles, making it one of the most popular places to visit in Chikmagalur in 1 day.

    2. Belavadi: A village best known for the stunning Veera Narayana temple, the ancient town of Belavadi is one of the most popular places to visit in Chikmagalur.

    3. Kudremukh National Park: A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kudremukh National Park is best known for its preservation of the rare lion-tailed macaque. Animals like sloths, spotted deers and wild dogs can also be spotted here.

    4. Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple: Nestled on the banks of river Bhadra, Horandu Annapooneshwari is one of the most popular pilgrim sites among Hindus. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Annapurna.

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