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  • Karnataka is a state which offers itself in a kaleidoscope of features among which the waterfalls in Chikmagalur need special mention. Tucked far away from the hullabaloo of a bustling city these sites of attraction remain quiet and draws vacationers and photographers all-round the year, as it exhibits stunning panoramas of cascading falls.

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    Such a setting is indeed perfect for rejuvenating the mind and soul, staying close to nature. A visit to the Chikmagalur waterfalls gives you the opportunity to explore the natural bounty of the place like nothing else.

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    Walking along the sinuous trekking trails, going for jungle hiking, engaging in water sports in the iridescent water of the drop pools of the waterfalls, visiting the pilgrim sites for offering prayers or sinking in the pervasive tranquillity of the place all these add to the exclusiveness of Chikmagalur as a tourists’ paradise on earth.

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    Numerous folklores attached with the place since the mythological era will enrich you with its spiritual relevance. 

    Here are some of the best waterfalls in Chikmagalur:

  • 01Hebbe Falls

    Hebbe Falls
    The Hebbe Falls is a piece of the virgin sanctuary which can rightfully acclaim a high-up place among the Chikmagalur waterfalls. As you take an uphill trek from Chikmagalur to Hebbe Falls, you will feel at one with the abounding, unsullied beauty of the surroundings.

    If luck is in your 
    favor, you can even spot a herd of Sambar deer and treat your eyes with their playful gestures in the lap of nature. Being under the maintenance of the forest department, the only mode of conveyance to this laid-back destination is by their own transport.

    Location
    : Kemmannagundi, Chikmagalur, India

    Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand
    : 65 Km approx

    Height of the waterfall
    : 167 meters
  • 02Jhari 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 fall.

    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 
  • 03Kallathigiri 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 waterfall 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
  • 04Shanti Falls

    Shanti Falls
    One of the most missed out wonders of nature en route the Z Point is the Shanti Falls which is certainly a place worth stopping over. This beauty in the list of Chikmagalur waterfalls cascades down the crags of a rocky hill into a pool which makes the place a visual treat for the beholders.

    The water of the pool is believed to be endowed with medicinal properties and therefore revered by the locals. Taking a dip in the fresh water pool of the Shanti Falls will relieve you from physical stress and keep you
    energized for long hours.

    The trail to Shanti Waterfall winds through a tropical rainforest on one side and woody hills on the other side making the place a unique hideaway for true holidaymakers.

    Location:
    Z Point, Chikmagalur, Karnataka-577129

    Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand:
    55 Km approx

    Height of the waterfall:
    455 meters


  • 05Manikyadhara 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
  • 06Kalhatti Falls

    Kalhatti Falls
    Whether a solitude seeker or an impulsive nomad, the Kalhatti falls has to be in your checklist of holiday destination in Karnataka. Cushioned amidst a tropical forest which is home to exotic wildlife and rare species of flora, the Kalhatti falls is one of the most sought after waterfalls in Chikmagalur to pay a visit to.

    Standing atop the waterfall, you can treat your eyes with the panoramic view of a sparkling watercourse plummeting down the Chandra Drona Hill at the backdrop of unending greenery. Next to the waterfall is the famous Veerabhadreswara Temple where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva.

    Location:
    Kallathipura, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

    Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand:
    10 Km approx

    Height of the waterfall:
    45 meters
  • 07Ukkada Falls

    Ukkada Falls
    This is one of the most unexplored waterfalls in Chikmagalur which gives you the best vista of unspoiled nature in absolute tranquillity. The journey to Ukkada waterfalls is thrilling and painstaking as there is no clear signage of the trail which leads to the falls.

    It is a steep trekking trail and at some places, you may have to crawl along the snaky path to reach the summit of the cascade. Being nestled amidst a coffee plantation you can feast your eyes on herds of Sambar deer and listen to the cacophony of unknown birds.

    The local workers of the coffee estate will guide you amicably in your journey to the waterfalls.

    Location:
    Moothodi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

    Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand:
    61 Km approx.

    Height of the waterfall:
    20 meters
  • 08Kadambi 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.
  • 09Chunchanakatte waterfalls

    Chunchanakatte waterfalls
    While preparing your Chikmagalur holiday bucket list, the one place you must count on is the gorgeous Chunchanakatte waterfalls which are formed by River Cauvery.

    Located about 55 Km from Mysore, it is one of the must-visit waterfalls in Chikmagalur which is exalted as a tourist spot due to its enthralling verdant milieu and mythological importance. According to the Ramayana, Lord Rama sought shelter at the behest of a couple Chuncha and Chunchi at this place during his exile of a span of 14 years.

    As per a different belief, Lord Rama's wife Sita Devi took bath in the waters of the cascade and hence the water of the region is considered sacred by the pious Hindus.

    Location
    : Chunchanakatte, Haleyuru, Mysuru, Karnataka

    Distance
    from Chikmagalur bus stand: 130 Km approx

    Height
    of the waterfall: 20 meters
  • 10Hanuman Gundi Falls

    Hanuman Gundi Falls
    Tucked securely amidst the verdant hills of the Kudremukh National Park, the Hanuman Gundi falls is a piece of natural marvel to see and appreciate. This Chikmagalur waterfalls is a traveler's paradise and remains overcrowded by tourists and nature lovers during the months between October and February.

    Apart from its haunting vista, the place also offers a great bathing experience to all those who want to add some zing to their trip.

    Bathing in the cataract water will wash away your fatigue and grim and reinvigorate you for a long time. Hanuman Gundi Falls is also known as the Suthanabbi Falls.

    Location
    : Kalasa Main Road, Sheerlu, Karnataka- 577142

    Distance from Chikmagalur bus stand
    : 117 Km approx

    Height of the waterfall
    : 22 meters
  • 11Honnamana Halla waterfalls

    Wrapped in the lushness of tropical rainforest and lulled by a salubrious climate round the year it is one of the less visited Chikmagalur waterfalls and a must visit place for solitude seekers.

    The astonishing fact behind the fame of Honnamana waterfall is it has never dried up ever since its inception and the flow of its glistening white water through the rocky crevices continues down the ages. Flights of concrete steps will take you to the bottom of the waterfall where you can pamper yourself in a refreshing bath in the drop pool.

    The other sites of attractions near the waterfall are the Raj Bhawan, Z Point, Kallathi waterfall, Shiva Temple etc.

    Location
    : Thipannahalli Estate Road, Inam Dattathreya Peeta, Karnataka-577131

    Distance from the Chikmagalur bus stand:
    57 Km approx

    Height of the waterfall: 
    9 meters

Attractions

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Mullayanagiri

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

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

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

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

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

Entry fee: Free

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

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

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