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  • Chikmagalur is a beautiful town located in the state of Karnataka situated in the southern part of the country, it is quickly becoming one the most favorite attraction for tourists all over the country. If you are a nature and adventure lover, Chikmagalur is a place you should be definitely planning your next trip to. The Hill station is situated in the foothills of Mullayanagiri mountain range. The town is known for its favorable climate and its step farmed coffee gardens. If you are a coffee lover then you are going to have gallons of coffee there as it has the best coffee from the city.

    Here are some vitals that can help you plan a safe and memorable trip to Chikmagalur. It is situated at the elevation of 1090 meters from seas level. The climate throughout the year ranges from 21 to 35 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to May avoid months of June to August as it rains heavily in the southern part of India. Reaching Chikmagalur, as it is a small town it has no direct flight but the nearest airport Bangalore, Mangalore. Rail connectivity is, however, more accessible as the nearest railway station is Kadur or Birur. There is a direct us from Kadur to Chikmagalur. You can take a direct bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur, it takes a couple of hours.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Chikmagalur:

  • 01Trek to Mullayanagiri

    Mullayanagiri can be first in your list of activities to do in Chikmagalur as you go ahead with your trip . The place is highly visited by trekkers. Mullayanagiri is a majestic mountain on the western ghats. This trek is the trail that can take you to the highest peak of Karnataka. The starting point of the trek is known as SARPADHARI that in Kannada means like a snake. The name is given because the starting point is like the structure of a snake. 

    The trek has two peak points the lower one is Mullayanagiri and the upper point (highest in Karnataka) is Bababudangiri. Distance for lower and Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri is 3 km and 10 Km respectively. Overall difficulty scale for the trek is moderate to difficult. Total time taken for the trek is about 8 hours. Best time to for the trek is in the months September to February. Avoid months of summer as heat can drain you on your trail to the highest point of Karnataka.

    Here it must be noted that you need to take prior permission from Chikmagalur forest department. You can find it next to bus depot. On this trek, you can find scenic beauty, waterfalls, and other such Picturesque location. So do this trek and tick this destination on your things to do list in Chikmagalur.

    Mullayanagiri Trek in Chikmagalur

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  • 02Kudremukh Trek

    Kudremukh Trek

    It is rightly quoted as the Heaven OF South India. 34 Km from Chikmagalur district, this trek is absolutely an experience that you will have for a long period of time. You can reach there via public transport. For this trek, you can have a home stay at Mullodi. Chikmagalur Homestays are as cheap as 600 rupees per person. 

    The stay also includes one-time food along with your stay. One way distance for Kudremukh trek is about 9 Km and time required for the same is 5-7 hours. This trek is all set to take you to third highest peak of Karnataka. For this trek also you need to take prior permission from the forest department and it is located to in Bala town.  Permission charges are 440 rupees for a person each. The trek has all the way the meadows of Kudremukh National park. 

    The trail has Mango trees. These trees can not only give you shed on your trek but also you can have juicy mangoes. On your zigzag trail to the peak, you can find deer and other wild animals in those rain forests. You must have heard about Kudremukh waterfalls. These are waterfalls where high-speed water is falling from 30 Ft high which just near the Kudremukh peak.

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  • 03Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Jeep Safari

    Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Jeep Safari

    Bhadra wild life sanctuary is one of the most exciting things to do in Chikmagalur. the safari is all set to take you and your friends into the Bhadra jungle safari. Bhadra situated at an elevation of 2100 meters from the sea level is semi evergreen forest of Western Ghats. 

    The place is a mix of various flora and Fauna. It is called Bhadra sanctuary under name of Bhadra River. It a perennial river that flows through the jungle. The whole is spread over 490 sq. Km. the place is a habitat of various kind of Flora and Fauna. It is also regarded as 25th Tiger Reserve project of India. The safari is not conducted by the government instead it is done by some locals. It is a two hour run on the wheels through the jungle by jeep. 

    Jeeps are generally with a capacity of six seats. You can either share or book whole for yourselves. You cannot take a private vehicle. The safari is conducted only twice a day either 6 am or 4 pm. As you start your journey you can find spotted deer, Neel guys, various species of Kingfishers, reptiles like King Cobra and if you lucky enough than THE TIGER.

