A scenic tourist destination in Karnataka, Chikmagalur stands at the foothills of the captivating Mullayangiri Ranges. Comprising of lofty peaks, rugged terrains, picturesque coffee plantations and wildlife sanctuaries, one can enjoy a plenitude of things to do in Chikmagalur.
While planning your next vacation amidst the hills and plains of Chikmagalur, there are a bunch of activities or things you can indulge in along with your friends and family that will make your trip to the place a lot more fruitful.
1) Trek to Mullayanagiri:
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While in Chikmagalur, a trek to the Mullayanagiri or the trekker's paradise peak is a must! A part of the fascinating Baba Budangiri Hills, it is located only 12km from Chikmagalur and its towering height of 6,330 ft makes it the highest peak in Karnataka. Be it the enthralling routes that lead to the peak or the panoramic views from the hilltop, you will be amazed upon reaching the peak! The entire trek is of 7 km and depending on the weather conditions of the place, it could be either easy or moderate.
[ Pedal through the scenic valleys,the evergreen Shola forests and several other natural marvels]
2) Kudremukh Trek:
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Also known as the 'Horse-faced Peak' due to its appearance, a trek to the Kudremukh Peak is one of the best things to do in Chikmagalur. Located in the Western Ghats, it is the third highest peak in Karnataka standing tall at about 1,894m. This trek of 18km starts from Mullodi and can be completed within 11 hours. The trek is normally scheduled between 6 AM to 5 PM and requires permission from the forest department.
[Trekking in Kudremukh is one of the most beautiful yet moderate two day treks]
3) Reside in a Homestay:
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The experience of a homestay is one of the charming ways to have an insight into the culture and life amidst the fascinating hills. Among all the things to do in Chikmagalur, these homestays that offer wholesome vibes to this hilly settlement are your best options for living here! In addition, the homely indulgence and hospitality of the homestays make them ideal places to unwind and relax while on a Chikmagalur trip.
[An assortment of scenic delights, the Mullayangiri Peak is one of the fascinating peak in South India.]
4) Catch sight of Hebbe Falls:
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While visiting the Hebbe Falls in Chikmagalur, the visitors are treated with stunning views of the splashing waters, picturesque environs and exotic range of flora and fauna. Located only 8km from the main town, this waterfalls can be easily accessed from the Kemmanagundi Peak; roughly 8km from the base of the base of the peak.
[Rising above all the surrounding peaks and hillocks in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri takes you to another world]
5) Bird watching in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
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Amidst the misty hills and plains of Chikmagalur, also lies the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most scenic wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. Home to some of the rarest and most endangered wildlife species there are, bird watching is one indulgent activity for tourists to do in Chikmagalur. On a usual tour, you can easily spot species like Malabar Parakeet, Hornbills, Southern Green Imperial Pigeon, Red Spur fowl, Painted Bush Quail, Emerald Dove and several others. Along with bird watching tours, wildlife spotting is also very popular in the sanctuary. Ranging from Tigers, Elephants, Leopards, Gaurs and Wild Boar, you can also spot several species of reptiles and butterflies.
[Experience nature’s finest attributes in Thirumaleguppe as you trek through steep hills and valleys]
6) Visit Kemmangundi:
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Once a favourite summer destination of the Mysore Maharajah, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, Kemmanagundi is also known as the 'KR Hills'. Located 1,434m above the sea level, this misty hill station is surrounded by the Baba Budangiri Range and is adorned with stunning cascades, fascinating mountains, evergreen plantations and exotic range of flora and fauna. This place makes for an excellent trekking expedition in a weekend getwaya where you can witness and experience its mesmeric beauty and allurement.
[Reach to the Kudremukh Peak, indulge in lunch and witness the astounding views]
7) Visit Kalhatti Falls:
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As the cascading waters from the Chandra Drona Hill in Chikmagalur hurl down, the magical spell it creates is called the Kalhatti Falls. Offering fascinating views to the visitors, this cascade is also a pilgrimage site with a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva nestled between the hills. The vicinity is often frequented by trekkers, devotees and others who regard them as perfect camping sites beside the waterfall. With a height of 400ft, a visit to this mesmerising waterfall is also one of the best things to do in Chikmagalur.
[While at the Amedhi Kallu peak, relish in picnic lunch in the mountains]
8) Visit Sharadamba Temple:
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Dating back to the 8th century, the Sharadamba Temple is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The once practice ground of Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned Hindu preacher, this temple is dedicated to the Goddess of wisdom. A pious place populated by faithful devotees, a visit to this sacred abode of Goddess Saraswati along with your family and friends is also a must on the list of things to do in Chikmagalur.
[Enjoy a picturesque hill town, Kemmanagundi which is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range]
9) Coffee Museum Visit:
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A cup of your favourite blend of coffee might keep you moving all through the day. But ever wondered how these coffee beans are plucked, processed and finally blended to your favourite kind? A visit to the Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur will give you an insight to the journey of the beans right from the plantations to your coffee mug.
[Cherish times amidst the most splendid peaks in the Karnataka belt that include Mulayangiri, Banabudangiri and Kemmanagundi]
10) Stroll around coffee plantations:
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Let the cool breeze fondle all your senses, gaze over the lush green plantations and hold your breaths with enchanting views of the coffee plantations in Chikmagalur. It is in this region of Karnataka, you can find some of the most appealing plantations in the country. One of the best things to do in Chikmagalur, a walk in these plantations is the best way to witness and discover the eternal bond between the misty hills and the coffee culture.
11) Take a trip to Bhadra Dam:
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Commissioned in 1965, this dam plays an important role in the irrigation and agriculture of the Chikmagalur region. An earth cum masonry structure, it stands on the banks of the Bhadra River that flows through the Bhadra Tiger Reserve. The location of the dam is home to exotic species of avifauna and other wildlife species like marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, smooth Indian otters, leopards and several others.
[One of the greenest and scenic regions , Chikmagalur is also known for fascinating terrains and trails]
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The undulated hills, mountains and plains of Chikmagalur also classify under the most sought after camping destinations in South India. In addition to the allure of the charming Western Ghats that entices camping enthusiasts from different parts of the globe, the scenic beauty and allure of Chikmagalur makes it an ideal weekend getaway for residents of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. One can pitch their camps in scenic sites around the town all throughout the year and cherish every moment while doing so.