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Chikmagalur is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of about 3400 feet. It is a less explored destination that requires your immediate attention. Here, you find tree plantations; especially coffee fields. This destination is considered to be one of the most scenic places that maintains a pleasant weather throughout the year. It is believed that years ago the land of this district was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of a legendary chief who ruled Sakrepatna- Rukmangada. It is only on the basis of this belief that the hill station got its name “Chikmagalur” that means ‘young daughter’s town’. If you are a nature lover, you surely will enjoy the mesmerising beauty of this place that has rugged regions, lowlands, the most scenic views and the best things to do in Chikmagalur As the hill station is less explored, the beauty is absolutely raw in its purest form. It is easy to find all of the basic facilities for visitors like good accommodation options, restaurants, attractions, internal transport facilities etc.

The Western Ghats start from this region and the beautiful Yagachi River originates from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. It is also famous for the coffee and is often referred to as the coffee land of Karnataka. There are enough number of places to be visited here which means there are many things to do. Some of the best things to do in Chikmagalur, that should surely remain on your list are visiting Mullayanagiri, which is the highest peak of the state, trekking to Kudremukh peak, enjoying the views of backwaters of Hirekolale lake, exploring the coffee plantation fields, getting your feet wet at the buttermilk falls, exploring Belavadi and Hale bidu, take a pilgrimage tour to Horanadu Annapoorneshwari temple, discover the beauty of Bhadra Dam, trek to Bababudangiri hill, visit Belur, visit Kavikal Gandi viewpoint, etc. These are some of the most beautiful spots in and around Chikmagalur and must be on the best “things to do” in Chikmagalur list.

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21 August 2019
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The drive to the location is scenic and if you love driving, then it is a double-treat. We reached around 2 PM in the afternoon last weekend and yes, it was raining but intermittently. We enjoyed the rainy weather a lot. Kids had an absolutely wonderful experience with some of the activities on site like playing in the slushy mud, rain dance, and of course we spend a good amount of time in the water stream that passes around this camping site. No, it's not a river... it is a big water stream that flows from the hills around the site. The staff is extremely helpful, and Aditya who manages the site is a great person. He can also talk in Hindi and English fluently, not just Kannada. So, you will never have to worry about communication issues. The food was super delicious all through lunch, dinner and breakfast... served hot. In fact, when we arrived at the site we were the only guests there and that earned us brownie points in specifying the menu for both lunch and dinner. We did not stay in the tents that were available as we had two kids who were less than five years old and didn't want the weather to affect their health. Next time for sure though. The cottages were well-maintained and we stayed in one of them. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking with the stream flowing right in front of the cottages. Overall, a fantastic place to unwind and relax... and have fun with the various activities. A big thank you to the staff for making our stay a memorable one. I for one would surely like to revisit this place and stay for more than a day. And, in the rainy season! Cheers!
"It was a great experience. Having had no experience of this sort before, I was in dilemma to book it or no. However, It was lot of fun, we covered all the locations in less time than scheduled. "
This homestay is at the top of the hill and a maximum of 12-15 people can be accommodated at a time . You feel at one with nature and can sit watching the hills for ever . The couple who host this place are very warm and make you feel at home. Extremely clean and tasty food add to the experience. I would love to go back and recommend this to any one who wants a calm get away with their family and friends.
A secluded home stay in the middle of jungle and mountains with little to no connectivity to the city. The jeep ride from hanbal to the spot is hell of a journey, you’ll remember forever. The view point from the spot is amazing and out of the world. However, beware of leeches if you’re going in monsoons. It’s a perfect weekend gateway if you want to relax with your family and friends.
"it was an awesome experience, Stay was good and Karthik arranged trekking,visit to less known water fall and and a hill station view and shooting point... Everything was awesome. the Time we choose to visit chikmagalur was just perfect (Aug 31 to Sep2). it was cool weather there with slight raining and drizzling. They Serbia malnad style food which was tasty and good for the that kind of climate."
The campaign was great and the activities were sorted out. We went on a Thursday which ensured that we had the whole place to us and hence we were more at peace. The food can be improved.
"We were 3 couples with 2 kids staying 3 D/ 2 N. Mind-blowing experience. Out-of-the-world hospitality and lip-smacking food. "
28 January 2021
Excellent
It was wonderful experience we had here, we were five friends and wanted to have a peaceful and private place to talk and enjoy. and this place was awesome. All amenities were available to perform the activities. Food is also superb and hospitality was also fantastic.
15 January 2021
Excellent
Brilliant location, total privacy, tasty food, Bonfire going into the early hours with loud music... what more can we ask:-)
12 January 2021
Excellent
My family along with my friend's family had visited Chikmagalur for 3 days trip. The stay in your estate was very good. The food you served was extremely good in quality. My two year old baby had the same food what we had and she was very comfortable with the same. The only thing which needs attention is geyser. It took more time to get the water heated. Other then that, the rooms, washrooms etc., are all very good.

People Also Ask About Chikmagalur Things To Do

  1. What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur?

    The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. The city is best known as 'The Coffee Land of Karnataka' and is situated on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. It experiences summer, monsoon and winter.