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  • 04Trek to Kemmangundi Peak

    Kemmangundi peak is one the major thing to do in Chikmagalur. The trek is famous for Hebbe falls and is on the bucket list of many trekkers. The range is also highly regarded for its beauty considering its geographical and geological aspect.  Being hidden and unknown for years the beauty of Kemmangundi range is now attracting all the tourists and wildlife enthusiasts. Reaching here is also not a problem because there are local buses all day long from 7 am to 5 pm from Chikmagalur. 

    One of the major attraction over here is Hebbe falls. It is 6 Km from Kemmangundi trek. Other attractions Kalhatti falls. These falls are at a distance of 10 Km from the base destination. On the trek, you can find beautiful landscaping done with coffee plantations. The trek is an easy trek in Chikmagalur under the difficulty scale. 

    Because of its scenic beauty, it has become a visit place for many couples also.  Other places to cover while you are on Kemmangundi range are Rock Garden, Shankara Shole, Z point. Also try authentic South Indian food here. It is mouthwatering. So what are you waiting for? Explore the nature in its purest form at Kemmangundi trek.

    You can also try budget homestays in Chikmagalur for a more economical stay.

  • 05Camping


    When you are in Chikmagalur the first thing which strikes your mind for things to do in Chikmagalur is Camping. Chikmagalur is enthralling hill station to visit with your gang. Camping and campfire into serene, clean and lush green woods of Chikmagalur is a very viable option in order to escape daily life and have a stay, which is rejuvenating. Camping in Chikmagalur is one of the things to do in Chikmagalur and sounds pretty much an option for a bunch of friends trip, however, it can also be worth of choice to take your girl where with beautiful forests, charming trees, and gurgling waters it's only you and your girl and lots of romanticism. 

    Camping at Chikmagalur is very cheap. The price ranges are from 1600 to 3200 depending on type and size of tents. You can rent it out from local in Chikmagalur or can even affiliate yourselves with any groups who are going camping in woods. Camping in any hills is exciting but camping at Chikmagalur is unmatched because of surrounding flora and fauna. While campaigning in a jungle of Chikmagalur you can always sport deer and peacocks. 

    You make sure you have shoes all the time as there are different types of reptiles that can bite you. Another thing that can be tranquilizing while you are camping in Chikmagalur is the peculiar smell of coffee from those beautiful coffee estates.

    You can also checkout resorts in Chikmagalur for a more luxurious experience  if camping is not your cup of tea.

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    Chikmagalur Camping

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  • 06Trek to Bababudangiri

    Baba Budangiri is a trek you can reach by just 250 Km from Bangalore. This is a memerizing trek which makes it one of the important places to visit in Chikmagalur. It is one of the major attractions for tourists under things to do in Chikmagalur. Besides trekking the mountain range is famous for its shrine both for Hindus and Muslims. Baba Budangiri is at an altitude of 1865 meters. It is famous for Dattatreya Peetha for Hindus and has Dargah of Baba Budangiri for Muslims both under the same cave. Baba Budangiri was a Sufi of 16 century and Dattatreya is the incarnation of lord Shiva.

    Another strange fact about Baba Budangiri hills is coffee was first planted on Budangiri hills in India in the 16th century. Henceforth the hills have a high number of coffee lovers visiting to enjoy the beautiful coffee estate. Budangiri hills have feed for everyone visiting, for trekkers, the hills have views and scenic beauty of lush green forests and rolling hills. Major attractions for tourists is the infamous flower of Kurinji, it is said the flower blooms only once it 12 years. You can also trek to Manikya Dhara, mesmerizing waterfalls just 4 km from the Baba Budangiri Hills.

  • 07Bhadra River Rafting

    Bhadra River passes through 8 most dense forest of the world 30 km from Kudremukh national park and 10 km from Magundi and is definitely one the must do things to do in Chikmagalur. The river vibrates through all its path and is rapid during the onset of monsoon. This best time for rafting is in monsoon as the river has a high flow of water because otherwise in summer it is like a stream you can walk through. 

    Bhadra river rafting is considered as one of the best white raft river rafting in south India. If you are scared of drowning in water because you don’t know swimming than that is not the reason to worry here because you have ample of life jacket to prevent you from drowning. At Bhadra River, the rafting is done by paddle rafts which can accommodate 8 people in at a time. Total duration for rafting adventure is one to one and half hours depending on the level of water and flow of water in the river. 

    Challenging rope courses, pool kayaking, Birding are some of the other attractions at Bhadra river rafting. There is only one precautionary measure that you need to check for your river rafting adventure. Overweight people over 90 Kg cannot be taken for river rafting experience.

