Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

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The serene city in south India, also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka‘, Chikmagalur, is one of the most visited places in Karnataka. There are numerous beautiful places to visit in Chikmagalur. Literally translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’, the city got its name as it was presented to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna village, Rukmangada as dowry. With coffee estates, tropical rainforest and the Mullayanagiri peak as the backdrop, Chikmagalur lures all sorts of tourists.

Multiple facets of Chikmagalur caters to trekkers, honeymooners, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, pilgrims and backpackers on an equal basis. Located at an elevation of 3,400 feet, Chikmagalur can be visited at any time of the year. The quaint city is well connected to other parts of the state with the nearest airport being Mangaluru International airport. Check out this article to get an idea about the best tourist spots in Chikmagalur.


10 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

  1. Mullayyanagiri
  2. Kudremukh National Park
  3. Hebbe Falls
  4. Hirekolale Lake
  5. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Baba Budangiri
  7. Kallathigiri Hill Falls
  8. Kemmangundi
  9. Z Point
  10. Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple

Mullayyanagiri

Mullayyanagiri
Mullayyanagiri

This highest peak in Karnataka sits as a backdrop to the picturesque city of Chikmagalur. Standing 6,316 feet tall, Mullayyana rests in the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. The peak is home to a small temple at the summit dedicated to Mulappa Swamy, a sage. The peak also derives its name from this small temple. It is one of the must-see attractions in Chikmagalur for adventure junkies.

The path towards the peak is well paved by asphalt roads and concrete steps. However, before the construction of this road and the steps, trekkers used to ascend the peak via the ‘Sarpadari’ (meaning: snake-like path). This forgotten path is now visited only by a few thrill-seeking trekkers. There are many activities for one to partake in. Pump your adrenaline by indulging in activities like road biking, mountain biking and trekking.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Major Attractions: Mulappa Swamy

Ideal duration to explore: 2-4 hours

Things to do: Hiking, Trekking

Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park
Kudremukh National Park

Named after the unique shape of its main peak that resembles a horse face (translating to Kudremukh in the local language), this park is known for its rich biodiversity. The Kudremukh National Park covers nearly 600.57 square kilometres of land and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Kudremukh National Park was created to conserve the lion-tailed macaque. Along with the aforementioned species of monkey, Kudremukh National Park is also home to Malabar civets, sloth bears and spotted deer.

The famous attractions around the area include the famous Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi rivers. It is believed that these rivers had their origins in the Kudremukh peak. Tourists can carry out day trekking with the permission of forest officials. However, the same is not permitted after sunset. From bird-watching to enjoying the sunrise, there is a lot to do over here. It is one of the most beautiful places in Chikmagalur.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Major Attractions: Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi rivers

Ideal duration to explore: 4-6 hours

Things to do: Hiking, trekking, wildlife spotting

Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls
Hebbe Falls

Gushing down the height of 551-feet, the majestic Hebbe Falls is nestled comfortably in a coffee estate. Treat yourself to the ecstatic aroma of the coffee and beans and enchanting decibels of the water falling down gracefully while here. The cascade falls is a trekkers’ paradise. However, be wary of the leeches around. Especially during the rainy season.

The government provided jeep takes the tourists deep into the forest. After which, the last kilometre has to be scaled on foot. Popular folklore suggests that Hebbe Falls’ water has medicinal herbs that can cure diseases. Your trek would be incomplete without taking a dip in the waters at the foot of the Hebbe Falls. The enthralling beauty surrounded by lush greenery makes Hebbe Falls one of the must-see tourist places in Chikmagalur.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Ideal duration to explore: 2-3 hours

Things to do: Jeep tour, trekking, swimming

Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake
Hirekolale Lake

Guarded by mountains from all sides, the Hirekolale Lake sits peacefully away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Built with the purpose of supplying drinking and irrigation water to the city of Chikmagalur, Hireloke Lake is now also one of the frequently visited sightseeing spots in Chikmagalur. Tourists from the vicinity and from all parts of the state flock here during evenings to experience idyllic sunset.

Point your camera towards any direction to find a perfect backdrop. The location, the view and the ambience make Hirekolale lake one of the top places to visit in Chikmagalur. A destination for all, Hirekolale Lake is mostly visited by families. The hills of Mullayanagiri can be viewed from here and provides a perfect setting for your memorable evening.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Ideal duration to explore: 1 hour

Things to do: Photography

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has to be a part of your places to visit in Chikmagalur if you are seeking daytime adventures. The protected area and tiger reserve was conserved as a part of the 1973 government initiative ‘Project Tiger’. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 33 tigers. Along with the striped orange beasts, one can also spot Elephant, Indian Leopard, Black Leopard and Gaur among the others.

Nestled in the Western Ghats, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary reflects nature’s beauty in every way. The thick woods can be visited during the daytime. The majestic Bhadra river flows calmly through this national park. Other famous attractions include the Hebbe Giri (highest peak in the sanctuary) and Chamundeshwari Temple. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to various renowned waterfalls and peaks.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:30 AM to 08:30 AM; Monday to Sunday from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Major Attractions: Chamundeshwari Temple, Hebbe Giri, Bhadra river

Ideal duration to explore: 2 hours

Things to do: Jeep safari, Hiking

Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri
Baba Budangiri

A part of the Western Ghats of India, Baba Budan Giri is a pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Muslims. Also known as the Dattatray Peeta, this tourist spot in Chikmagalur is known for its shrines — Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander and Sri Guru Dattatreya Swami Dattapit. Surrounded by famous Mullayanagiri mountains, Baba Budan Giri is visited by trekkers and adventure-seekers in mass numbers.

