Chikmagalur is an alluring picnic district located on the foothills of Mullayanagiri mountain ranges. It is a fertile valley, famous for its coffee and tea plantations. The entire region is surrounded by lush green vegetation and plantation hills. It is believed to be presented as dowry for the younger daughter of Rukmangada and hence called as Chikmagalur which denotes ‘town of younger daughter’. The highest peak of Karnataka is Mullain Giri is in Chikmagalur at an altitude of 6300 feet above the sea level. The fertile land is drained by River Bahdra, Hemavathi, Netravai, Vedavati and Tunga. There are several historical places and monuments like Kondarama temple, Jamie Mosque and st.Joseph’s Cathedral Church are the places of interest. Chikmagalur cuisine is very famous for its unique spice and taste of coconut milk. It is a wonderful summer resort to beat the heat.
Places to visit
Baba Budan Giri
It is the most visited peak in Chikmagalur. Named after a Muslim Saint Baba Budan. Three caves and Sheethala are nearer to this peak. Manikvadara waterfall is just a km from here. Kurinji which blooms once in 12 year can be seen here.
It is located on the banks of Bhadra river. A holy shrine and one of Pancha Kshetras. 12 zodiac pillars are the highlights of this temple.
Major tourist destination at a distance of 10 km from Chikmagalur. It is a 122 meter sizzling Fall along with mesmerizing surroundings. One can find rock temples nearby the waterfall. A fantastic picnic spot to spend vacation.
Mallikarjuna temple, Ayyanakare lakes, Kudremukh national park, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Hebbe falls, Shringeri and central coffee research institution are other popular spots found in Chikmagalur.
How to reach Chikmagalur
Mangalore airport is around 170 km from away is nearest airport to Chikmagalur
Kadurand Hassan railway stations are at distance of 40 and 60 km respectively.
Many state owned buses and private buses are connecting Chikmagalur to major cities of Karnataka.
In summer 22-40°C and in winter 10-32°C. It is visited throughout the year.