  • 08Jeep Ride to Jhari falls.

    Jhari falls is one of the major attractions in Chikmagalur and should be on your list of things to do. Jhari falls is also known as Buttermilk Falls. The falls are rightly regarded as Buttermilk falls as the water that falls from the cliff is so white and so pure that it give a glimpse like Buttermilk is falling off from the cliff. Buttermilk Falls is at a distance of about 22 Km from Chikmagalur village. The time required for to and fro journey from Chikmagalur is 4 hours. 

    On the way to falls, every inch on jeep can keep you on the edge of your seats as you will be astonished by the natural beauty of the forests. Here it must be noted that last part on route to Buttermilk Falls has to done on the foot as the roads here are broken. The falls are located on steep and rugged roads through private coffee plantations of coffee estate. The jeep ride will cost you 600 rupees per jeep with a capacity of 6 people. Don't forget to have the yummy omelet, vada pav and other snacks.  

  • 09Catch a sight of Hebbe Falls.

    Hebbe falls is like a paradise falling from the sky, the famous waterfall is located in Kemmanagundi mountain range on the Western Ghats. They are at a distance of 10 km from Kemmangundi trek. The waterfalls are inside a private coffee estate and can be reached by foot, jeep or by private vehicle. The best time to visit is in the rainy season and in this season don’t forget to eat leeches. Hebbe falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls making it an important sight to behold in Chikmagalur

    The beautiful white and pure water which falls from the mountain into the lake and on lush green surrounding is an experience which cannot be written. The Hebbe falls is, therefore, one best thing to do in Chikmagalur. Enjoy jeep ride to Hebbe falls from Chikmagalur at very cheap prices. On your way to Chikmagalur, the route is through the private coffee estates and with a wide range of flora and fauna. 

    Time taken to visit and come back to Chikmagalur for this falls is 4-5 hours journey. Enjoy snacant sight to visitks on the vicinity and also don’t forget to drink the most authentic coffee of India at the birthplace of Coffee.

  • 10Kalhatti Falls

    When you are on your trip to Chikmagalur make sure you are assured of nature’s treat. The place is a destination for trekkers and tourists all over India. It a mix of scenic beauty, mesmerizing waterfalls and rolling hills with beautiful flora and fauna. Kalhatti Falls is no different. Situated at distance of 40 Km from Chikmagalur the place is often visited by jeep. Kalhatti falls has a history which says that Agastya had prayed from this place. 

    Near the falls there is Veerabhadra temple which is believed to be built in Vijayanagar times. So Kalhatti falls with its nature has also a share of the cultural history of India. The architecture of this temple has three stone carving of three huge elephants at the entrance. When you are coming to Kalhatti falls don’t forget to take an extra pair of clothes because you are sure to take the dip in the water in the pond next to the temple.

    It is a safe, refreshing and easy gateway to your things to do in Chikmagalur. The place is more easily accessible from Kemmangundi. The distance is 6 km and it is mostly reached by foot by the youngsters. You can also have tasty refreshments in the vicinity of the falls. The place is the perfect day out from Chikmagalur it falls on your list for things to do in Chikmagalur.

  • 11Sharadamba Temple

    Sharadamba Temple can be said like it is an offbeat destination while you are in Chikmagalur. But for the matter of fact when you visit this temple you will be mesmerized by its architectural beauty and style of its construction. Sharadamba Temple is built in modern Dravidian temple style of architecture. The temple is the most visited temple in Chikmagalur district. 

    The temple is built to pay respect to goddess Sarasvati. One of the highlights of the temple is Vyakhyan Simhasanam representing Sarvajna Peetha, a seat of wisdom. The temple is thought to be built in 14th century during the time of Sankaracharya by Vidyaranya. The temple structure was built by wood and was renovated in the 20th century in the modern Dravidian structure of architecture. 

    The place is rich in its history and culture and is a must visit place for things to do in Chikmagalur. Huge Pillars on the way to sanctum and beautiful carvings on the walls are astonishing and can easily take one back to the beautiful history of South India. The temple has visiting hours. You can visit this temple from morning 9 am to evening 6 pm.

  • 12Coffee Museum

    A coffee museum, located in Chikmagalur is established by Coffee board of India. Coffee and Chikmagalur has had a historic association. First plantations of coffee in India was planted in Chikmagalur in the 18th century by a Sufi. The coffee museum is an attempt to recreate the history of coffee in India. The museum is a treat for coffee lovers as they can understand all the pain it takes for the coffee to be a finished product which they drink. 