  2. Can we go on road trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur? How much is the distance?

    One can reach Chikmagalur via road from Bangalore. The distance is about 245 Kms. There are two modes of transport that you can opt for:

    • The first viable option is you road trip the distance in your own car. In the comfort of your own car, you can cover the distance with your family.
    • The second option that you can opt for is taking a bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. You can book tickets online via the red bus.in website for hassle-free bookings.
  3. What activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is famous for diverse things. Find below more information on the same:

    • Beautiful temples to visit and get blessings from namely Kote Ganapathi Temple, Hati Maramma Temple, Deviramma Temple Bindiga.
    • There are scenic waterfalls in Chikmagalur that you can make a part of your itinerary. Kallathigiri Waterfall, Hebbe waterfall and Shanti Waterfall.
    • Lastly, treks are one the most adventurous things that Chikmagalur has to offer. You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek
  4. What all adventure activities can be done in Chikmagalur?

    There are various tourist attractions in Chikmagalur and lots of adventure activities to do like trekking, camping and many others.

    • Treks: There are numerous treks to do in Chikmagalur. Namely, Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri or You can trek to Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi trek, go for Sakleshpur railway trek or Kumara Parvatha trek or even Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek
    • You can even go camping in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. One can camp at Ballalarayana Durga, even at the Hebbe Falls as the dense forests leading to it make it a good spot for camping.
    • Lastly, river rafting is on offer too in Chikmagalur. White Water Rafting on River Bhadra in Chikmagalur. Bhadra river passes through one of the eighth most dense forests in the world and located within 30 kms from the Kudremukh national park.The white water rafting experience at Chikmagalur is a pure adrenaline rush with level III rapids over a time of two hours.
  5. Which places are best for trekking in Chikmagalur?

    Following are the best places for trekking in Chikmagalur:

    • Mullayanagiri trek
    • Kemmangundi trek
    • Sakleshpur railway trek
    • Kumara Parvatha trek
    • Kudremukh trek
  6. Is Chikmagalur a good destination for camping? Which places are famous for camping in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is the best destination for camping in South India. Following are some options:

    • One can camp at Ballalarayana Durga
    • Even at the Hebbe Falls as the dense forests leading to it make it a good spot for camping.
  7. Which are some of the affordable resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    With its scenic beauty and vast greenery, Chikmagalur attracts a lot of tourist around the world. Chikmagalur is a wonderful region arranged on the western piece of Karnataka. It is for the most part prevalent for its espresso ranches and a lovely atmosphere. Here are some of the popular resorts in Chikmagalur.

    • The Serai Resort
    • Winter Greens Resort
    • Eagle Eye resort
    • Jenukallu Resort
    • Tusk and Dawn
    • River Tern Lodge
    • Kalgreen Valley Resort
    • Silent Valley Resort
  8. Which are must visit waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

    • Shankar Falls
    • Kallathigiri Falls
    • Hebbe Waterfalls
    • Shanti Falls
    • Kalhatti Falls
  9. Where can we go for wildlife safari in Chikmagalur?

    Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary is the nearest from Chikmagalur. Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary s the other name for Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.This Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats, spread in a sprawling 492 kms is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.  

  10. Which temples are famous in Chikmagalur?

    Famous temples for sightseeing in Chikmagalur are as follows:

    • Sringeri Sharada Peetha
    • Sharadamba Temple
    • Amruteshwar Temple
    • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple
    • Annapurneshwari Temple
  11. How is Mullayanagiri trek? Can anyone do it?

    Mullayanagiri trek is the highest trek in Karnataka, sitting at 6,330 feet in the Chikmagalur taluk. The trek and the jungle trails will encourage you to bond with fellow trekkers which is perfect for team building and camaraderie. This is a moderate level trek as one has to trek via knife edges. This is also the highest peak of Karnataka. 

  12. Can we go for Kemmangundi trek? Is it a difficult trek?

    Kemmanagundi Trek which is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and enveloped by true Chikkamagalur-style Western Ghats beauty is a good trek. This 12 hours long trek covering a distance of 20 km will take you through a landscape stroked with lofty hills, innumerable streams and brooks, extensive coffee estates, waterfalls and ornamental gardens tucked amidst lush green forests. This is a moderately difficult trek.

  13. What all things couples can do in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is a picturesque destination for couples. The beautiful scenery is bound to make you feel loved. There are a number of things you can do with your partner when in Chikmagalur.

    Read below:

    • If you guys love adventure, then you can go river rafting together. It’s fun yet challenging.
    • You can also plan a stay at the nature homestay in Chikmagalur and breathe in the natural surroundings.
    • Or another beautiful lodge in Chikmagalur is the River Tern Lodge where you can book a stay for two and have a lovely time.
    • There are a lot of treks to do in this hill station. Some easy and some moderately difficult but they do promise some fun and challenge.

    If you as a couple, like to do something similar then you could opt for this as well.

  14. Are there any waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    There are plenty of waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Namely:

    • Shankar Falls
    • Kallathigiri Falls
    • Hebbe Waterfalls
    • Shanti Falls
    • Kalhatti Falls
  15. What all things can be done in Chikmagalur other then Camping and trekking?

    Following are the things you can choose from if not trekking or camping in Chikmagalur.

    • One can visit temples
    • Spend a day sightseeing the serene waterfalls
    • Stay at coffee plantations
    • Stay at beautiful homestays that are spread across the hill station.