The forest covered in thick shola vegetation and rocky stretches provide a challenge to the trekkers. The snake-like trails are sure to test one’s stamina. However, the view at the end of the strenuous trek is worth every effort. Hikers can also spot wildlife while crossing the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Camping, campfire and cave explorations are a few of the famous attractions at Budangiri.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Major Attractions: Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander and Sri Guru Dattatreya Swami Dattapit shrines

Ideal duration to explore: 2-3 hours

Things to do: Trekking, camping, cave exploration

Kallathigiri Hill Falls

Kallathigiri Hill Falls
Kallathigiri Hill Falls

If you are an admirer of postcard-like natural settings then Kallathigiri Falls is just the right place for you. Situated less than an hour-and-a-half drive from Chikmagalur, the Kallathigiri Falls is one of the most sought after places to visit in Chikmagalur. Also known as the Kalahasthi Falls, the cascading falls reflect nature’s beauty in every way.

A temple built within the rocks of this majestic waterfall is quite famous. Known as the Veerabhadra Temple, it is believed the shrine was constructed during the period of the Vijayanagar Empire. It is a popular belief that sage Agasthya had prayed at the waterfalls. Pilgrims visit this spot to attend the three-day fair that is held every year in honour of Lord Veerabhadra. Trekkers can enjoy their adventure right by the side of this water that falls in full force.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Major Attractions: Veerabhadra Temple

Ideal duration to explore: 2 hours

Things to do: Hiking

Kemmangundi

Kemmangundi
Kemmangundi

Kemmangundi is a hill station nestled at a height of 1,434 metres above sea level. Comprising well-organised gardens, enthralling mountains and lush green forest, Kemmangundi is one of the famous places in Chikmagalur. Literally translated to ‘Red Soil Pit’, Kemmannugundi was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, ruler of Mysuru until 1940. Visit this location to treat your eyes to the enchanting foggy weather.

Kemmanagundi is also a perfect sight for star-gazing. Housing an array of falls, peaks and trails, Kemmanagundi caters to all sorts of travellers. Winter is the best time to visit Kemmangundi as the mean temperature drops to around 17 degrees Celsius. Kemmanagundi experiences a cool climate throughout the year. The same makes many tourists want to visit this place only for the sake of it.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Major Attractions: Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Bdangiri

Ideal duration to explore: 3-4 hours

Things to do: Trekking, photography, star-gazing

Z Point

Z Point
Z Point

Ascend through the steep hills of Kemmangundi to reach the vantage point called Z Point. This wonderful and challenging trekking spot is one of the most-visited attractions in Chikmagalur. It takes three kilometres of trekking through the thick forest to reach Z Point. On the way up, trekkers can halt at the Shanti Waterfalls that is situated en-route to the Z Point.

From there, the trek gets a little tough. The grassy slopes and deep gorges make the trip until Z Point scary yet thrilling. A great spot to enjoy the view of sunrise and sunset, Z point also offers camping. The panoramic view from this location is mesmerising. Do not forget to carry your camera as the location, along with providing memories of a lifetime, is also great for photography.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Major Attractions: Shanti Waterfalls

Ideal duration to explore: 2 hours

Things to do: Trekking, photography

Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple

Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple
Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple

Constructed about 8 centuries ago, this Hoysala-inspired architecture is dedicated to one of the most worshipped deities in Hinduism — Lord Vishnu. The Veera Narayana Temple also called the Viranarayana Temple of Belavadi was constructed as three separate sanctums in 1200 CE. The three sanctums are connected by a common large square called ranga-mandapa.

The well-crafted interiors are certain to leave the beholder awe-struck. The meticulously carved pillars are a major attraction in the Veera Narayana temple. A perfect location for pilgrims, Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple, has to be on the list of places to visit in Chikmagalur. Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Veeranarayana temple is a nationally protected monument of the country.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Major Attractions: Ranga-mandapa

Ideal duration to explore: 1hour

Chikmagalur provides the peace that everyone deserves. A visit to this place is certain to provide one with a fresh state of mind. Satisfy the backpacker in you by visiting Chikmagalur and making the most of its natural beauty. If you are a group traveller, then no second thoughts are needed at all. Chikmagalur houses all varieties of spots for one to enjoy solo or in a group.

Witness nature in its true self along with various historical, cultural and religiously important tourist spots while here in Chikmagalur. This article is certain to help you compile a list of places to visit in Chikmagalur. So that you can plan a hassle-free trip.


FAQ

Which month is best to visit Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalur has a cool and soothing climate throughout the year. However, the ideal time to visit would be from September to May. If you are seeking chilly weather then anytime between December to February would be ideal.

Is Chikmagalur worth visiting?

Yes, Chikmagalur is totally worth visiting. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is where one can find cascading waterfalls, thick forests, majestic mountains and various places of cultural/religious importance. It is one of the most-visited tourist spots in not just Karnataka but the whole of India.

Which is Chikmagalur famous for?

Along with its natural beauty and comforting climate, Chikmagalur is famous for its coffee plantations.

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