    The museum has sections where they have explained the process of making coffee right from picking coffee to its final packing. There is one floor of the museum named as Coffee Galleria with pictures of types of coffee, their extracts their preservations and other such vivid descriptions. 

    There is also a laboratory at a view which can make one understand quality assurance and quality control of India’s second most drank beverage. it is a perfect day out to get your facts up to date for your coffee. The coffee museum is operative from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 Pm to 5:30 pm. The museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. You have to also see that you are not going there on public holidays as it closed on those days too.

  • 13Stroll around Coffee Plantations

    When you come to Chikmagalur one of the best things do in Chikmagalur is nothing but to have a stroll in beautiful coffee estates. Chikmagalur is birth place for coffee in India. Planted first time in the 18th century by Sufi Budan Giri baba. You can still visit that place on your trek to Budangiri.  

    The coffee estates are so beautiful and the climate here is mostly cool with a fog cover making you think you are in heaven and to be correct Chikmagalur is a place that can make you feel heavens in the south of India. One can have a special bond with this place if he is a coffee lover and even if one is not the place can make you fall in oneness with nature. It’s is a trekkers paradise but you can also visit here with your girl as a young couple. 

    The coffee estates are so well managed that every plant under an estate has a number given to it. The amount of the area and numbering that is done on each plant shows how much they love to grow their coffee plantations. Chikmagalur has acres of estates of coffee gardens and has a peculiar coffee smell which is tranquilizing for a coffee lover.

  • 14Bhadra Dam

    Bhadra dam can definitely on the list of your things to do in Chikmagalur. Bhadra dam which has created Bhadra reservoir is constructed on Bhadra River a tribute of Tungabhadra River flowing through Shivamogga district. Bhadra dam is located at 72 km from Chikmagalur. It is located on western part of Karnataka. 

    The dam is a perfect day out with your family from Chikmagalur. You can reach there from Chikmagalur by couple hours of drive. The dam is constructed under water conservation management scheme and a major population of the state enjoys irrigation facilities because of the dam. You can carry an extra pair of clothes if you want to take a dip in the water at the dam but please take care of all the necessary precautions.  

    Favorable climate, easy accessibility and a day out with family and friends is one of the major reasons for one to visit Bhadra dam from Chikmagalur. So don’t think much if you have not been there getting your car and drive all the way to such a beautiful visit to the dam for  a time well spent with your near and dear ones.

  • 15Kadambi Falls

    Kadambi Falls is one of the spectacular attractions of Karnataka. The falls are in Kudremukh national park in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and must place to visit under things to do in Chikmagalur. The waterfall is 30 ft high and this attraction makes it a thing to do in Chikmagalur. it is a major go for tourists who want to enjoy the lush green forests and scenic hills of western Ghats. In a place of abundant greenery, Kandambi waterfall is sighted that of white clean and sparkling waters. 

    You have to take an extra pair of clothes as you cannot resist your turn to have a dive in those waters. The place is pollution free, commotion free, and hassle free. While visiting kandambi falls you can also trek to Kudremukh peak and explore flora and fauna of Kudremukh national park. One can even trek to Rupendra hills to enjoy the picturesque beauty of nature.  

    You can drive to this place from Chikmagalur by jeep or by private vehicle. You can have delicious south Indian food in the vicinity of the falls the best time visit these falls are monsoon and post monsoon seasons.

  • 16Estate Stay Experience In Chikmagalur

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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.


  • 17Coffee Plantation Stay in Chikmanglur

    Coffee Plantation Stay in Chikmanglur
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    Check-out: 01:00 PM
    • Make your vacation a special one as you spend your night in this coffee retreat in Chikmagalur.
    • Marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of this region with the scenic views.
    • Spend some time enjoying the ultimate Malnad experience in its most traditional form. 
    • Delight in some tastiest Malnad food, prepared, cooked and served in authentic style.
    • Located at  3500 feet this homestay is amongst beautiful coffee plantation and lush green forest.
    • The rooms are furnished with modern amenities and facilities like 24-hour hot and cold water and laundry service.
    • Wake up to a beautiful morning while sipping a cup of tea while enjoying the views.
    • Conclude your stay with some great memories. 

  • 18Stay 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.

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