Chikamagalur

Situated in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is a beautiful travel destination, thanks to its pleasant climate and coffee estates. This beautiful hill station is replete with breath taking sights. It is located in the Chikmagalur district of the state of Karnataka, at a distance of 250 km from Bangalore. Big rivers like Tunga and Bhadra have their sources in the mountains of Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur district is also renowned for Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in the Karnataka. This beautiful place is dotted with waterfalls, hill stations and historical temples. It also boasts of a vibrant biodiversity which makes this region a popular weekend paradise. It was in Chikmagalur that the coffee was first cultivated in India by Babu Budan, a Muslim saint who came from Yemen in 1670 and started to grow coffee here.

Weather

The summer season in Chikmagalur begins in the month of March and lasts till May. Though, during summers the town temperature goes up but still the maximum temperature remains under 35°C.

Monsoon brings heavy rainfall at this beautiful place from June to September. This season makes the hill station more inviting.

Winter season spans from December to February here. This season is pleasant as the temperature ranges between 14°C and 32°C.

The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to May.

How to Reach

Being a popular holiday destination, Chikmagalur is well-connected to other major cities of the country by air, road and rail.

Mangalore Airport, which is located around 113 km away, is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run buses and private luxury buses.

The city does not have a railway station, so the nearest railway station is located in Kadur, at a distance of about 40 km away.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Hebbe Falls: It is a beautiful waterfall situated at a distance of 10 km from the famous hill station, Kemmangundi. Here water streams down in two stages to form DoddaHebbe (Big Falls) and ChikkaHebbe (Small Falls).

Baba BudanGiri (Dattapeeta): Baba BudanGiri Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha is located in the north of Chikmagalur town and is among the most visited places in the region. The peak derives its name from the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who lived in this area more than 150 years ago.

Shanti Falls: This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Z-Point in Kemmangundi.

Kallathigiri Falls: It is situated at a distance of 10 km from Kemmangundi. Here water falls from a height of 122 meters from the Chandra Drona hill.

HanumanaGundi Falls: Situated at a distance of 32 km from the Kalasa, the water here falls from a height of over 100 feet (30 m).

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: It is spread in an area of 492 square km and is situated at a distance of 282 Km from the city of Bangalore. It is a must visit place for a wildlife enthusiast. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary includes several species of birds like bulbul, parrots, bush quails, emerald doves, parakeets, mynas, egrets and its flora consist of various trees such as Sal, teak, bamboo and rosewood. This Sanctuary serves as a dwelling place for animals like Chinkara, four-horned antelopes, jackals, leopards, black bucks and jungle cats.

Manikyadhara Falls: Located approximately 25km from Chikmagalur on Baba BudanGiri Hills near Kemmangundi, the falls flows all-round the year, and is considered to be sacred by locals. The Manikyadhara Falls in Chikmagalur is frequented by people from far and away. The falls offers a picturesque view of the vicinity, and is an absolutely serene location, therefore being an ideal spot for picnic. The Manikyadhara Falls is a delight for nature lovers and photography fanatics. The spot is also great for adventure lovers, hikers and bikers alike. It is believed that taking a bath in the waters of this falls relieves one of all his ailments. The specialty of the place lies in it not drying-up during summers but remaining icy-cold which people greatly enjoy.

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